No fewer than 200 of Croatia’s islands lie off the coast of Šibenik city and the wider Šibenik-Knin County. These are some of the very best waters for sailing in Croatia. Also, less than half an hour away, one of the most famous music festival sites in Europe (not to mention one of the best open-air nightclubs in the world).
Thousands of visitors pass within striking distance of Šibenik. Everyone has heard of the famous city – its famous fortresses, its Michelin-starred restaurant (Pelegrini), its Old Town, its UNESCO cathedral and its well-known events. There are countless reasons why anyone on holiday nearby should definitely make a stop in Šibenik. And, now there’s one more.
Šibenik Card is a VIP passport to the city’s best attractions. From the city’s UNESCO Heritage Sites and Fortresses to Museums and boat trips, you’ll get free entrance to many of the city’s must-see destinations with Šibenik Card. Even greater is the discount offer that Šibenik Card also carries. Bargain price visits to Krka National Park, activities like canoeing, kayaking and cycling, restaurants even accommodation are included in the Šibenik Card discount scheme.
In fact, there are so many great things to see and do in Šibenik, you’d be well advised to set aside a long weekend or at least 48 hours if you want to truly discover this magical, reinvented city. Here’s a suggested itinerary for two days in the city and how you can make the tour with the Šibenik card.
Šibenik Card: Day 1
8am: Cycling / Kayaking / Windsurfing in Šibenik
There are several great activities you can do if you want to get to know the geography of Šibenik. Kayaking will let you see the shoreline from close up. Windsurfing gives a wider perspective on the channel, not that you’ll have much time for idly spectating on this thrilling ride. Taking a cycling tour between the city and either of the peninsula’s between the centre and the open Adriatic is seriously one of the very best things to do in Šibenik. Amazing!
If you’re visiting in summer, plan such activities for early in the morning, or late in the afternoon. Certainly, you can do activities during the strongest hours of summer sunshine in Šibenik – just make sure to apply generous amounts of high factor sunblock (a hat is also a good idea!). Alternatively, why not visit Šibenik for a long weekend in May, September or October. These months hold perfect warm, sunny days in which you can enjoy the great outdoors all day.
You receive 20% discount on all these activities with your Šibenik Card.
10.30am: Circle Boat Line / St. Nicholas Fortress
After getting your blood circulating first thing in the morning, you deserve to sit back, relax and let someone else do the work. There are few better ways to do this in Šibenik than on a boat. Why not take the Circle boat line? It’s completely free with your Šibenik Card and it will allow you to cross all of the key points of the city’s waterfront without ever going near a road. You can get on and off as many times as you like with your Šibenik card.
Alternatively, if you want to get acquainted with one of Šibenik’s two UNESCO Heritage Sites, why not take the boat tour to St. Nicholas Fortress? You’ll never have seen anything like it before. The photos are impressive enough, but they really don’t depict the full offer. Not only are the fortress guides among the best in the city, but also there’s a fascinating augmented reality aspect awaiting when you arrive.
You receive 20% discount on a guided tour of St. Nicholas Fortress with your Šibenik Card, including return boat trip from the city centre and down St. Anthony’s channel.
Some of Šibenik’s best bars and restaurants offer generous discounts from your bill on the Šibenik Card, including;
Restoran Mendula, Ul. kralja Tomislava 15 A
SHE bio bistro, Zlarinski pro. 2
Bistro i kavana Pucalina, Ulica kralja Tomislava 9
Bistro Luce & Brigita, Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana 10A
Restoran Stari Grad, Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana 7
Restoran Pjat, Trg Pavla Šubića I 3
Pub & Wine bar Scala, Put Gimnazije 5
Restoran Peškarija, Obala palih omladinaca 10A
Restoran Stari Grad, Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana
2.30pm: Šibenik City Museum
Perhaps one of the most understated parts of the city offer, Šibenik City Museum holds fascinating exhibits of pottery, tools and architecture. You can trace the history of the peoples, culture and even the cuisine of those who’ve lived in the Šibenik area for millennia.
Free admission with Šibenik Card.
3.15pm: Civitas Sacra Museum
This cool and interactive museum tells the tale of the long and revolutionary construction of Šibenik’s St. James Cathedral. Still very much a focal point of the city’s Catholic worship, this museum is the best place to learn about the cathedral without intruding on solemn worship and attendance. It’s the perfect place to visit in preparation for seeing the real thing up close.
Free admission with Šibenik Card.
4pm: St. James Cathedral
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Cathedral of St. James is a Renaissance masterpiece that took a century to build. On its facade are 71 different sculpted faces, said to be former residents of the town or contributors to the building. Try to look at as many as you can. You might be very surprised to see how some of Šibenik’s former residents looked! After you’ve taken in the brilliant white exterior, prepare your senses for the celebration of colour inside.
Free admission with Šibenik Card.
5.30pm: Šibenik Old Town
One of the greatest pleasures of a visit to Šibenik is an unhurried walk around its Old Town. It is an incredibly atmospheric place, with countless unique winding alleys and stone stairways. Keep a look out for some fascinating architecture on your journey.
