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Sibenik in Croatia: what to see? Things to do

Last update : 6 May 2024
Do you know Sibenik in Croatia, located on the Adriatic coast? We'll take you on a tour of Sibenik, which we're sure you'll love.

We discovered this beautiful town and its region in September, and in this blog post we’re sharing all our tips with you. If you’re looking for good restaurants, Sibenik must-sees and ideas for things to do in the Sibenik region, you’ve come to the right place! We’ll help you organize your vacation in North Dalmatia, and believe us, you’re likely to fall under the spell of this region and this country of exceptional colors, flavors and know-how!

Where is Sibenik in Croatia?

Sibenik is located in Croatia, on the Dalmatian coast, 80 kilometers north of the city of Split. Head for the Balkans for a few days in the sun! This pretty town is clearly worth the detour! Much less touristy than Split or Dubrovnik, but just as charming. We loved discovering its narrow streets, its port and its region. Our favorite part was the wide range of activities available there! From a stroll through the town center, to an electric bike ride along the sea, to a nature park with breathtaking waterfalls… You can easily spend 3 or 4 days in the Sibenik region without getting bored!

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Sibenik in Croatia, where to sleep?

Hotel Bellevue

The hotel faces the sea, which is great for a pleasant view during your stay in Sibenik, Croatia.
The rooms are really comfortable, the hotel staff are very attentive and the breakfast is delicious. For us, this is the perfect place to stay in Sibenik! The only drawback is that the hotel doesn’t offer a swimming pool on sunny days, but the quality of service more than makes up for this. The other great advantage of this hotel is its location, very close to the city center. You can park your car and do everything on foot, which is very pleasant. There are plenty of restaurants nearby, which we’ll tell you about a little further down in the article!

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Sibenik in Croatia, our must-sees

The old town of Sibenik

Strolling through the narrow streets of Sibenik will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time!
The history of this town can be felt at every street crossing. The cobbled streets are full of charm and the colorful buildings are very pretty. Did you know that Sibenik was a filming location for the famous “Game of Thrones” series? We discovered this on a guided tour of the town, and we weren’t at all surprised by the charismatic setting! You’ll find plenty of churches, palaces and colorful buildings along the way. Stroll along the two main streets, where you’ll discover pretty boutiques and terraces, until you reach the main square where the Cathedral of St. James is enthroned.
A local event we’ve heard a lot about is the International Children’s Festival.
This takes place every year at the end of June. Apparently the event is well worth the detour, with exciting programs and workshops organized in the streets of the city.

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The Cathedral of Saint James in Sibenik

This monument blew our minds, and for good reason!
The Cathedral is located on a huge square, where you can actually eat on the terrace – we’ll tell you about this address further down the article. We loved the large arcades, the cascading staircases offering different views of the Cathedral. This is undoubtedly our favorite place in Sibenik, Croatia!

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The Port of Sibenik

We went for a sunset stroll around the port of Sibenik, and we didn’t regret it!
As you can see from the photo below, the light was superb and gave us a very pretty view of the city. We’d recommend taking a stroll there at sunset time to enjoy the sunset colors over the city’s orange rooftops, a marvel!

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Krka National Park

Who could believe that just a 15-minute drive from the town of Sibenik, you can visit a breathtaking National Park?
We only spent a few hours there, as our schedule was quite full, but you can plan to spend a full day or even several days if you want to discover the different itineraries of the National Krka Park. For those of you who, like us, have trouble pronouncing the name of this park, it’s called “Keurka”. This is North Dalmatia’s most popular park. We didn’t have much time to visit the park, so we concentrated on the waterfalls called Skradinski Buk, which you can see in our photos below, but there are many itineraries.
If you don’t know what to expect when you visit this park, you should know that its special feature is that the river flows through canyons for 72 km before emptying into the Adriatic Sea.
We’ll tell you more about it in a few days’ time in our article dedicated to Krka National Park.

