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Šibenik is a city with a population of about 46,000 in Croatia, in north Dalmatia. It's most famous for its Saint James Cathedral, which is on the UNESCO World heritage list. Almost a trademark of the city is the traditional šibenik hat, coloured orange and black, the city's colours. The inventor of the parachute and the first man to use it, Faust Vrancic, was born here and lived here throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. Famous basketball player Dražen Petrović, as well as Maksim Mrvica, a piano player, were born here.

Get in[edit]


By plane[edit]

To Split airport and Zadar airport, and then by bus to Sibenik (c. 1h)

By bus[edit]

Sibenik is well connected by bus with Croatia, surrounding countries and Central Europe (Dortmund, Ljubljana...)

By car[edit]

If you have a car, trip to Šibenik isn't very difficult; you simply take A1 highway Zagreb-Split and take off at Šibenik junction.

By train[edit]

Sibenik is connected with railway with Split and Zagreb.

By boat[edit]

To Split and Zadar port (mostly from Ancona and Bari), and then by bus/car/train to Šibenik.

Car rental[edit]

You will get a better rate booking online directly. Local companies generally have cheaper rates than the multi-nationals.

  • Rent a Car Sibenik NOVA, Trg Drage 12, +385 22 331 555 (), [1]. Nova Rent a Cas Sibenik Best Rates With No Hidden Charges. Book Online to get the Best Deals*Free Amendments.  edit
  • Avax Rent a Car Šibenik, Draga 1, +385 95 153 9493 (, fax: +385 21 332 471), [2]. 08:00-20:00. Find the best prices on car hire in Sibenik. Cars from €13 per day..  edit

Get around[edit]

Everywhere in the city is within walking distance. From bus station to the old city centre it takes only five minutes to walk. You can get to all sights on foot, and the furthest are within half an hour walk.

If you come by car, there's a large parking place on the very central square Poljana, as well as there is one with 700 spots when you enter the town northbound. If you want to go to the outskirts of the city (for instance to the Dalmare shopping centre), you can take a public bus. Bus transport in Šibenik is operated by one public and three private companies.

Any information about Šibenik, tourist places around Šibenik, offers about activities, National Park Krka or Kornati, rural tourism, excursions, gastronomy or any other information one can find in Town of Šibenik Tourist board at the address Fausta Vrančića 18.

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Šibenik was mentioned for the first time under its present name in 1066 in a Charter of the Croatian King Petar Krešimir IV. For a period of time, it was a seat of the Croatian King. For that reason, Šibenik is also called "Krešimirov grad" (Krešimir's city). It is the oldest native Croatian town on the eastern shores of the Adriatic sea. You can see the statue of King Petar Krešimir IV between the park and the beginning of the promenade along the sea. Šibenik was for almost 300 years under Venetian rule, and then in Austro-Hungary, Yugoslavia and finally, Croatia. It was a very important town in Venetian-Turkish wars and it was a frontier of the western civilization an Christianity. This period left Šibenik with four beautiful fortresses: St. Michael, St. John, Šubićaevac and St. Nicholas. Old part of the town, full of churches, old noblemen palaces and typical dalmatian stone houses centuries old is very interesting. Town walls are also well preserved. One og the most interesting sights is medieval monastery garden. Famous Croatian basketball player Drazen Petrovic was born in Sibenik.

Sct James
  • St James' cathedral, Trg Republike Hrvatske 1. Entrance HRK15 (no longer free!).  edit

is the main sight. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Its building had started in 1431, and it was finished in 1536 due to Turkish wars. Several successive architects built it completely in stone in the 15th and 16th centuries, both in Gothic and in Renaissance style. The interlocking stone slabs of the Cathedral's roof were damaged when the city was shelled by Serbian forces in 1991. The damage has since been repaired. It has a beautiful baptistery worth seeing it, and the curiosity is it has been built with stone only, without any kind of binder. Another one is 72 human heads carved in stone on the external part which belong to unknown individuals, passers-by, sailors, merchants and peasants who posed as the cathedral was being built. Statues of Adam and Eve are also curious; Adam is covering his breasts, and Eve is covering not her breasts, but her stomach.

