About Šibenik

The oldest Adriatic town

ŠIBENIK CITY
Settled between the natural beauty of white karstic rock and the crystalline blue sea , and featuring as many as 240 islands, islets, and reefs, the Šibenik area is a paradise for tourists and locals. Šibenik is located in the area of middle Dalmatia and is distinguished by beautiful landscape and rich cultural and historical monuments. It is the home of the UNESCO protected St James Cathedral; a medieval monument set in the heart of Šibenik. It is also the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic, located at the mouth of the beautiful Krka River. The unspoiled landscape of the nautical heaven -the Kornati archipelago and the astonishing lakes and waterfalls of Krka River in close vicinity to Šibenik, make it a paradise for yachting, nature and history lovers. The narrow stone streets, colorful cafes, small hotels, world-class restaurants, and streets filled with relaxed local people and visitors will seduce you to socialize, try local cuisine and wine, and explore the city and beyond. Šibenik is known for its memorable gourmet experiences:fresh seafood, flavorsome Dalmatian delicacies, colorful local sweets, and world-known wines you can try in some of Croatia’s best restaurants. Locals enjoy the spectacular concerts and events in the four fortresses of Šibenik where the history meets the spectacular views all year round, and especially in summer months when visitors can get a feel of life in this vibrant city.
ŠIBENIK - THE CITY OF FORTRESSES
top 10
Discover the best things to do and places to visit with our insider’s tips for the Top 10 attractions in Šibenik. From historical sites to adventure parks and popular beaches – we made sure to cover it all!

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St James Cathedral in Šibenik, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dalmatian coast, Croatia

St. James Cathedral

St James Cathedral in Šibenik is one of the most beautiful architectural highlights on the Dalmatian coast, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This grand cathedral took more than 100 years to complete. One of the most astonishing features are the 70 faces carved in stone representing the faces of the ordinary townspeople from the 15th century.

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Town Hall, Gradska vijećnica, in Sibenik located across the square from St. James Cathedral, beautiful large columns, arches and balustrade - Renaissance architecture, built by architect Michele Sanmicheli

The Old Town Hall

The Town Hall (Gradska vijećnica) is the splendid two-storey building located across the square from St. James Cathedral. The Town Hall is well worth a visit due to its beautiful large columns, arches and balustrade – amazing examples of the Renaissance architecture. It was built in the mid 16th century by well known architect Michele Sanmicheli.

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St. Nicholas Fortress on a small island off the mainland near Šibenik, boat on the Adriatic sea

St. Nicholas Fortress

The fortress resembles an arrowhead and was built on the site of a former monastery, on a small island off the mainland. Now more than 500 years old, this brick and stone fortress remains relatively well-preserved despite its years and can best be seen as part of an organized tour of the city or by private charter.

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St. John's Fortress is the highest of all 5 fortresses surrounding the Šibenik, stunning view on old town in Croatia

St. John’s Fortress

Šibenik was one of Europe’s best protected cities with 5 fortresses protecting it during the 16th century. St. John’s fortress is the highest of all. It takes about 10 minutes of walking uphill to reach it from the old town, but it’s well worth the effort as the views from the top are stunning.

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The spectacular view of Sibenik and Adriatic sea from St. Michaels Fortress, open-air stage that hosts concerts

St. Michaels Fortress

It was constructed in the Middle ages, on the top of the hill in the middle of today’s old town. The fortress has an open-air stage that hosts concerts and various events all year round, and the views are spectacular. Make sure you plan a visit when performances are on for a thoroughly unique experience.

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Behind the Šibenik’s Cathedral you will find the church of St. Barbara, bells on the Christian church

St. Barbara Church

Behind the Šibenik’s Cathedral you will find the church of St. Barbara. The church is the home to a noteworthy collection of paintings and sculptures from the 14th-18th centuries. The church is notable for its unique facade with irregular shaped openings. The interior has two altars: one from the original church, and a bigger one built later to complement the first.

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The Count’s Palace in Sibenik Croatia, city’s Civic Museum, canons and palm trees

The Civic Museum

A short stroll from the Cathedral, you will find The Count’s Palace. The late palace was originally built to serve as the governor’s residence. Today it is the city’s Civic Museum with many archeological artifacts dating from Neolithic to Roman times, including the sculptures (some from the 7th century), a coin collection and other items from the region.

