Discover boutique hotels in Šibenik, Croatia

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.

Areas in Šibenik

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.