Plan your Travels to Šibenik
Šibenik, one of the oldest Croatian towns on the eastern shores of the Adriatic, is home to two UNESCO Heritage Sites — Sv. Nikola Fort and St. Jacob’s Cathedral. In fact, it is one of the only five cities in the world to host two such UNESCO sites.
Set on a bay connected to the Adriatic Sea, Šibenik is a charmer that somehow – undeservedly – falls off the radar. For starters, it has two Unesco sites: its gorgeous landmark, the 15th-century St James’ Cathedral, notable for its frieze of 71 comical faces carved into its facade, and St Nicholas Fortress, a sea-bound fortification built during Venetian times that’s linked to the mainland via a walkway, granted the World Heritage honor in 2017.
This once carefully guarded city boasts three other fortresses; Barone is the most visit-worthy, thanks to its excellent visitor’s center and interactive exhibits.
Trip to Šibenik FAQs
What is the best time to visit Šibenik
Like most of coastal Croatia – the best time to visit Šibenik is either spring or summer. The peak season starts in late June and lasts all the way to the end of August, which means bigger crowds. However, it’s the best time for hitting the beach, since the weather is mostly hot and sunny.
Visit the popular waterfalls of National Park Krka
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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.
What are the essential sights to see in Šibenik?
What a monumental structure! The Cathedral of St. James is the main attraction of the city and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You definitely shouldn’t miss a visit to the cathedral during your stay in Šibenik.The gigantic sacred building made of marble and limestone literally glistens in the sun. The distinctive dome of the cathedral is also visible from many viewing points in Šibenik. You can either marvel at the cathedral from the outside or also, of course, take a visit inside (for a few euros entrance fee). You will find it right in the main square of Šibenik, the Trg Republike Hrvatske, and is hard to miss.
The cathedral is a wonderful starting point from which to explore the old town of Šibenik. It is best to just let yourself roam a little. We promise: You will be left with a sense of awe. Cobbled streets, romantic courtyards, balconies decorated with flowers – the historic centre of Šibenik is really magical.