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Krka Falls in Sibenik

Sibenik | Authentic Croatian Coastal Town

Sibenik is the third-largest city in Dalmatia. It is built into a steep hillside, overlooking sheltered waters, where the Krka River flows into the Adriatic. Sibenik’s charming Old Town is home to two UNESCO heritage sites.

sibenik view from above

From Sibenik, you can sail up the Krka River to visit Krka National Park. In addition, the nearby car-free islands of Zlarin and Prvic offer sheltered bays for dropping the anchor and spending the night. Or you can head north to the rocky islets of Kornati National Park.

Sibenik is unique. Unlike busy Dubrovnik, this charming city lets you get a glimpse of authentic Croatian life.

Places to See and Things to Do in Sibenik

Cathedral of St. James

Sibenik proudly hosts the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Cathedral of St. James. This architectural masterpiece is a unique blend of Gothic and Renaissance styles, adorned with intricate stone carvings. A visit to this cathedral is a journey through time, immersing you in the city’s deep historical roots.

Sibenik Old Town

Explore the city’s defensive heritage by visiting St. Michael’s Fortress and St. Nicholas’ Fortress. These well-preserved structures provide a glimpse into Sibenik’s strategic importance throughout history. Don’t miss the Four Wells Square, a picturesque spot in the heart of the Old Town.

Restaurants in Old Town

Sibenik’s Old Town offers a variety of restaurants where you can enjoy delicious Dalmatian cuisine. Here are some restaurants to try:

  • Konoba Pelegrini: Near the Cathedral of St. James, Konoba Pelegrini is a fine dining experience. The restaurant combines traditional Dalmatian flavors with a modern twist, offering a menu inspired by local ingredients.
  • Taverna Mediteran: In the heart of the Old Town, Taverna Mediteran has a cozy atmosphere and authentic Dalmatian dishes. The menu features a variety of seafood and meat options.
  • Taverna Tinel: Taverna Tinel offers a rustic ambiance and a menu filled with Mediterranean and Dalmatian delights.
  • Dalmatino: Overlooking the waterfront, Dalmatino is a popular choice for great food and scenic views. The menu features a variety of seafood, grilled meats, and pasta, showcasing the flavors of the Adriatic.
  • Pece: Pece is a family-run restaurant that emphasizes fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The menu highlights seafood and Dalmatian specialties.

Your captain will check the current hours of these restaurants and make reservations if necessary.

Krka National Park

A short drive from Sibenik leads you to Krka National Park, a haven of natural beauty. Skradinski Buk, one of the park’s famous waterfalls, offers a mesmerizing display of cascading water.

Cultural Events and Festivals in Sibenik

Throughout the year, Sibenik comes alive with concerts, film festivals, and celebrations. Here are a few:

Sibenik International Children’s Festival

This annual festival, typically held in June, celebrates children’s creativity and artistic expression. It includes theater performances, workshops, and activities for young participants, fostering a love for the arts.

Sibenik Renaissance Festival

Experience a journey back in time with the Sibenik Renaissance Festival. Held in the Old Town, this event showcases historical reenactments, traditional music, dance, and costumes. It offers a glimpse into the city’s Renaissance heritage.

Sibenik International Documentary Film Festival

The Sibenik International Documentary Film Festival showcases documentaries from around the world. The festival often includes screenings, discussions, and opportunities to meet filmmakers.

St. Michael’s Fortress Summer Events

St. Michael’s Fortress hosts various cultural events during the summer months, such as concerts, theater performances, and art exhibitions. The unique setting of the fortress adds to the charm of these cultural gatherings.


Sibenik is relatively warm, with a Mediterranean climate. Winters are mild. There are only a few days a year with air temperature below freezing. Summers are hot.

The sea temperature in July and August is usually between 72 and 78 degrees, which is perfect for swimming and other water activities.


D-Marin Mandalina Marina is at the very bottom of the Sibenik channel bay. Its location on the peninsula naturally protects the marina from the bora wind (bura). A concrete floating breakwater protects it from the southern wind.

D-Marin Mandalina Marina has 429 berths and 50 dry berths, accommodating boats up to 140 meters in length. It also has a hotel, restaurants, a spa, and a pool.