Excursion to old town of Primošten
Primosten is a small place located only 27 km from Sibenik. The old part of the place is situated on a small island which was connected to the mainland by a bridge which was later replaced by a mound – this is how Primosten became an island. The place preserved its Mediterranean atmosphere and all the features of a medieval Mediteranean fishing town, which is especially evident in its narrow streets and compacted houses in the old town core. Visit historical sites such as: the parish church St. Juraj (built in 1485 on the highest point of the former island), St. Roko church (built in 1680, a valuable cultural monument), image of Our Lady of Loret and the Church of Our Lady of Grace (built in 1553).
The place is adorned with long pebble beaches and a beautiful promenade surrounded by old town walls. One of the most famous and most beautiful beaches in Primosten is the Raduca beach. During the summer months numerous festivities are organized in Primosten, such as: Primosten habits, fishing night, folklore and Dalmatian folk music evenings. For those in search of fun until the early morning hours, there is a disco club, Aurora, which is one of the most popular clubs on the Adriatic. Sports and recreation fans can enjoy tennis, table tennis, mini golf, beach volleyball, jet-ski as well as various water sports. If you would like to get acquainted with the gastronomy of the region and savor different specialties, visit the restaurants “Staro selo” and “Amfora”, as well as the taverns “Jerko” and “Torkul”.
Excursion to Island of Krapanj
With its flat surface, the island of Krapanj is the lowest as well as the smallest island on the Adriatic Sea. It is located in the Sibenik aquatorium and only 400 meters away from the land. The island surface does not exceed the height of 1.25 meters above see level. During the 1960s, it was the most densely populated island on the Adriatic with more than 1,500 inhabitants. The island of Krapanj covers the area of less than a half of a square kilometer.
It was not easy to survive on such a small area because the cultivable parcels of land were very rare (the area was thickly intertwined by dry walls forming parcels of the size of small gardens).
The tradition of sponge harvesting and processing has been nurtured on the island of Krapanj for centuries. The Adriatic Sea sponge is precious for its quality and beauty.
If you want to spend a peaceful and quiet holiday, the island of Krapanj is the perfect choice for you. Its gravel beaches are suitable for children and if you rent a boat, you can explore the surrounding coves and beaches.
Excursion to old city of Šibenik
Šibenik is a historic city in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. Šibenik is a political, educational, transport, industrial and tourist center of Šibenik–Knin County and also the third-largest city in the historic region of Dalmatia. It is the oldest native Croatian town on the shores of the sea.
Unlike other cities along the Adriatic coast, which were established by Greeks, Illyrians and Romans, Šibenik was founded by Croats. Excavations of the castle of St. Michael, have since proven that the place was inhabited long before the actual arrival of the Croats. It was mentioned for the first time under its present name in 1066 in a Charter of the Croatian King Petar Krešimir IV and, for a period of time, it was a seat of this Croatian King. For that reason, Šibenik is also called “Krešimirov grad” (Krešimir’s city).
The central church in Šibenik, the Cathedral of St. James, is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Several successive architects built it completely in stone between 1431 and 1536, both in Gothic and in Renaissance style.
The annual Šibenik International Children’s Festival (Međunarodni Dječji Festival) takes place every summer which is renowned for many children’s workshops, plays and other activities. From 2011 to 2013 the Terraneo festival (music festival) was held in August on a yearly basis on a former military area in Šibenik, and since 2014 Šibenik (and other nearby towns) are the home of its spiritual successor Super Uho festival. The composer Jakov Gotovac founded the city’s “Philharmonia Society” in 1922. The composer Franz von Suppé was part of the city’s cultural fabric, as he was a native of nearby Split. Each summer, a lot of concerts and events take place in the city (especially on the St. Michael Fortress). Also, starting in 2016 on a nearby island of Obonjan (6 kilometres (3.7 miles) southwest of the city) is held music, art, health and workshop festival.
Falconry centre, near city of Šibenik
Just five minutes ride from the center of Šibenik, there is a place called Dubrava with a unique falconry center. Here, you can see various sorts of birds of prey, as well as the wonderful one-hour show where Mr. Emilio familiarizes the visitors with these beautiful creatures. Children are especially attracted to this show. We learned that we were taught wrong on many facts about birds of prey in school. For example, despite the general opinion that owl can’t see well during the day, it actually has excellent night and day vision. However, the owl hunts at night in order to use the dark as advantage over its prey which can’t see well in the dark. The highlight of the show is the part with a falcon which is really a wonderful bird and, as we witnessed, it can be hand-fed. With an obligatory protective glove, of course.
Wounded, sick and starved birds receive special care here and they are treated in a special aid station. After they are healed, employees of the center help them return to their natural habitat. Visitors can also take falconry courses and have a first-hand experience of this almost forgotten medieval discipline.
We recommend you definitely visit this center if you are somewhere near Šibenik because, after spending time with these wonderful birds and kind people from the center you will feel enriched and pay more respect to animals and nature.
ISLAND OF ZLARIN – oasis of peace and beauty
Zlarin is a small island placed in the Dalmatian coast in Croatia, close to the city of Šibenik.
Administratively, it belongs to the Šibensko-kninska county. During the winter there are around 270 residents. That number increases to approximately 3000 residents in the summer. In its history, Zlarin had large population migrations. It is an island from which people left, but also continued living on. Did you know that Zlarin has the longest island seafront in Croatia? It is 131 meters long and 16 meters wide from where you have an amazing view.
Its highest spot is hill Klepac (169 m) from which you will have an unforgettable view. From the top of the hill, during the sunny days, you can see the mountain of Velebit and far into the distance, the volcanic island of Jabuka.
From this spot, Šibenik is very close to you. There are cypress forests, pine forests, rosemary forests, figs, olives and other Mediterranean plants. Internal parts of the island are uninhabited, covered with dense forests and underbrush. It’s called the green island with right.
The climate is Mediterranean, middle Adriatic type. The prevailing wind is jugo. Because of being close to the land, climatic characteristics are transitional.
Did you know that Zlarin has about 2700 sunny hours annually which makes it one of the sunniest Adriatic islands? Annual rainfall is around 700mm, and it falls rarely during summer.
Fauna is impoverished by human influence so there aren’t many animals nowadays. From time to time you can see a rabbit, hedgehog or a harvest mouse. 30 years ago you could have seen foxes on the island. The prevailing bird is gull and sea life is extremely rich with all the typical middle Adriatic fishes.
Throughout the history, Zlarinians were mostly involved in agriculture, fishing and sailing. They had grown olives which is witnessed by abandoned olive groves which can be seen in all parts of the island. The real boom of the island is connected to fishing and processing corals. The traditional skill of processing corals is also nurtured today.
On our beautiful island car access is not allowed which surely gives it a special charm.
If you ask yourself, after all this information, what is that island with such a rich history today, you should know that Zlarin is the best place for a good vacation and relaxation. The island will excite everyone who looks for a shelter from urban noise and daily routine with its lush greenery and clear blue sea. So…
Come to Zlarin, this small island of good-hearted people and rich history and get to know it.