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Sibenik, is a historic city on Croatia’s North Dalmatian coast (located half way between better known Split and Zadar), and the third largest city in the region. It is the political, educational and tourist centre of the area, and the best places to stay in Sibenik offer the perfect base for exploring this interesting spot.
The town dates back to the eleventh century when it was the seat of the Croatian King Kresimir IV. For around 300 years Sibenik was under Venetian rule and played a significant role in the wars between Venice and Turkey. As a result there are four magnificent fortresses; St. Michael - with it’s fantastic views over the bay, St. John, Subicaevac and St. Nicholas.
The St. James Cathedral is a UNESCO world heritage site. Built between 1431 and 1536 it's a mix of gothic and renaissance styles, and features a frieze of 72 carved heads decorating the exterior. The old town is full of churches, noblemen’s palaces and grand stone houses.
The Bunari wells, built in the fifteenth century to supply the town with water, have now become a museum, gallery and cafe and host many live events. And don't forget to visit the St. Laurence’s monastery garden which has been recently restored.
For those looking to relax, Sibenik has many nice clean beaches, and for those who like to get out and about there's great shopping on the Kalelarg, and the town has regular antiques fairs.
If you're planning to visit during peak season (July and August) and want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Sibenik, just remember to get organised and book early.
The best places to stay in Sibenik
For Chic Romance
- D Resort is an opulent and elegant hotel complex, situated just outside the medieval town. It offers uber stylish accommodation. Rooms and balconies enjoy breathtaking views and there are a range of restaurants and bars, plus a wonderful spa. For that ultimate treat take a sunset yacht tour from the private marina!
Best Hotels in Sibenik
D Resort 63 rooms from $136Sibenik (Šibenik)
An opulent and elegant resort, just outside the medieval port town of Šibenik. Chic contemporary suites boast private balconies, original artworks and stunning views of the coast. With a range of restaurants and bars, an extensive spa and a private marina, they have everything covered.Total relaxation - Spend a relaxing few days being pampered and preened in this opulent resort with excellent services, spa and gardens.Romantic Break - A luxury retreat for two, with a range of romantic dining and drinking options, and private sunset yacht tours.Sights nearby - History buffs should head down to Šibenik town to see the medieval architecture and splendid Unesco-listed Cathedral.Great walks - Take a stroll through the national parkland, olive groves, and vineyards.Recommended by - Tablet