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What to do in Šibenik?


St. James' Cathedral
The crowning architectural glory of the Dalmatian coast and the undisputed masterpiece of its principal designer, Juraj Dalmatinac, this World Heritage Site is worth a detour to see.

St. Michael's Fortress
Clamber up to the battlements of this large medieval fort for magnificent views – particularly impressive at sunset – over Šibenik, the Krk River and the Adriatic islands. 

Aquarium Terrarium Šibenik
A useful rainy-day diversion for the kids, this little aquarium has a display of local and tropical fish, along with crabs, lobsters, rays, small sharks and the odd


International Children’s festival
Did you know that Šibenik is also known as the city of children? The reason is International Children’s festival, the world’s unique and recognized Croatian cultural event. The festival was held for the first time in 1958 as a realization of the initiative and engagement of a few children’s art lovers, but very soon it grew into a large and complex festival of international significance.

Organ Summer School - ORGANUM
Since 1993 Organum Šibenik has hosted organ summer school in the City, to ensure the survival of Šibenik’s historic organs, with participants enjoying seminars, workshops, concerts and lectures and the use of the nine organs located in the City centre. The Organ Summer School program venues include: Church of the Holy Spirit, Church of St Francis, St Jacob’s Cathedral and the Šibenik City Library.

Advent in Šibenik - ADVENTURA
The Advent programme in Šibenik, cleverly titled Adventura, recorded more than 65.000 visitors this time around, reports.  The impressive number of visitors makes for a 30% increase in traffic compared with 2016, but also proves that Šibenik isn't just a summer hotspot anymore. The Christmas market joins the ongoing efforts of the City to position Šibenik as a destination that has a lot to offer all year round.

Šibenik area's attractions 

Aquapark Solaris
For something fun to do during the warmer months, check out Aquapark Solaris, Croatia's first water park. It offers a variety of water features in numerous pools, which are family focused, including waterslides, sprinklers, waterfalls, and a lazy river. There is also a special kids' zone with a fairy-tale cave, which creates a fantasy world for little ones. Refreshments, including homemade ice-cream, are also sold on-site.

Krka National Park
Established in 1985, the Krka National Park (Nacionalni Park Krka) protects the ecologically important area around the middle and lower sections of the River Krka. As the river flows down from the upper reaches, it meets a series of lakes and rapids, as well as the beautiful Roski Slap and Skradinski Buk waterfalls. At the center of the park is Lake Visovac, just below the Roski Slap waterfalls, and from here, the Krka River joins up with the River Cikola before flowing over Skradinski Buk and out to sea.

Where is Šibenik?

Šibenik's history

Šibenik is a historic city in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. Šibenik is a political, educational, transport, industrial and tourist center of Šibenik-Knin County and also the third-largest city in the historic region of Dalmatia. It is the oldest native Croatian town on the shores of the sea.
During World War I, the Austro-Hungarian navy used the port facilities here, and the light cruisers and destroyers which escaped the Allied force after the battle of Cape Rodoni (or Gargano) returned to safety here, where some battleships were based. After the war Šibenik was occupied by the Kingdom of Italy until 12 June 1921. As a result of the Treaty of Rapallo, the Italians gave up their claim to the city and it became a part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. During World War II it was occupied by Italy and Germany. Communist partisans liberated Šibenik on 3 November 1944.

Šibenik's Borgo di Terra (land-side borough) in 1907 - today's Poljana Maršala Tita. In the foreground the National Theatre and in the background the Fortress (Tvrđava sv. Mihovila).
After World War II it became a part of the SFR Yugoslavia until Croatia declared independence in 1991.

During the Croatian War of Independence (1991–95), Šibenik was heavily attacked by the Yugoslav National Army and Serbian paramilitary troops. Although under-armed, the nascent Croatian army and the people of Šibenik managed to defend the city. The battle lasted for six days (16–22 September), often referred to as the "September battle". The bombings damaged numerous buildings and monuments, including the dome of the Cathedral of St. James and the 1870-built theatre building.

In an August 1995 military operation, the Croatian Army defeated the Serb forces and reconquered the occupied areas, which allowed the region to recover from the war and continue to develop as the centre of Šibenik-Knin county. Since then, the damaged areas of the city have been fully restored, and Šibenik has become one of the most visited tourist cities in Croatia.


Slobodana Macure 13

22000 Šibenik

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