Sibenik is not on the radar of most passengers when creating an itinerary for Croatia, but it is on the way between the destinations that most people go to - Split and Zadar.
Sibenik is a great place to pause your trip down the Dalmatian coast. Although there are not as many attractions in Sibenik as in larger cities, this city offers a slower pace, fewer tourists and amazing views. The beautifully preserved old town is great for wandering and is filled with breathtaking 15th and 16th-century architecture. And with a location on the Adriatic Sea, the weather in Sibenik is beautiful all year round, with mild winters and warm summers. Plan your trip with our list of the best attractions in Sibenik.
Find top Sibenik attractions in this guide:
1. Church of St. John the Baptist - a massive stone building built in the 15th century as the church of St. Trinity. The built-in Ottoman clock with one hand makes it even more interesting.
2. Cave with the Chapel of St. Anthony - the cave is named after Saint Anthony the Hermit, while many other hermits also lived here. One of them is the Zadar nobleman Jeronim Detrico, who was buried in a cave in 1615.
3. Sea Tunnel - in the rock of the St. Anthony Cave, the German army during World War II dug a couple of hundred meters long tunnel that still exists today.
4. Lookout - the lookout is located along the promenade through the Channel of St. Anthony, at the highest point in the channel. It offers a beautiful view of the city of Sibenik, St. Anthony’s Channel, Fortress of St. Nicholas and the entire Sibenik archipelago.
5. Fortress of St. Nicholas - a unique building of the Venetian fortification system that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2017. The fortress can be visited only by boat.
6. Promenade in the Channel of St. Anthony - connects the bay of Paninkovac and the Fortress of St. Nicholas, and is about 4.5 kilometers long, offers a view of Sibenik and the entire archipelago.
7. Monastery Garden of St. Lawrence - opened in 2007 after a period of neglect and has become one of the top attractions in Sibenik. A green oasis in the middle of the city with 150 species of medicinal and spicy herbs.
8. Rector's Palace - a beautiful massive building once the governor's residence, today the City Museum.
9. Fortress of St. Michael - is one of the five fortresses in Sibenik and exactly the one from which this city arose. Built during the Middle Ages, located on top of a hill in the middle of the old town with a beautiful view.
10. Church of St. Barbara - built in the mid-1600s, this beautiful church houses a valuable collection of sculptures and paintings from the 14th to 18th centuries.
11. Fortress of St. John - is the highest city fortress, of defensive character, built in the 17th century. It is located on top of a hill about 115 meters above the city center.
12. City Hall - a well-known building in Sibenik that was largely destroyed during the Second World War. Nevertheless, the building has been completely renovated according to the original plans.
13. Cathedral of St. Jacob - Today listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the architectural highlights of the Dalmatian coast. During construction, different styles were incorporated, which gives it a special look today.
14. Church of St. Chrysogonus - it is the oldest preserved sacral building in the city, dating from the 12th century. Since 1996, it has been known as the Gallery of St. Chrysogonus.
15. Church of St. Francis - a Gothic building from the second half of the 14th century. The church has a rich library that preserves more than 140 incunabula, among them is the "Sibenik Prayer" from 1375 - one of the oldest Croatian linguistic monuments.
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