This small town in northern Dalmatia, at the spring of the River Krka sits at the intersection of the road and rail routes between the Adriatic and the Croatian mainland. Due to its favourable transportation position it is often referred to as the Key to Croatia or the Gateway to Dalmatia.
Its glorious and long history is visible at Burnum – a Roman military camp not far from Knin, and the well-preserved fortress of Knin, the town’s symbol, which has defended it from many enemies. Knin’s truly glorious past is visible in the fact that it was the main seat of the Croatian kings, who were able to more easily dominate the rest of Dalmatia and Croatia from there.
In the vicinity of Knin, in the village of Pakovo there is Etnoland Dalmati where you can learn about the customs and architecture of Dalmatinska zagora as well as the gastronomic delicacy - prosciutto. The regions suitability for tourism increases with the proximity of a number of national parks (Krka, Kornati, Paklenica and Plitvice), the Velebit nature parks and the Vrana ornithological reserve.
The largest part of this amazing river’s course is the national park, which in addition to its natural phenomena abounds with cultural and historical monuments. The most outstanding of these is the Franciscan monastery on the tiny island of Visovac, set in the middle of the lake widening in the river like a precious stone. Within the monastery there is a picture gallery and a church, origins of which are traced back to the 14th century. In the middle of the canyon, upstream of the river, is an interesting Krka Orthodox monastery; while on the high ground above the river several old ruins sit. The old mills, which have been transformed into small ethnographic museums where one can see how wheat was ground in the olden days, are a popular attraction for visitors. Heritage interpreters are dressed in traditional folk costumes, which is particularly interesting and entertaining for children, who are frequent visitors of the park. However, the main attraction of Krka National Park lies in its seven waterfalls. The widest of these is Roški slap, although Skradinski buk is the biggest and most well known.
Etnoland Dalmati is the first theme park of its kind in Croatia, which opened its doors to visitors in mid-May of 2007. It is situated in Central Dalmatia, only 10 minutes from National Park Krka in Pakovo Selo (15 km from Šibenik). With an area of 15,000 square meters and a capacity for 500 people, it acquaints the visitors with the life of the Dalmatian hinterland as it once was.