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Geographicaly, Town of Drnis is central point of Sibenik region. It takes only 30 km driving down the main county road from Šibenik to Drnis.

The first written mention on Drnis dates from 1494. Past can be experienced sightseeing historical remains of several medieval fortresses, which presented defensive system along the Krka and Čikola canyons, such as Gradina, Ključica and others. In 15th century Drniš is conquered by Turks, and the traces of those times are still visible in the architecture. The present church of St. Anthony of Padua was built on the foundations of the mosque and has kept its vaulted dome and ornaments. Visitors can also see the westernmost preserved minaret which was built by Ottoman Empire. In the 18th century Venetians took over Drnis, after them follows a period of Austro-Hungarian governance, with short period of French governance.

In 19th century Drniš is experiencing intense economic and social development, mostly due to the development of coal mining. Export of brown coal from Siverić was documented in 1767, while systematic excavation begins in 1836. Coal was exported from the port of Sibenik towards all major Mediterranean ports. Development of mining started development of infrastructure. From 1874. to 1877. the railroad was built from Siverić to Split, with a branch towards Sibenik. In 1909. a hydroelectric power plant on Roski slap was built.

Drniš area is place of exceptional nature: islet Visovac and Roški Slap waterfall present some of the most beautiful spots of National park "Krka", and Čikola canyon is protected landscape.

Drnis area is homeland of a major world artist Ivan Mestrovic, and was a lasting inspiration for his work. Many of his sculptures, fountains and paintings can be seen in Drniš. The Most Holy Redeemer Church, in which is his tomb, is in nearby village Ružić.

Drnis tradition is preserved in lifestyle and local gastronomy. One of its trademarks is traditional Drniš prosciutto, with unique quality due to the specific microclimate conditions of the area. It can be tasted on rural households and restaurants in Drniš area.

Besides tradition, Drniš offers its visitors a large number of facilities for active holidays such as bike trails, walking and hiking trails along the Čikola and Krka canyons and the mountain Promina. Equipped canyoning routes, rock climbing venue and zip-line in the Čikola canyon are also available.

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