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Gates of Field

Drniš is a city in the heart of Zagora, halfway between Šibenik and Knin. It is surrounded by mountains Promina and Moseć which make a passage into nearby Peter's Field called Gates of Drniš. Near city flows a river Čikola which springs in the vicinty of small village of Čavoglave and continues its flow along the boundaries of Peter's Field. From the 1146m high Promina peak you can see everything: a river island of Visovac, oasis of spirituality and peace, and other beauties of Krka, too: Roški waterfall and Skradinski buk, all the way to the Mediterranean sea. [images]

Map of Drniš and surrounding area

Drniš area is composed from several smaller geographic areas: the city itself, Petrovo Polje Valley and surrounding settlements, Miljevci plateau, SW part (area of Žitnić, Pokrovnik, Pakovo selo and Radonić) and villages in the base of mountain Promina, used-to-be mining areas (Siverić, Trbounje, Velušić). These settlements are also part of Drniš county: Badanj, Bogatić, Brištani, Drinovci, Kadina Glavica, Kanjane, Kaočine, Karalić, Ključ, Kričke, Lišnjak, Parčić, Sedramić, Siverić, Širitovci, Štikovo and Tepljuh which altogether occupy an area of 355km². 8500 people inhabits them, and the 3300 of them are in the city alone. An interesting fact is that there are more women then men, some would say that men from Drniš are blessed among the women.

The city was built as a fortress for protection against turkish invasions during Middle ages. According to the legend, after their conquest of the city, the Turks named it "Drniš", which translated from persian means "Gates into Field ". Protector of the city is Saint Roko who is celebrated for nearly three centuries, from the time when plague broke out and decimated the population.

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Road connectivity

It is very easy to come to Drniš becouse its situated on the crossroads of very important roads and railroads. You can come from Šibenik or Knin for about half an hour, and form Zadar or Split for about hour and a half. Drniš, more correctly Siverić, had the first railroad (1877.) ever built at the area of present day Šibensko-kninska county. Nearby tourist destinations like Roški waterfall and Visovac are only fifteen minutes of driving away.


The climate of Drniš area is mixture of continental and mediterranean climate, hot summers and cold and windy winters. Winds blow from these directions: NI ("bura"), S, SW ("maestral"), SI, E and W. This combination of winds and climate has created a specific microclimate which gives special flavor and aroma to traditional products: wine, sheep cheese (cheese from "mišina") and widely known and valued "pršut" from Drniš.

Little bit of statistics

  • Geographic latitude: 43° 51' 45N
  • Geographic longitude: 16° 9' 20E
  • Altitude compared to sea level: 278-330m

  • Promina peak: 1146m

  • Population: 3 300 - city (2001.)
  • Population: 8 500 - county (2001.)

Distances to major cities

  • Split - 72km
  • Šibenik - 30km
  • Zadar - 100km
  • Zagreb - 380km
  • Visovac - 17km


  • Average temp. summer (August): 25°C
  • Average temp. winter (January): 4°C

© Ante Marin 2008