14th – 20th July 2014. Šibenik, Croatia
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Šibenik was founded by Croats more than 1000 years ago and it’s the oldest native Croatian town on the eastern shores of the Adriatic. There are various interpretations of the origin of name Šibenik, most of them citing Juraj Šižgorić with the legend about the city surrounded by thick shrubbery (Croatian ”šibe”).

City of Šibenik 

Šibenik is located in central Dalmatia, in a charming and vivid bay where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. River Krka is strikingly beautiful by itself, quite probably the most attractive karst river of Croatia. This ancient town of rich heritage is nested in a naturally well protected harbor, distinguished by 

unique hills on northern side of the bay and surrounded by fortresses of St. Mihovil, St. Ivan and fortification Šubićevac. Šibenik holds special significance in Croatian history since it’s the only larger coastal town not founded by Romans or Greeks but is of native Croatian origin.

Today, this jewel of Croatian heritage is home to 52.000 residents.

 

 

The city of Šibenik is most renowned for many churches in old city complex, they are really on just about every corner. Most of them have been repurposed as museums, galleries and other public spaces. Historic city center is built in stone, with extremely tight and winding streets with many staircases and arched passages. Rich heritage is best visible while navigating small plazas and numerous historic monuments of the city.

 

Historic city center and main city square is a UNESCO protected world heritage site dominated by magnificent St. James cathedral. Built entirely of stone, it’s the most important architectural monument of the Renaissance in Croatia. Cathedral together with surrounding churches, city hall, and palaces forms one of the most distinguished city squares of Croatia.

 


Sibenik residents can enjoy yearly 2700 hours of sunny weather and crystal clear sea with beautiful views of Kornati archipelago and island of Dugi Otok.


Šibenik

National parks

Natural beauty of Šibenik region is stunning, two national parks are in close vicinity of Šibenik city – world renowned river Krka falls and jewel of the sea Kornati archipelago. Two more national parks are in the same county; National park Paklenica site of special beauty for alpine climbers and National park Plitvicka jezera that’s proudly featured on top 5 list of most beautiful nature parks of Europe.


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St. James Cathedral

One of the symbols of Šibenik – the beautiful cathedral of St. Jacob, whose uniqueness, and the complexity of its architecture, has been given a deserved place on the UNESCO list of World heritage sites in the year 2000. It’s the only cathedral in the whole of Europe built exclusively out of stone, without the use of mortar or ancient constructive materials.
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Šibenik Fortifications

Šibenik region is a treasure trove of historic sites, with more than 15 stone fortifications and forts there is much to see and experience. Four well preserved historic forts are in Šibenik city area, forts of St. Mihovil, St. Ivan, Šubićevac and a unique fortification complex on Adriatic sea - St. Nicholas fortress located on small island Ljuljevac in front of Šibenik bay. More than 10 historic fortresses can be visited in national park “Krka”.
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Dalmatian Village

The Dalmatian Village that’s part of the Solaris Beach Resort is actually a restaurant with an autochthonous atmosphere of the old Dalmatian with traditional specialties set to the song of the klapa...
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Krapanj Island

As flat as a board, the tiny island of Krapanj is the lowest and smallest inhabited island in the Adriatic. It lies 300 meters from the nearest land where the township of Brodarica is located.
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Zlarin Island

Zlarin is a small island of the Dalmatian coast of Croatia in the Šibenik archipelago. Because its beauty it has been called the golden, green, and coral isle. It isn’t then strange that the habituation of the island stretches into the distant past.
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Krka National Park

Krka National Park encompasses an area around the river Krka, which runs through a deep and scenic canyon 75 km long, forming noisy waterfalls: Bilušića buk, Miljacka, Brljan, Manojovački slap, Rošknjak, and the renowned Skradinski buk, which is the largest limestone barrier in Europe.
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Kornati National Park

According to the legend, the Kornati Islands were created from a handful of white stones that God was left with while creating the world. He scattered them and, having seen the result, decided he did not have to change a thing. The extraordinary Kornati archipelago is known for its unique beauty and charm and there is nothing like it in either European or world’s seas.
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