Still known as the undiscovered gem of Dalmatia, Šibenik is definitely a town you don’t want to miss. It is best known for its impressive fortresses and medieval stone-paved alleys. As you enter the deep Bay of Šibenik, you will be greeted by the sight of St Nicholas Fortress. It is situated on a tiny islet, which makes this imposing structure look like it is floating on water. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, it remains the silent guardian of Šibenik and witness of its turbulent history.
Another UNESCO site is the famous St. James Cathedral, located in the historic center of Šibenik. Apart from being the most beautiful Renaissance monument in Croatia, its construction technique is what makes it truly fascinating. The Cathedral is entirely built out of stone, without mortar, wood, nails or roof tiles - including the vaults and the dome. Quite a remarkable achievement, especially in the 15th century.
If you want to explore archeology and history of Šibenik and its surroundings, we recommend visiting the nearby City Museum. It is located in the former Rector’s Palace on the Šibenik waterfront, once part of the town’s monumental defensive system with two remaining medieval towers. The museum holds exhibits spanning almost 8000 years, so it is a great place to learn more about the impressive history of this area.
Of course, Šibenik is not all about history. If you want to feel the pulse of the city, take a walk down the waterfront or explore its narrow alleys. You will find some interesting bars and restaurants where you can get refreshment and explore local cuisine. You can also check out the nearby Banj Beach, one of the most beautiful town beaches in Croatia. For the best view of Šibenik and its archipelago, visit the magnificent Fortress of St. Michael.
One more thing you should definitely not miss is the nearby Krka National Park. It is known as one of Croatia’s most beautiful national parks and only a half an hour from Šibenik. Its spectacular forests, lakes and waterfalls make it the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries. If you wish to discover Šibenik, we recommend that you check out our Highlights of South Adriatic Cruise or Dalmatian Islands Cruise.