What to visit




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Krka National Park


Krka National Park is located in the Šibenik-Knin County and encompasses an area of 109 km² of the most beautiful course of the Krka river and the lower course of the Čikola River. The area was proclaimed national park in 1985. The National Park includes one or more preserved or insignificantly altered ecosystems. By the submergence of the riverbed, the Krka River is about 72.5 kilometers long and has its source at the foot of the Dinara mountain. With seven travertine waterfalls and a total fall of 224 meters, the Krka is a natural and karst phenomenon. The beauty of Skradinski buk, the longest travertine barrier on the Krka River and one of the most famous beauties of Croatia, is particularly remarkable.



Kornati National Park

Kornati National Park covers the major part of the Kornati water area, and was proclaimed national park in 1980 due to its exceptional landscape beauty, interesting geomorphology, well-indented coastline and a rich marine ecosystem. The Kornati Archipelago encompasses an area of about 320 km2. This most indented island ecosystem in the Adriatic Sea has 89 islands, islets and cliffs. It was named after the largest island of Kornati. Because of its uninhabitedness and wildness, intact nature and outstanding beauty, the Kornati are appealing to many tourists and important for the development of excursions, sports and nautical tourism.

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ZLARIN

Zlarin is located southwest of Šibenik. It is separated from the mainland by the Šibenik Channel, and by a series of islets in the southwest by the Zlarin Channel. Zlarin is the island of corals where the handicraft of coral jewellery manufacture is still preserved today. Due to the beauty of its landscapes and crystal-clear sea, Zlarin is sometimes called the "golden island" (insula auri), too. It is also known as a tourist destination with the longest tradition in these areas. A famous Croatian poet Vesna Parun was born in Zlarin, after whom the local museum was named.



The island of Krapanj

The island of Krapanj is the lowest and smallest inhabited island in the Adriatic. It is part of the Šibenik archipelago and is 300 m offshore at its closest point from Brodarica. Its highest altitude does not exceed 1.25 meters. The island is known for its sea sponges, and all this date back to a Franciscan friary from Crete, who introduced the local inhabitants to sponge diving and sponge gathering over three centuries ago. In addition, Krapanj is the island of a centuries-old tradition of diving and fishing. The center of the island is a settlement of mostly stone houses that form a narrow strip of narrow streets, characteristic for the Dalmatian landscape. Separated from this narrow strip are the centuries-old pine forest and a monastery of the Holy Cross, in which museum numerous exhibits are kept to testify about life of the inhabitants of Krapanj in the past.

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The Cathedral of St. James (UNESCO)

The Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik is one of the most significant and most beautiful architectural achievements in Croatia and was included on the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage List in 2000. It was built in a stretch of more than a hundred years, during the 15th and 16th century, and is unique for it is entirely built of stone. The most important builders of the Cathedral were Juraj Dalmatinac (Georgius Mathei Dalmaticus) and Nikola Firentinac (Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino). The Cathedral was first built in Gothic, and completed in Renaissance style. Its beauty is especially emphasized by the imposing Renaissance dome, the work of Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino, which was damaged in the Croatian War of Independence, and nowadays is a special symbol of Šibenik. The Cathedral is also known for its iconographic innovations, among which a special place is occupied by sculptures of 71 heads on the outside part of the shrine, the work of Georgius Mathei Dalmaticus, for which scientists are still not quite sure who they represent.



St Nicholas' Fortress (UNESCO)

St Nicholas' Fortress at the entrance to the St Anthony's Channel in Šibenik represents a unique Renaissance building of Venetian fortification architecture and an exceptional monument of the world’s architectural heritage. It was constructed on the islet of Ljuljevac, where once was the Benedictine monastery of St Nicholas, after which the fortress was named. The construction of the fortress, based on Gian Girolamo San Micheli’s design, commenced in 1540 after the fall of Skradin under the Ottoman rule, when the Venetians were forced to strengthen the defence of Šibenik port, which was the most important port on the east coast of the Adriatic Sea. Particular value of St Nicholas’ Fortress lies in its original form and some rare Renaissance architectural solutions, so in 2017 it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the nomination The Defence System of the Republic of Venice between the 16th and 17th Centuries.