Unlike some ancient architecture in Croatia, the walls of Šibenik Old Town are completely free to walk around.
7pm: St Michael’s Fortress
The first of Šibenik’s fortresses to be renovated, St Michael’s Fortress is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. Few pieces of architecture represent Šibenik better than this. Inside the fortress, you’ll walk through floor-to-ceiling displays and find out about the former life of the fortress and its residents. From the roof, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the entire city, the Old Town and St. Anthony’s channel. In the height of summer, this view is best enjoyed in the morning – before it becomes too hot – or at sunset. Unforgettable, as is catching a music, dance or culture event in 1000-seat theatre that now sits atop St Michael’s.
Free admission with Šibenik Card.
8.00pm: Šibenik events
Throughout the whole year, Šibenik is alive with events. Depending on when you visit, you might find gastro festivals and cultural discussions in city parks, Children’s processions through winding stone streets, dance festivals on public squares, incredible traditional and classical music performances and animation films projected on large screens in the heart of the city. Locals and visitors alike gather on the streets to enjoy. This is a city where some of the best culture takes place outside. And you’re warmly invited to join in.
Šibenik’s street events are all completely free.
Dinner discounts are the same as those at lunch within restaurants accepting the Šibenik Card (see above).
11pm: A great night’s sleep
You can get discounts at some of the city’s very best accommodation offers with , including rooms to suit every budget or necessity. They include;
Amadria Park Resort 4* – 10% discount with Šibenik Card
Superior City Hotel Bellevue 4* – 15% discount with Šibenik Card
Heritage Hotel Life Palace 4* – 15% discount with Šibenik Card
D-Resort Šibenik 4* – 15% regular rooms, 20% accessible rooms
Hostel Scala – 10% discount with Šibenik Card
Šibenik Card: Day 2
8am: Krka National Park
7 magical waterfalls, boat rides to island monasteries, Neolithic caves, Roman heritage, an eco-ethno village, freshwater swimming, traditional cuisine, wildlife, spectacular nature, hiking and cycling trails. You could spend a week exploring Krka National Park and not get tired of the landscape or its offer. Unmissable.
20% discount at each of the Krka National Park entrances, throughout the whole year, with Šibenik Card.
Back to the city for lunch in one of the restaurants accepting Šibenik Card.
3pm: Aquarium and Terrarium
Discover the world of Adriatic fish and plants as well as some tropical varieties. This is the perfect place to escape the heat of a midsummer afternoon.
Free with Šibenik Card
4pm: Šibenik Zip Line
Race across the spectacular scenery of the Cikola River Canyon, on the edge of Krka National Park, on Šibenik Zip Line. You’ll run along a course of three separate lines, suspended hundreds of metres above the canyon floor. Thrillseekers will not be disappointed.
20% discount with Šibenik Card
5.30pm: Shopping in Šibenik
Searching for souvenirs from your time in Croatia? Looking to take back home something unique, handcrafted or locally designed? Want to pick up some nice new sunglasses for the rest of your holiday? There’s nowhere better than the big city for shopping. A wide range of city stores and services offer discount with Šibenik Card. They include
Optika Glavadanovic –20%
Deni Design –20%
Gallery Juraj Dalmatinac –20%
Souvenir Shop Skrinjica –20%
Lana Art Gallery –20%
8.00pm: Barone Fortress
View from Barone
The most recently renovated of all Šibenik’s fortresses (although, there’s one more on the way!), Barone Fortress is unique in several ways. Firstly, it currently holds the most advanced augmented reality section of all the city fortresses. These vividly unlock the history of the building and the city. Secondly, this is the highest and furthest back of all the forts. As a result, the views you get from Barone are breathtaking, not least the sunset. Enjoy it with a glass of wine from the cool bar you’ll find on the fortress top.
Free entrance with Šibenik Card
Back to the city centre for dinner in one of the restaurants accepting Šibenik Card.
11pm: Romantic walk by moonlight along Šibenik waterfront, the perfect end to 48 hours in Šibenik.
You can buy Šibenik Card at:
Slaptours/Avalon Agency, Obala hrvatske mornarice 1, Šibenik.
Civitas Sacra, Interpretation Centre of the Cathedral of St. James, Kralja Tomislava 10, Šibenik.
Amadria Park Šibenik.
Souvenir shops in Amadria Park hotels.
Šibenik Tourist Board office, Tourist Information Center, Fausta Vrančića 18, or Obala palih omladinaca 3, Šibenik.
Vinoplod Winery Shop, Velimira Škorpika 2, Šibenik.
CoWorking space – Trokut Šibenik, Velimira Škorpika 7, Šibenik.
Or you can download a digital version to most phones here
Single card: 140 kn (approximately 19 €)
Family card – 2 adults, any number of children: 340 kn (approximately 45 €)
All photos © Šibenik Tourist Board or Marc Rowlands