Šibenik is a city located on the Croatian coast some 80 km north of Split. As it is positioned in the deep bay, it is one of the most naturally protected harbours on the Adriatic coast.
The town is the city less known to tourist than Dubrovnik and Split, although it has its own personality and some great things to see and enjoy. The atmosphere in Sibenik is youthful and lively. Little streets lead to attractive squares where modern shop windows unite really nice with the fine and stylish architecture of the vanished centuries.
One of the things not to be missed in Sibenik is Sibenik’s cathedral – Cathedral Sveti Jakov, built back to 1434, is an important architectural Renaissance building in Croatia that is listed by Unesco World Heritage. The cathedral lies just underneath the fortress walls of the town in the old area of Sibenik.
This cathedral was built by of limestone and marble from the stone mason’s Island of Brac in Croatia. The building itself was supervised by Juraj Dalmatinac and Nikola Firentinac, famous stone masters from Croatia.
Sibenik’s cathedral is one of the marvels of the Dalmatian Coast, not to be missed as well as the town hall, the churches of St. Barbara and St. Fran and many town squares, palaces, fortresses and other churches which are spread throughout the city.
The most popular cultural events in Sibenik is the International Child’s Festival (last week in June and first week in July), the Summer Organ School (in the second half of August) and the Šibenik Summer. The Day of St. James (25th of July), the patron saint of the city, is festively commemorated too.
The nearest airport is Split and Zadar from where there is a regular daily bus service to Sibenik.
Sibenik archipelago is the area of Adriatic waters in the vicinity of Šibenik which consist of about 250 islands stretching along the coast over the area of about 160 square kilometres. Although this is a pretty large number of islands, only six of them are permanently populated with a total of just about 7.5 thousands people. Due to its scarce population, Šibenik Archipelago is popular to visit among people who seek isolation and beautiful, untouched nature..read more
Hotels in Sibenik:
“Panorama Hotel is one of the most beautiful tourist facilities of the Sibenik Riviera, situated on a cliff above the Krka canyon, offering amazing panoramic views.” Prices from €41 – Number of rooms: 20 – Check Hotel Panorama, Sibenik availability
“In the historic town centre of Sibenik at the coastline, next to the UNESCO-protected Cathedral of St. Jacob, Hotel Jadran is located. It is an ideal accommodation for business people as well as leisure tourists from all over the world.” Prices from €57 – Number of rooms: 57 – Check Hotel Jadran, Sibenik availability
“Down the romantic cobbled streets of the old town, Bed&Breakfast Hotel The Konoba offers you charming, simple, Mediterranean-style apartments in 2 carefully renovated medieval houses with rooftop terraces overlooking the Adriatic.” Prices from €7 – Number of rooms: 5 – Check Bed&Breakfast Hotel The Konoba, Sibenik availability
Small Photo Gallery of Sibenik
Photos of Sibenik include:
Cathedral Sveti Jakov in Sibenik, Primosten, Sibenik Sculpture, Sveti Jakov Detail, Sibenik Views + Old Photos of Sibenik – a small collection of old photographs of Sibenik including some photos of Krka waterfalls. Click on left image to browse our Small Photo Gallery of Sibenik
Suggested excursions in close vicinity of Sibenik:
- National Park Krka (Krka Waterfalls)
- Kornati Islands National Park
- National Park Paklenica (Velebit)
- Vransko Jezero Park – a huge lake which is a sanctuary for birds and is excellent as a fishing location
Sibenik Related Links:
- For a most comprehensive listing of all ferries to and from Sibenik, check Sibenik Ferries @ CroatiaFerries.com
- Dalmatia – a region where Sibenik is located.
