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The Kornati National Park, which in part also belongs to the Zadar region, in the Šibenik region area binds the wild beauty of stone with the blue of an unbelievably clear sea, a quiet like nowhere else and the charm of hidden coves that leave every sea-lover breathless. They got their name from Kornat, the largest of the islands, and legend says that "on the last day of creation God wished to crown His work and so created the Kornati islands from tears, stars and breath." So wrote the overjoyed George Bernard Shaw, himself marvelling at the beauty of the densest group of islands in the European part of the Mediterranean.

Standing in stark contrast to the blue sea and naked rock of the Kornati islands is the wild kingdom of the Krka National Park, a wonder of Karst beauty that passes three quarters of its way to the sea through canyons. On its green path the river flows over seven falls of which the last is Skradinski buk with an average of 55 cubic metres of water passing over per second.

Two jewels stand out in the crown of Krka National Park: the "Krka" Orthodox monastery of St. Archangel and the Visovac Franciscan monastery. The Orthodox monastery was built in 1402 by Jelena, the widow of Prince Šubić and sister to Emperor Dušan. Valuable books and icons, old liturgical manuscripts and religious vestments are kept there. The Franciscan monastery of Visovac is located in an almost mythical setting, on an island in the midst of a green lake created by the Krka River. It has been inhabited by hospitable Franciscan monks since 1400, keepers of many valuable old paintings and other artwork and the sabre of the renowned Vuk Mandušić who fell in battle with the Turks. The Krka National Park is rich with flora and fauna, and it is also home to 222 bird species making it one of the most valuable ornithological reserves in Europe. The area around Krka is rich in the remains of ancient settlements, prehistoric finds and the remains of a Roman aqueduct, protected as a monument of culture. The Krka National Park can be seen by boat, vehicle or on foot. Not to be missed is the ethno-museum located in one of the old mills.

The Krka National Park is also home to Croatia's only falconry centre, and visitors can see what hunting with falcons has to offer and demonstrations of falconry skills. The city of Skradin, of which there are written records dating back to the year 339 BC, to this day preserves traces of an old Illyrian settlement.

The islands of the Šibenik region, strewn across the open sea, each hide some point of interest, Zlarin, for example, is home to the Adriatic's best known coral hunters while Krapanj, the smallest of the Šibenik region's islands is known as a hunting ground for sea sponges.

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