Things to do in Sibenik
Sibenik is a historic town in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. Sibenik lies on the slopes of the hills in the northern part of the bay, surrounded by three fortresses: St Michael’s, St John’s and Barone Fortress. In the old part of the town the houses are made of stone and closely built and the streets are narrow and winding with lots of steps and vaults. Little squares and numerous cultural and historical monuments testify the rich history of the town.
Unlike other cities along the Adriatic coast, which were established by Greeks, Illyrians and Romans, Sibenik was founded by Croats. It is the oldest native Croatian town on the eastern shores of the Adriatic.
What to see in Sibenik
The Cathedral of St Jacob
The Cathedral of St Jacob in Sibenik is a unique monument of sacral architecture, added to UNESCO’s list of world heritage sights in the year 2000. The Cathedral was built on the south side of the cities old central square. Making the cathedral even more magnificent is the fact that it was built entirely with stone, without using any other materials. The form and the decorative elements of the Cathedral, such as a remarkable frieze decorated with 71 sculptured faces of men, women, and children, also illustrate the successful fusion of Gothic and Renaissance art.
In the centre of Sibenik, 50 meters from the Cathedral of St Jacob, with the entrance opposite the entrance to the Cathedral behind high stone walls hide the plateau where the old water supply object called ‘four wells‘, that is until the middle of the last century was in function. Sibenik are in the Middle Ages because of the numerous military siege and dry periods given to build public city water cistern. The contract on the construction of water supply centre “four wells” between Sibenik district and master James Coterra concluded on 10 January 1446.
The City Hall
The City Hall is located at the Republic Square of Croatia (Trg Republike Hrvatske), Central Square, opposite the northern part of the Cathedral of St Jacob. City Hall was built during the first half of the 16th century in the Renaissance style. It is recognizable due to the porch with round arches, which is usually characteristic of the Renaissance.
Fort of St Michael
The Fort of St Michael was built at the confluence of the river Krka into the sea, on a rocky hill sixty meters above the sea. Sibenik started his life there, which was in historical sources first mentioned in the year 1066 during the Croatian king Petar Kresimir IV. At today’s fortress you can identify continuity of the construction from the 13th to the 18th century, but most of the dates from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Fort of St John
Fort of St John is located on the hill, 115 m high above the old town centre of Sibenik. It was built up in 1646 in the form of a star. It is interesting that the construction of the fortress lasted for only one month and a half (six weeks) because the inhabitants of Sibenik were afraid of Turkish attacks so they helped building it up, too.
Barone Fortress is located south-east of St John’s fortress and a couple of meters lower than St John’s fortress. It was constructed in the same year as St John’s fortress, in 1646 and it contributed very much to the defence of the Town of Sibenik from the Turkish attacks in 1647.
St Nicholas 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. St Nicholas fortress is one of the strongest maritime fortification architecture on the Croatian Coast of the Adriatic Sea.
St Anthony’s Channel
St Anthony’s Channel is a 4.4km new promenade surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation and offers stunning panoramic views of the Sibenik archipelago. Attractions include the ruins of a 16th century tower, a sublime several hundred meter long marine tunnel built for military purposes, beautiful coves that lay at the end of the channel and are perfect for a swim or quick dip, and in the vicinity sits the old port and a cave that housed a small church dedicated to St Anthony. Organised tours, walking, jogging and cycling are your best options for a very scenic outside in view of Sibenik!
Aquarium Sibenik is located in a traditional Dalmatian stone house in the Old Town, just 50 meters from the Cathedral of St Jacob. There are 20 aquariums with Adriatic and tropical fish and plants divided in three areas on 200 m2. Every aquarium has LED monitor with information about the aquarium inhabitants as well as some interesting facts about the sea and sea life in general. The most attractive among them is the pool volume 7000 with shark and other attractive species.
What to do in Sibenik
Visit National Parks
Be sure to visit one of the Croatian national parks, and near Sibenik are even two. Because of its non-settlement and wildlife, unspoiled nature, bizarre landscape of exceptional beauty of natural phenomena Kornati are attractive for many tourists. Krka National Park can be visited by water, road and on foot.
Visit Falconry Center
For Falconry Centre you may rightly say that it is specific to the Sibenik, it is the only such center where you can see different species of birds of prey. Located in the heart of Mediterranean wildlife, Falconry Centre is only 7 km from Sibenik.
Bungee Jumping on Sibenik Bridge
Undersea of the Sibenik archipelago is very interesting for diving because it is rich in underwater locations that are accessible to all categories of divers (NP Kornati, island Zirje, sunken ship Francesca of Rimini and the like.)
Visit Equestrian Clubs
In the vicinity of Sibenik have two equestrian club, Equestrian Centre Pegasus and Equestrian Club Kolan.
Gastronomy of Sibenik
The gastronomic tradition of the area of the Sibenik is widely known. The similarities with the Italian cuisine are significant (risotto, spaghetti), which they can connect to the long Venetian rule on this area during the middle Ages. The main characteristics of the Sibenik’s cuisine are fresh food and simple preparation with not so much spices and aromatic plants (except parsley, garlic, onion and bay-leaf).