Why choose a cruise to Sibenik?
Nestled into Croatia’s Adriatic coast, in between Split and Zadar, Sibenik isn’t as well-known as its neighbours, despite being equally picturesque. It has a medieval core of labyrinthine stone alleyways and evocative squares studded with palaces, museums and ornate churches.
The coastline around Sibenik is freckled with stunning beaches. There’s even a picturesque pebbled bay, Banj Beach, a short walk from the city centre, which has Blue Flag destination. Venture inland and you’ll discover the stunning scenery of Krka National Park.
A guide to Sibenik’s hotspots
There’s a lot to explore in Sibenik’s stunning historic district, where you’ll find the stunning UNESCO Sibenik’s Cathedral of St James, decorated with ornate friezes. Alongside the historic buildings are some more unique attractions, such as the cross-shaped Medieval Mediterranean Gardens, and a child-friendly aquarium, housed in a stone house close to the cathedral.
At the top of the old town you’ll find the impressive Barone Fortress, lovingly restored to its former glory. You can take an ‘augmented reality’ tour of the fortress, a unique way of learning more about its history. There are fantastic birds-eye views of the nearby islands, and the fortress also houses a restaurant selling regional delicacies and local wines.
A short drive from Sibenik is the stunning Krka National Park, an area of verdant forests, gushing waterfalls and beautiful lakes. There are plenty of walking tracks so you can explore. Tiny Visovac island is in the middle of one of these lakes – it houses a small church and a monastery that doubles as a museum.
One of the highest rated excursions on a Sibenik cruise is a trip to the Kornati National Park, a collection of uninhabited islands scattered offshore. Some are little more than rocky outcrops, while on others you’ll find picturesque vineyards and olive groves. You’ll be able to stop for a swim on deserted beaches, too.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Sibenik
The best time to visit Sibenik
Sibenik has warm, dry summers, with temperatures averaging 25°C in July and August (and highs of 30°C). This time of year is perfect for swimming on the nearby beaches.
December is also a good time to visit. The weather may be cooler, averaging 9°C, but Christmas is celebrated in style, with concerts, an outdoor ice rink and a festive market.
Did you know?
- Just 10 minutes’ drive from Sibenik is a falcon rescue centre, where you can learn the ancient art of falconry
- For two weeks each June, Sibenik hosts the International Children’s Festival, offering workshops in dance, music and graphic design
- Sibenik is the only city in Croatia with two UNESCO heritage sites
- It was also the first city in the world to get electric streetlights.