Šibenik, the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic, is located in the most protected natural harbour, in the centre of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, at the mouth of the beautiful Krka River, at the sources of Croatia’s rich history, probably in the place where some of the original Croatian settlers first saw the blue sea, as capricious as it is beautiful that both protected and defended them, fed and took care of them for as long as they could remember. Today Šibenik has 47,274 inhabitants (2011) and is the capital as well as the cultural, educational, administrative and economic centre of the County of Šibenik and Knin.
The view over Šibenik reveals the unique harmony of the urban poetics of the town and its natural surroundings. The harbor, which is connected to the open sea by the St. Anthony Strait, has been an initiator of marittime affairs development, trading and the overall economic prosperity of the town for centuries. At the entrance into the Strait is the fortress of St. Nicholas, the most important renaissance fortress on the eastern coast of the Adriatic.
Together with the fortresses of St. Michael, St. John and Šubićevac surrounding the town, it is a symbol of the centuries old continuous resistence of Šibenik, as confirmed in the recent Croatian War of Independence.
From town of Šibenik you can visit:
- National park Krka (one of the most attractive NP with a massive, clear, natural pool with high waterfalls at one end and cascades at the other)
- National park Kornati (the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea - includes 109 islands, of which 76 are less than 1 hectare in size)
- Solaris beach resort and aquapark are only 6 km from Šibenik (its attractive Sand Beach is an ideal place for the comfortable relaxation in the shade next to a turquoise sea, but also for the numerous amenities and attractions you will find wherever you look)
Ferry terminal to islands Prvic, Zlarin, Kaprije, Zirje (where you can relax in peace and quiet of old villages and enjoy in cleanest beaches and sea in all Mediterranean) is 10 minutes of walking distance from Galbiani palace. Main beach in Šibenik is just 10 minutes drive with boat ferry from ferry terminal. Main bus terminal and train station are 10 minutes walking distance.