Source: Croatian National Tourist Board – Zoran Jelača

If ever there area an underrated destination on the Adriatic coast, it would have to be Sibenik. This gorgeous city of stone has somehow managed to stay under the radar of mass tourism, which is great news for digital nomads coming to stay. For here is a unique city with plenty to offer. Where else can you find a Croatian city with 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a Michelin Star restaurant, 4 innovative fortresses/concert halls, fabulous nature, and dozens of islands to choose from. It is all in Sibenik! Some things to know about Sibenik:

  • Sibenik is the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic (as opposed to Roman etc)
  • Sibenik was a Nikola Tesla playground and is the first city in the world to have A/C city street lights.
  • Sibenik is the home city of basketball legend Drazen Petrovic and music maestro Maksim Mrvica. 
  • St James Cathedral (made entirely of stone) and St Nicholas Fortress are 2 of the 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Croatia. 
  • A family-friendly destination, Sibenik hosts the annual International Children’s Festival. 

In many ways, Sibenik is the complete destination. Almost as the city finishes, Krka National Park starts, one of Croatia’s top attractions. Then swap one of Croatia’s best nature experiences for its premier food and wine pairing with Alen Bibic. Other national parks are in abundance, and a plethora of islands in front of the city are calling. But don’t miss out on the magnificent fortresses. A lot of innovation and investment has taken place in the last few years, resulting in arguably Croatia’s most interesting use of heritage for tourism purposes. 

And if you are looking for an active stay, there are few better places to base yourself. Choose from windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, hiking, scubadiving, ziplining, bungee jumping, cycling, running, and yoga.

Festivals worth checking out:

  • International Children’s Festival (June)
  • Croatian Travel Festival (June)
  • Slurp! Festival (July)
  • Sibenik Dance Festival (July)
  • Seaplash Festival (July)
  • Sansona Festival (August)

Co-working spaces in Sibenik 

    • Trokut

Sibenik is ideally located to explore the wider region. 5 national parks and a number of islands await, but there are also plenty of interesting destinations to explore. Located between the two airports of Split and Zadar, those cities are a must visit. Also highly recommended are Primosten and – heading inland – Skradin and Knin. The bus system works well, both locally and nationally. There are regular boats to the islands, and the main Zagreb-Split motorway is very close by.

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