Luxury holidays in Šibenik

On the dreamy Dalmatian coast, the mediaeval charms of Šibenik include an Old Town tangled with steep stony streets, the Unesco-approved St James’ cathedral – famous for its frieze of 71 sculpted heads – and, just off the coast, a sprinkling of snorkel-ready islands that form the Kornati archipelago. The city makes the perfect base for a day trip to the waterfalls and hiking trails of Krka National Park or, if that sounds a bit keen, stay put and wander the waterfront, popping into the brilliant bars and restaurants along the promenade.

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When to go

June to September is when the weather is best. You don’t really have to worry about height-of-summer crowds, either: so far, Šibenik is off-the-beaten tourist track and remains far less busy than its coastal counterparts like Hvar or Split.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Fly into Split Airport – British Airways flies daily from Heathrow, while Easyjet have direct flights from Luton, Gatwick and Glasgow. The airport is 50 minutes by car from town.
  • Boats

    If you’re yachting up and down the Dalmatian Coast, book a spot to sail into at a local marina. There’s also a water taxi service in Šibenik so you can hop around the surrounding islands.
  • Trains

    A car will give you the freedom to explore countless fishing villages and idyllic islands up and down the Dalmatian Coast.