Urban tourism

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TOWN OF ŠIBENIK

Coming to Dalmatia, one of your most important destinations will surely be the town of Šibenik, the oldest originally Croatian town on the Adriatic Coast of the Republic of Croatia. Šibenik was first mentioned in 1066, in a document issued by the Croatian King Petar Krešimir IV, which is why it is still today called the Town of Krešimir.

Šibenik got the official status of a town already in the 13th century, and this was one of the main reasons for the beginning of the construction of its today's most important symbol two centuries after – the catholic cathedral of St. Jacob. Since 2000, the cathedral has been protected by UNESCO because of its uniqueness and complexity of the construction.

The town of Šibenik is known not only for the UNESCO cathedral, but also for the highest number of churches situated only in the medieval city centre among all Dalmatian cities. There is one at each corner; but their function has been changed with time, they have been mostly adapted into museums, galleries and similar exhibition spaces. The old medieval city centre represents a labyrinth of narrow Mediterranean streets, squares and old houses, among which is possible to find some palace of noble families as well, and where one can easily get lost.

One of the most important buildings in the centre of Šibenik is also the Šibenik's theatre built in 1870 and initiated by the inhabitants of Šibenik of the 19th century. This is the only theatre building in the whole Croatia, whose construction was financed by its users – the citizens. Today it is the oldest theatre building still in use (it is in fact the second oldest among all the theatres in Croatia – on the island of Hvar there is the oldest European public theatre built in the 16th century, presently not in function), and it is already almost for 50 years in a row the host of the International Children's Festival, turning the whole Šibenik's medieval city centre into the open stage.

One of the favourite gathering places of the inhabitants of Šibenik is also the Medieval Mediterranean Monastery Garden that in 2009 won a prize in the category of the "Most beautiful school gardens of the Republic of Croatia". It is located in the Franciscan monastery of St. Lawrence, and it has an extremely educational character – visitors can see all the Mediterranean plants at one place, marked with their Croatian and Latin names.

For all the visitors wanting to relax, there is a coffee-bar, too, where they can enjoy the peace, the calm and the odours of the Mediterranean plants. Near the Garden there is also a piece of the Venetian government in Šibenik – the fortress of St. Michael (dedicated to the patron of the town), one of four situated around the city centre calling the visitors to enjoy the view.

TOWN OF VODICE

The town of Vodice, known for its traditional manifestations, is not less interesting than any other town in Dalmatia. One of the main characteristics of the Dalmatian cities you will also find here – narrow Mediterranean streets, but one among them is a special one – so called the Narrow street, where it is impossible to pass twice.

In the centre of the town there is the only Aquarium and the Museum of the maritime tradition in the Region of Šibenik-Knin. It is interesting to see all over again the maritime world of the Croatian Adriatic.

TOWNS OF THE ŠIBENIK'S HINTERLAND: KNIN, DRNIŠ AND SKRADIN

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The town of Knin and its impressive fortress, today Museum of the town of Knin, are the symbols of the Šibenik's hinterland. The town of Drniš is known for works of art of the great Croatian artist Ivan Meštrović that grew up in the village Otavice near Drniš, where his mausoleum is situated today.

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As the smallest town in the Region, Skradin is also located in the hinterland near the Krka National Park. It offers to its guests and visitors the intimate atmosphere and relaxation, far from the noise of the typical urban centres of nowadays.