St. Michael's Fortress

St. Michael's Fortress was built on a steep, rocky hill with the beautiful view to the numerous islands of the Šibenik archipelago and the medieval town. Throughout turbulent history, it served as the main point of the city fortification system. Šibenik, the oldest autochthonous Croatian town on the Adriatic, was developed within its walls and first mentioned on Christmas Day of 1066 as the place where the Croatian King Petar Krešimir IV stayed. Most of the preserved ramparts and fortress bastions date from the late Middle Ages and Early Modern Age. The fortress was revitalized in 2014 and has a unique open-air summer stage.



St. John's Fortress

St. John's Fortress was built in 1646 in less than two months at the beginning of the Cretan War, according to Antonio Leni's plan, a Venetian military engineer. A year later, in 1647, there were hard battles with the army of the Ottoman Techieli-pasha, as he wanted to capture the fortress to rule the city. The fortress has a star-shaped ground plan, and on the north side it is reinforced by a plier-shaped outwork – tenaille (in Italian: tanaglia) after which the name Tanaja is often used by citizens of Šibenik. The fortress was adapted and strengthened several times during the second half of the 17th century.



Barone Fortress

Barone Fortress was built immediately after the St. John's fortress before the Ottoman army arrival during the Cretan War. Today you can experience this event through the technology of a so-called extended reality that revives the characters, sounds and scenes of the 17th-century Šibenik. It was built by order of Baron Christophe Martin von Degenfeld, a main commander of the city defence, after whom the fortress was named. It was initially built as a small fortress (ridotto) in order to obtain the final shape in 1659 during the rule of governor-provveditore Antonio Bernardo.



Mediterranean Monastery Garden

Mediterranean Monastery Garden of St. Lawrence was restored and opened in 2007, after being forgotten for a hundred years. It is an integral part of the St. Lawrence Monastery, and was restored according to the project of architect Dragutin Kiš. It is the only garden of its kind in Croatia. In the center of the garden there is a water source, surrounded by medicinal and spicy Mediterranean herbs.



Church of the Assumption of Mary

The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary or the Church of Our Lady of Pomišljaj from the 15th century is located on the hill Pomišljaj from where there is a beautiful view of the entire Bilice and Prukljan. The main altar in the church is especially interesting, which is included in the movable preventively protected property.



AQUARIUM ŠIBENIK

Aquarium Šibenik is a unique experience of the sea and seabed for the whole family. It is situated in the old city, only 50 meters from the Cathedral of St. James, in an autochthonous Dalmatian stone house. On the surface of 200 m2 there are 20 aquariums with Adriatic and tropic fish and plants. As part of the aquarium there is a souvenir shop where you can buy authentic souvenirs related to the sea and Dalmatia, mainly made by local creative artists.



Dubrava Falconry Center

Dubrava Falconry Center is the only center in Croatia where you can see different kinds of birds of prey. Located in the dense pine forest of Šibenik Dubrava, just 8 kilometres far away from the city center, it is an inevitable place for those who want to taste the wilderness and adventure. There is a special programme during which visitors can enjoy the beauty of falcon's fly and be eye to eye with these incredible sky hunters. For many years now, the center has been cultivating a variety of species of birds of prey. Great significance is given to the station for injured, sick or hungry birds who need help.



FUN PARK BIOGRAD

Fun Park Biograd is a thematic amusement part that, with its ideal location in Biograd na Moru, offers a spectacular experience for the entire family in the heart of the Adriatic coast. Choose your adventure in one of the three thematic rides: Universe, Pirate City or Wild West and experience entertainment in a never before seen way in this region. Other than rides, you will be entertained by magicians, jugglers, circus performers, stand up comedians and alike that we bring from various parts of the world. Come to Fun Park Biograd where there are adventures full of unforgettable moments of entertainment, excitement and laughter!


