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Eight Reasons Why Šibenik is the Perfect Summer Holiday Destination

If you’re looking for a summer holiday destination that has it all, then Šibenik should definitely be on your bucket list. This charming Croatian city is situated on the coast of the Adriatic Sea and boasts a rich history, stunning architecture, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. Here are eight reasons why Šibenik is the perfect summer holiday destination, without even counting the ultra-convenient direct flights daily from London, Manchester and Bristol.

Rich History and Culture

St. James Cathedral
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. James Cathedral

Šibenik has a rich history that dates back to the 11th century. The city has a number of historical attractions that are definitely worth exploring, including the St. James Cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cathedral was built entirely out of stone and is considered one of the most important Renaissance monuments in Croatia. Other historical sites include the St. Michael Fortress, which offers breathtaking views of the city, and the Medieval Mediterranean Garden of St. Lawrence Monastery.

Awe-inspiring Architecture

The city is rich in medieval architecture

Šibenik’s architecture is a blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. The city’s Old Town is particularly stunning, with its narrow streets, stone buildings, and ancient city walls. The historic centre of the city is pedestrian-only, which makes it the perfect place to wander around and soak up the atmosphere. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the charming little square of Poljana, which is lined with cafes and restaurants.

Beautiful Beaches

A beach in Croatia
Sensational beaches on your doorstep

If you’re looking for some fun in the sun, then the Šibenik archipelago has plenty of options. The city has several beaches nearby that are perfect for swimming and sunbathing, including Banj Beach, which is situated right in front of the Old Town. Banj Beach is particularly popular with families, with plenty of facilities and activities for a great day out. Other great beaches well worth visiting include Solaris, Brodarica, White and Ivan.

'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations

GOT's 'Meereen' fighting pit scenes were filmed in the city's hilltop fortress

If you're a fan of the hit TV series 'Game of Thrones', you'll be pleased to know that several scenes were filmed in the Dalmatian Coast, including some in Šibenik. The city was the filming location for the Braavos scenes, the city of the Iron Bank, in Season Five, and you can visit some of the GOT filming locations when you're in town.

Delicious Food and Drink

Pašticada (a hearty beef stew).
Try Croatia's signature dish of pašticada

People know Croatia for its delicious cuisine, and Šibenik does not disappoint. Many restaurants and cafes in the city serve traditional Croatian dishes, like grilled fish, seafood risotto and pašticada (a hearty beef stew). In addition, the region is famous for its excellent wines, especially the reds produced in the nearby hills. Don't leave without trying some of the local rakija, a traditional Croatian brandy made from fruit.

The Great Outdoors

Krka National Park
Natural wonders in abundance at Krka National Park

If you're a lover of the outdoors, Šibenik offers plenty of options with its stunning natural landscapes that surround the city, including Krka National Park, which is home to stunning waterfalls and crystal-clear lakes. You can also take a boat trip to the nearby Kornati Islands, which are a paradise for divers and snorkellers. If you prefer something more active, then you can go hiking or cycling in the nearby hills.

Luxurious Accommodation

The Armerun Heritage Hotel
The Armerun Heritage Hotel

Šibenik has no shortage of luxurious accommodation options. The Armerun Heritage Hotel and D Resort both offer guests breathtaking views of the city and the sea. The Hotel Bellevue is located right on the quay and is just a five-minute walk to the Old Town centre, while the Stella Maris Hotel & Suites in nearby Vodice offers guests access to a fitness room, wellness center, and spa relaxation area.

Modern Holiday Residences

Contemporary living in the Old Town at Sibenik Charm

If you prefer a more modern approach to your holiday accommodation, Šibenik Charm Holiday House is the perfect choice. The house is located down a quiet alleyway in the center of the Old Town, and its Scandinavian-inspired interior design ensures guests the best in contemporary living comfort and style.

To sum up, Šibenik is a perfect summer holiday destination that offers something for everyone, whether you’re interested in history and culture, stunning architecture, beautiful beaches, or visiting GOT film locations.

Plus, with direct flights daily from three major UK cities, now's the perfect time to book your summer holiday to Šibenik with VCMS and experience a sunny, unspoilt slice of Europe.

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