Whether you like arts and culture, or you're more of an outdoor type, or you would rather eat and drink your way through the festival? We got you covered!
What to see
THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. JACOB
Imagine yourself living in the 15th century and looking at the outstanding construction made of white stone blocks in the clouds without any supporting part made of wood or any other connecting material - surely it would seem to you as a dream. Today exactly this construction is the most significant one in the area of Šibenik, built up in precisely 105 years in a unique Gothic and Renaissance style with a frieze of 71 human heads in the exterior, and sculptures and mosaics in the interior – the Cathedral of St. Jacob was enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2000.
THE ST. ANTHONY CHANNEL
The St Anthony Channel, also known as «the Šibenik Channel», is part of a wider area «Channel – Port», a significant landscape protected in 1974. It is more than 2000 metres long and between 140 and 220 metres wide. It serves as the door of Šibenik to the open sea and as the entrance to the town. The channel represents the place where the river Krka symbolically ends but at the same time it is the place where the river flows into the Adriatic Sea. It can be seen from all parts of Šibenik and while being situated near the city and relatively easily accessible, it has been isolated and unknown for historical reasons.
Alongside its natural beauty that can be seen at a glance and a breathtaking panoramic view of Šibenik, the Šibenik archipelago and St Nicholas Fortress, the channel protects numerous cultural and natural values.
ST. NICHOLAS FORT
Built in the 16th century to defend the port of Šibenik from Turkish attack by sea, St. Nicholas Fortress (Tvrđava Sv. Nikole) is one of only three such forts still in existence in the Mediterranean (the others are in Venice and Malta). The fortress resembles an arrowhead and was built on the site of a former monastery, on a small island off the mainland.
NATIONAL PARK KRKA
With its seven waterfalls and a total drop in altitude of 242 m, the river Krka is a natural and karst phenomenon. The travertine waterfalls of the Krka River are the fundamental phenomenon of this river. Walk through the woods scarred with little creeks swarming with fish, swim in the strong current at the bottom of the waterfalls and feel the power of unaltered nature.
NATIONAL PARK KORNATI
The Kornati National Park is often mentioned as "nautical paradise" in tourist publications. It consists of 89 unforgettable islands, islets and reefs that bathe in crystal blue sea. You can spend your day here exploring or just find your own deserted beach and soak in the sun.
Where to eat & drink
Cuisine built on a combination of tradition and innovation with a strong foundation in locally grown ingredients. Voted best Croatian restaurant in 2015 and best Dalmatian restaurant for many years now, this place will take you on a journey of tastes you will never forget. The restaurant is located in a historical palace, along with a staircase-turned terrace overlooking St. James Cathedral and an intimate rear courtyard. You’d best make a reservation to snag a table with a view.
This place will show you the best of home cooking with a bit of twist every time you visit. Favourite casual lunch or dinner location for both locals and tourists. Make sure to ask for a recommendation for the day, they will not disappoint you.
The name comes from a local word for a midday snack squeezed in between breakfast and lunch. They cook traditional food only - just a couple of dishes every day, and if you visit once, they will know you forever. If you are a pork eater do not miss a chance to order "oglavina" - legendary Šibenik marenda dish of thoroughly cooked pig head.
Wine bar serving local wines, some craft cocktails and a variety of cold snacks. 70% of the wine list is from Šibenik county area, all beer is local and they will tell you all about any of the menu items. You will not miss this spot since it is right next to one of Deboto stages :)
The wines of Šibenik’s coastal area and the islands are widely known, especially the autochthonous Babić variety from the vineyards of Primošten – thanks to their beauty, the unusual geographic position and the barren land on which they grow, they have become a true monument to hardworking peasants. It is no wonder their painting adorns the lobby of the United Nations building in New York.
Make sure to try other local varieties like Debit (fresh and mineral) and Maraština (fragrant and aromatic) for whites or Plavina (a cousin of better known plavac) and Lasin (known as southern pinot noir) for reds.