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Šibenik Archipelago

Sibenik archipelago comprises of 249 islands, islets and grebana total area of 157 km. Six islands are inhabited. Today, on them live about 6600 inhabitants. Sibenik archipelago consists of islands of Kornati, Zlarin, Prvic, Kaprije, Žirje, Obonjan, Kakan, Krapanj and Murter.

Sibenik Riviera is situated in central Dalmatia. Mighty beauty of its many landscapes, picturesque villages and rich historic and cultural monuments, is a real gem in the tourist industry. The river Krka, in its short course of 72 km, goes through deep canyons to the sea, creating numerous waterfalls, cascades and lakes. According to geographical location, the Riviera is a complex natural entity, and according to relief, climate, vegetation, demographic, social, cultural and economic features, outshine insular, highland and coastal areas, with the city of Sibenik as economic, cultural and administrative center of the Riviera.

National Parks Krka and Kornati, in addition to numerous small towns, adorn this area of special natural beauty. Diversity of this area attracted people since ancient times, as evidenced throughout the Riviera preserved traces of past buildings from prehistoric and Roman settlement to medieval and Renaissance forts and buildings. Because of the indented coastline, especially in the NP Kornati, there is intensively developed nautical tourism. In the Riviera region there are 9 Marinas. Places of Sibenik Riviera are Pirovac, Tisno, Vodice, Srima, Brodarica, Zaboric, Grebaštica, Šparadići, Rogoznica and Primosten. Their ambient specificity, spatial autonomy and uniqueness, beyond any traffic noise and work bustle of cities, enables relaxation and recreation in natural surroundings, rich in scent of Mediterranean herbs and sea.


Island Žirje

An area of 15.43 km2, the largest of all the islands in the Sibenik archipelago. As part of the outer island series, it is also the farthest from Sibenik (11 NM). It is surrounded by numerous beautiful islands. Configuration of the land makes numerous bays and thus a long coastline (39.2 km). As a shelter for small boats are used bays Mala and Vela Stupica, and Tratinska. A ship from Sibenik (regular line) port in the bay of Muna, which is quite exposed to the bora. As on all the islands of the Sibenik surroundings, Zirje climate is characterized by mild winters, warm summers and relatively little variation between the hottest and coldest months. The average annual temperature is 15.6 ° C.

Žirje is known for its natural beauty, clear and blue sea and a few of the valuable and interesting cultural and historical monuments. The highest peak is Kapić (131m). The natural vegetation consists mostly of underbrush that due to the absence of agricultural activities continue to expand. The main agricultural crops are mainly grown grapes, olives, figs and some fruit. Island Žirje has no watercourse, and the only surface streams are streams that occur during a sudden rain. In the economic activity of Žirjani, an important role has fishery, because the surrounding waters are rich in fish.

Kaprije

Small island in the Sibenik archipelago, 40 or 70 minutes by ferry from Sibenik. From Italy it is devided only by Islands Kakan and Žirje, and crystal clear waters. The island is named after a Mediterranean plant Kapar, whose buds are used as a spice, which was probably abundant at a time when the island was settled Sibenik refugees from the Turkish invasion in the 16th and 17 century. On Kaprije there is only one village with one hundred residents, a post office, shops, and several charming bars and restaurants, in particular aprisiated by boaters who often come to Kaprije for lunch or dinner (famous regular visitors are, for example, Ecclestones). When you walk in the evening to the willage center and pass along the waterfront next to the main square, where local kids play football and little older residents play the bowling, you'll want to never again return to the reality of everyday life.

Kaprije cove, naturally protected from all winds, is in the twilight illuminated by lights flickered from masts of boats that, after a full day cruise through the neighboring Kornati, sail and cast anchor here to carefree the night. And with a new sunrise, during the morning calm sea, they cast off again and silently slip into the infinite blue. Thanks to a great distance from cities, industries, or from any other source of pollution, the shores of the Island are surrounded by the sea of exceptional clearness.

Zlarin

Often called the golden island, green island and the island of coral. It is one of the closest islands of the Sibenik archipelago, far from land only about one nautical mile. The first written documents about Zlarin date back to the 1386. But Zlarin is much older, which is confirmed by findings from the Neolithic and Roman periods.

Former residents of Zlarin were mainly engaged in agriculture and fishing, but what makes is particularly known are coral and marine activities. Extraction and treatment of corals are mentioned in the 15th century, which brought to Zlarin vibrant economic moments, until the collapse of these industries, in the early 20th century. Large population was then forced to emigrate. However, today on Zlarin operate few "koraljarnica" which sale hand made coral jewelry.

The idyllic unspoiled nature, pine trees, a variety of beaches and many hidden coves, will win any visitor. Enjoying the sun and clean sea, local and foreign visitors find refuge here, as well as boaters using the anchorage naturally protected harbor. Accommodation is provided in hotel rooms and apartments, and family houses. In several restaurants tourists will enjoy the local specialties, and thanks to good boat connection, still can "hop" to Sibenik, Prvic or Vodice. And one interesting thing: do you know who is the inventor of Maglite torches that won the world, and are used even by the U.S. police? Zlarinjanin Ante Nebula. After emigrating to America, over many years he gave the world more than a hundred patents. He supports by donations his gold-island Zlarin.

Obonjan

The island, village, town and an entire small continent whose existence was "invented" for young people and their leisure time. Once an uninhabited island, Obonjan was built by young scouts. The maps name is still Obonjan, but for this little peace of land surrounded by sea long ago stabilized different name: Island of Youth. It is also the name of the company that organizes holidays for children and adolescents.

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