If you plan to visit Croatia you should add the town of Šibenik to your bucket list.
Its increasing popularity among tourists is understandable since this small coastal city has endure the test of time remaining as special as ever. But what makes this city so different? For one, the fact that Šibenik is the only dalmatian city built by Croats (cities such as Split or Dubrovnik were founded by different cultures). Second, its ancient monuments, fortress and cathedrals, all of them made of stone.
Still curious about Šibenik? Let´s find out then what to visit in Šibenik:
1. Cathedral of St. James
This UNESCO Heritage cathedral is the number on attraction in Šibenik. This magnificent monument was built in the 15th and 16th centuries and can be said to be the only cathedral in Europe constructed only with stone.
Although the original dome was damaged by Serbian forces when the city was shelled in 1991, it was quickly repaired providing the cathedral with its original magnificent aspect.
The Cathedral of St. James (listed on the UNESCO World Heritage since 2000) is considered the most important Renaissance building in Croatia.
The ticket to visit this splendid building costs around 15kn (2€)
2. Šibenik City Hall
A strikingly building situated on the medieval Square of the city.
The City Hall of Šibenik was built between 1533 and 1546. Although it was destroyed in December 1943 during the attack of the allied forces, it was rebuilt to look exactly like it did before the war.
On the ground floor is located a nice restaurant with a wonderful terrace where to taste some croatian food.
3. Old Town
The Old Town of Šibenik is a medieval car-free city made up of narrow streets.
The beauty of this city lies in its ancient buildings and churches, some of which are still marked by the signs of the balkan war, and the hidden hideouts the visitor can find while walking around the old town.
The cobbled streets connect all these historical buildings. Sometimes the narrow streets pass underneath an arch, other times, the visitor have to pass through a tunnel which leads to a narrower street where stands, for example, a small sanctuary. But that is the magic of a place which was built on a rocky coastal area.
4. Fortress of Šibenik
The four for Šibenik are:
1. St. Michel´s Fortress: The first fortress of the city was built on the 11th century under the reign of King Petar Krešimir IV, considered the founding father of the city.
2. Barone Fortress: Built in the 17th century to protect the city from the Candia Wars.
3. St. John Fortress: Also built in the 17th century but more popular than the previous fortress since it was used as set of Game of Thrones in 2014.
4. St.Nicholas´ Fortress: The most beautiful fortress due to its privilege location. This fortress stands at the entrance of the St. Anthony Channel.
5. The port of Šibenik
To have a walk outside the old town allows the visitor to enjoy different parts of the city such as the medieval mediterranean garden or Šibenik harbour.
From the ancient port of Šibenik not only the view of the city is remarkable, but it is easy to travel to other dalmatian cities such as Primosten (read more about this city here) or to navigate to the impressive Krka National Park (more information about this spectacular place here).
Now it is your turn; have you ever been to Šibenik? Did you like it? Which monument did you like the most? What would you recommend to visit in Šibenik? Feel free to share your experience!