Sibenik might be hard to pronounce – try it: She ben ek – but it sure is easy to fall in love with. Situated midway along the Croatian coast at the mouth of the Krka river, this mid-sized city is blissfully free from the crowds that descend on Split and Dubrovnik.
Book a Sibenik private tour and let a local guide show you their slice of paradise.
Start at the Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A graceful blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, it was damaged during the war of independence, so ask your guide to point out the repairs. Then head seaside to St. Nicholas’ Fortress, built by the Venetians in the 16th century to ward off a Turkish invasion.
In the afternoon heat, cool off along the Krka River. Your guide can lead you to our the perfect swimming lagoon set below a cascading waterfall. Return to Sibenik in time for the sunset and a glass of Plavac Mali, a locally-grown red wine.