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St. Anthony’s Promenade in the Šibenik Channel

St. Anthony’s Channel is one of the most beautiful parts of the Adriatic coast and the most beautiful sea entrance to a city. Along with the natural beauty obvious at first glance and the beautiful panoramic view of Šibenik, its archipelago and the fortress of St. Nicholas, the channel has many cultural and natural values.

The arranged path, dock and viewpoints, cultural goods and recreational facilities allow various activities throughout the area (walks, recreational running, Nordic walking, orienteering, cycling, cultural goods sightseeing, panoramic sightseeing, organization of trainings and sports competitions etc.)

Fortresses of Šibenik

The impressive four Šibenik’s fortresses surrounding the city amaze with their beauty and capture the spirit with their rich history. The fascinating fortresses have successfully protected the largest preserved old town in Croatia from various attacks throughout centuries. The defensive walls rising above the city are today representing an inevitable attraction with a fantastic view that you simply have to experience.

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St. Michael’s Fortress

St. Michael’s Fortress is the oldest fortress of Šibenik, mentioned in the 11th century for the first time during the rule of King Peter Krešimir IV who founded Šibenik in 1066. It was the starting point for the spreading of the city walls to the sea. It was built on a 60 m high hill for the purpose control and defence of the entrance to the Šibenik Bay and the Krka River canyon. It was often devastated, and its today’s appearance dates back to the 18th century. Four towers from the 15th and 16th centuries are preserved. The reconstruction of St. Michael’s Fortress was completed in 2014. It includes a summer stage with 1077 seats where music and stage shows are taking place. For more information please visit the official site: svmihovil.sibenik.hr

St. John’s Fortress

St. John’s Fortress is located above Šibenik’s old town, at 115 m above sea level. It is star-shaped and was designed by the Venetian architect Antonio Leni for protection from Ottoman attacks. The fortress was erected in only 45 days because the citizens of Šibenik helped building it due to a danger of attack. After great losses during the battle on 16th September 1647, the Ottoman army withdrew from Šibenik. St. John’s Fortress served in September 2014 as an attractive historical scene for scenes from the Game of Thrones series, currently one of the most popular series in the world. For more information please visit: http://www.barone.hr/hr/

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Šubićevac Fortress

Šubićevac Fortress, also known as the Barone Fortress, is located at 80 m above sea level. It was connected with St. John’s Fortress with which it played an important role in defending the city from the Ottomans in 1647. They were built simultaneously with the help of the citizens. For a long time the fortress was named after baron Degenfeld, a Venetian army leader of German origin, who greatly helped in defending Šibenik.

St. Nicholas Fortress

St. Nicholas Fortress was erected in mid 16th century at the entrance to St. Anthony’s Channel to defend the city from attacks from the sea. It is surrounded by the sea from all sides and over time it was connected with the mainland only by a very narrow embankment. It was designed by the Venetian engineer Michiele Sammichelle. The lower part of the fortress is made of white stone, and the upper part is made of brick. Cannon embrasures are located at sea level. St. Nicholas Fortress is beautifully preserved and is considered to be one of the most important maritime monuments on the Croatian coast.

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Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism of Italy nominated Šibenik’s Fortresses as part of the Venetian defence system for the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List. The Venetian defence system is currently on the tentative UNESCO list. Be sure to visit and experience the beauty of Šibenik’s unique 4 fortresses.

Krka National Park

Krka National Park is located in the Šibenik-Knin County and covers an area of 109 km² of the most beautiful part of the river Krka and the lower flow of the river Čikola.

With its length of 72.5 km, including the sunken part of the mouth, Krka is the 22nd longest river in Croatia. Its source is located at the foot of the Dinara mountain, 3.5 km northeast of Knin. With seven tufaceous waterfalls and a total fall of 224 m, Krka is a natural and karst phenomenon. The tufaceous waterfalls of the Krka river are the fundamental phenomenon of this river.

Due to its exceptional natural values, the need to legally protect the Krka river has been recognized already in the middle of the 20th century. The initiative for proclaiming the Krka river a national park started in 1971.

Kornati National Park

It was proclaimed a national park in 1980 and then protected. The total surface area of the park is about 220 km² and is consisted of 89 islands, islets and cliffs. From the surface are of the park, only about 1/4 is mainland, while the rest is a marine ecosystem.

It abounds in natural and cultural features. The vertical cliffs of the “crown” of the Kornati islands facing the open sea are the most popular phenomenon of this park. They are also habitats of rare species.

In the area of the Kornati National Park, there are eight well-designed and marked hiking trails leading to viewpoints from which it is possible to see the Kornati entirely or some of it most beautiful parts. These trails are marked and designed under the common name – Hiking trail Kornati.