Things to do in Šibenik on your cruising yacht holidays
Šibenik, the oldest Croatian city is in the central part of the Croatian Adriatic Coast, located in the most protected natural harbour, in the centre of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, at the mouth of the beautiful Krka River. Šibenik is also located in between the Zadar and Split both also popular private yachtining destinations, extending up to 45 kilometers into the hinterland area, at the bottom of Dinara mountain.
The best private marinas, ports or anchor points
You have 3 options on where & how you can start your cruise.
is the most comfortable option. The driver takes you more or less in front of your gulet. You get on board in a nice and smooth fashion, no crowds and everything is calm and relaxed. However, in general, private marinas are more expensive then if you start your cruise in a port. (Your option in Šibenik: D-Marin Mandalina and Marina Solaris )
are usually crowded with lots of people and other ships, yachts & motor sailors. But the locations are best! You step out of the gulet and you are in the heart of the city. If this is what you like, it is perfect. (Your option in Šibenik: Luka Šibenik)
this means gulet is on anchor close to the main port and you are transferred from port to gulet with a dinghy/zodiac. Some people find this uncomfortable, and it can be unconvinient for seniors, but some love the adventure. (Your option in Šibenik: Kanal Sv Ante.)
Top interesting facts about Šibenik:
- Šibenik is the oldest native Croatian city in the Adriatic
- Mediterranean climate with strong influence of continental climate
- Cathedral of St. Jacob is enlisted in the UNESCO heritage list
Must see attractions
St. Nichola’s Fortress
St. Nicholas fortress is situated at the entrance to St. Anthony’s channel, and it was constructed during the 16th century in order to protect the town from the Turkish attacks from the sea. It was built after the plans of the Venetian military architect Michelle Sammichelli. The White stone was used for building the lower parts of the fortress and red stone for the upper parts. St. Nicholas’ fortress is one of the strongest maritime fortification architecture on the Adriatic Sea.
St. Michael Fortress
One of the first things that visitors see when entering Šibenik by road is the silhouette of St Michael’s Fortress, which crowns the pyramidal hill above Šibenik’s Old Town. Running downhill from the fortress towards the seafront is a crenelated set of double walls built in the 15th century to provide access to the sea. With recent extensive reconstruction, it has become a great summer stage for various cultural and music events.
St. James Cathedral
The cathedral of St. Jacob is the most valuable architectural monument built during the 15th and the 16th century in Croatia, and according to its beauty, construction techniques and style characteristics it is not only the biggest and the most valuable object of the architectural heritage of the Town of Šibenik, but it represents also a unique monument of the European sacral architecture.
According to its artistic value, it belongs to the most valuable European monumental cathedrals, and thanks to some of its features it is unique not only among the cathedrals but among the Christian churches in general.
The best restaurants to consider in Šibenik
Several restaurants, cafes, and markets where you can expect only the superb food and amazing dishes for a good price. Everything you need for a superb culinary experience.
Vino i Ino
Ul. Fausta Vrančića bb, 22000, Šibenik
Vino & Ino is mentioned for the first time in late 2011 when they opened the “mobile” bar in Zagreb. The experiment went great. The test resulted in the opening of a popular central location in Sibenik, followed by a tour of many other festivals and events that continued to this day. Over the years, after promoting local vine producers they added local delicacies to enrich and promote food from Dalmatia.
Ul Jurja Dalmatinca 1, 22000, Šibenik
For the few years in a row, Pelegrini holds the title of the best Dalmatian restaurant. It has it all – enchanting atmosphere, an unmatchable view of the cathedral of St. Jacob. In the heart of Šibenik lies a restaurant with one of the best chefs in Dalmatia. Every new season the restaurant comes up with completely new dishes because every dish tells a different new story. Every season is a new chapter in life.
11, Ul. Biskupa Fosca, 22000, Šibenik
“Nostalgija” in Croatian means nostalgic. So, gastronomic experience in this restaurant is like time traveling in the times when food was fresh, local and prepared with love. Nostalgija offers you the taste of Mediterranean as it once was. This is a place for an authentic experience for any food enthusiasts who want to eat with their eyes closed with all of the five senses included in this gastronomic journey.
Day trips and excursions
Presenting numerous ideas and activities in Šibenik
National Park “Kornati”
This is a must. The Kornati are just hundreds and hundreds of scattered islands. Remember, Croatia has more than 3000 islands. It is a magnificent view for any traveler. A pleasant ride to Vodice where a boat awaits you. You can swim in the lake and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Kornati islands. Lunch is served on board. On return, you can enjoy the panorama of Kornati islands, view the cliffs.