- Sibenik Travel Directory
- Further INFO: Sibenik Tourist Board: firstname.lastname@example.org + Sibenik Tourist Info line : ++ 385 22 214 448
- Other Croatian cities: Zagreb, Rijeka, Osijek, Dubrovnik, Split, Pula, Zadar, Sinj, Trogir
Latest News and Articles about Sibenik:
Scuba Diving in the most amazing parts of the MediterraneanŠibenik recently got its first scuba diving guide titled Diving in the most amazing parts of the Mediterranean. The guide which was published through the collaboration of the COAST Program of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Public institution for the management of protected natural areas and the Diving tourism section … Read more » Scuba Diving in the most amazing parts of the Mediterranean
Beach Banj – the new beach in SibenikFrom next summer’s swimming season, Sibenik will get the brand new city beach – Beach Banj (aka gradska plaza Banj) – a modern beach covering the area of 12000 m2, located just a few minutes walk from the Sibenik city centre. The proposal for new city beach also includes promenade, restaurants and bars, … Read more » Beach Banj – the new beach in Sibenik
Ferry Marko Polo Stranded on the Island near Sibenik, CroatiaFerry ‘Marko Polo’, which over the weekend, crashes into Croatian island of Sit is still stranded, despite the efforts of rescue team. The Jadrolinija’s ferry Marco Polo was on its regular route Rijeka – Split – Dubrovnik – Bari (Italy) when it ran aground on the island Sit (small island located … Read more » Ferry Marko Polo Stranded on the Island near Sibenik, Croatia
A unique medieval Mediterranean garden in SibenikTo everyone who has already visited Šibenik and taken a tour of its cultural and historical sights, as well as those visiting it for the very first time, this northern Dalmatian city always has a new face to discover, as well as numerous natural sights, attracting visitors. Though, after its … Read more » A unique medieval Mediterranean garden in Sibenik
Kornati cottages among 13 of the world’s most remote hotels by Sunday TimesIn today’s Travel Supplement of Sunday Times, Kornati Cottages are recommended among 13 of the world’s most remote hotels. This is an excerpt from the article: KORNATI COTTAGES, Croatia: Legend says that when God was making the earth, he tossed a handful of soil over his shoulder into the Adriatic – and … Read more » Kornati cottages among 13 of the world’s most remote hotels by Sunday Times
The first Mediterranean arboretum in CroatiaThe Landscaping Institute of the Zagreb Faculty of Agronomics have conceived a complete project for the creation of the first Mediterranean arboretum in Croatia, which is to be located on the Primošten area islet of Smokvica, in the vicinity of Sibenik. Similar Info About Travel to Croatia You May Like: … Read more » The first Mediterranean arboretum in Croatia
Medieval monastery garden opened in Sibenik, CroatiaSibenik , recently saw the first tourist visit to the attractive medieval gardens of the Sveti Lovro monastery, in the area of the monastery closed to the public. This has revived an important part of Sibenik’s history and given it a new dimension in both education and tourism. The gardens were … Read more » Medieval monastery garden opened in Sibenik, Croatia
The Reconstruction of Cathedral of St James in SibenikAbove photo: Sibenik with Katedrala Svetog Jakova (1920s) The completion of works on the reconstruction of Sibenik’s Cathedral – Sibenska Katedrala Svetog Jakova (Cathedral of St James) are currently approaching its final stages. The last stage of the Sibenik cathedral facade reconstruction has begun using the latest modern technologies of cleaning.Hotels … Read more » The Reconstruction of Cathedral of St James in Sibenik
Primosten and Biograd won European Top Tourism AwardsThe Golden Flower of Europe, Europe’s top tourism award, was won this year (among a strong field of 5,600 towns) by the small town of Primošten, located near Šibenik. The silver award also went to Croatia as the second place winner was declared the town of Biograd , located near … Read more » Primosten and Biograd won European Top Tourism Awards
Sibenik Islands, Croatia among the 6 best European-island adventures of Islands MagazineIn latest eddition of Islands Magazine, islands around Sibenik are choosen among the 6 best European-island adventures. This is an excerpt from the article: ” Šibenik Islands, Croatia: Have you ever been treading water near shore when you saw an island in the distance that seemed just close enough to … Read more » Sibenik Islands, Croatia among the 6 best European-island adventures of Islands Magazine