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By Alex Dragas
Šibenik is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia. A city with a thousand year old history and a rich cultural heritage, it’s the best Dalmatia has to offer.
Considered to be the oldest town on the Croatian coastline, Šibenik is also known as “Krešimir’s City”. King Petar Krešimir IV ruled Croatia in the 11th century and his historical records mention the city numerous times; he even made it his royal residence.
Šibenik’s most well-known landmark is the Cathedral of St. James, an architectural wonder of 16th century Dalmatia, which was built almost entirely out of limestone. It is probably the most important Renaissance structure in the country and was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its construction lasted more than a century, and thanks to the special procedure of stacking limestone blocks, it is well preserved and stable even today. Apses of the cathedral contain more than seventy portraits and seventy two sculptures depicting nobles of 16th century Šibenik who financially supported the building of the cathedral.
Another interesting landmark lies just a few meters away from the cathedral; a small plateau called the Four Wells. Centuries ago it an old water tank was put below by the people of Šibenik to collect rainfall. Belonging to all residents of Šibenik, the Four Wells saved the locals many times, especially during droughts or military sieges.
The City Hall is also nearby; built under the influences of high romanticism in medieval times, it was almost completely destroyed during World War II, but was later renovated. The St. Mihovil Fort on the outskirts of the city, which was once the main military fortification of the city, is a tourist attraction and a venue of music and theater festivals.
Actually, it’s very lively in Šibenik during the summer: there are plenty of open-air concerts, festivals and manifestations virtually every day, and city beaches – even though they’re quite large – are filled with tourists.
If you’re not that interested in history, Šibenik can different attractions, such as the local Aquarium. Especially adored by children, its visitors can explore the rich and diverse marine life of the Adriatic Sea. Each of the aquariums has a LED monitor which shows information about its inhabitants.
Šibenik is considered to be one of the best places to live in Croatia according to numerous public polls. Its pleasant Mediterranean climate, great geographical position, the clean Adriatic sea all made real estate in Šibenik highly sought after: on the other hand, the prices have not yet skyrocketed due to the building boom of the early 2010s.
Just an hour’s drive from Šibenik is the Krka National Park. Second only to Plitvice Lakes in terms of popularity, Krka is visited every year by tens of thousands of tourists, who are astonished by its natural scenic beauties (similarly to Plitvice, it features dozens of lakes and streams), plants and animal species
But we’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to describing Šibenik, a town of history and culture, but entertainment as well. The only way to get a real picture of Šibenik is to pay it a visit, which I wholeheartedly recommend.
About the Author:
Alex is a young guy looking to become full-time travel blogger in the future. Alex also enjoys meeting new people, eating foreign foods, listening to great music and enjoying life overall. Alex’s travel blog link is here.