The Port of Šibenik was founded by the Croatian Government and equipped by the arrival of international cruises. Its location in the centre of the Croatian Adriatic makes of Šibenik a unique destination for cruises that offers the opportunity of visiting the city, go shopping or enjoy its cafes or restaurants all of this within easy reach. Numerous tourist attractions, spectacular beaches, natural parks, exquisite islands as well as cities and towns with its own history and charm.
Amongst the objectives of the of the port of Šibenik is being the port of reference and providing its visitors a unique experience during its stay in the adriatic city. The port has just completed a rehabilitation project just finished a project of rehabilitation to extend and configure the Vrulje dock in response to the demand of the cruise market.
History of Šibenik´s port
The city of Šibenik and the port have been united since the beginning of time. During the Venetian period, from the fifteenth century to eighteenth and until the beginning of the twentieth century has established itself as a commerical port as a center of transport, commerce and art.
Since the late nineteenth century and during the period of transformation from agricultural to industrial city, Šibenik has become the epicentre of the province of Dalmatia and has become the man exporting port of Dalmatia. Nowadays, due to its size and importance, the port of its economical interest for the Croatian Republic. However, although it has speccialised in freighters with an annual capacity to move 2 million tons, Šibenik it is not only a port dedicated to the export and import of goods but also hosts every year 2,500 passengers which docks in its facilities. Vrujle, the ferry and cruise terminal are located only 500 meters away from the city centrevlocated only 500 metres away form the town centre.
Access to the port from the sea
The ships arrive to the port through St. Anthony´s Canal, which is easily navigable for ships of more than 50,000 gross tons. The channel is 1.4 miles away and the entrance is 220 metres and the narrowes reaches 140 metres. The port of Šibenik is one of the best protected in the Adriatic Croatian. It is located in the estuary of the river Krka and it is naturally protected from winds and waves. The port is 10 km long and between 300 and 1200 metres wide and 8 to 40 meters deep.
The entrance to the canal it is recognized by the Jadrija lighthouse in the west and the one of Cape Rocni and the tower that is located in Saint Nikola´s fort. The depth of the channes is between 20 and 40 metres and the allowed speed is 6 knots. The usual speed of the current inlet is 2 knots- and 3 knots in winter . The channel and all itsis marked on both sides by lighthouses. Anchoring on it or in front of its entrance is prohibited.
Technical characteritics of the port of Šibenik
The passenger terminal of the Port of Šibenik is called the Vrulje pier. It has a capacity to accmodate up tp one million passengers a year and has a total area of 26,000 sqm. The number of moorings of the port is 5.
The port of Šibenik can accommodate two cruise ship simultaneously, one of them up to 260 metres length and the other one 200 metres on the Vrulje dock. The port is also capable of accommodating cruises in the outer anchorage.
The maximum dimensions od the cruise ships that can dock in Šibenik are 260 metres length and 35 maximum beam with a draft of 9 meters.
The port of Šibenik by land it is connected by train to the cities of Licka and Unska. In addition, it connected through the airports of Split and Zadar, which are 50 and 80 kilometres away, respectively. By ferry the port of Šibenik has a regular connection to the neighboring islands. The distance from the center to the port is half a kilomeyerand the train is 0.3 kilometers away and the bus 0.3 kilometers
The parking of the port of Šibenik has a capacity to accommodate up to 35 cars and 20 buses.
The region of Šibenik
Šibenik is a walkable city. The capital of Šibenik´s County, is the administrative, economic and cultural centre of the area. It has the feel of the Adriatic cities, with a relaxed style. It is surrounded by four forts: Saint Michael, Saint John, Suvicevac and Saint Nikola. All of them suround its, spectacular medieval heart in contrast to the bright white and blue waters of the bay.
The look of Šibenik is characterized by the Gothic revival of the Saint James Cathedral, a masterpiece of Croatian and European architecture that appears on the UNESCO list. Its beauty, building and typical style makes of this cathedral the most important and largest element in the architecture of Šibenik. The construction of the cathedral began in 1431 and was completed in 1536. The most attractive feature of the cathedral is its 71-head frieze.
Amongst the events that you cannot miss if you do a cruise stop in Šibenik at that time of the year are the following:
– Easter breakfast and Easter Monday
-La feria Taste the Mediterranean, in the month of May.
– The International Children´s festival during the months of June and July.
-The Garden Festival, in July, in Tisno.
