Šibenik

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Šibenik is a city (pop. ~37,000) in Šibenik-Knin County, in northern Dalmatia, Croatia. It's most famous for Saint James Cathedral, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. A trademark of the city is the traditional šibenik hat, coloured orange and black, also the city's colours. The inventor of parachute and the first man to use it, Faust Vrancic, was born here and lived here throughout 16th and 17th century. Famous basketball player Dražen Petrović, and Maksim Mrvica, a piano player, were born here.

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Get around

Everywhere in the city is within walking distance. From bus station to the old city centre it takes only five minutes to walk. You can get to all sights on foot, and the furthest are within half an hour walk. If you come by car, there's a large parking place on the very central square Poljana, as well as there is one with 700 spots when you enter the town northbound. If you want to go to the outskirts of the city (for instance to the Dalmare shopping centre), you can take a public bus. Bus transport in Šibenik is operated by one public and three private companies.

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Šibenik was mentioned for the first time under its present name in 1066 in a Charter of the Croatian King Petar Krešimir IV. For a period of time, it was a seat of the Croatian King. For that reason, Šibenik is also called "Krešimirov grad" (Krešimir's city). It is the oldest native Croatian town on the eastern shores of the Adriatic sea. You can see the statue of King Petar Krešimir IV between the park and the beginning of the promenade along the sea. Šibenik was for almost 300 years under Venetian rule, and then in Austro-Hungary, Yugoslavia and finally, Croatia. It was a very important town in Venetian-Turkish wars and it was a frontier of the western civilization an Christianity. This period left Šibenik with four beautiful fortresses: St. Michael, St. John, Šubićaevac and St. Nicholas. Old part of the town, full of churches, old noblemen palaces and typical Dalmatian stone houses centuries old is very interesting. Town walls are also well preserved. One of the most interesting sights is medieval monastery garden.

St James

Do

Buy

Old city hall

Eat

Kike Pizzeria in the ancient part of the city is worth a visit.

Sleep

Unfortunately, and surprisingly as well, private accommodation in Sibenik is not as popular as it is in the other cities of Croatia. Few are willing to open their houses to the travellers and no or only a few "sobe-room" signs can be seen at the doors. Eva's home however, which is located in the upper part of the old city, is an alternative with a clean room and good price. Zadarska 37, ask assistance to locate.

A hostel Indigo is in the old part of the city.

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