With its compact old town riddled with medieval alleys and stairways, Šibenik, is a characteristically atmospheric Adriatic town. A ring of fortresses and a spectacular Renaissance cathedral provide the city with the big-league tourist attractions that ensure the requisite degree of I’m-glad-I-made-the-effort visitor satisfaction. The fact that the city is not yet deluged by the hordes that suffocate the streets of Dubrovik and Hvar only serves to make it more appealing.
As capital of Šibenik-Knin county, Šibenik is the starting point for excursions to several astounding natural wonders, with the dramatic canyons of the Krka National Park just inland, and the blissfully stark beauty of the Kornati islands looming offshore to the northwest. Up and down the coast from Šibenik runs a string of increasingly seductive resorts, with hedonistic and boisterous Vodice providing plenty in the way of early-morning-hours excitement.
Wherever you go in Šibenik county you’ll come across a range of regional gastronomic delights, with fish or meat baked under a peka (a bell-shaped metal lid) counting among the area’s must-try experiences. Heady red wine from the local Babić vine is another local trademark, and you shouldn’t leave town without packing a bottle or two.