Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Unique and UNESCO: The Fascinating and Futuristic Fortresses of Šibenik

May 12, 2021 – Using vivid modern techniques like 3D mapping and augmented reality, each of the Fortresses of Šibenik is unique. Here, we take a closer look at these fascinating, must-visit venues.

The city of Šibenik is surrounded by some of the most distinctive waters in Dalmatia. To the city's northeast, the great Krka river drops over gushing waterfalls, meeting Cikola river in the epic Krka National Park. Thereafter, it flows first into Lake Prokljan, then the bay of Šibenik. Around the water's edge in Šibenik, people enjoying in bars and restaurants. Or, in warmer months, sunbathing and swimming in the sea.

in_the_Channel_of_St._Ante.jpgThe Channel of St. Ante, with the City of Šibenik in the background and St. Nikola's Fortress in the foreground @ TZ Šibenik.

And yet, these special waters are not the only thing that makes Šibenik unique. There's much more to this city than just the sea. Not least, the unique Fortresses of Šibenik.

Actually, it's not that unusual to find a fortress, castle or fortifications in Croatian cities. After all, for several hundred years, this was the frontline of European defense against the invading Ottoman empire. However, Šibenik is unique within the entire Balkan region to have not one, but four fortresses from that era. Not only are they very well preserved, but also they have been completely renovated and thoroughly modernized.

Surprising multimedia and fascinating digital content now combine with fantastic views and unique architecture to draw visitors to the Fortresses of Šibenik. Subsequently, the four Fortresses of Šibenik now make up an unmissable part of any visit to the city.

Fortresses of Šibenik: St. Michael's Fortress

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The oldest of the four fortresses of Šibenik, iconic St. Michael's is today known as one of the most prestigious open-air concert stages on this side of the Adriatic. But, it also a place where you can learn fascinating history via spectacular modern technology. Deep within the fortress, 3D mapping techniques make 15th-century water tanks spring to life. This vivid display will transport you through centuries of exciting Šibenik history, including the story of St. Michael and the dragon.

Foto_izvor_Tvrava_kulture_3.jpgVivid multimedia trails through the Fortresses of Šibenik @ TZ Šibenik.

Fortresses of Šibenik: Barone Fortress

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The latest of the four Fortresses of Šibenik to be renovated, in Barone Fortress you get a whole new dimension of reality. Actually, Barone Fortress successfully repelled the fiercest attacks of the Ottomans in the 17th century and therefore changed the course of history in this area. Via augmented reality (AR), you can relive the sights and sounds of these key moments in European history. After the thrill of experiencing the battles, you'd be well advised to take a breather on the Barone Bar’s terrace. There, you can enjoy views of the entire city, while any younger visitors can have fun on the children’s playground.

REEEFoto_izvor_Tvrava_kulture_4.jpgVivid multimedia trails through the Fortresses of Šibenik @ TZ Šibenik.

Fortresses of Šibenik: St. Nikola's Fortress

REPHOTO_2.jpgFortresses of Šibenik: The UNESCO-protected St. Nikola's Fortress @ TZ Šibenik.

Within the Fortresses of Šibenik, St. Nicholas is unique. Not only is it the only one that sits on its own island within the sea, but also is a unique Renaissance-style Venetian fortification. As such, it is protected as a UNESCO monument of world architectural heritage.

The fortress was built on the island of Ljuljevac, in the Channel of St. Ante, where the waters of Šibenik bay meet the Adriatic. Owing to its protected status, the best way to access the fortress is on an official tour. Lasting around two hours, the tour takes you from Šibenik down the channel by boat. After arriving at the fortress, you're guided rounded the structure on a tour detailing the architectural highlights and history.

NickySibenik_Aerial_100.jpgFortresses of Šibenik: The UNESCO-protected St. Nikola's Fortress @ TZ Šibenik.

Fortresses of Šibenik: St. John's Fortress

johntvrdavasvivan04.jpgSt. John's Fortress @ TZ Šibenik.

