Leaving Trogir on Tuesday morning we headed north up the coast spending a couple of nights at anchor planning to arrive at Sibenik for lunch time, avoiding charter boats. The night before we arrived we actually decided to head directly for Skradin, closer to the waterfalls we wanted to visit, in the hope of finding a mooring buoy.
The port of Sibenik is a short distance up the river Krka from the coast and has a Town Quay and a Marina. Our plan was to visit Sibenik on the way back down river so, after checking out the Town Quay we set off further up river to the village of Skradin which is at the entrance to the Krka National Park.
We’ve not navigated up a river before and it was quite pleasant, the scenery wasn’t breathtaking but was pretty. Part way up river is a large lake called Prokljansko Jezero and upon reflection we’d have done better to make our way here for the previous night; the lake is surrounded by small coves and you could anchor anywhere!
So we arrived at Skradin and found most of the mooring buoys to be free so secured ourselves to one and set off for the waterfalls we’d heard so much about. They are a 30 minute ferry trip up river from Skradin and are very popular with tourists, there being a flotilla of ferries running an hourly service.
Again, in hindsight we should have made the effort to visit the falls first thing in the morning but as it was we didn’t get there until 3 pm when it was at its busiest! Unfortunate but, despite the crowds it was a spectacular location. The pool beneath the falls was full of people taking a dip and I joined them for a dip, more to say I’d done it than anything else. Lovely location but expensive to get to and very crowded.
We had a stroll around Skradin before going back to the boat and I climbed up to the grandly named Fortress of Ban Pavao Subic of Bribir. It is a partially re built tower amongst a pile of rocks but it gives good views over the village.
The whole river is home to swans, lots of them, and in the morning as I was having breakfast they came by on the scrounge. Obviously a regular occurrence as they actually started pecking at the hull when I didn’t feed them quickly enough!
So, as our visitors ‘swanned off‘ for another breakfast we slipped our mooring and set off down river again to Sibenik, also reputedly a nice town to visit.