Set amidst the wild beauty of white karstic rock and the azure sea, the Sibenik aquatorium is a yachting paradise, boasting as many as 240 isles and reefs, each of which has its own distinctive features.
This is the largest group of islands in the Mediterranean, 150 of which form a quite special entity: the Kornati National Park. “The gods wanted to set a crown upon their work, so on the last day, out of tears, stars and the breath of the sea, they created Kornati” wrote George Bernard Shaw when describing the breathtakingly beautiful archipelago. These tiny ports and hidden beaches are a true paradise for holidaymakers seeking unspoiled nature!
The proud city of Sibenik sits at the place where the Krka River reaches the sea, on the best protected natural harbour in the central Adriatic. First mentioned in 1066 in documents issued by King Petar Kresimir, Sibenik was founded over 1000 years ago. Take a stroll through its streets, alleyways and squares, and some of the most precious works of art in Dalmatia will appear right before you. Those same streets become the stage for the colourful Sibenik Medieval Fair held every year in July.
Sibenik is best known as the home of Croatia’s most impressive church, the Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral of St. Jacob, built in the 15 & 16th Century, whose dome of white stone dominates the city. Its construction took more than a century and it is built solely from stone quarried on the islands of Brac and Korcula. The original method of construction, using large slabs of stone, has earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This magnificent cathedral lies just underneath the fortress walls of the town in the old part of Sibenik.
Soak up the ambience of this small town by wandering its narrow, cobbled streets. Stumble upon piazzas and magnificent buildings housing small boutiques, art and craft shops, cafes and excellent quality restaurants. Stop at one of the waterfront cafés on the promenade to enjoy the beautiful views, feel the sea breeze, simply relax and watch the world go by.
During your holiday in Sibenik make sure you try the famous mussels harvested where the River Krka meets the Adriatic Sea, washed down with a chilled glass of Babic from the nearby vineyards of Primosten. The local Primosten vineyards are renowned for their unusual geographical location. The sparse soil in which the vines grow, despite the strong, biting winds of the bora, still produces excellent wine, a real testament to the hard-working people of this area. Choose to stay in Sibenik as part of a tailor-made Croatia holiday, or spend your holiday here for an authentic break.