The medieval church of St. John the Baptist that once stood on a hill, north of Šibenik's historical centre, dates to at least 1444. It is around this church that St. John's Fortress rose up. Naturally, it's also where the name comes from. In early 1646, when it was speedily built, alongside its peers, it helped save the city from the Ottomans. Later, it continued to be used by resident armies all the way up until the times of Yugoslavia. Today, St. John's is the last of the Fortresses of Šibenik to be undergoing reconstruction. Its completion is imminent and its official reopening is planned for September 2021.

Three of the Fortresses of Šibenik are included in the pan-European Fortresses of FORTITUDE project, which links significant sites in Croatia to some in Montenegro and Bosnia. If you want to know more about that project - and learn a little more about the history of some Šibenik fortresses, then look here.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Over 10, 000 Attend Music Festivals in Sibenik In 2020 - Zero Infections

September 22, 2020 - For six consecutive weeks this summer, the Martinska venue alone welcomed over 10, 000 international visitors to its music festivals in Sibenik. Zero cases of Coronavirus occurred.

Over recent years, three things have firmly placed Croatia on the international stage – Game Of Thrones, the World Cup and music festivals. Running for over a decade now, music festivals are the oldest of these. They have elevated places like Pula and Tisno to become among the most-Googled destinations in the country.

So popular now are Croatia music festivals, that many say the summer season of music festivals in Croatia has supplanted the famous hedonistic holidays of Ibiza as the hippest place to go. Incredible disappointment was therefore felt by tens of thousands of expectant party people earlier this year when most of the international Croatia music festivals decided to cancel their 2020 events. They did so in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

One venue stood alone – Martinska, a 20-year-old site for music festivals in Sibenik. Over six consecutive weeks, all of their 2020 festivals took place. They did so under strict adherence to epidemiological guidelines. And, following a wait of two weeks after the final event (to cover any potential Coronavirus incubation period), site organisers Pozitivan Ritam have released their results - zero cases of Coronavirus.

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“It's not only the five festivals and one concert event that we did,” Pozitivan Ritam director Vedran Meniga told TCN, “The Fortress of Culture in Sibenik had more than 30 events this summer and Project Vojarna in Sibenik had two parties this year with over 4000 people. On one RTL television show, they described Sibenik as the Croatian Wuhan when 3000 people were in the town for one techno party there. But, at the end of the season, none of these events resulted in a single Coronavirus infection. Not one.”

Following a successful lockdown earlier in the year, cases of Coronavirus were limited in Croatia at the start of the season. Yet, some were understandably hesitant to come. Music festivals in Sibenik still managed to attract visitors from Britain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany to Martinska. Even after the middle of August when cases began to appear in other regions and international visitor numbers dried up, the festival site was still busy with Croatians and partygoers from near-neighbouring countries. At the end of August, there were no more than five infected persons in Sibenik. None were music festival or music event attendees. Throughout much of the summer, Sibenik recorded zero cases.

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“The music festivals in Sibenik are proof that it's possible to work doing events during the era of Corona,” Meniga tells TCN. “Of course, all of our events were open-air and no doubt that helped.”

"When cases started to reappear elsewhere at the end of July, I went to the civil authorities and epidemiologists immediately, before they came to us,” says Vedran. “The civil authorities and the police grant the license for the events. I presented them with a plan and they were satisfied. They allowed us to continue.”

“It helped that Martinska is across the bay from Sibenik. Festival attendees don't even need to go into the town to come, they drive here straight from the Magistrala (Croatian coastal highway). Also, Martinska's capacity is five times bigger than the numbers we were going to cater for. The site can accommodate six to seven thousand. We expected no more than 1500 daily. That was more than enough space to maintain physical distance. We carefully took all contact details for each attendee at the entrance, in case something appeared and we (or authorities) had to later contact people. We also took everyone's temperature. And in addition to the required epidemiological sanitization, we also installed disinfectant pillars at every single point where money or goods exchanged hands. All our staff wore not only masks but also gloves. Four times the civil authorities made surprise visits to the site for inspection along with epidemiologists and police. Each time they were completely satisfied.”

