Skradin was supposed to be an overnight stop so we could spend the day at the Krka National Park but this cute little town completely won us over and we stayed on and on!
What was so special about Skradin?
The Krka National Park…
Stunning waterfalls including Skradinski Buk and Roski Slap, scenic paths meandering through the trees and a visit to the Franciscan Monastery on Visovac Island were highlights of our day at Krka National Park. You can even swim here so don’t forget to take your bathers! Skradin really is the gateway to the park…boats leave here regularly for the ride up the Krka River. There’ll be more written about this fabulous park later!
Skradin’s history goes way back. It is one of the oldest settlements in Croatia. Olive trees and vineyards cover the hills that surround Skradin and help to created a beautifully protected marina that is one of the best on the coast. Being only fifteen kilometres from the mouth of the Krka River, this position and closeness to the Dalmatian islands means it is extremely popular.
It doesn’t take long to walk along the waterfront street where the huge, mega boats moor. Behind here, stone houses and newly painted shops line the cobbled street of the old town. New retail ventures are moving onto town but the old houses thankfully remain.
Our favourite place in Skradin was Konoba Mate or as we called it Mates Wine Bar, on the waterfront!
This friendly little wine bar has been run by the same family for nearly fifty years. Anka, the eighty four year old matriach still works in the bar. As with many families in Skradin, they make their own proscuitto, cheese, olives, wine and grappa. They even have rooms for rent.
This was the perfect place to sit, sipping wine and nibbling on cheese and proscuitto and watching the boats come and go.
Skradin is also known for it’s gourmet delights….
As in the rest of Croatia, there’s a wide choice of fabulously fresh seafood available here. John Dory (kovač), sea bass (brancin) and bream (orada) are good choices. Try the local oysters and fresh water trout too.
You must also try the Skradinski rižot or Skradin Risotto
It’s not your usual risotto! With this delicious dish, the veal, usually a shoulder, is cooked for twelve hours, or even longer, in a rich stock before the rice is added. A dusting of Paski Sir…cheese from the island of Pag, finishes the dish. Delicious!
Each family has their own recipe so the dishes may vary a bit but the secret of the dish is the long, slow cooking of the meat.
And then to finish your meal, you have to have a slice of Skradinska Torta. This special cake is made with ground almonds and walnuts and then flavoured with honey and a rose liqueur…served with a glass of home made Grappa of course!
Guesthouse Ancora…owned by Zlatko and his wife who is Anka’s granddaughter (Konoba Mates)
They speak perfect English.
Mesarska 5a, Skradin
Tel:+385 95 910 7068
Anka’s son also has a small apartment for rent behind the wine bar!
This post is part of the 2014 A to Z Challenge You can read all the posts on my theme “Off the Beaten Track” here