Welcome to Šibenik, the oldest Croatian town on the Adriatic and home to some of the most beautiful sights in the country. Rich in history and heritage, it’s bound to leave you amazed.

Situated along Croatia’s heavily indented coastline full of wonderful places to visit, Šibenik is a town awash in history, culture, and natural beauty. With roots stretching back over a thousand years, its streets bear witness to the footsteps of soldiers, merchants, pirates, pilgrims, conquerors and rebels.

Unlike some more famous destinations, it maintains an authentic atmosphere, where tradition meets contemporary life and every corner holds a new curious discovery. Without further ado, here are the top 10 things to do in this enchanting coastal town. 

1. Cathedral of St. James

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cathedral of St. James is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and the most important attraction in Šibenik. Built entirely of stone sometime between the 15th and 16th centuries, this stunning cathedral is renowned for its intricate friezes, ornate sculptures, and magnificent dome. Visitors can marvel at the details of the cathedral’s facade and explore the interior adorned with exquisite artwork.

2. Old Town

Wandering through the winding streets of Šibenik’s Old Town feels like going back in time. Lined with medieval stone houses, quaint shops, and hidden courtyards, this historic quarter is a delight to explore on foot. Some of its highlights include the Four Wells Square, the Prince’s Palace, and the Civic Loggia. Lose yourself in the maze of narrow alleys and soak up the charm of this ancient townscape.

3. Republic of Croatia Square

Located in the heart of Šibenik’s Old Town, Republic of Croatia Square has historically been the center of public life, a gathering place for local people and visitors alike. This is especially true during the summer months when various fairs, concerts and cultural events are held. Souvenir vendors, artists selling their work, and street entertainers can also be found nearby.

4. Church of Saint Barbara

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Šibenik’s Old Town, the Church of Saint Barbara is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Dating back to the 15th century, this small church is renowned for its beautiful Gothic architecture. Today it houses the Museum of Sacral Arts, where you can find a wonderful collection of paintings, carvings, statues, and even old church bells.

5. The Šibenik City Museum

For a deeper insight into the rich history and culture of Šibenik, pay a visit to the Šibenik City Museum. Housed in a former Renaissance palace, this fascinating museum showcases a diverse collection of artifacts, artworks, and archaeological finds spanning centuries of Šibenik’s recorded history. From ancient artifacts to medieval manuscripts, the museum offers a comprehensive overview of the town’s cultural heritage.

6. Monastery of St. Lawrence

Take a break from exploring the town and immerse yourself in tranquility at the Monastery of St. Lawrence. Located in the very centre of Šibenik’s historic core, this serene sanctuary offers breathtaking views and a peaceful atmosphere. Explore the monastery’s historic church, stroll through the tranquil gardens, and take in the beauty of this idyllic retreat.

7. The Four Fortresses

For history buffs and adventure seekers alike, Šibenik’s four fortresses are a must-visit attraction. They are: St. Michael’s Fortress, Barone Fortress, St. Nicholas Fortress, and St. John’s Fortress. Perched on strategic vantage points overlooking the city and the Adriatic, these imposing fortifications offer panoramic views and a glimpse into Šibenik’s military past. 

8. St. Anthony’s Channel

Experience the natural beauty of Šibenik’s coastline with a visit to St. Anthony’s Channel. This picturesque waterway is flanked by karst rocks, sparse greenery and features constantly changing terrain perfect for a scenic stroll along the waterfront. Keep an eye out for the Lobor lookout, which offers lovely views of the surrounding landscape, the famous St. Anthony’s church built inside a cave, as well as the iconic wooden bridge leading to the quaint Školjić islet. 

9. Dalmatian Ethno Village

What better way to immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Dalmatian region than a visit to the Dalmatian Ethno Village? Located just outside Šibenik, this charming open-air museum offers a glimpse into traditional Dalmatian life through its authentic architecture, artisan workshops, and cultural performances. Explore the village, sample local delicacies, and learn about the customs and traditions that have shaped the region for centuries.

10. Banj Beach

No visit to Šibenik would be complete without a day of sun, sand, and sea at Banj. Located just a short walk from the town center, this popular pebbly beach offers crystal-clear waters and delightful views of the town. Whether you’re looking to swim, sunbathe, or simply relax with a good book, Banj is the perfect place to unwind and soak up the Mediterranean sunshine.

So many things to do in Šibenik, but where to start?

And there you have it. From ancient churches and medieval fortresses to tranquil monasteries and sun-kissed beaches, the town of Šibenik offers a wealth of attractions and activities for travelers to enjoy. Whether you’re exploring its rich history and cultural heritage or simply soaking up the natural beauty of the Adriatic coast, this quaint town is sure to captivate your heart and leave you longing to return again and again.

If you’re looking for a great place for a day trip, you can’t go wrong with Šibenik. With Camping Village Šimuni as your homebase, you can explore the Croatian coast to your heart’s content. Simply reach out via our contact form and we’ll handle the rest.