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City of Šibenik

Šibenik is located in the focal part of the Croatian Adriatic Coast, in a picturesque, indented bay where the Krka River, one of the most beautiful Croatian karst rivers, merges into the sea. Šibenik of today is an administrative, political, economic and socio-cultural centre of Sibenik-Knin County. It extends along a-100-kilometre-long coastline between the Riviera of Zadar and Split and a 45-kilometre-long hinterland area that reaches the foot of Mt. Dinara.

Šibenik-Knin County covers about 1,860 km2 and is comprised of islands, seashore and hinterland. In terms of the coast, there are a total of 242 islands, islets and above-sea reefs. Most of this archipelago is in the north-western part of Šibenik’s waters and is especially indented, bare and sparsely inhabited, with only 10 island settlements. The most numerous group of islands are the Kornati, widely known for their bizarre shapes and splendid natural beauties.

The open sea and islands are reached from the 300-1200 metre-wide and 10 km long Šibenik Bay, through the narrow, winding channel. Although the coastal belt of the Šibenik area only reaches a few kilometres inland, to the Trtar mountain chain and Mt. Svilaja in the south-eastern part, most of its population live here. After World War II it underwent very rapid urbanization. Almost all manufacturing plants, business activities and the economic strength of Šibenik County are concentrated here.

This region is characterized by limestone mountain crests, small valleys (Gornje and Donje polje) and plateaus which are the base for agriculture. Vegetation mainly consists of spruce in the hinterland and marquis on the coastal areas and on the islands. The Šibenik region has a characteristic Mediterranean climate with hot summers cooled by the mistral breeze, and dry winters.

Šibenik, the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic, is located in the most protected natural harbour, in the centre of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, the ancient mare Adriaticum. Nearby is the mouth of the beautiful Krka River with sources of Croatia’s rich history, probably in the place where some of the original Croatian settlers first saw the blue sea, as capricious as it is beautiful, that for ages protected and defended them, fed and took care of them.

Today Šibenik has 47,274 inhabitants (2011) and is the capital as well as the cultural, educational, administrative and economic centre of the County of Šibenik and Knin.

The traffic position of Šibenik is extremely important as good traffic routes provide quality connections to the surrounding areas. The backbone is the Adriatic main road with branches that take it to Drniš (33 km) and Knin (55 km) and further into the Croatian hinterland. The railway leading to Zagreb and Split is also important. Air traffic is based in Split's Kaštela airport (45 km away) and Zadar's Zemunik airport (50 km away). The newly built Dalmatina highway connects Šibenik with the other parts of Croatia and the rest of Europe even better.

In the coastal part of the region, the climate is extremely Mediterranean and its strong influence is felt in the continental part as well. The coastal part is proud of a large number of sunny hours throughout the year (2,710 hours), while the number decreases in the hinterland. Summer temperatures are relatively high, but the pleasant mistral wind that blows from the sea towards the land makes them bearable. Precipitations are most common during the winter, while the summers are rather dry. In the Šibenik area, the most common winds are the bura and the jugo, and along the coastal belt there is the refreshing mistral.


Šibenik Tourist Board
Fausta Vrančića 18
Croatia – 22 000 Šibenik
Tel. +385 (0)22 212 075

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