These tours include sightseeing most beautiful islands in Kornati archipelago and tour guide.
National park “Krka”
After a pleasant voyage, we reach the National Park Krka. The tourist guide is included in this offer. A look at the weaving workshop with a professional presentation. A visit to the mills, valves, and pillars that for centuries use the power of the Skradinian cliff whose sedge barriers and waterfalls leave every visitor breathless. Sailing with boat back to Skradin then ride a bus back to the meeting point.
This journey lasts approx 7 hours. A whole wonderful journey in beautiful nature.
The ferry starts by bus to the river Cetina 6 Km from Omiš. After taking over and testing the equipment needed for rafting, the rafting adventure begins with the canyon of one of the most beautiful Croatian rivers. Whole distance exchanges are quiet parts and speeds, rated II – III and do not require special physical preparation or experience. Rafting takes 3-4 hours and ends in Radman’s mills. Then a little bit of free time then rides back to the meeting point.
Historical and modern
Aquarium Šibenik is a unique experience of the sea and seabed for the whole family. It will offer an unforgettable and instructive experience to children, parents, and grandparents.
Situated in the old town, only 50 meters from Cathedral of St James, in an authentic Dalmatian stone house.
On the surface of 200 m2, there are 20 aquariums with Adriatic and tropic fishes and plants. Close to every aquarium there is a LED screen with information about aquarium inhabitants. As a part of the aquarium, there is a souvenir shop with authentic souvenirs related to the sea and Dalmatia, mainly made by local creative artists.
The Town hall in Šibenik is situated on the medieval central town square (the Square of the Republic of Croatia), used to be Plathea communism. This is a very harmonious and transparent Renaissance building constructed between 1533 and 1546. The ground-floor encompasses the cloister (with columns supporting semi-circular arches) from which there was an access to the offices of communal administration. There is a representative hall on the floor where the sessions of town councils took place.
Aquapark is the first theme park in Dalmatia. It is located in the family part of Resort, next to Solaris Children’s Hotel Andrija and Solaris Beach Hotel Jakov. Numerous slides, jets, sprinklers, and waterfalls are just part of this fun adventure. Various facilities and attractions such as the exceptionally popular “lazy river”, large barrels and kids areas stretch over eight thousand square feet. Perfect for a family weekend.
Banj Beach is a small-pebbled beach not far from the center of Šibenik, the beach has a view of the old center. Banj beach of Šibenik offers numerous kinds of water entertainment to its guests. Banj beach is sloping, small-pebbled, and is good for rest with children. Banj Beach has the international Blue Flag award for the cleanness of the sea. Banj Beach is the most beautiful beach of the Adriatic, it is a cult beach of the Riviera of Šibenik.
Where to stay in Šibenik
These hotels & villas will make your stay magical
Heritage Hotel Life Palace
The elements of the 15th-century palace Morenci, are perfectly incorporated into an exclusive interior of this city hotel, where each step pays tribute to Šibenik’s glorious history. The hotel includes modern amenities such as wellness area with a hot tub and sauna. At your disposal is a coffee shop with selected desserts, cakes and pastries, and hotel terrace for your morning coffee, an afternoon glass of wine or nightcap.
Panorama Hotel distinguishes itself through a special atmosphere of a house with long-standing tradition and history while being one of the first hotels in Šibenik. It offers a cozy high-quality accommodation and services of bed and breakfast and full board in its restaurant. The hotel is a favorite residence of business people and tourists coming for holidays on Šibenik Riviera in spring and autumn. Don’t forget the beautiful view.
Villa Sunset Lady
If you appreciate unspoiled nature and dream of a relaxing holiday in the beautiful Dalmatian countryside, then Villa Sunset Lady is the ideal choice for you. It offers the perfect setting for rare moments of romance, adventure, and excitement. Villa is located in small Dalmatian village of Bilice on the Prukljansko lake, which is excellently connected to the sea a few kilometers away with a channel.
Tourist boards of Šibenik
Here you can find additional information about interesting things in Šibenik. If you want to learn more about history of Šibenik, museums, cultural or any other events that are happening when you are here.
Address: Ul. Fausta Vrančića 18, 22000, Šibenik
Phone: +385 022 214 448