  • Bunari, Palih omladinaca 2 (down the steps from the Cathedral), +385 98 341 175, [3]. HRK10.  edit

"Bunari" or, literally, "wells", is a complex of water reservoirs, built in 15th century for city's water supply. They are now dry and decorated as a museum/gallery and a cafe. It has 7 sections: (Šibenik's treaure, food and drink, ship wrecks around Šibenik, persons from the past...). Concerts, stand-up comedy shows etc. often take place at the cafe. Very interesting spot.

  • Medieval monastery St. Laurence's garden, Sv. Lovre (take the Don Krste Stošića street, then 6th turn right), +385 22 212 515‎ (), [4]. 8-23h. 15 kn, guide included. (43.73612,15.890001) edit

Extremely rare medieval monastery garden, restaurated in 2007 by Dragutin Kiš, who won a millenium Flora award in Japan in 2000. Won the first prize at school gardens contest in Croatia. It contains various plants, especially those used in pharmacy and as spices. It has a quiet cafe, where you can quietly enjoy the view to the Šibenik's old part and the sea, the atmosphere and the odor.

  • Tourist Board Šibenik, Fausta Vrančića 18, 00385 22 212075.  edit

St. Michael's Fortress

The Fortress of st. Nicholas

St. John’s Fortress

Barone Fortress

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  • Take a swim! Beaches around Šibenik (Solaris, Žaborić, Grebaštica, Brodarica, Jadrija, Srima...) are extremely clean and fun (although sea in Šibenik bay itself isn't very clean). You must try the beach game of picigin, an invention of nearby city of Split's youth. All you need is shallow, sandy or not so stony beach, small ball and company. The aim is to hold a ball as much as you can up in the air, and you're allowed to use all body parts.
  • Get away from the concrete and ride the morning ferry only 30 minutes to the nearby island of Zlarin. A grill, tiny supermarket, and a few cafes are just enough of civilization to get you by. Explore along either coast of the island and let your thoughts empty into the clear blue water. Bring a swimsuit & sunblock. Return to Šibenik on either the afternoon or evening ferry. Timetables vary depending on the month. There are a few other nearby islands worthy of a visit. Ask your host.
  • Have a cup of coffee or a drink in one of Šibenik's numerous cafes on the riva, or the beautiful and hidden St. Laurence's Medieval Monastery Garden.
  • Walk through Kalelarga (officialy King Tomislav's street) and visit its shops, squares and cafes.
  • The annual Šibenik International Children's Festival[8] (Međunarodni Dječji Festival), founded in 1958., takes place every summer in the theater or the stage between the Cathedral an City hall, as well as on the streets and squares. It's a great fun, tickets are bargain, and there are a lot of events for adults as well.
  • In late summer traditional Dalmatian Chanson Evenings [9] are held. It's worth the visit, but tickets are expensive and there are little of them.
  • Take a trip to Vodice (Hacienda) [10] or Primošten (Aurora) [11] night clubs. It takes around 15 minutes to Vodice and half an hour to Primošten by car.
  • Fortress of St. Michael, [5]. The Fortress of St. Michael is located at a height of 70m above the sea behind the old city agglomeration. Great view on city of Sibenik, Sibenik Bay and channel. Great photo oportunity.  edit
  • Aquarium Šibenik, Stube Petra Kaera 1b, +385 22 410 258, [6]. 10:00-22:00. €4-5. (,1) edit
  • Take the 6 bus to Zablaće (~8km) for 13 kuna per person. Walk to Fortress of St. Nicholas (30 min). Alternatively, you can take a taxi to the entrance to the park. The fortress is accessible by foot, but if you want to go inside or on top, you must swim 50m around the side to the front entrance. Bring a sealable bag for your camera; there are panoramic views of the area. Check bus schedules before you go as they sometimes run every couple hours. Give yourself at least an hour to swim there, enjoy it, and return.

