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. Firstly, the splendid Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral, and secondly the Venetian-era Fort of St Nicholas, which guards the entrance to the sea channel.
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 | Places to see
- Explore Sibenik’s romantic pedestrian-only Old Town. See the white stone Cathedral of St. James, with its beautifully carved portals and elegant baptistery, on the main square.
- Visit the Dalmatian Ethno Village. It is a living museum where you can see food being prepared and taste dishes made by real artisans. It’s an authentic experience that offers a glimpse into the region’s cooking traditions and farming methods.
Sibenik | Things to do
- Climb up to the hillside of St Michael’s Fortress for fantastic views over the terracotta rooftops of the Old Town, and out to sea. There’s an open-air stage – check the program for summer concerts.
- Go to Krka National Park, a forested canyon with a network of footpaths and bridges. The top attraction of the park is its majestic waterfalls, including the famous Skradinski Buk. Begin from the pretty waterside town of Skradin.
- Try windsurfing with the Mali Viganj windsurfing school.
- Dine at Michelin-starred Pelegrini on Sibenik’s main square, to feast on creative Dalmatian fare, overlooking the Cathedral.
- Spend an afternoon at the Sokolarski Raptor Center, a falconry center in the hills behind Sibenik, where you can learn about birds of prey.
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.
D-Marin Mandalina Marina is located at the very bottom of the Šibenik 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.
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