The City of History and Culture: Sibenik

Sibenik, Croatia is a city surrounded by water, a picturesque town that is located about 80 kilometers north of another famous city, Split. The atmosphere is ancient, but at the same time modern, youthful and full of life. It has the characteristics of many modern day American cities. Some of the display signs of the shops in the city are written in plain English, so as to attract tourists from English speaking countries, such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and Great Britain.

Sibenik the City of History and Culture in Croatia

Sibenik the City of History and Culture in Croatia: Sibenik Old Town and Sea Bay
Sibenik Old Town and Sea Bay – photo by Yacht Rent (CC BY 2.0)


This city was created as an ancient fortification at the bottom of St. Michael’s fortress, which is still a dominating figure in the town. Sibenik was mentioned for the first time in 1066, when King Petar Kresimir IV mentioned it in a document he wrote. It wasn’t until 1290, however, that it achieved the status of a Croatian town, when the Diocese of Sibenik was established, according to the Sibenik Tourism Guide.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, this Croatian city gave rise to some very important figures in art, literature and religion. From this town, for example, came writers Juraj Sizgoric and Anton and Faust Vrancic. The latter Vrancic, perhaps, was the most famous. He was known as a scientist, visionary, writer, philosopher, and theologian. He created the first Croatian dictionary, as well as the Machine Novae. Also, he is credited with the famous drawing of the flying man, or homo volans, which is the first known drawing of a man in the air with a parachute, as the Sibenic Tourism Guide and History website points out.

Sibenik the City of History and Culture in Croatia: Sibenik Cathedral
Sibenik Cathedral – photo by Yacht Rent (CC BY 2.0)


In thinking about Sibenik, I would be remiss if I did not mention religion as a major part of this city’s culture. If you don’t believe it, when you’re there, take a look inside the great St. James Cathedral. This building was crafted over the period of a century. It was made entirely of stone slabs and ribs, with no connecting materials. In fact, the building takes its name from St. James, the patron saint of the city. He, in fact, has been given his own day: July 25, observed as a festive holiday, a day on which you get to see the city in all its colorful glory.

Sibenik the City of History and Culture in Croatia: Walking inside the city
Walking inside the city – photo by Mario Fajt (CC BY 2.0)

Another annual cultural event worth noting is known as the International Children’s Festival. Started in 1958, it features visual art, not only by children but also by adults for children, as well as workshops in journalism, sculpture, comics, film and video, according to the website.

Getting around

Sibenik is also known for its places of recreation, such as its parks which attract parents with children. One of these is Solaris Aquaparks, which is a great place for kids to come and play in the water. Like other places in Sibenik, its signs are written in plain English.

Sibenik the City of History and Culture in Croatia: Stairs to the Cathedral
Stairs to the Cathedral – photo by Mario Fajt (CC BY 2.0)

Moreover, if you are looking for a place to rest, you can find private accommodation or go for a more luxurious accommodation option, like the stay in Hotel Panorama. This hotel is known for its modern-day hotel style beauty, as well as the panoramic view it offers its guests. The venue is also known for its colorful display signs, which look beautiful especially at night, just like many other places in Sibenik. No wonder Sibenik is among the most popular destinations in Croatia and a real property hotspot.

If you want to ride around the streets of Sibenik but didn’t bring enough money to rent a car, take heart–there’s a city bus system in the town, plus a streetcar that you can catch. If you want pizza or fast food, Sibenik has restaurants for that as well.

Sibenik, Croatia, may be an ancient, non-English speaking city–but it has the characteristics of a modern town, and it welcomes English-speaking people. Undoubtedly, you will find a very friendly person who speaks English who can help you if you need assistance.

About Romeo Demes

Hi there! I am Romeo from the beautiful Croatia who is addicted to traveling, writing and music. These are my 3 hobbies I could not live without. I am fortunate enough to make a living out of it and enjoy every day. I may not be rich and drive a fancy car, but you know how they say: Travel is the only thing you can buy that will make you richer!

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