The old town of Šibenik is the largest medieval town in Dalmatia. Looking from a distance it gives the impression of a one-piece sculpture. The old town is still thriving. It is full of narrow, colorful Meditteranean streets and squares. There is an open-air market, cafe bars, and numerous galleries which wait to be explored.
Šibenik is the very first town founded by Croatians. It happened in the 9th century at the sunken mouth of the river Krka. From the 13th to the 18th century, it was part of the Venetian Republic. Next two hundred years it was dominated by the Austrian Empire, then for the following 50 years, it was within Yugoslavia – before it finally became a part of the independent state of Croatia. The traces of its history are all around.
The most beautiful building in the town is the Cathedral of St.James protected by UNESCO. On the opposite side of the square there is the renaissance Town Hall, one of the most beautiful town halls in Dalmatia. On the top of the hill, the fort of St. Michael rises – the patron saint of the town. From up there, one can see most of Šibenik and its surrounding area, the river Krka, Šibenik bay and its archipelago. On a clear night, even the lights of Ancona (Italy) are visible, 180 km across the sea.