Šibenik is oldest native Croatian town on the shores of the sea. This city of great history is full of modern attractions. Impressing charm of the old town will take your breath away. While the oldest monuments date back to the 11th century, the city development reached peak in the late Middle Ages. Šibenik counts a total of 24 churches, 4 fortresses, 4 wells and 2851 stone steps in the old city center – the most in Croatia. Picturesque bay and its location will captivate you at first sight. You’ll surely want to come back to discover its beauty and must-see attractions many times more.
Today it offers a number of interesting places worth visiting. We invite you to start exploring this lovely town by presenting you with the 10 must-see attraction when you are in Šibenik.
St. Jacob’s Cathedral is listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage. It was built in different styles during a period of over a 100 years from mid 15th until mid 16th century. First part was built in gothic and the final part, including the dome, in renaissance style. One of the most interesting features of the cathedral is a series of more than 70 stone heads on the outside, that represent the citizens of Sibenik from the 15th century.
Medieval garden of the monastery of St. Lawrence where more than a hundred species of herbs and medicinal plants grow; there are figs, pomegranate and a few cypresses. It’s structure is very simple – the garden is divided in 4 fields by cross paths, with a small fountain in the middle.
Beach Banj boasts a magnificent view of the old town of Šibenik falls from the city beach that opened only a few years ago. Here, you can play volleyball or refresh in the nearby bar. The nearest sandy beach is located a few kilometres away at Solaris beach Resort. White Beach has won multiple awards for content and quality of the sea.
Aquapark is great entertainment for all generations. Cool down from the heat in the first and only Aquapark in Dalmatia, only 5 kilometres away from the city centre. Stream down the lazy river, go down the slides or stand underneath a large barrel that pours 1200 l of water on visitors every few minutes! Water adventure awaits you!
Falcon centre is situated in a quiet environment of a dense pine forest in Šibenik’s Dubrava, only 8 km from the town centre. It is a unique place where visitors can find themselves face to face with a falcon and learn a lot about life of raptors.
Šibenik’s 4 fortresses are unavoidable attractions with a breath-taking view. The history of Šibenik begins on St. Michael’s fortress built in the 11th century. In 2014 it has been restored, now it has an open air stage where the musical and theatrical spectacles are being held. St. John’s fortress as well as the fortress Barone, where very important in the defence of the city against the Turks in the late Middle Ages. Scenes for the fifth season of the world wide popular series Game of Thrones were filmed there in September of 2014. Saint Nicholas’ fortress is an attraction that welcomes visitors at the entrance to the St. Ante canal. It has been excellently preserved and is very interesting to all who come to Šibenik by sea.
City Museum is situated in ex Prince’s palace near the cathedral. The history of Šibenik and Croatia is displayed with a lot of multimedia content. The Museum is divided into archaeological, cultural and historical section with a recent history department. The permanent exhibition counts approximately 150,000 exhibits.
Dalmatian Etno Village is the place where old traditions live on. Dalmatian etno Village in Solaris takes you back in time. Walk through the narrow cobbled streets of the village and find out how to weave fabric, make olive oil or brandy in a traditional way. Masters of the craft dresses in costumes who work in small houses and workshops will show you this and much more. Traditional stone houses and old mills create a very special ambience. Take a tour a enjoy the pleasant atmosphere. We highly recommend you to observe how we make delicious dishes under the baking lid – be sure to try it while you’re there.
4 wells are located on the square near St. Jacob’s cathedral. Juraj Dalmatinac, Croatian master builder is credited for their construction, as well as for the first phase of the cathedral. The 4 wells were the main source of drinking water in Šibenik during the Middle Ages. Today they remain an interesting attraction you simply must-see.
Promenade through St. Ante’s canal opened in 2013. Since, it has become a new favorite gathering place for people of Šibenik. Beautiful panoramic view of the entire town of Šibenik falls from the large part of the promenade; there are several magnificent viewpoints too.