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sibenik-view-on-st.-jamesŠibenik is situated in a very picturesque bay in which one of the most beautiful rivers in Croatia flows, the Krka river. The city was mentioned for the first time in 1066 when the king Petar Krešimir gave a grant to the city. Of course the city also was inhabited in prehistoric times. The evidence is the archeological findings from a place called Danilo. In the Iron Age the place was inhabited by the Illyrian tribe Liburni. Today the city is the administrative, economic and cultural center of the region. It has about 50.000 residents. It was the first city in the world with alternating electric current and the first in Croatia with public lighting.

Town economy is based on industry (non-ferrous metals, aluminium), textiles and food processing as well as on shipbuilding and tourism. Main occupations in the Sibenik surroundings are viniculture, vegetable and fruit growing.

Accommodation in Šibenik:

In the city and its surroundings you can find all types of accommodation. The city has about 3000 beds in private accommodation, a fair part of the accommodation in Sibenik can be found in the old town centre. With regards to hotels and motels there are 1510 rooms and apartments with 3110 beds. In the area there are 3 camps with 800 lots. The most famous hotels area is Solaris which include 5 hotels with apartments, villas, a camp and a marina.

Villas with pool and Holiday house for exclusive usages are limited in the area, but especially in the vicinity of the town some villas are available.

What to see in Šibenik:

One of the most famous monuments in Šibenik is the cathedral of St. Jacob which has been inscribed on UNESCO world heritage list. Besides this there are many other churches, palaces and portals in the city center. Like many other Dalmatian cities, Šibenik has the main square with the City Hall and the Rector’s Palace. Another interesting square is the one with four wells which was built in 1451 by the Venetians. The Museum of the City is situated in the Rector’s palace.


There are four fortresses in the city: St. John, St. Mihovil, St. Nicole and Šubićevac.

In the vicinity of the town there are two national parks: Krka and Kornati.

In the hinterland of Šibenik you can visit the thematic park Etnoland Dalmati where you can get to know the tradition, the customs and the ways of life in the past Croatia.

You can visit the Falconry center Dubrava where you can see all kinds of birds.

Where to eat

In many restaurants you will find national and international dishes. Local specialties are fish stew, pršut, lamb and different kinds of fish meals. A kind of shell, mussels is a specialty of this area not only because of its taste but because it grows 3 – 5 times faster than anywhere else in the world. They can be prepared in more than 140 different ways. The best known wine of this area is Babić as well as prošek, a natural dessert wine. Some restaurants in town.

  • Zlatna ribica (Golden fish) – great restaurant placed in the bay.
  • Gradska Vjecnica - next to St. Jacob. Venetian styled building, here you can also eat outside underneath portico.
  • No 4 club - Very nice glassed terrace in the centre of Sibenik, overlooking a little church. Its a coffee place, cocktail bar and a grill house. The offer of cocktails is excellent.

Photos Sibenik:

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How to get to Šibenik:

By Car:  From northern direction, exit the A1 highway (Zagreb – Split) by Šibenik, distance from exit to city centre 5 km.

By Bus: Plenty of daily bus from all major cities like Split, Zadar and even Zagreb, as Šibenik is bus hub for the region there is bus nearly all smaller cities in the region.

By Plane: Nearest airport is the Split Airport, which is 50 km from Šibenik, (Alternative Airport Zadar, is 80 km from Šibenik), from Split Airport there is the following options to get to Šibenik. (All prices below are rough ESTIMATES, prices depend on several factors, like time of year, day of travelling etc.) 

Bus, take the local bus (line nr. 37) leaving in front of the airport and go to Trogir, from Trogir bus station you have relative frequent buses to Šibenik. Cost of trip around 80 kuna / person. Alternative route is to take airport bus to Split and then take one of the faster buses from Split bus station to Sibenik.

Taxi, a taxi from Split airport to Sibenik, coast app. 600-700 kuna

Pre-booked transfer, 1-3 persons around 450-500 kuna, 4-8 persons 600-700 kuna. 

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