Šibenik A World Heritage site
Šibenik is the only city in Croatia with two Unesco World Heritage sites, and it is a city with highest number of stone stairs in the Adriatic, 2815. A city of unique character and history with 28 churches has four fortresses, four wells and it is well hidden in the bay, protected by St Nicholas fortress.
St. Nicholas, St. Michael ’s, St. John’s, Šubićevac or Barone are the names of four fortresses in the city. St. Nicholas and St. John fortress are still in the process of renovation. However, Barone and St. Michael fortress are open for visitors. St.Michaels fortress is a place where concerts, shows, and festivals are held. Maksim Mrvica, a crossover pianist from Šibenik, is one of the famous piano players who had the honor to have the concert in the Fortress. Barone or Subicevac fortress in on the opposite side of the town and has an observatory and coffee bar.
St. James Cathedral is second world heritage site in Sibenik. A magnificent cathedral is a Catholic church built in 1536. Juraj Dalmatinac built the cathedral just with the stone from Brac, Korcula, Rab, and Krk, and without any single brick or wooden supporting element. Recognizable triple-nave basilica with three apses and a dome also has an identical look inside as outside and 71 stone heads on the outside walls. Cathedral is on the UNESCO heritage site since the year 2000.
Best restaurant in Croatia
Narrow stone streets are packed with local restaurants, shops, souvenir shops and cafes. A short walk from the cathedral is Medieval Mediterranean Garden of St Lawrence Monastery. Monastery has a garden of Mediterranean herbs, trees, and flowers. A small coffee bar Lovre is inside the Monastery and offers coffee, quick lunch, and ice-cream.
All foodies will be happy to hear Šibenik has the best restaurant in Croatia. Two years in a row Pelegrini restaurant next to the Cathedral was elected as best place to eat by visitors and critics. The restaurant has a lovely garden seating, but the best tables are for sure one on the stairs overlooking Cathedral and bay. Sea Urchin pasta is must try at Pellegrini's. The restaurant scene is quite old in Sibenik, and the oldest restaurant is Uzorita. A bit outside the city center, just next to the football stadium, this over hundred years old restaurant serves traditional food, and high-quality shellfish from private farms.
Šibenik has one city beach, Banj and it can be easily reached by foot from the city center. Jadria beach is on the opposite side of the canal, and to get there you can take a car, or in the summertime, a much better option is to take a taxi boat from ferry port to Jadria.
A luxury D-Marina and D-Resort Hotel in the area Mandalina is short walk from the city centre. D-Marina is the only place in Croatia which can accommodate yachts and boats over 140 meters, and it is awarded Five Golden Anchors Award. A hotel has 69 luxury rooms and, six suites and three villas. South of the city center is a perfect place for family vacation. Solaris Camping and Beach Resort is equipped with aquapark, restaurants, beach sites and pools for all types of holidaymakers.
Šibenik really is a unique city with welcoming spirit and exceptional people.