Croatia is a land of dramatic mountainous and rocky unspoiled shorelines which fall into a clear, deep blue sea. For history and culture, city destinations such as Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split and Šibenik offer Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian monuments. In fact, the historic centres of Dubrovnik and Split are Unesco world heritage sites, as are the cathedrals in Trogir and Šibenik. Their historic squares play host to festivals throughout the summer, with open-air concerts and theatre in the evenings.
The best time to visit Croatia is during months of May and June and September and October as you can expect pleasant sunny days ideal for swimming in the sea and sunbathing, with all the tourist facilities are working but without the crowds. July and August sees the coastal resorts extremely lively and hot with a steep rise in hotel room prices – on the plus side, in mid summer the place is buzzing with festivals and cultural events.
Overview of Šibenik
Surrounded by the more glamorous neighbours of Split and Zadar, Šibenik is less well-known but equally appealing with a wonderful old town and event’s like the Garden Festival (formerly at Petr?ane) now located only 20km outside the town. Šibenik is in fact the oldest Croatian town on the Adriatic coast; the first houses were built on Šibenik quay back in 1066 years but like Zadar, Šibenik suffered devastation in the 1991-95 war. Now, its sprawling industrial suburbs, camouflage a gorgeous waterside Old Town, where alleyways and stone steps lead to historic churches and atmospheric squares. A highlight is the cathedral of St. Jacob which is under the protection of UNESCO and is the only cathedral in Europe built solely of stone. The busy seafront Riva is lined with bars and restaurants and thrives in summer, overlooked by a network of ancient fortresses.
The city and region are located in the centre of the Dalmatian coast and within an hour away are national parks and hundreds of islands that make up this part of the Dalmatian coast. Krka National Park is located just 15 km from Šibenik. Krka River within the park is a stunning natural phenomenon with seven stunning waterfalls and is well worth visiting.
The nearest major airport to Šibenik is Split Airport (SPU / LDSP). British Airways flies to Split May through to September.
Where To Stay In Šibenik – Review Of Apartments Bastion Šibenik
When looking for a home from home in this city, “Apartment Green” by Apartments Bastion Šibenik is a great choice, with its own idyllic private courtyard garden.
Apartments Bastion Šibenik are located on the central city square, the former Plathea communis, which was the centre for public and social life since medieval times in Šibenik. These apartments are situated in a beautifully renovated historic building on this square. You will also find the St. Jackob’s Cathedral, City Hall, Mala Lo?a, the Dukes and Bishop’s Palace and an assembly of patrician stone palaces in this historic square.
The property itself was built between 15th to 19th century and is rich in Šibenik’s history. Within this protected building, the beautiful apartment exudes green with decor highlighting floral patterns and colours. The courtyard garden is the perfect place to sit out and enjoy a glass of local wine in the evening. This 40m2 ground floor apartment is airy with a double bedroom, kitchen, living room, dining room and bathroom.
There is a fully equipped kitchen with small and large household appliances suitable for both short and for long stays, including a stunning 200 year-old sink. Air-conditioning and free wifi is available throughout the apartment and there is also as flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a washing machine. Most of the furniture is the result of historic restoration which adds to the historic and garden feel of the apartment.
At prices from around 70 euros a night in mid summer, this little self catering gem is great value and one of the best, historic, self catering choices in Šibenik.
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