Sibenik Croatia guide including best things to see and do on a short break

Sibenik is tipped to be one of the best cities in Croatia and it’s not difficult to see why.

Tucked away on the Adriatic coast, the city offers up heaps of history and culture thanks to its impressive fortresses and monasteries, while the seafront location makes for some breathtaking views.

Throughout the city you’ll also find intricate architecture, bustling local restaurants and charming boutiques, as well as churches and landmarks well worth visiting if you’re a history buff.

To give you a helping hand we’ve narrowed down the top things to see and do in the city, and we’ve also got some tips on how to visit on a budget.

Check out our guide below…

Best things to see and do in Sibenik Croatia

1. St Michael’s Fortress

If you only visit one thing, make it this grandiose fortress sitting atop a steep hill overlooking the city’s historic centre.

It’s quite a steep climb to reach it but it’s well worth it for the surrounding views of the scenery and Sibenik itself. The fortress also has an amphitheatre which houses concerts and performances if you’re looking for a night out with a difference.

St. Michael’s fortress and Sibenik

2. Sibenik Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. James towers tall over Sibenik’s skyline with its iconic dome.

You can visit the interiors of this UNESCO World Heritage Site which boasts impressive stone features from large pillars to the ceilings.

3. Monasteries

History buffs will want to check out the Medieval monasteries to be found throughout the city from the spectacular St Lawrence Church and Monastery which has incredible gardens, to the picturesque St Frances monastery with its Baroque architecture.

St. Nicholas fortress


4. St Nicholas Fortress

This stone fortress served as Sibenik’s main defense for centuries, and boasts an impressive coastal location.

Although tourists aren’t permitted inside the fortress itself, you are allowed to walk around it and check out the exteriors, so it can be an ideal destination for those who fancy a walk along the coast.

5. Day trip to Krka National Park

Less than an hour’s drive away from Sibenik, Krka National Park is well worth a day trip if you’ve got a longer itinerary.

The park boasts seven spectacular terraced waterfalls and heaps of breathtaking walking trails along the lush green scenery and crystal clear waters.

Waterfalls in Krka National Park

How to visit Sibenik on a budget

You can’t fly direct to Sibenik from the UK but you can find direct flights to Split and Zadar which are approximately an hour and 15 minutes’ drive to Sibenik.

British Airways has flights to Split from £54 each way, easyJet offers flights to Split from £23.21 each way and Zadar from £25.23 each way with London departures, while Ryanair offers routes to Zadar from Manchester from €28.50 each way.

We’ve also got a guide on finding cheap flights to Croatia including top booking tips.

For hotels, has a handy guide to the 30 best hotels in Sibenik to suit a wide range of budgets. If it’s budget hotels you want then it’s worth checking TripAdvisor where you can find hotels from £26 per night.

If it’s packages you’re after, LoveHolidays has breaks from £118pp while TUI offers deals from £303pp across a range of board options.


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