About Šibenik

The city of Šibenik, which sits on the shores of the bay of the same name, is situated in the best natural port on the eastern coast of the Adriatic, spread out across the amphitheatre-like hillsides that surround it, not far from the confluence of the Krka river in the bay of Šibenik, which connects the 2.5km long canal with the sea. The city surroundings are rich with natural beauty (nearby islands and plentiful fishing grounds as well as two National Parks, Krka National Park and Kornati Islands National Park). Today, Šibenik is the capital and cultural, educational, administrative and economic centre of the Šibenik-Knin County which has a population of 112 891 citizens (2001).
Through their architectural details (windows and portals), many secular buildings revisit Gothic and Renaissance architecture, as do the plethora of sacral buildings erected between the Gothic and Baroque periods. Along with the numerous cultural and historic monuments within the city and various neighbouring tourist settlements and buildings, Šibenik is also home to the renowned architectural monument, the Cathedral of St. James, the construction of which lasted from the 11th to the 16th century. With its frontal facade and semicircular gable, the richly decorated Gothic-renaissance structure was worked on by among others, Juraj Dalmatinac and Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino, and served as a model for a series of church buildings in Dalmatia during the 16th century. Opposite the cathedral is the renovated city council building from the 16th century, while the renovated Princes Palace houses the Šibenik City Museum.

Road network

Due to its positioning the city of Šibenik has a very significant role with regards to transport routes, with a network allowing for direct communication. The backbone of this network is the D8 Adriatic Highway with extensions to Drniš (km) and Knin (55km) and further into the Croatian interior. Another significant route is the rail line that runs to Zagreb and Split. Air traffic is conducted through the Split Airport in Kaštela (45km) and the Zadar Airport in Zemunik Donji (50km) from Šibenik. There is also now the Zagreb-Split Highway.


The climate is unmistakably Mediterranean, with a very high percentage of sun through out the year (2710 hours), while towards the interior insolation is reduced. Temperatures in the summer are relatively high, with a pleasing Maestral wind blowing from the sea onto land. Winters are moderate to mild. Most precipitation occurs during the winter while the summers are predominantly dry.