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The city of Šibenik, founded over 1000 years ago, was once a seat of King Petar Krešimir, earning a nickname ‘Krešimir’s town’. With its fortifications and towers, it also boasts with one of the largest Gothic-Renaissance cathedrals in the region, St James, constructed solely out of the stones from Korčula and Brač islands. A visit to Šibenik is often complimented with a visit to National Park Krka and National Park Kornati.
Sibenik At A Glance
How to get there: Ferry or car from Zadar, Split or Dubrovnik – speak to our experts for more information
Population of Sibenik: 34,302
What to See in Sibenik: The Cathedral of St. James is UNESCO-listed and is the most important Renaissance building in Croatia
Places to visit near Sibenik: Krka National Park, St Nicholas’ Fortress, Kornati National Park
Things to do in Sibenik
Discover beautiful Kornati islands national park
Due to their magnificent landscape beauty, the great indentation of the coastline and wealth of living marine ecosystems, the area was proclaimed a national park in 1980. Composed of 140 uninhabited islands, islets and reefs the Kornatis are the largest and densest archipelago in the Adriatic. Due to the typically karstic terrain, the islands are riddled with cracks, caves, grottoes and rugged cliffs. The deforestation has highlighted startling rock formations, whose stark whiteness against the deep-blue Adriatic is an eerie and wonderful sight. They form four groups running northwest to southeast. The first two groups of islands lie closer to the mainland and are known locally as Gornji Kornat and the largest of these islands is Žut.
Visit the beautiful Renaissance architecture St. James Cathedral
The magnificent Cathedral of St James in Šibenik (1431-1535), on the Dalmatian coast, bears witness to the considerable exchanges in the field of monumental arts between Northern Italy, Dalmatia and Tuscany in the 15th and 16th centuries. The three architects who succeeded one another in the construction of the Cathedral – Francesco di Giacomo, Georgius Mathei Dalmaticus and Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino – developed a structure built entirely from stone and using unique construction techniques for the vaulting and the dome of the Cathedral. The form and the decorative elements of the Cathedral, such as a remarkable frieze decorated with 71 sculptured faces of men, women, and children, also illustrate the successful fusion of Gothic and Renaissance art.
Visit the popular waterfalls of National Park Krka
This magical National Park contains lakes, gorges and waterfalls with the river gushing through a karstic canyon 200m deep! Krka is actually a river in Dalmatia, Croatia’s southern-most province, which due to the local terrain forms into beautiful waterfalls. Krka river has 7 travertine barriers and a unique ecosystem. Krka river has 7 travertine barriers and a unique ecosystem. It runs from the Adriatic near Šibenik inland to the mountains of the Croatian interior. Sights built by humans are also a major draw of the region, the area’s remoteness attracting monks who constructed their monasteries here. with the river gushing through a karstic canyon 200m deep. To the north, a nature trail passes another striking cascade, Roški Slap, and the Krka Monastery, built above ancient Roman catacombs. Visovac Island is home to the 15th-century Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy.
Restaurants in Sibenik
This is where to go for lunch with a view. Sip on local wine and dine on local cheeses, pastas, salads and expertly grilled meats whilst the Adriatic glitters at you from beyond the white tablecloths.
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