-Salsa Beach and Splash Festival in July at the Solaris resort.
-OFF Festival de Blues and Jazz in the month of July.
-Sibenik Klapa Evenings, in July and August.
-Evenings of Dalmatian Chansons, in August.
-The Internacional Medieval Festival , in September.
-Saint Michael´s Festival-the patron of the city in September.
-Cruise ship regatta in December.
Another claim of the city of Šibenik is the Fort of Saint Michael, that was voted by the CroatianTourism Office as the best cultural atraction of the year 2014. The Saint Michael Fort is the oldest in Sibenik and was built in a hill 60 meters above sea level. From it you can see the estuary of the Krka river. It is the origin of Šibenik and dates back to the XV-XVI century. Archaeological excavations inside the Fort show many prehistoric and medieval remains. Inside the fort there are two well-preserved wells with two cisterns. The fort has recently been restored and now the towers and walls are fully accessible to visitors, who can also visit the rooms below.
After its refurbishment the fort has a new area. It is an open-air stage witha capacity for 1,077 people and which it is orientated by the sea. Saint Michael Fort is a well-known monument and it is located in the city centre. It has daily visits and promotes culture and art throght the organisation of musical, cultural an theatrical activities.
Visitors can immerse themselves in medieval Šibenik and its turbulent past and also enjoy the panoramic views and witness outdoor musical performances and shows by renowned international Croatian artists.
After visiting the old city, a stroll through its streets to the top of Saint Michael´s hill will take us to the oldest defensive structure in the city, Fort Saint Michael. From there you can see the panoramic view of Šibenik and the archipelago.
St. Anthony´s Channel
It is one of the most beautiful parts of the Adriatic coast. It marina has an entrance to the city. Recently the passage has been restored from which all of Šibenik can be seen. It has a length of 4.5 kilometers and is surrounded by pine forests and oaks. The canal is considered one of the tourist attractions of the city because of its proximity to the center (about 5 km). On this walk, panoramic views and recreational areas are included. In addition, it has organized visits. The most important attractions of the San Antonio Canal are the panoramic view at the highest point of the canal from which you can get a 360 degree view; the cave of San Antonio, with its small church -many hermits lived in this cave throughout the centuries-; Cala Skar, a pebble beach with easy access; the most impressive is the Fort of San Nikola which is located at the entrance to the canal and which was built in the middle of the 16th century as a Venetian strategic point.
One of the top ten beaches in Europe. It can be easily accessed by walking from the city and includes attractions for everybody, promenade, restaurants, bars, shower cabins, showers, a park, a beach volleyball court and a place to skate. In addition, it has a climbing wall that offers spectacular views of the old town of Šibenik. The city center of Sibenik has free Wi Fi access. At the end of the Banj beach promenade there is an area from which you can easily access the Wi Fi.
Eating in Šibenik
Šibenik has a variety of restaurants that often have an ocean view. The gastronomy of Šibenik is characterized by the marine flavours and fragrances. One of the typical dishes of the area is the squid in its ink with risotto. Do not leave without trying the traditional Sibenik dessert, the fritule. Do not leave without taking a bottle of local wine with you. A red full bodied wine called Babic.
In addition to the traditional dishes of Šibenik , there are other areas that have gastronomic delights that you should know to fully enjoy during your trip to Croatia.
– Primosten vineyards: this is where the famous Babic red wine comes from. It vineyards are located in the hills near Primosten, a set of rectangular spaces surrounded by a stone wall. The terraces of the hills from a distance look very decorative. It is possible to attend guided tours and taste the wines of the different vineyards.
–Menu tasting at Skradin: one of Skradin´s specialities is risotto, made with a secret recipe that needs to be prepared four days before. It is accompanied by a typical Balkan drink called Rakija, which is a delicious and aromatic type of brandy made with fruits.
-Tasting Vodice: a 12 kilómetros de Sibenik is Vodice. In the maritime area of Vodice there are numerous restaurants and bars. Tuna takes a special place among the dishes that are usually tasted in Vodice. Its fresh meat is consumed in different ways, grilled, served as a carpaccio on delicious toasted bread. Do not leave without trying the local wine from Marascina, a specialty of Vodice. You can also buy the typical products of the market, among which is olive oil and dried figs.
–Drniski Prsut is a type of smoked ham with distinctive flavour and texture that cannot be found anywhere else. It is a Dalmatian product specific to this weather and ecosystem.