Public Institution Nature of the Šibenik-Knin County
The Šibenik-Knin County occupies the central part of the Croatian Adriatic coastline, its most indented section with a large number of islands, while reaching deep into the mainland and the Dalmatian hinterland called Zagora, all the way to Dinara Mountain with the highest peak in the Republic of Croatia and with the sources of two rivers at its foot as well. It is connected with the Split-Dalmatia County and the Zadar County in the west by the springs of the Cetina River and the Kornati Islands respectively. The Krka River flows through the central part of the Šibenik-Knin County, leaving a unique imprint upon the scenery of this area. From its source beneath the playful Topoljski buk – waterfall of the Krčić River, the Krka River meanders vigorously across its upper course, through karst fields, plateaux and canyons. Across Prukljan Lake and its lower course, all the way to the city of Šibenik and then following the St Anthony’s Channel, it flows calmly, finding its way to the sea. There is St Nicholas’ Fortress, an outstanding monument under the UNESCO protection, to see it out of the channel.
The great natural wealth and cultural heritage of the Šibenik-Knin County require particular protection and conservation measures. Apart from the Krka and Kornati National Parks and Vrana Lake Nature Park, all other areas of great natural importance are also protected by national legislation.