Family vacations

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THE AREA OF ŠIBENIK SUITABLE FOR A FAMILY VACATION

The area of Šibenik-Knin County is very suitable for a family vacation. It is the area with two national parks (Krka and Kornati), beautiful pebble and sandy beaches surrounded by pine trees suitable for children and playing in the shallows. It is also known for different events. The one dedicated to children is the International Children's Festival, the only one of this type in the Republic of Croatia held for 50 years.
When you arrive in the Šibenik-Knin County, it is important that you know where you and your children will be accommodated, in order to have a pleasant stay.

At your disposal there is a vast array of hotels – from Pirovac up to Rogoznica, as well as different possibilities of private accommodation (for private accommodation offer, please refer to the local tourist boards or travel agencies in the area of Šibenik).

FAMILY FACILITIES IN PIROVAC

The settlement of Pirovac, located in the extreme north of the Šibenik region, offers you accommodation in the Hotel Miran, as well as possibilities within the private accommodation. One of the cleanest beaches in the region, Lolić beach, the winner of the international recognition for the cleanness and the quality of the sea - the Blue flag, is located in the settlement itself. Pirovac is also known for organizing different events, which you and your children would surely enjoy. The association Porart is active in this area, too. It is in charge of the organisation of exhibitions, workshops, courses and seminars for adults and children.

THE ISLAND OF MURTER – THE ISLAND OF SANDY BEACHES

The island of Murter is located near Pirovac. It is the biggest inhabited island in the Šibenik-Knin County, permanently connected with the mainland by a movable bridge (the bridge goes up twice a day during the summer months). It is known for pebble and sandy beaches, and the most famous among them is surely the beach of Slanica, partly sandy, as perfect for children and their playing in the shallows.

The Ecological Association Argonauta is active in the settlement of Murter, on an island of the same name. Besides the organization of different educational workshops, one of its activities is dedicated solely to children – printing of children's books in foreign languages. Among them, the best known one is dedicated to the turtle Leonardo, the aim of which is to educate children about the undersea life of the Kornati islands.
The settlement of Murter is the starting point for all excursions to the National Park Kornati, also. The settlement of Jezera, situated on the island of Murter as well, distinguishes by its manifestations as "The figs' party" and many others, with an inevitable participation of the children, members of the Cultural-artistic Association "Koledišće".

Near Jezera, there is the Holiday Resort Lovišće, which is suitable for children not only because of the beautiful beaches, but also because of an animation program for children offered during the summer. Besides Jezera and Murter, there are two more settlements on the island known for beautiful beaches – Tisno and Betina. In Betina it is possible to find private accommodation, and in Tisno there are also small family run hotels at your disposal.

TRIBUNJ – TRADITIONAL DONKEY RACE

The settlements of Tribunj and Sovlje are known for beautiful beaches suitable for children and protected by pine trees from the sun. Sovlje is especially suitable for children because of significantly reduced car traffic. In Tribunj the Traditional donkey race is held during the summer, which is especially interesting to children, but also to adults.

VODICE – THE BLUE FLAG FOR THE BLUE BEACH

The town of Vodice, situated not far from Tribunj and known as the most famous tourist centre in the Šibenik region, distinguishes by one of the cleanest beaches in the region – the Blue beach, winner of the international recognition for the cleanness and the quality of the sea, the Blue flag. At your disposal there are large private accommodation capacities, as well as numerous hotels located directly on the beach. Also, numerous animation programs for children are offered. The Aquarium and Maritime Tradition Museum in Vodice, where it is possible to see different ship models and more than 150 fish species from the Adriatic Sea, are special points of interest for children. A small tourist train, which drives several times a day from one point of the town to another, is also something what most children want to try.
The town of Vodice is also the starting point for all boat excursions to the National Park Krka and the National Park Kornati, as well as the islands of Prvić, Zlarin and the town of Šibenik by sea (visit www.jadrolinija.com). The islands of Prvić and Zlarin offer a special experience of a family vacation. Besides private accommodation there are two hotels at your disposal – the Hotel Maestral on the island of Prvić (in the settlement of Prvić Luka) and the Hotel Koralj on the island of Zlarin. Both of the islands are rich in beautiful beaches and peace, because there is no car traffic. In the settlement of Prvić Šepurine on the island of Prvić a sandy beach is found, especially loved by children (there is no shadow, so bring a tent or a parasol). (www.jadrolinija.com).
The settlement of Srima, situated not far from the town of Vodice, is another peaceful place for a family vacation. It is known for beautiful beaches, of which one is a sandy beach. The settlement is a small oasis of calm, peace and quiet, and from there the town of Vodice is only a couple of minutes' walk away.
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ŠIBENIK – 50 YEARS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL

Solaris Hotels Resort is located is a hotel resort located only six kilometres from the town of Šibenik. It includes five hotels, a campsite and a marina. Offered is the option of an All Inclusive stay. All hotels are situated on the White Beach, which has been awarded the Blue flag in 2004, as one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. The beach is partly pebbled and partly sandy, about 700 meters long, equipped with numerous additional contents. Entertainment for children is very rich in the Children's park (www.solaris.hr).

If you visit Šibenik (widely known as the Children's town) at the end of June and beginning of July, you can enjoy the colourful atmosphere of the International Children's Festival, that this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. Besides watching numerous performances, children have a possibility to participate in numerous workshops, according to their interests.

BRODARICA – THE PEGASUS RIDING CLUB

The suburb settlement of Brodarica offers private accommodation. It is the starting point for excursions to the islet of Krapanj known for sea sponge diving tradition. Your child can walk freely there because there is no traffic on the island. The boat drive from Brodarica to the island of Krapanj lasts only five minutes.Brodarica is also known for its beaches and the Pegasus Riding Club, famous for its children's riding school. (www.pegasus.hr) The settlements of Žaborić, Grebaštica and Rogoznica distinguish themselves by beautiful beaches and crystal blue sea, where a wide range of private accommodation is at your disposal during your stay.

KIDS CLUB IN PRIMOŠTEN

The settlement of Primošten, besides private accommodation, offers also the accommodation in the Hotel Zora. The hotel is located on the peninsula of Raduča, not far from the centre of the settlement, directly on the beach surrounded by the pine forest suitable for children. One important part of the Hotel Zora is also the Kids club which organizes different workshops and programs for the little ones.

STAYING IN THE ŠIBENIK HINTERLAND

In the hinterland of Šibenik there is a wide range of private accommodation and hotels at your disposal. Especially interesting to children are the excursions to the Krka National Park and to the town of Knin located a couple of kilometres further by the spring of the Krka River – the Krčić waterfall.