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Ideas for activities in Sibenik

Discover Sibenik in Croatia and the region by electric bike

If you’re looking for a fun activity on your vacation in Croatia, you’ve got to try out the electric bike on a guided tour with Dean, from Bike & Wine Tour in Sibenik!
We were lucky enough to spend the day with him! Dean took us around Sibenik Bay and up to the Fortress of St. Nicholas. All along this walk through the Canal Saint Antoine, you’ll get incredible views of the city of Sibenik, especially from the belvederes. We can tell you that you’ll be glad you opted for electric assistance, as the roads are quite uphill. Did you know that the Dalmatian region is famous for its olive groves and vineyards?
You’ll soon find out on this electric bike tour! Dean’s itinerary took us along country roads to a unique vineyard above the village of Jadrtovac, where we tasted local wines and products in the middle of the vines at Testament Winery. An experience we warmly recommend for a vacation in Sibenik, Croatia.

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Visiting the hinterland of Vodice and Tribunj

We spent a whole day with Yvan, who offers biking, kayaking or hiking activities in this region of Croatia with his Karika Vodice business.
He took us to discover his region as well as local know-how such as a vineyard called Vinarija Birin or olive oil production. We had a great time with him, and he’s the perfect person to talk to if you want to discover the region!

The town and region of Vodice

Vodice is a small town located 10 km above Sibenik.
We went there with our guide, Yvan, who offers bike tours in the area. What we liked best about Vodice was its long promenade along the sea. You’ll find plenty of terraces, beaches and water sports. The best-known beaches are Olympia and Plava.


The town of Tribunj

We spent half a day in Tribunj and found its port adorable too.
The orange roofs contrast with the turquoise sea, it’s really superb. We had lunch at an incredible restaurant, which we recommend to you right after! An absolute must when you come to Tribunj is to climb the hill of Saint Nicolas to the Church of Saint Nicolas.
All the way up, you’ll have an incredible view of the town, the archipelago and the region. You’ll even find a cool spot with a swing. You’re sure to fall in love!

Good restaurant address in Tribunj
  • Restaurant Luna: a restaurant address that offers an incredible setting. you have to come and see for yourself!
    The dishes are delicious (pasta, risottos, local fish…), you’ll definitely have a good time with sea view.
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Sibenik in Croatia, where to eat? 

If you’re wondering “where to eat in Sibenik?”, we’ve got some great addresses to share with you!

  • Tomaseo : this address is located very close to the Bellevue hotel, the top place to go for dinner nearby after a busy day.
    The dishes are delicious, we tried pasta and risotto, everything was tasty. The atmosphere is relaxed and the setting nice, facing the promenade and the sea. We recommend it!
  • City Hall : this restaurant is located opposite the Cathedral, we told you about it a little earlier in the article!
    We loved the setting, the view and the romantic atmosphere. Music and candles are the perfect accompaniment to a romantic dinner! The dishes are refined, and the staff are very friendly. Our favorite restaurant address!
  • Bronzin : this restaurant is located along the promenade facing the sea and offers a large terrace.
    We had a pleasant time here, the food is good and the atmosphere quite young. A good address for lunch in Sibenik!
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Visit Sibenik, how to organize your trip well?

Visiting Sibenik, how to get here?

To find the best mode of transport for you to visit Sibenik according to your budget, we advise you to always look on the OMIO comparator.
This will give you an overview of all available modes of transport. You’ll be able to compare prices very easily.

How to rent a car at the best price in Sibenik?

If you’d like to rent a car during your trip to discover the area around Sibenik, we recommend you take a look at RentalCars.
This will enable you to find the best prices and conditions for your rental.

Visiting Sibenik, how to find the best hotels?

In order to find the best hotels in Sibenik and to benefit from the best conditions (security, cancellation…) we go almost exclusively through for our trips.
We recommend that you take a look at the available hotels before you leave. You can filter them according to their ratings. There are plenty of recent customer reviews, so there are no unpleasant surprises when you’re traveling!

Sibenik in Croatia, our review of this trip

We had an excellent stay in Sibenik, Croatia.
It was our first time discovering this country, after visiting the Balkans in Montenegro for the first time. We found this country very pleasant, with welcoming locals, excellent local cuisine and superb scenery! We already want to come back to Croatia to discover more of the country. The North Dalmatia region is for us an excellent idea for a stay in Croatia. The Sibenik region is less touristy than Split or Dubrovnik, but offers an equally exceptional setting! We recommend discovering this region in spring or autumn.
This will enable you to enjoy exceptional weather conditions without the crowds of tourists. We’ve fallen in love with it, and we hope you will too!

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This article was produced in collaboration with the Croatian Tourist Board. Our opinions are personal and sincere.

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