Šibenik is a city of culture and rich history and two UNESCO-listed heritage sites. The capital of Šibenik-Knin County and the oldest Croatian town on the Adriatic coast mentioned for the first time in 1066. in a document written by King Petar Krešimir IV, therefore often called "Krešimir's Town".
Šibenik is hidden from the open sea in the picturesque and wide bay on the Krka river's sunken estuary. Geographically belongs to the North Dalmatia region, making it an excellent departure point for sailing to the North or Middle Dalmatia islands.
Three medieval fortresses surround the city on the land and one fort on the sea. Once, the fortifications protected the city from the attacks, and today they provide a spectacular view of the town and its surroundings.
St John's fortress, called Tanaja, played an attractive historical backdrop for scenes from the series Game of Thrones filmed in September 2014. The scene of the fighting pit in the town of 'Meereen' was filmed on St. John's Fortress. Jorah defeats numerous fighters in that place, while Daenerys watches the grandstand fight.
The contours of the old part of Šibenik are shown in the fifth season when Arya Stark arrives in Braavos.
Fortress St Michael's and Šubićevac, known as Barone, are entirely reconstructed. On St. Michael's fortress and its magnificent open-air stage with 1,077 seats, musical and theatrical spectacles take place during summer.
Fortress of St. Nikola is the proud sea guard of Šibenik and a UNESCO pearl in the St. Ante's Channel's protected natural area. St. Nicholas fortress was built in the 16th century at the entrance to St. Ante canal for defense against attacks from the sea. The sea surrounds it from all sides; only a very narrow path linked it with the mainland. The channel boasts exceptional natural beauty. The walking trail, located just near the channel, is an excellent place for recreationists and bikers.
Cruising through St. Ante's Channel is one of the most beautiful sailing journeys on the Adriatic.
The most known and essential monument of European architecture is the Cathedral of St. James from the 15th and 16th centuries. The Cathedral is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list and the only such building in Europe made only out of stone. The Cathedral served as a backdrop in the ninth episode of the fifth season of the Game of Thrones, in which Šibenik portrays Braavos, the city of the Iron Bank.
Other impressive Renaissance and Baroque churches, palaces, squares, and streets are located in the old town. Šibenik is a city with 24 churches, six monasteries, four fortresses, 2851 city steps, and the largest number of baroque organs.
Šibenik has been hosting an International Children's Festival each year since 1958. The squares and streets are livened up, and this city is entirely reigned by children from different parts of the world.
In the last few years, Šibenik has become an unavoidable event and music festival destination. Seaspalsh is a 'dance and lifestyle festival, where various local and international acts take part. Nox – electronic music festival, OFF Jazz and Blues Festival, Dalmatian Chanson Evening, Chef's Stage…and many more.
The richness of flavors and aroma, simple preparation, and exclusively fresh ingredients are the basic features of delicious Šibenik cuisine. There is an abundance of delicious food prepared with a lot of love at every step. If you find yourself in Šibenik or its surroundings, it is a shame to miss the delicious delicacies that await you in the heart of the Mediterranean ambiance. In the surrounding area of Šibenik and its hinterland, fertile vineyards give top-quality wines.
The outstanding restaurant "Pelegrini" has put Šibenik on Michelin Star Map. Pelegrini is located at the very heart of the old core, just a few meters from St. James's Cathedral.
To rent a charter yacht from Šibenik is possible from D-Marin Mandalina, which holds 429 sea berths, 79 designed for superyachts. It is one of the safest marinas for its naturally protected location. From Šibenik, you can charter all kinds of vessels: sailboat, catamaran, motor yacht, gulet.
The Šibenik Archipelago is an excellent place for sailing and yachting. There are many peaceful and uninhabited islets close to Šibenik: Žirje, Kaprije, Krapanj, Zlarin, Prvić, Murter, and many more, smaller and larger islands. The charming green patches of land scattered across the warm sea are ideal for romance, contemplation, swimming, and soaking up the serenity and beauty of crystal-clear sunny beaches. The sailing route to Skradin and the National Park Krka Waterfalls takes you via Šibenik.