The Šibenik-Knin County is an area of wild beauty and includes 249 islands in the Adriatic, most of which are uninhabited. It enjoys a Mediterranean climate of hot summers and dry winters. The Kornati Archipelago consists of 125 islands, islets and above-water reefs. Its bizarrely shaped islands and beautiful hidden inlets have inspired the development of nautical tourism in the region. The region also has two of the country’s most beautiful natural parks: Kornati National Park, which encompasses the Kornati Islands, and Krka National Park along the Krka River.
The county has seen a tremendous growth in tourism, particularly along its indented coast, where the administrative, economic and cultural centre of Šibenik lies. It has a rich cultural and historical heritage and holds some very impressive Renaissance monuments, including the Cathedral of St James.
The coastal town of Šibenik is not as well-known as its fellow Dalmatian cities Split and Dubrovnik, but it is a lively, tourist-friendly town. It has a natural harbour on the Krka River right where it flows into the Adriatic Sea.
Squares, palaces and churches dot the city. The most impressive edifice is the 500-year-old Cathedral of Saint James, a large, Renaissance structure near the fortified walls of the town.