Sibenik, as the oldest Croatian coastal town on the Adriatic, has a very rich historical and cultural heritage.
Thanks to its position on the Adriatic Coast, it has always been a good place to live. In the 16th century Sibenik even was the biggest city in Dalmatia by population.
That is why it is not a surprise that Sibenik’s old town is the oldest city town in Croatia.
Scenic medieval town is surrounded by 4 fortresses; behind the wall you can find many very old churches and charming stone narrow streets with a lot of stairs (in total there is 2,851 stairs).
Charming Sibenik town
Only 5 cities in the world have two UNESCO monuments. Sibenik is one of them.
Only London, Berlin, Peking and New Delhi can also boast with that.
Sibenik Cathedral St. Jacob is a true architectural masterpiece. It took them more than 100 years to build that magnificent cathedral.
Gothic-Renaissance beauty is under UNESCO protection, and was completed in the 16th century. Its dome is 32-meter high. It is considered as the largest church in the world to be made entirely of stone - without any binders and wood. This beautiful church, located in the old town of Sibenik, will fascinate you with her magnificence and beautifully decorated facade.
Very few fortresses are as picturesque and elegant as the Renaissance Fortress of St. Nicholas, located at the entrance to the wonderful St. Anthony channel, which serves as the door of Sibenik to the open sea and as the entrance to the town. It was built in the middle of the 16th century as defence from Turkish attacks from the sea and is one of the most attractive fortifications on the Adriatic Coast.
Cathedral of Sibrenik
The whole location of Sibenik is a true natural phenomenon.
In the direct vicinity there are two national parks - national park Kornati (surrounds Sibenik from the sea) and Krka national park (surrounds Sibenik from the mainland).
In its 75 km long canyon, the Krka River created a park that is definitely worth a visit. It is famous for its mighty waterfalls and a beautiful lake with the island of Visovac.
Skradinski Buk waterfall is one of the most unusual and beautiful landscapes in Krka National Park. It is a naturally occurring pool with 17 waterfalls - one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe.
The water in the park is a mix of sweet and salty, so here you can find both - sea and freshwater fish.
Krka national park
Sibenik is a true paradise for sailors. The Sibenik archipelago consists of 249 picturesque islands of which only 6 are permanently inhabited.
One of the most beautiful nautical routes, 26 NM long, connects two national parks: Kornati and Krka.
It stretches along the Kornati archipelago, past picturesque islands, through St. Anthony channel, all the way to Sibenik and further through Lake Prokljan to the picturesque town of Skradin and Skradinski Buk - the longest waterfall on the Krka River.
Sibenik boasts with the only marina in Croatia, awarded with 5 golden anchors "D-Marin Mandalina". Here you can choose between rich fleet of vessels.
Island group Kornati
Sibenik is also well known as a city of festivals.
In the summer months, two fortresses - Sv. Mihovil and Barone, turn into an annual venue for numerous musical and cultural events.
In June there is International Children's Festival, in July you can enjoy in Salsa Beach Splash festival, Supertoon Animated Film Festival and also in OFF Jazz & Blues Festival. At the end of August, the Dalmatian Chanson Festival takes place on the most beautiful renaissance square of the Krešimir's town. Finally, we shouldn’t forget to mention the Medieval Fair in Sibenik (takes place in September) when the town lives three days in the spirit of its golden period.
Salsa Beach Splash Festival
Sibenik is a city of music and is well known for its long tradition of “Klape” choir which UNESCO has placed on the list of cultural heritage.
From the beginning of June month until the second half of September you can enjoy in traditional Klape choirs evenings.
"Klape" singers from Sibenik
In Sibenik and in its vicinity there are a lot of good restaurants offering delicious local food.
In the old town you can find the best restaurant in the whole Croatia – Pelegrini. In the vicinity of Sibenik you can enjoy in traditional food on numerous rural tourisms, where they will serve haute cuisine of Mediterranean.
Typical Sibenik cuisine is sea food, local spices and home-made olive oil. Sibenik’s region is well known of red wine Babic, which is made of grapes grown in the vicinity vineyards of Primosten town.
Another speciality from this area, which is also well known around the world, is prosciutto (“Drnovski pršut”). Young lamb or octopus prepared under an iron bell is also something you won’t regret trying :)
When in Skradin town, don’t forget to try Skradin risotto and the famous Skradin cake.
It is also worth mentioning that restaurants Pelegrini and Dubrovnik 360 each earned one Michelin star in March 2018.
Restaurants Dubrovnik 360
Sibenik with its vicinity offers a lot of beautiful hidden, not too crowded, beaches.
An undiscovered gem of the Adriatic Coast has until recently been inaccessible to tourism, since the most beautiful part of the Sibenik's coast was used for military purposes.
Recently they have re-arranged the city beach Banj and beach Rezaliste.
Only 6 km away from the centre of Sibenik is resort Amadria Park, available for all visitors (free of charge).
There you can find 4 km of thematically coloured beaches, including Water Park, offering a wide selection of activities and gastronomy for even the most demanding guests.
Resort Amadria Park
Sibenik also offers a wide variety of sports activities.
In the summer months you can choose between swimming, diving, sailing or water skiing. You can also decide to rent a boat and explore nearby Islands and beautiful Kornati national park.
All adrenaline lovers can spice up their holidays with Bunge jumping from Sibenik’s bridge or decide for canyoning on River Cikola. You can also free climb there.
If you are visiting Sibenik in the off season, no worries needed. Autumn and spring time is the most perfect time for cycling around the nearby islands and beautiful National park Krka.
In the immediate vicinity of an idyllic landscape, Krka river waterfalls and National park Kornati you can stay in a luxury 2-bedroom apartment with big terrace and wonderful view.
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