Day 1 - 2: Biograd na Moru and Lake Vrana (Vransko Jezero)
For this camping route the starting point is Zadar. The coastal road from Zadar will lead you to Biograd na Moru, once king’s city and today a very famous tourist destination.
Biograd na Moru is especially popular among yachting world and sailors, not only because of the proximity of Kornati archipelago, but also thanks to its big and safe marina that is naturally protected by the Pašman channel and many nearby islets.
In the centre of town visit the ruins of Saint Johann Evangelist monastery, the male Benedictine monastery that the venetians ruined in the year 1125 and then take a swim in a crystal clear sea on a pebble beach only about 100 meters far from the centre.
Biograd also offers many possibilities of excursions as nearby are national parks of Paklenica, and the Kornati archipelago. We also recommend a visit to Lake Vrana which is located only 7 km from town (do not confuse Biograd's Vransko Lake with the lake on Cres Island by the same name).
Vransko Lake near Biograd is the biggest Croatian lake and is rich with fresh water fish. Many different species of birds can also be found there, resulting in the lake being enlisted among the important ornithological areas and protected as a nature park.
Campsites around Biograd area
Day 3 - 4: Island of Murter and the City of Šibenik
When you go southern by a narrow mainland line between the sea and Vrana Lake, turn to Tisno place, where there is a little bridge that will lead you to Murter Island.
The beauties of the island had been discovered by the Liburnians and the Romans, and this is testified by many archeological findings. The island is also known for its wooden naval industry which, alongside the one of Island of Korčula, is the oldest of the Adriatic.
When you are fed up with driving, reach any little bay – you certainly won’t be disappointed. We recommend bays of Slanica, Kosirina and Čigrađa. Island of Murter is also really suitable for the active holidays and there are many choices such as diving, biking, kayaking and so on.
After leaving Murter, continue south towards Vodice and Šibenik. If you have enough time, before reaching Šibenik stop at Tribunj (north-west of Vodice) from which you can visit Logorun Island oposite. On the Logorun island is the first Donkeys Reserve in the world. Donkeys feel very relaxed there and are very friendly and tame.
Continuing south along Adriatic coastal road, after having passed the bridge over the mouth of the river Krka, turn towards Šibenik, the administrative and cultural centre of the Šibenik – Knin county. First mentioned in 13th century, Šibenik has plentiful of sights and cultural monuments.
The most known is the Šibenik Cathedral on the UNESCO’s list of heritage because of its beauty and uniqueness of construction. The cathedral is one of the most valuable monuments of the European sacral building. The cathedral is entirely built of stone slabs and ribs without any binding materials - in fact there are no other materials used, only stone.
As well as the cathedral, you will certainly notice the many fortresses, and we recommend the visit to the fortress of Saint Nicolas, one of the strongest fortification objects on the Croatian coastline, situated on an islet at the entrance in the Saint Ante’s channel. Fortresses of St. Michael, St. John and Šubicevac are also worth a visit.
Visit Krapanj, islet with centuries of sponge fishing tradition, diving and fishing. Krapanj island is located south of Šibenik and is the smallest inhabited island in Adriatic with the surface area of only 0.36 km2. The island is only 400 metres from the mainland and can be reached by ferry. Another interesting fact is that the island's top elevation is only 1,5 metres, and is carrying the title of the lowest island on the Mediterranean!
Šibenik has many manifestations, and the most famous is the International children’s festival (end of June) and the International medieval Fair (beginning of September), but do not forget the especially charming local events. We can guarantee you that in Šibenik everyone will find something to their taste.
Campsites on Murter island and campsites in Šibenik
Day 5: National park Krka
From Šibenik proceed towards the inland, towards National Park Krka. Seven cascades of waterfall with the total fall of 242 m are a unique natural phenomena that will leave you breathless. The wooden trials above the green and blue area will give you an indescribable sense of tranquility.
Take one of the excursions boat and visit the islet Visovac where a Franciscan monastery is situated, just as the most known waterfalls, Skradinski buk and Roški slap. Especially interesting is the hydro-electric plant built in the 1895 thanks to which Šibenik became the third city in the world that got the street light on alternating current (one year before the renowned Tesla’s power plant on the Niagara!)
After you exit the National Park, if you desire to feel a breath of wildness in the middle of the Mediterranean, go towards the place called Dubrava, and look for the Hawk Centre which for years takes care of the various species of predatory birds and vultures with the aim to release them back to the nature. In the Hawk Centre you can participate in a very interesting program during which you will find out many interesting facts about vultures and experience an eye contact with an owl or hawk. If you have a strong stomach you can also watch them being fed.
Campsites close to Krka National Park
Day 6: Trogir
We recommend that the inland route is used when going from Krka National Park to Trogir. This route goes over Vrpolje bridge and as it descends along the serpentine road towards the town, the view will leave you breathless.
The ancient town of Trogir, enlisted in UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage, is the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic island town in all of Central Europe. It is situated on the small island between the mainland and the Island of Čiovo.
There are too many sights in Trogir to list them all, but be sure that the narrow streets of the ancient town will surprise you again and again at every corner with numerous palaces, churches and towers.
We must however mention the church of St. Lawrence, whose magnificant main west portal is made by Master Radovan in 13th century and should not be missed. Visit to Kamerlengo tower at the very harbour should also be compulsory, as well as the tower of Saint Mark’s close to it, which now hosts the Museum of Dalmatian Music.
When you had enough of culture, find a refreshing swim in the waters of Čiovo Island, connected with Trogir with a traversing bridge (once the island was used by the inhabitants escaping from the Turks). Čiovo's island has a mild climate and large choice of entertainment and relaxation, hidden gulfs and picturesque islets - perfect for enjoying that day on the beach.
Campsites near Trogir