A Croatian medieval treasure

A parade of Venetian houses huddled together above the sparkling Adriatic, Sibenik is spellbindingly beautiful. An Italianate town of winding alleyways studded with gleaming piazzas and medieval relics, this is easily one of the most attractive resorts in Dalmatia. Sibenik holidays have plenty to offer gourmands who revel in its family-run ‘konobas’ or the swish Michelin-rated restaurants. It also boasts some of the best ice cream you’ll find outside Italy, so don’t forget to order a scoop before getting lost in the tangle of back roads that make up this attractive settlement.

Holidays to Sibenik also hold plenty in store for history buffs, thanks to its jamboree of architectural styles and the occasional medieval gem. The city is also overlooked by St Michael’s Fortress, a white-stone fort with an open-air cinema. Affording views of Sibenik Bay and its pearl-string archipelago of islands, it plays host to open-air evening concerts every summer – a perfect way to top a day spent in this jewel of a town.

Your Sibenik questions, answered

Sibenik offers a range of upscale restaurants as well as modest seafood joints. Look out for ‘peka’ –meat and vegetables slow-cooked for several hours in a dish with a distinctive bell-shaped lid.
With ancient antiquities, brilliant beaches and world-class food, Sibenik is a fabulous destination for culture lovers and foodies. A range of family-friendly resorts are dotted around its coastline, too.
Visitors to Sibenik can set their own budget thanks to accommodation ranging from low-cost apartments in the Old Town to luxury resorts on the coast.

Best things to do in Sibenik

Go island hopping

Sibenik is a gateway to the Kornati National Park, a collection of moon-like islands floating in the Adriatic. It’s also close to Krka, where you can take a boat trip to the cascading waterfalls.

Enjoy the water

Aside from its architecture, Sibenik’s greatest assets are its paradisal waters and excellent beaches. The sea is clear, making it ideal for diving, snorkelling and swimming.

See an open-air concert

St Michael’s Fortress is an ancient citadel with a modern auditorium and welcomes world-renowned musicians, indie heroes and famous DJs every summer. A perfectly preserved medieval building, the setting is unbeatable.