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Šibenik
Don't miss the magic of Šibenik!
Don't miss the magic of Šibenik!
Don't miss the magic of Šibenik!
Don't miss the magic of Šibenik!
Šibenik
Šibenik
Don't miss the magic of Šibenik!
Don't miss the magic of Šibenik!
Don't miss the magic of Šibenik!
Don't miss the magic of Šibenik!
Šibenik
Šibenik
One of Dalmatia’s most underrated cities, Šibenik is finally being recognized as an exciting coastal destination. Its medieval heart is a stone maze of steep alleyways dotted with charming squares and hidden cul-de-sacs, not to mention a pretty harbor and a seafront promenade lined with cafés. Crowning it all is the Cathedral of St. James, an architectural masterpiece incorporating style elements of both the Gothic and the Renaissance. The cathedral is said to be the world’s largest church built entirely of stone—most of which was quarried in the nearby Adriatic islands. Of particular note in this UNESCO World Heritage site: the frieze of 71 heads on the cathedral’s outer wall, which depicts 15th-century citizens of Šibenik with many different moods and personalities.
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Don't miss the magic of Šibenik!
Šibenik put a spell on me. I was looking up at one of the old facades, when I felt a light tap on my shoulder. 'How much time do you have?' asked me a local woman, with a huge smile and sparkly eyes. And just like that, I was whisked away. We barely had an hour, and my new friend Vinka was determined to share as many Šibenik's secrets as possible.

First we went around the Cathedral of St James, on the UNESCO World Heritage list, where she pointed out the faces of local human and canine (!) residents, that adorn the facade. Further up, a medieval craftsman with a sense of humor seems to have stuck a prosciutto on the facade, instead of completing an elegant row of coat of arms.

Up the hill, through small windy alleys, at one point literally walking right through someone's home, we ended up at the lovely Medieval Mediterranean Gardens of St. Lawrence monastery. Neglected for over 100 years, they have been lovingly restored in recent years. Four quadrants are planted in a gorgeous design with medicinal plants, a medieval version of todays pharmacies.

Split is filled to the rim with history and stories, and to spend only an hour there isn't right. I had the magical gift of a local's time, and knowledge, and I'm forever grateful for that.

>>>Warm thanks to Alan Mandić from Secret Dalmatia, for organizing a truly memorable, and off the beaten path trip for our curious and insatiable group of travelers, and to the Hotel Cornaro for accommodations in Split.
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Šibenik
On Azamara’s nine-night Greek Isles & Adriatic Voyage, you’ll visit some of the Mediterranean’s most famous ports, but also lesser-known ones, like Šibenik, one of the oldest Croat cities on the Dalmatian Coast. Unlike Dubrovnik, it traded hands repeatedly, passing between Venice, the Byzantine Empire, Hungary, and later the Hapsburgs and Ottomans. An hour’s drive from Šibenik will bring you to one of the most charming towns in Croatia, which you can explore on Azamara’s Medieval Town of Trigor excursion. Its warren of medieval streets features stone palaces, fortresses, towers, churches, and monasteries. At the 13th-century Cathedral of St. Lawrence, your guide will point out the work of master sculptors and stone workers. You’ll also stop by the town’s half-timbered loggia, the town hall, and the Cipiko Palace, long home to one of the town’s most prominent families. Find inspiration for your next trip by reading about the nine Azamara Club Cruises’ itineraries featured at AFAR Journeys.
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