Šibenik is a small city in central Dalmatia.
How to arrive in Sibenik?
You can arrive by bus, car or ship.
Weather in Sibenik
In the coastal part of the region, the climate is extremely Mediterranean and its strong influence is felt in the continental part as well. Summer temperatures are relatively high, but the pleasant mistral wind that blows from the sea towards the land makes them bearable.
Beaches in Sibenik
With it’s long coast, Šibenik is well known for it’s beautiful beaches.
Beaches in Šibenik:
a) Banj beach is a public beach from which You have a unique view over the old town city. Beach is pebbly and ideal for children,
b) The Sand beach in Solaris Beach Resort is the best sandy beach on the Adriatic cost
c) City beach Jadrija is opened since 1921,
d) Beach Rezalište is at Brodarica, 6 kilometers from Sibenik. This is a nice pebble beach ideal for children and sport activity lovers
What to do in Sibenik?
Sibenik, the oldest native Croatian city of Adriatic, is located in the most protected natural harbor, in the center of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea.
Central city square (“Trg Republike Hrvatske”) was for a long time known as PLATHEI COMMUNIS and later GOSPODSKI TRG (Gentleman’s Square). On that square, in 1750, Šibenik got its first coffee-house. For centuries this square was the center of public and social medieval life, as well as a battle field during the Venetian army attacks in 1378. Some of the most representative buildings of Sibenik architecture are located around the square: the cathedral, City Hall, Mala Lođa, Dukes and Bishops Palaces as well as a complex of patrician stone palaces.
Monuments to see and visit in this small city:
The Cathedral of St. James is under UNESCO World Heritage list. The cathedral is built in Gothic and Renaissance style. During Croatian war of Independence the cathedral was damaged in 1991. and reconstructed from August 1996. till March 1997. Šibenik has 24 churches, and today only 12 churches are used for the service of God whilst.
The Šibenik city museum was opened in 1925. It is located in the former Prince’s Palace.
The Bishops Palace is a Gothic-Renaissance structure from the second half of the 15th century.
The Dukes Palace is located on the shore in the old city core. Two wings of this once very large structure have remained, in which the highest representative of the Venetian government in the community, the city duke-captain, lived and worked. Along the middle of the southern wing there is a Gothic style passage with a city gate. In the west wing, turned towards the sacristy of the cathedral, there are two doors with simple stone frames.
The Fortress of St. Michael is located at a height of 70 meters above the sea. It was built in the period from 15th to 17th century. The fortress was built in a place that was once known as a post of old Illyrians. There are two entrance to the fortress.
St. Nicholas’ Fortress is located at the entrance to the St. Anthony Channel and was built in the middle of the 16th century as defense from Turkish attacks from the sea. It was built according to the designs of the Venetian military builder, Michele Sammichella. St. Nicholas’ Fortress (having a triangle shape) is one of the strongest forts on our coast.
St. John’s Fortress is located on a hill 115meter high on the northern side of the historic city core. It was built in 1646 according to a project by Venetian military engineer, Antonio Leni.
Also interesting in the old city core is the Trg četiri bunara (Square of the Four Wells) which was built in 1451. Since the city lacked water during the Venetian rule, that same authority ordered the city’s duke to begin building a reservoir. That is how Sibenik got its “The Four Wells” reservoir which has been supplying citizens with water for four and a half centuries.
The Medieval Mediterranean Garden of St Lawrence Monastery in Sibenik was restored and opened on 6th November 2007. after being forgotten for a hundred years. This particular type of garden is notably rare, as it is the only one of its kind in Croatia, and there are only few in this part of Europe. The Medieval Mediterranean Garden follows an established medieval design: a cross design for a pathway, a small centrally located water feature, with low growing varieties framed by box tree and beautiful old aromatic roses. There are four sections filled with medicinal plants and herbs.
Natural Attractions in Sibenik
If You have enough time You must visit National Park Krka or Kornati that are close to town of Sibenik.
Where to eat in Sibenik?
In Sibenik You really have many good restaurants where You can try good Dalmatian dishes and drink our Croatian vines or try some schnapps (spirits).
During the Summer many bars are opened till late in the night. The Dalmatian Chanson is a Sibenik festival that is widely recognized for many things, but primarily for its quality, both in terms of organization and artistic content.
Accommodation in Sibenik
The tourist settlement Solaris which includes hotels (kids hotel Andrija, hotels Niko, Jakov Jure and Ivan), mobile homes and apartments is an attractive tourist holiday resort with a beautiful location by the sea. It is a unique place, spreaded over 800,000m2, with a 4,5km long beach, great offer (aquapark, wellness and spa offer, entertainment programmes, restaurants, ethno village) and fair prices.
If you are a sport fan, you can play tennis, ping pong, beach volleyball, indoor football on artificial grass, basketball, rent a bike, go jogging or bowling; and if you prefer water sports, here are some activities for you : diving, jet-ski, pedal boats, beach canoes, kayak, canoes, windsurfing.