Šibenik is the oldest Croatian town on the Dalmatian coast. It was first documented in 1066 and from then on it began developing its very interesting and rich history. Throughout its history the town fell under several different conquering nations, kingdoms and empires. Due to this, Šibenik has developed a unique and vibrant feel compared to other cities and towns. Šibenik isn't just a cultural and historical town though, it is also surrounded by wonderful, gorgeous and absolutely breathtaking nature. From the clear, blue Adriatic sea to the Krka waterfalls, Šibenik is a town for everybody.
Things to do in Šibenik
Upon arrival in Šibenik you're more than likely going to ask yourself "What should I do first?". Some people might go straight to the beach, which isn't a bad option, but I recommend taking a tour around the town to get to know the place you'll be staying in for the next few days a bit better. You'll get to learn some interesting things about the town and you'll be able to get a feel for the lifestyle of the people who live here. After that you could go to the local beach, Banj, which is a 10 - 15 minute walk from the town's centre. Later on you could visit one of the many amazing restaurants in town and enjoy the local cuisine. When you've had some of our delicious food you could head over to one of the fortresses in the town and take in the amazing view of Saint Anthony's channel and the Šibenik archipelago.
When you're done with taking in the town, you're probably going to want to go take in the beauties that nature has to offer. You have plenty of options when it comes to this, and if you have enough time I recommend seeing as much as you can. You could take a boat to one of the islands in the Šibenik archipelago and visit one of the beautiful islands like Prvić, Zlarin, Krapanj and many more. If you get seasick and don't want to travel by boat somewhere, don't worry, there's plenty for you to do too. You could see the stunning Krka waterfalls at the Krka National Park or take a walk through Saint Anthony's channel.
Other interesting places
It'd be a shame to come to Šibenik and not visit the many wonderful towns that are nearby. There are several amazing small towns to go to near Šibenik. One such town is Skradin, a small town near the Krka waterfalls, which is a nice place to visit if you're on your way to the Krka National Park. You could try Brodarica, which is right across from the island Krapanj. Primošten might be for you, where you can see the Our Lady of Loreto statue from which you have a wonderful view of Primošten and the surroundings. You might like Vodice, a small town full of restaurants and bars with several beaches. There's a little bit in each of these small towns for everybody, and all of them are worth visiting.
Author: Lorenzo Gulin, trainee at Dalmatian Coast Concept