A stunning Renaissance cathedral, and memorable day trips in all directions.
Sibenik may seem a bit obscure to be protected by four large fortresses, but once you see the Cathedral of St. James, they'll make more sense. The UNESCO-listed cathedral is a stunning bright white stone example of Renaissance architecture at its height, topped with an unusual rounded barrel roof and dome, and full of unusual decorations, such as dozens of heads lining the exterior. The surrounding Old Town is itself a delight to explore, and no visit is complete without taking in the views from atop the steep walls of the Venetian St. Michael's Fortress.
Sibenik offers diverse, delightful diversions in every direction. Just offshore, you can visit the Kornati, the Mediterranean's densest archipelago. Mostly protected by a national park, we recommend sailing among these quiet islets (some of which have quite vulgar names, supposedly given by locals to the Austrian surveyors who first fully mapped them!) Head inland, and you'll soon come to Krka National Park, famous for its waterfalls, which you can swim beneath. Follow the coast north and you'll arrive at the peninsular Old Town or Zadar, while a jaunt south will bring you to insular Trogir and ancient Split. As with Sibenik, Zadar, Trogir, and Split are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Sibenik
Where's best, easiest, and safest to get some local currency?
The easiest and the safest way to get kunas (HRK) would be withdrawing money from local ATMs. There are many ATMs in the center of Sibenik. Try to avoid blue-yellow Euronet ATMs and use only bank-related ATMs. There are also several banks and exchange offices in the town center. In general, banks will give you a better exchange rate than exchange offices, and both may or may not charge a commission accordingly.
How much should I expect to spend per person per day?
A proper meal with a drink costs around $20 per person. Tickets for the town museum cost around $5 per person. A combined ticket for St. Michael's and Barone Fortresses costs around $11 per person.
How do I get around?
The old town of Sibenik is small and you can walk everywhere. Taxi in Sibenik is rarely needed, but in case you do need one, we can recommend reliable taxi companies. Uber and Bolt are available in Sibenik. If you decide to order one, don't be surprised when they arrive with the taxi sign on top (it's the law).
Are there any cultural venues to visit?
In summer months, the town museum is open every day from 8 am (10 am on Saturdays and Sundays) until 8 pm. Both fortresses are open every day except Mondays, from 9 am until 8 pm.
Where can I go shopping?
There are several small shops in the old town selling local products and high-quality goods.
Is Sibenik safe? Are there any tips on things to avoid, or places where you should be careful?
Sibenik is generally a safe town, but as in many other tourist destinations, you should be aware of pickpockets. Sibenik's beaches can get pretty busy in summer, so you should be careful about where you leave your belongings.
What are the options for people with dietary restrictions and intolerances?
There are good options for pescatarians and many restaurants have vegetarian and vegan options on their menus. SHE Bio Bistro & Rooftop Bar serves fresh vegetarian food and there are also some vegan and gluten-free options. It also ranks as one of the best restaurants in Sibenik.
How many days should I spend in Sibenik?
At least two.