Šibenik: the oldest native Croatian town on the coast

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Visit the oldest town founded by Croatians on the Adriatic, the magnificent Šibenik.

Once you stroll along the streets of Šibenik, you’ll always want to come back to the historic and optimistic feeling that encompasses the city in central Dalmatia.  

Located at the mouth of river Krka, the remarkable Šibenik was first mentioned in 1066 and by 1290, with the founding of the Šibenik diocese, gained city status. Soon after, there was an idea that Šibenik should build its own church, as a symbol of its independence and autonomy. It took one hundred years to build the famous St James Cathedral, considered one of the most important Renaissance buildings in the country. The cathedral is memorable for more than its exterior – it is the only cathedral in Europe entirely made out of stone, without any binding material.

World renown heritage sites

Šibenik is the only city in Croatia and one of five in the entire world with two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Cathedral of St James (Šibenik cathedral) and Fortress of St Nicholas.

St Nicholas’ Fortress is just one of four fortresses which guard Šibenik, but the only one that does it from the sea. St. Michael’s Fortress, St. John’s Fortress and Barone Fortress are all located on land. It was built in the 16th century as protection from the Turks, and it was so massive and intimidating that no one ever dared to test it and its 32 cannons.

Natural wonders at Šibenik’s doorstep

Being a coastal town, of course, Šibenik is surrounded by some beautiful beaches, and most are a short drive away from the town. The most popular Šibenik beaches include Solaris, Brodarica, Banj and Zablaće.

When you’re done with sunbathing, there are a lot of interesting things to see and do in Šibenik and its vicinity. If you’re a nature lover, one of them is definitely visiting Croatia’s natural phenomenon with seven waterfalls. Only 10 kilometers distance from Šibenik, Krka National Park is one of two national parks that have both waterfalls and lakes, and it’s praised for its unique karst beauty.

If Šibenik has made you must-see-places list, we recommend you book a stay in Camping Village Šimun where you can enjoy a serene camping holiday, but also explore Croatia. Book one of our excursions to Šibenik and other historic Croatian towns and islands, and get to know the culture of Croatia’s coastal beauties.