Sailing into the Mainland – River Krka
River Krka, natural and karst phenomenon springs near Knin, relatively far away from the sea and ends its way draining into the Adriatic Sea in Šibenik. Willing to reach the sea it created an amazing canyon ending with seven travertine waterfalls near Skradin.
Sailing from Šibenik through the mouth of river Krka brings the exquisite experience of steering the yacht between steep banks of Krka being given a chance to experience amazing scenery.
After passing Prokljansko jezero lake your way ends in Skradin. This town welcomes sailors by a beautiful marina with 150 berths and maximum draft of 5 m. Marina is equipped with fresh water and electric plug, showers and dumpsters. On your approach to the pontoons, you will probably be photographed and offered to buy a postcard with your photo on it. The area between the marina and Skradin Bridge offers a good anchorage, but keep in mind that there is mud on the river floor. Sailing yachts and bigger vessels could also be moored at the community berth where cheerful and very skilled harbor assistant Zlatko would be your first contact in Skradin, especially if you announce your approach on VHF canal 17.
Once you sailed in this historical part of Šibenik background, it is time to visit Krka National park. There is a ferry to the National Park at the community bank, departing every full hour from 10 AM to 5 PM, while bike rental is probably more appropriate for those who want to take a closer look to the surrounding nature.
The end of your trip should be garnished by a visit to one of Skradin restaurant where mussels, clams and oysters are served as a local specialty.
Your sailing trip into the mainland could be an option if your charter base is located in Šibenik – as your starting or a final point of your trip. Otherwise, visiting Krka could be on your way either if you charter the yacht in Split or Zadar area.
Visiting Skradin, after all, proves that it is possible to sail into the mainland…
I wish you a calm sea, a fine wind and a strong mast!