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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.

Sibenik At A Glance

How to get there: Ferry or car from Zadar, Split or Dubrovnik – speak to our experts for more information

Population of Sibenik:

What to See in Sibenik: 
The Cathedral of St. James is UNESCO-listed and is the most important Renaissance building in Croatia

Places to visit near Sibenik:  Krka National Park, St Nicholas’ Fortress, Kornati National Park

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Things to do in Sibenik

  • Kornati National Park

    Enjoy A Day Trip To Kornati Islands

    Kornati National Park is a nautical paradise that comprises of 89 islands, islets and reefs, and is easily accessible on a day trip from Šibenik. Explore the scenic indented coastline and discover the hidden caves and grottos that are shielded by rugged cliffs. On your nature ramble, you can explore the breathtaking landscape, and cool off with a dip in the refreshing, crystal clear Adriatic Sea. You can also enjoy a diving or snorkelling experience.

  • St James Cathedral, Sibenik

    Admire The Beautiful Architecture

    Šibenik boasts an abundance of fine examples of beautiful architecture. The Cathedral of St James is considered to be one of the city’s top attractions. It took three skilled architects to design the iconic cathedral that is made entirely of stone. The interior features a spectacular decorative frieze of 71 sculptured faces of men, women and children. Dotted all over the city are other architectural examples that highlight the fusion of Gothic and Renaissance art.

  • Krka National Park

    Visit The Magnificent Krka National Park

    Enjoy an unforgettable and exciting day trip to Krka National Park. The natural beauty spot boasts stunning waterfalls, lakes and gorges, and also features the Krka River gushing through a 200 metres deep canyon. The park’s centrepiece is the magnificent Skradinski Buk. The breathtaking waterfall is the final one of seven that you can explore. You can also enjoy a boat ride to Visovac Island, home of the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy.

Restaurants in Sibenik

  • Restaurant Tomaseo

    Restaurant Tomaseo

    If you love to dine with a view, Restaurant Tomaseo will happily reserve you a table. Enjoy stunning views of the Dalmatian coast from the large windows of the airy, spacious, modern restaurant. Tuck into delicious meat and seafood dishes or try the popular risotto. As the restaurant’s desserts are highly regarded by the locals, make sure that you save some space so that you can try one. There is also an extensive wine list.

Hotels in Sibenik