The Croatian city of Šibenik was founded over 1000 years ago, and is considered to be the gateway to the Kornati Islands. Located in central Dalmatia, Šibenik has a historic core and a plethora of stunning architecture and landmarks for you to discover and enjoy. It’s home to one of the largest Gothic-Renaissance cathedrals in the region. St James’ Cathedral is constructed entirely from stone that is quarried on the islands of Korčula and Brač, and is very much the city’s crowning architectural glory. Although closed to the public, St John’s Church boasts classic 15th century Gothic-Renaissance architecture that you can admire from the exterior.
The best way to explore the beauty, history, heritage and culture of Šibenik is on a guided walking tour. Meander through the labyrinth of steep backstreets and narrow alleyways to discover hidden gems. Visit the Šibenik City Museum, located within the 17th century Rector’s Palace, and admire the permanent collection of antiquities that date from prehistory to the Venetian period. Explore the 13th century St Michael’s Fortress, and clamber to the top of the fortified battlements to feast your eyes on the best views over the city and Krk River.
As Šibenik provides a direct access point to the popular tourist attractions of the national parks of Krka and Kornati, you can easily venture outside of the city on a sightseeing day trip. If you prefer to explore the natural beauty in the city, head for the Medieval Monastery Mediterranean Garden. The stunning award-winning formal layout garden is the work of landscape artist Dragutin Kis, and features a combination of herbs and medicinal plants. Wander along the neat paths that are shaped like a cross, and admire the fragrant display. On-site, there is a little café where you can relax and enjoy delicious cakes and ice cream.
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