The fortified city of Šibenik, protected with limestone reefs and a mountainous hinterland, is another pearl among the Adriatic towns. The name Šibenik was first mentioned on Christmas of 1066 in the Charter of King Petar Krešimir IV, which is why the city is also called Krešimir`s city. In it`s waters there are over 300 islands, small islands, rocks and reefs so it`s very much liked by the boaters.
The city today extends along the 100 kilometre long coastline between the Zadar and Split Riviera, extending up to 45 kilometres into the hinterland area, at the bottom of Dinara mountain.
Up until the plague epidemic in the second half of the 17th century, it was the biggest city on the entire eastern coast of the Adriatic. The city is most proud of it`s Cathedral of St. Jacob from the 15th century, which in the year 2000 was placed on the UNESCO`s world heritage list.
From Šibenik to north – sailing between national parks
In the Šibenik area there are two national parks – NP Krka and NP Kornati and two parks of nature – PP Velebit and PP Vransko jezero. The largest inhabited island of this region and also the favourite place of many tourists is the island of Murter with it`s four towns: Tisno, Jezera, Murter and Betina. Every year, many sailors wait to sail throught the waters of Šibenik, and take their sailboats, catamarans and yachts to the hidden coves of its 300 islands. One of the favorite nautical routes is the one that connects Kornati and Krka national parks. It stretches 25 miles long down the Kornati archipelago and passes next to three interesting islands. Žirje the only permanently inhabited offshore island, followed by Kaprije, and Zlarin, the island of corals. The route continues on through the St. Ante channel, passed by Šibenik and through to Skradin. Like2sail yacht charter agency recommended sailing routes from Šibenik to north.