Once a year, my wife and I like to take a trip to some distant land in Europe. This year we decided to go with Croatia since we've heard so much about it over the news and from friends who have already been there. Our main destination was Sibenik. We fell in love with the City when we read about the Krka National Park and the barrel-vaulted cathedral of St. Jakob.  Also, the waterfalls at Skradin looked majestic too. We didn't want to bother with car transportation or flying, so we booked a charter yacht from one of the companies in Croatia, to be specific - SailingEurope. We were all set  to sail for Sibenik!

We reached Sibenik from the channel of St. Ante, just south of the resort of Jadrija. To our right side, we saw a rocky cliff, Hrid Rocni. The city is located half a mile northeast across the bay.  The weather on our trip was nice and there was no wind at all, so we had smooth sails.

We set anchor in the new and luxurious Marina Skradin, near the celebrated waterfalls. We were really excited to start our journey. Sibenik is full of narrow streets climbing up past the cathedral of the fortress of St. Ana. Once we have reached the top we enjoyed an amazing view of the Kornati Island sna dthe Sibenik channel. However, the main attraction we were really looking forward to, was the 15 century cathedral of St. Jakob, built entirely out of stone (even the roof). Around the walls we were surprised to see an impresive series of 71 heads carved by an unknown sculptor in the 15th century.

After a long walk, we  wanted to relax and get away from the sun so we visited the local aquarium. The Aquarium Sibenik is a unique experience of the sea-life for the whole family. I especially loved how the aquarium was situated in a traditional Dalmatian stone house, in the old part of the town. We had a great time observing all the marine creatures there.

For out last spot, we picked the famous Krka National Park. It is a very popular place to visit while on a vacation. Apart from the untouched nature, we also saw small ethnographic houses decorated as museums with exhibitions of fishing, cultivating land etc.

The city of Sibenik certainly has a lot to offer. If anything, be sure to check out one of the local beaches there and try a game of picigin, an invention by Split’s younger generations. I had a lot of fun and  my wife just kept taking photos of me making a fool of myself, trying to compete with the locals in this crazy sport. Same time, next year?

A sunny day in Sibenik.