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The Dalmatian Ethno Village is a few kilometers south of Šibenik, traditional food, 100-year-old watermill, craft fairs, weaving workshops, and an original olive press. Stone house with outdoor fireplacefire

The Dalmatian Ethno Village

The Dalmatian Ethno Village provides a first-rate insight into the lives of the local people through the centuries. Just a few kilometers south of Šibenik, it offers a chance to see how traditional foods and baked goods are prepared. Other highlights include checking out a 100-year-old watermill, craft fairs, weaving workshops, and an original olive press.

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Aquapark Solaris near Sibenik, Croatia's first water park, waterslides, sprinklers, waterfalls, lazy river, fairy-tale cave

Aquapark Solaris

For something fun to do during the warmer months, check out Aquapark Solaris, Croatia’s first water park. It offers a variety of water features in numerous pools including waterslides, sprinklers, waterfalls, lazy river, fairy-tale cave and many other fun areas. Refreshments, including homemade ice-cream, are also sold on-site.

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Banj Beach

Beach Banj is located only ten minutes walk from Šibenik old town and St. James Cathedral. Banj was renovated in 2012. and became very popular among visitors. Banj has a unique view of the Šibenik old town along with Unesco protected St. James cathedral and St. Michael Fortress. Beach has a bar, restaurant, playground and other facilities.

Reconnect with nature

Day trips
Walk the green paths of Croatian National parks, sail our most beautiful islands or walk the cobblestone streets and learn the rich history of the Croatian coastal towns. As day tour enthusiasts,we picked THE TOP 10 TOURS FROM SPLIT for you, but there is so much more. Just ask us and we will find the best trip for you and organize all your transfers to meeting points.
Boat Trip
Step into a world where only sea, islands, summer breeze, sun, and untouched nature exist. Sunbathe, swim, and try your hand at sailing, it all fits in one day!
Nature & Culture
If you want to hear why Diocletian built his palace right on the site of today’s Split, and what makes Split residents so special – local guides know everything and they love to talk!
Boat Trip
The luxurious Polaris boat is a perfect place for relaxation, especially when it takes you to Zlatni rat, one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole world. Includes homemade meals and refreshments.
Boat Trip
When a beautiful mega catamaran becomes your beach for the day and takes you to the hidden bays of Brač, Šolta, Pakleni islands, and Hvar, indulge yourself and enjoy the unforgettable experience.
Adventure
An active holiday is all about excitement and adventure – but not without fun and rest. Kayaking brings it all together with paddling, swimming, diving & sunbathing around Marjan Hill.
Adventure
Have fun on the exciting rapids of the Cetina river surrounded by untouched nature! Rafting is an adventure intended for the whole family, just have fun and let our guides take care of you.
Nature & Culture
The magic of one of Europe’s most beautiful national parks will impress you with its 16 lakes and 92 massive waterfalls! Take a walk through the UNESCO protected park with an experienced guide.
Boat Trip
Enter the magical deep blue hall of the Blue Cave and visit 5 Dalmatian islands, including Vis and Hvar, on this most popular day tour in Dalmatia.
Boat Trip
Discover the Croatian Blue Lagoon in style. Beautiful spacious boat with a sundeck and tasty food and drinks will take you to this swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing paradise!
Nature & Culture
Take a peek into the magical world of nature decorated by impressive waterfalls and green hiking trails. Boat ride, visit to Skradin and guided tour included!

Offers & Packages

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Take advantage of the amazing option in the hotel Dioklecijan Hotel & Residence. For reservations of 2 nights or more in our hotel, we give a special discount of 10%. Make the most of your time in the historic centre of Split. Take a tour of Diocletian’s Palace and experience the Mediterranean in its original form.
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For the reservations of 2 nights we provide a 10% discount with a diverse breakfast and a welcome drink.
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In case you decide to stay with us 3 nights or more we will provide you with a free airport transfer to the hotel so you can start your vacation and relax as soon as possible.
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The longer you stay, the more you get! For the reservations of minimum 2 nights we provide 10% discount with a diverse breakfast and a welcome drink.
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Avoid busy traffic and endless search for transfer with our professional driver and comfortable ride. Transfer service should fit your needs and your timetable so you can use saved time to enjoy things you are here for.

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