Knin is another of the towns in the Croatian hinterland, through which we mostly pass without reflection, although aware of the brisk history and rich cultural heritage the city has. Knin is located in the heart of the Sibenik-Knin County, and is surrounded by the natural richness and unconventional beauty of the landscape. Climbing at Dinara begins 15 km further, and it is the mountain with the highest peak in the Republic of Croatia, and in the vicinity of the town is Krcic, the spring of the river that Krka which has given us one of our most beautiful national parks. Knin is 56 kilometers far from Sibenik, 100 kilometers from Split, few kilometers less from Zadar, and 273 kilometers to Zagreb. Due to it, Knin has always been an important hub traffic center in Central Dalmatia. Witness of its historical importance is the fortress on the hill of Spas, which rises high above Knin and which is the second most important preserved fortress of this kind in Europe.
Knin Fortress is a symbol of the city, it was built on the ruins of a Roman building in the 10th century when the town of Knin was first mentioned. Since then, it has been reconstructed several times and has been built to reach its final appearance in the 18th century. The fortress has defended and preserved the national and the kings of the early Croatian states rulers for centuries, for which the city of Knin is called the "Royal City" even today. The Knin Fortress is also a symbol of the resistance of the Homeland War since Knin was occupied from 1991 to 1995 when it was finally released in Operation Storm.
The city is constantly advancing in the struggle for reconstruction of former shine since than. Although tourism is not the primary economic branch, we can find accommodation in Knin and its surroundings in private houses and farms, and Knin offers a number of cultural, historical and gastronomic delights.
Knin has more than 10,000 inhabitants, while we can gather another 5000 in the surrounding villages. The wider area is perfect for exploring and studying the hectic life of Dalmatian inland. Monasteries, churches, remains of Roman forts and camps are the perfect scenery for a genuine enjoyment in the charms of stone and carvings, a landscape that never springs, but it has produced fruits under the hands of knight shepherds and farmers. This region is well-known for its tasty strong wines, aromatic cheeses, cattle breeds from fragrant pearls on steep ravines covered with Mediterranean herbs and meat products dried by sharp winds of Dinara, and here we are especially thinking of the tradition of prosciutto processing.
Stay in Knin and visit it on foot or by bike, visit it in September or April when the city opens like a flower bud and begins to reveal its treasures, guarded for centuries only for your taste buds and created to surprise all your senses.
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