Šibenik is a town in Croatia, located in the Dalmatia region. The city has a long and eventful history dating back to antiquity.
The first traces of human settlement in the Šibenik area date back to the Neolithic period. Over the centuries, the town was dominated by various peoples, including Romans, Illyrians, Byzantines, Venetians and Ottomans.
In the Middle Ages, Šibenik became an important trading town and was part of the Kingdom of Croatia and the Kingdom of Hungary. In the 15th century, the city began to break away from Venetian rule and gained its independence in 1412.
Over the centuries, Šibenik has developed a rich cultural and architectural history. Some of the city’s most famous sights are the Cathedral of St. James, built in the 15th century and considered one of the masterpieces of Renaissance architecture in Croatia. Another highlight is the Šibenik city fortifications, which were built in the 15th century and are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Šibenik also has a long maritime tradition and was an important port along the Adriatic. Today the town is a popular tourist destination, delighting visitors with its beautiful old town, historic buildings and picturesque coastal location.
There are also many cultural and historical sights to discover in the Šibenik area, including ancient ruins, medieval castles and monasteries, and local museums and galleries.
Here are some of the most famous:
- Monastery of St. Nikola: Located on an island near Vodice, the Monastery of St. Nikola is one of the oldest monasteries in Croatia. It was built in the 12th century and now houses an ethnographic museum showing the history and culture of the region.
- Monastery of St. John the Evangelist: This monastery was built in the 15th century and now houses the Šibenik City Museum, which presents the history of the city from ancient times to the present day.
- Galerija Mestrovic: Galerija Mestrovic is a museum dedicated to the famous Croatian sculptor and architect Ivan Mestrovic. The gallery houses a collection of Mestrovic’s works, including sculptures, drawings and architectural models.
- Museum of Sacred Art: The Museum of Sacred Art is located in the Cathedral of St. James and presents a collection of religious artworks, including altars, paintings and sculptures.
- Galerija Vidovic: The Galerija Vidovic is a small gallery that presents works by local and regional artists.
- Museum of Illyrian and Roman antiquities: This museum is an exciting place to learn about the history of the Illyrians and Romans in the region, and is located near Šibenik.
These are just a few examples of the cultural and historical sights to be discovered in the Šibenik area. There are many more monasteries, museums and galleries.
Beaches to relax on
There are many beaches in the Šibenik area that are suitable for different activities. Here are some of the most famous beaches in the area:
- Solaris Beach: Solaris Beach is a popular beach near Šibenik. It is known for its crystal clear water and its wide range of recreational activities such as water skiing, jet skiing and parasailing.
- Jadrija Beach: Jadrija Beach is a long sandy beach perfect for relaxing and sunbathing. There are also many bars and restaurants nearby where you can enjoy food and drinks.
- Banj Beach: Banj Beach is a popular beach for families. There is a wide range of recreational activities here such as water sports, beach volleyball and pedal boat rental.
- Vodice Beach: Vodice Beach is a small beach near Šibenik that is perfect for relaxing and swimming. Bars and restaurants are available in the area.
- Skradin Beach: Skradin Beach is also a beach near Šibenik, known for its quiet and peaceful atmosphere. There are also opportunities for canoeing and boating here.
For nature lovers, the Šibenik area also offers several opportunities for hiking and cycling. Some of the most popular hiking and cycling trails lead through the breathtaking landscape of the Krka National Park and the Vransko Jezero Nature Park.
The following excursions are available from Šibenik:
- Krka National Park: this national park is famous for its waterfalls and rivers and offers many opportunities for hiking and swimming.
- Kornati Islands: This group of islands consists of over 140 islands and offers beautiful landscapes, crystal clear water and many opportunities for sailing and diving.
- Vodice: A popular seaside resort with many beaches, bars and restaurants, located in the immediate vicinity of Šibenik.
- Town of Trogir: This old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers many historical sights, such as the Cathedral of St. Lawrence and the Royal Palace Cipiko.
- Primošten: A picturesque fishing village with narrow streets, small beaches and a ruined castle on a hill.
- Zadar: A historical town with many sights such as the Roman Arena, the Church of St. Donatus and the famous “Sea Organ” and “Light Installation”.
In our portfolio you will find a variety of accommodation located in Šibenik and its surroundings. Book your stay today and let yourself be inspired by the historic old town and the enchanting surrounding countryside.