MUSEUMS



The Šibenik City Museum

The Šibenik City Museum was founded in 1925 and is located in the immediate vicinity of the Cathedral, in the former Prince's Palace. Between it and the Bishop's Palace the Renaissance one can find the preserved city gate from the 16th century. Along the center of the ground floor in the southern wing of the Prince's Palace is a gothic passage with the city gate on which the city coat of arms can be found with an image of its patron, St. Michael. The Šibenik City Museum consists of archaeological, cultural-historical and ethnographic departments. Its duties consist of collecting, taking care of, elaborating and presenting the cultural-historical heritage of the Šibenik region. Its collections consist of a number of valuable items significant for the study of Šibenik history, from the oldest times until present days.



The Museum of St. Francis

The Museum of St. Francis is a museum in the monastery of St. Francis in Šibenik, monks of Franciscan Conventuals, who prove their presence for several centuries in the city of Šibenik through a rich collection of valuable works of art. This modern interactive show is of educational and informative nature, and visitors are guided through the contents of the monastery library, one of the five most valuable heritage libraries in Croatia. It keeps a large number of incunabula and codices, parchments and other valuable and rare books, among which the „Šibenik prayer“, one of the oldest Croatian language and literary tributes written in Latin script around 1375.



CIVITAS SACRA

The Civitas Sacra Integrated Program is based on the cultural heritage of the Cathedral of St. James and the Galbiani Palace in the Šibenik city centre. The project includes the reconstruction and modernization of Galbiani Palace along with an Interpretation Centre within the Palace, dedicated to the UNESCO monument Cathedral of St. James, a multimedia centre and a gift shop. Further, the Cathedral of St. James is being equipped with presentation equipment, an information desk and benches. Next to the cathedral, an internet presentation centre with free Wi-Fi hotspot will be arranged.



Museum of Sacral Arts - St. Barbara

Museum of Sacral Arts - St. Barbara is located in the church of St. Barbara near the cathedral of St. James. The museum exhibition features the triptych of St. Barbara with St. Nicholas and St. Gregory from the 16th century, the Renaissance stone statues of St. Peter and St. James from the side wall of the cathedral of St. James. The display also includes the works of Oracio Fortezza, the great goldsmith who worked in Šibenik.



Collection of the Benedictine Convent of St. Lucia

Collection of the Benedictine Convent of St. Lucia contains religious liturgical objects, as well as paintings, sculptures and works of art in metal, glass or wood. The collection also contains manuscripts of written documents dated back to the 17th century.


BEACHES



Banj beach

Banj beach is a Šibenik city beach with a unique view to the old city center. You can reach it from the center of the city in a ten-minute walk on the waterside promenade. This beautiful pebble beach with numerous facilities, such as an outdoor exercise ground, is ideal for families with children as well as for all sports lovers. It is the bearer of the Blue Flag, the international ecological brand for top quality sea.



Rezalište beach

Rezalište beach is located in Brodarica, a village six kilometers away from Šibenik. This pebble beach was restored in 2017 and equipped with numerous amenities for children, adults and all lovers of outdoor sports activities. In addition, there are numerous catering facilities where you can refresh yourself and have something to eat.



Rezalište beach

Jadrija city beach has been a favourite beach for Šibenik residents and its guests since as far back as 1921. Thanks to its vicinity and good transport connections on both land and sea, its recognizable cabins in different colours, it is rightfully thought of as a Šibenik cultic beach.



Martinska beach

Martinska is a city beach situated on the peninsula across the old city of Šibenik and it is conected with a boat line. The peninsula that inspired Caribbean poet Aimé Césaire to write his masterpiece "Return to the Native Land."



