Sibenik is an ancient city in the Dalmatia region of Croatia. Located on the Adriatic Sea, this area is famous for its rugged mountains and picturesque coastline. Sibenik has been inhabited since pre-historic times, so you can imagine how many amazing things there are to see (and eat!) when visiting here. To help you make the most out of your experience, we’ve rounded up our top picks for attractions and things to do in Sibenik according to travelers like you!

Sibenik Cathedral

Sibenik Cathedral is the largest and most important church in Sibenik. The church was built in the 11th century, making it one of the oldest preserved Romanesque cathedrals in Croatia. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 and holds mass every day.

The cathedral was built by Croatian King Petar Krešimir IV from 1066 to 1102 and includes Romanesque architecture with elements of Byzantine art. Inside there are many interesting artifacts like an altar dedicated to St Lawrence from 1451, paintings from 1720, stained glass windows from 1885 and statues made by Ivan Meštrović (one of Croatia’s most famous sculptors).


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St. James’s Fortress

St. James’s Fortress is a museum and one of the most important landmarks in Sibenik. It was built in 1446 to protect the city from Ottoman invaders, who were coming from the east. The fortress has seen many battles, but fortunately for us tourists, it has been preserved and is now open daily from May to September.

The fortress has two levels: an upper level with battlements, which offers panoramic views over Sibenik; and a lower level that holds various exhibits about local history and culture. You’ll also find cannons on display here—but don’t worry! They’re just replicas!

Boat Ride to St. Nicholas Fortress

You’ll find the boat ride to St. Nicholas Fortress very enjoyable, and it only lasts about 45 minutes. The first step is to head to the harbor at the city’s main port. You can get there by walking down from St. Francis Church or catching a bus from Trg Republike (Republic Square). From there, you can take a small ferry called “Sea King” that will take you across the channel between Sibenik and Kacjeva Glavica island — where St. Nicholas Fortress is located — for only 80 kuna (about €10).

Once on Kacjeva Glavica, you’re free to explore all of its beautiful beaches! We recommend checking out nearby Smokvica bay or Veliki Sketi beach if you have time before returning back home to Sibenik by taking another Sea King ferry back across the channel into town center at around 14:00 PM; this way, it won’t be too late when we arrive back in town without wasting any more time waiting around by ourselves since we would have already seen everything we wanted during our visit here anyway!


Views from St. John’s Fortress

St. John’s Fortress is the oldest fortress in Croatia and a popular tourist attraction. The views from St. John’s Fortress are stunning: you can see all of Sibenik and even parts of Bosnia-Herzegovina on a clear day!

The fortress is located on the highest point in Sibenik, so if you’re looking for a workout after exploring this historic site, climb up to its top for an amazing reward: sweeping views of the entire city! You’ll be able to see all the way out to sea from here.

St. John’s Fortress is open to the public for free daily tours at 10am, 12pm or 2pm (tours last about 60 minutes).

A great place to explore!

Sibenik Croatia is a small town in the Dalmatian Coast, located not far from Zadar. The old town is filled with little narrow alleyways and quiet squares that are full of charm. The St. James Cathedral, built in the 1400s, towers over the old town and offers fantastic views of the city from its bell tower. Most visitors to Sibenik come for the day while they’re on a cruise or staying in Split or Zadar. There is a lot to see in Sibenik, however, and it’s ideal to spend a night here so you can enjoy this charming city at your own pace. 




We hope this guide helped you plan your trip to Sibenik. If you want more tips, check out our other guides on things to do in Croatia. Have fun!  Huge thanks to Visit Sibenik for collaborating with me on this article. If you want to see more of my trip to Sibenik, head over to my Instagram today.