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  • You could buy a CD with traditional Dalmatian klapa singing on it. Klapa is a choir which uses mostly just voice and a few instruments, and they are typical for Šibenik.
  • Nearby islands Krapanj and Zlarin are famous for their sponge industry (Krapanj) and coral diving and coral cottage industry (Zlarin), which goes back to 17th century. Coral jewellery and sponge souvenirs are affordable and original.
  • Traditional Šibenik's orange and black cap is town's most famous and most recognizable brand, but it can get expensive (more than €20), so just buy a mini replica.
  • Olive oil and dry figs are also of a high quality and you can bring them home.
  • There are also antiquities fairs around the town, so look for them. If you visit Šibenik in late September, you'll get inside Medieval festival, where you can buy almost everything linked to medieval.
  • You can also visit the Dalmare shopping mall. It is located in the southern outskirts of Šibenik, along the road to Split. It includes many clothes shops of major European chains, a large Konzum supermarket and a 24-hour McDonalds restaurant.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Old city hall

If you are in Šibenik, and looking for place to eat Kike Pizzeria is worth a visit. (located in the ancient part of the city.)

  • Admiral Restaurant, Kralja Tomislava 15a (Near St. James cathedral), [7]. starting from 6 euro.  edit

No. 4 Restaurant Address: Trg Dinka Zvorovića 4, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 217 517

Tinel Restaurant Address: Trg pučkih kapetana 1, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 331 815

Kanela Restaurant Address: Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 214 986

Barun Restaurant Address: Podsolarsko 66, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 350 666

Gradska vijećnica Restaurant Address: Trg Republike Hrvatske 1, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 213 605

Uzorita Restaurant Address: Bana Josipa Jelačića 50, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 213 660

Medulić Coffee Bar - Restaurant Address: Kralja Tomislava 9, Šibenik Mob: 091/ 253 0459 098/ 484 632

Atrium 22 221 Lozovac Tel: 00385 22 778 021 Mob: 00385 98 337 548

Konoba Vinko Konjevrate Tel: 00385 22 778 750

Konoba Nostalgija Biskupa Fosca 11, Šibenik Tel: 00385 22 200 217 Mob: 00385 91 587 2506 Restoran Tomaseo Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana 3, Šibenik Tel: 00385 22 219 254

Restoran/pizzeria Gastro Italiano Podsloarsko 78 Tel: 00385 22 350 494 Mob: 00385 91 490 9988

Restoran Gušt Velimira Škorpika 18 Tel: 00385 22 312 097

Castello Restaurant Address: Božidara Petranovića 8, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 336 385

Pelegrin Tavern Address: Jurja Dalmatinca 1, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 213 701

Penkala Buffet Address: Fra Jerolima Milete 17, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 219 869

Šimun Buffet Address: Fra Jerolima Milete 17, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 212 674

Torcida Restaurant Address: Donje Polje Phone: 022/ 565748

Krka - Belvedere Restaurant Address: Autocesta A1, Most Krka Phone: 022/ 7857 459 Mob: 098/ 347 427 099/ 212 2681

Dva Mornara Restaurant Address: Zablaće Mob: 098/ 294 122

Zora Restaurant - Pizzeria Address: Zablaće Phone: 022/ 354 140

Kod Pipe Tavern Address: Zablaće Phone: 022/ 354 142

Pizzeria Viva Address: Frana Supila 7, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 331 707

Pizzeria Argola Address: Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana 4, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 219 471

Bazen Pizzeria and Coffee Bar Address: Prilaz tvornici 3, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 218 134

Pizzeria Best Address: Žirjanska 12, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 216 506

Pizzeria Forum Address: Vladimira Nazora 7, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 218 646

Pizzeria Kike Address: Jurja Šižgorića 1, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 330 141

Atrij club Pizzeria and Spaghetteria Address: Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana 2, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 213 443

Zora Catering Address: Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana 4, Šibenik Phone: 022/ 215 841

Wine bar & concept store "Vino&Ino" Fausta Vrančića bb, Šibenik

Dalmatian Ethno Village Solaris Beach Resort Hoteli Solaris 86 22 000 Šibenik +385 22 361 001

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

There is a hostel Indigo located in the old part of the city. And they have one newly opened hostel Mare whit 12 beds dorm for HRK120. Hostel Mare have no kitchen but one small garden. Friendly staff.

In the center of the Town one can find many facilities for private accommodation, you only have to look at the signs. There is also many Hotels in the center and the area.

Get out[edit]

  • Visit the nearby Krka National Park, explore the nature and swim in the lakes (about 30 min drive).

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