The sand beach in Amadria Park in Solaris

The sand beach in Amadria Park in Solaris is one of the most attractive sand beaches in the Šibenik-Knin County. It is ideal for relaxing and lounging all day long in the shade next to a turquoise sea. In addition to the sand beach, you can enjoy the Amadria Park on other beaches and the rich offer that this hotel complex offers. Apart from being the bearer of the Blue Flag, the international ecological brand for top quality sea, the sand beach has been proclaimed several times, on the national level, the most beautiful beach of the Adriatic.


EVENTS



International Children's Festival

International Children's Festival is kind of a trademark of Šibenik. It was first held in 1958 and soon became a major international festival. During the festival held in June, all the squares and streets are livened up and this city is completely reigned by children from different parts of the world. MDF encourages many ideas in various forms of art for children's creativity: drama, puppetry, music-scene, film, literary and visual arts.



Dalmatian Chanson Evenings

Dalmatian Chanson Evenings is a recognizable Šibenik Festival, held in August and every year attracts a large audience who fill the square of the Republic of Croatia Square in front of the Cathedral of St. James. The festival has received numerous cultural and musical acknowledgments for the exceptional quality of music and performers. Live performances with orchestra and choir accompany the best Croatian artists, composers and songwriters.



The Medieval Fair Šibenik

The Medieval Fair Šibenik is held in September, during the celebration of the Feast of St. Michael, patron of the Šibenik city. During the fair, Šibenik squares and streets return to the Middle Ages, and all Šibenik citizens and dear guests can enjoy numerous attractions such as knights fights, gunfire, dancing, evening sea battles and a rich offer of domestic manufacturers.



OFF JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

OFF Jazz & Blues Festival is a well-known music event held in Šibenik since 2007. In the center of the old city, in the picturesque ambience of the stone Ivan Goran Kovačić Square, next to the walls of the monastery of St. Francis, three nights in July, the best domestic and world jazz and blues performers gather in Šibenik.



SALSA BEACH SPLASH FESTIVAL

The Salsa Beach Splash Festival is the biggest open-air dance show that is held at the end of July at the Amadria Park in the Solaris hotel resort. A part of the dance evenings is held in the old city of Šibenik. The festival brings together many enthusiasts of this dance expression, including well-known dancers and choreographers.



Traditional Dalmatian a capella choirs nights

Every Thursday in July, August and mid-September, organized by the Šibenik Tourist Board, are held the evening of the traditional Dalmatian a capella choirs, the so-called “klape”. These evenings are organized in order to present and enhance the tradition of a capella choirs from Šibenik and its surroundings. The whole event takes place in the old city on a beautiful square surrounded by old houses.





International prosciutto festival - Drniš

Drniš prosciutto is the pride of the Drniš region, part of its tradition and way of life. Its rich and recognizable taste is the result of a unique microclimate with rhythmic changes of bora and juga, and the way it is processed and smoked with aromatic wood such as spruce. The prosciutto festival is a top gastronomic event, which, in addition to a rich offer of prosciutto from different parts of Croatia and abroad, also offers the enjoyment of indigenous cheeses, wines and other delicacies. In addition to the gastronomic offer, the fair also offers original souvenirs and handicrafts made of stone, wood and wool. Visitors can also enjoy the entertaining, musical and creative part of the program, try their hand at making handicrafts or master the skill of cutting prosciutto.


GAME OF THRONES LOCATIONS



Besides Dubrovnik and Split, the city of Šibenik appears as a film location in three episodes of the fifth season of the serial Game of Thrones.



Cathedral of St. James

The Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik served as a backdrop in the ninth episode of the fifth season of the popular Game of Thrones, in which Šibenik portrays Braavos, the city of the Iron Bank.



St. John’s Fortress

The scene of the fighting pit in the town of 'Meereen' was filmed on St. John's Fortress. In that place, Jorah defeats numerous fighters, while Daenerys watches the fight from the grandstand.



City contours of Šibenik

The contours of the old part of Šibenik are shown in the fifth season, when Arya Stark arrives in Braavos.