Top spots to visit near Tisno

Date: 18.04.2015.

You already know Croatia is a heaven for festival goers, but it’s a lot more than just parties, sunshine and beaches. We are taking you on a little tour of what to explore, see and do.

There are plenty of places you should visit near Tisno; Zadar, Šibenik and Split are just some of them with a variety of adrenaline-filled activities and National Parks around as well.

ZADAR

Alfred Hitchcock’s favourite sunset in the world, first ever music producing Sea Organ and one of a kind solar powered/colour changing Greeting to the Sun all call Zadar their home town. It’s only 40 min drive from Tisno so it would be a shame not to give it at least a day or two. The streets of Zadar are filled with charming café’s and unique shops, there is a handful of parks and sandy beaches all around, but don’t forget to visit The Garden Zadar – our lovely lounge & cocktail bar set upon the ancient city walls with a breath-taking view of the town.

 

ŠIBENIK

They say St. James Cathedral is the crown jewel of Šibenik and that's just one of the reasons why UNESCO put it on their World Heritage Sites list. It was built from 1431-1535 blending Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Take your time circling the cathedral’s exterior, where a frieze of 71 sculpted faces of Šibenik’s Renaissance citizens wrap around the building. If you want to see Šibenik from above, climb up to the fortress of St. Michael. The medieval Mediterranean garden of St. Lawrence monastery is a good place to get away from festival hustle and relax. It has been renovated and opened in 2007 after being forgotten for almost 100 years. From four fortersses in Šibenik (St. John, St. Michael, St. Nicholas and Šubićevac) St. Nicholas is situated at sea at the entrance of Šibenik port, made to guard the town.


SPLIT

Split is the second biggest city in Croatia best known for Diocletian’s Palace built by the Roman emperor Diocletian in 4th century AD. Today it forms the centre of the city and is a part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage as one of the best preserved palaces of the Roman imperial period. Geek fact: the fourth season of HBO series Game Of Thrones takes place there as well! When in the city, you should visit a street called 'Pusti Me Da Prođem' aka 'Let Me Pass' near Jupiter’s temple. It is 1700 years old and only 5m wide. We also recommend a visit to the Cathedral of Saint Domnius which is the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in use in its original structure. While you are wandering around Split go and rub Gregory of Nin’s toe for good luck. If you want to relax and enjoy nature then head over to Marjan hill. The woods will show you a great walk and a remarkable view of the city.


KORNATI NATIONAL PARK

If you go by boat, you can visit Kornati National Park. There are many daily tours with all kinds of entertainment going to Kornati or simply just rent a speedboat or a yacht and head for a sea adventure. Kornati are often described as a nautical paradise because of their 89 islands, islets and reefs. Most cruises give you the opportunity to enjoy Kornati with every sense possible by offering traditional Croatian food and wine along with swimming in the beautiful crystal blue sea. There's a legend about the birth of Kornati, saying God has shattered some white gravel around that he had left over from creating the World and he made them with stars, breath and tears.




KRKA NATIONAL PARK

Just a 40 min drive away from Tisno you can enjoy the lovely localities of Krka river and it's waterfalls. If you're up for some trekking, you should visit the remains of an ancient Roman town Burnum, Oziđana cave, Roški and Manojlovac waterfalls... but the most exciting part of this National Park is most defintely taking a swim underneath Skradinski buk waterfall. There is a tiny island of Visovac in the Krka river settled by Franciscan monks in 1445, who built a monastery in that year and are still living on the island. Over 800 species of plantlife have been identified as being present in the National Park. Best way to see most of the park is taking a boat trip along the river with breathtaking views of the lakes and waterfalls.


PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK

Those of you who want to visit the oldest National Park in Southeast Europe and the largest one in Croatia should go to Plitvice Lakes. It will take you a little over an hour to get there from Tisno. Plitvice Lakes are among the first registered natural sites in the world which were added to UNESCO World Heritage. The park is famous for its cascade lakes and you can visit 16 of them. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colours change constantly, depending on the quantity of minerals in the water, organisms that live there and sunlight. Truely a breaktaking site to see!




PAKLENICA NATIONAL PARK

Those of you who want to visit the oldest National Park in Southeast Europe and the largest one in Croatia should go to Plitvice Lakes. It will take you a little over an hour to get there from Tisno. Plitvice Lakes are among the first registered natural sites in the world which were added to UNESCO World Heritage. The park is famous for its cascade lakes and you can visit 16 of them. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colours change constantly, depending on the quantity of minerals in the water, organisms that live there and sunlight. Truely a breaktaking site to see!




LAKE VRANA NATURE PARK & VELEBIT MOUNTAIN

You can head over to the biggest lake in Croatia, Lake Vrana. It will take you half an hour only to reach it from Tisno. The dominant feature of the park is a special ornithological reserve, an almost untouched natural habitat of birds (249 bird species are recorded so far). Velebit mountain (a two hour drive away) is the largest mountain in Croatia, part of the Dinaric Alps. It has the largest and deepest caves in Croatia. The three-part "Lukina jama" cave is 1392 m deep, making it one of the deepest caves in the world, and the deepest in southeast Europe.  



And now off for some adventure and adrenalin!

You can drive to Zadar and drench yourself with paint in a paintball war with your friends at Adventure City Centar. Also jump on a small zip line, play soccer, try archery or go for some free climbing on artificial rocks.

If you are up for a climbing or zip-line adventure you should visit Adventure-Park Kožino. It will take you five minutes to get there from Zadar and is situated in a several acre pine-wood.

For those who love to explore cities but are tired of the usual tourist places, kayak tour of Zadar is a thing to try. You can experience the oldest Dalmatian town from sea with Kayaktours.

Canoe safari Zrmanja allows you to explore the river Zrmanja by canoe and you don't have to be an expert to do it. The trip begins in Kaštel Žegarski which is around 1,5 hrs drive from Tisno. The tour will lead you to Krupa's beautiful waterfalls, where you can swim and end in Muškovci.

For hard-core adrenaline junkies we have skydiving and bungee jumping. You can skydive in Zadar from 3500m with free fall for 30 to 50 seconds. If you feel safer with a rope, head over to Šibenik and bungee jump from Šibenik bridge towards Krka river mouth.

 



As you can see, Croatia has much more to offer then its festival experience. We advise you to try anything you can outside the festival site and explore Croatia in a new way.

Patricia Pajk for The Garden Festival

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