Current forecasts for the Coronavirus response predict that a vaccine will not be available to cover everyone until the autumn of 2021. This has serious implications for at least one more tourist season. Yet, with the incredible achievements seen this summer at Martinska's music festivals in Sibenik, we can all take hope that events, tourism, and even life itself may continue to be enjoyed in the near future, as long as we're all smart about it.

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All photos 2020 Martinska © Seasplash / Pozitivan Ritam. 

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Wednesday, 22 July 2020

VIDEO: See The Wild Birds Of Krka National Park And A UNESCO World Heritage Site In Šibenik

July 22, 2020 – VIDEO: See The Wild Birds Of Krka National Park And A UNESCO World Heritage Site In Šibenik

Known for its series of cascading waterfalls, its picturesque pools and its acres of lush vegetation, Krka, just outside Šibenik, is one of Croatia's most-loved National Parks. But, scoring the skyline overhead and resting in its trees you can spot one of its other best attractions; the wild birds of Krka National Park.

The National Park has released a new video showcasing just some of the 229 species of birds that call Krka home. Now, you don't have to strain your eyes to see some of its wondrous winged inhabitants. Also visible in the film is the park's Visovac island and its postcard-pretty monastery.

The wild birds of Krka National Park

The short but stunning video catches kingfishers, ducks, buzzards, kestrels, cormorants, swallows and others, in flight or at play on the water's surface. But, should you choose to visit Krka National Park, there's the chance of seeing even rarer birds that sometimes live there, such as ospreys, eagles, falcon and griffon vulture.

Situated just a few kilometres from well-known seaside destination Šibenik, in summertime Krka becomes one of the most popularly visited National Parks in the country. Visitors who can't spend their entire vacation on the beach love to make the short journey inland for a day of stunning natural beauty, shaded on the pathways as they walk by trees like umbrellas.

fortress-3643226_1920.jpgThe Fortress of St. Nicholas, just off Šibenik, the best-preserved Venetian defensive structure in Croatia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site © Sebastian Gößl

And, there's never been a better time to take in the park. Visitor numbers to the region are understandably down on 2019 and so Krka National Park this year offers a more peaceful and unhurried experience than in many previous seasons. If that wasn't incentive enough, tickets for the park in summer 2020 hold a 10% discount to entry of the Fortress of St. Nicholas in Šibenik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The best-preserved Venetian defensive structure in Croatia, the fortress has undergone considerable reconstruction work over recent years and only opened itself up to the public again in 2019.

Friday, 31 January 2020

Sibenik Tourism: City Wants to Breathe Life into Old Town Outside Season

Sibenik tourism has risen over the past few years, with this gorgeous historic Dalmatian town popping up on the ''must visit'' radars of more and more people, but just how can the situation outside of the warm summer season be improved, and how can Croatia's rising star of EU fund withdrawal succeed in extending their season?

As Morski writes on the 31st of January, 2020, the Sibenik City Tourist Board, in cooperation with the City of Sibenik, has for the second time now made an announcement of a public invitation for the application of manifestations and events for the award of grants from the programme "Let's go to the city" (Idemo do grada) in 2020 for the area of ​​the old city centre.

The subject of the public invitation is the award of grants from the Sibenik Tourist Board for events held outside of the main summer tourist season as the main motive for the arrival of locals, Croatian and foreign visitors to the destination, which contribute not only to Sibenik tourism as a whole, but also to the following goals:

- Attracting locals, domestic and foreign tourists to the old town of Sibenik;
- The development of tourism and the valorisation of cultural and historical heritage;
- Raising the quality and quantity of Sibenik's cultural and tourist offer;
- The development of content that enables the improvement of the quality of Sibenik tourism's season, as well as its extension;
- The promotion of the city of Sibenik, and especially the old city centre both at home and abroad;
- The creation of a recognisable image of Sibenik tourism

The public call for grants from the ''Let's go to the city'' grants refers exclusively to the events held during the pre-season, ie, in the months of February, March, April and May, and then in the post-season, respectively in the months of October and November. The public invitation also regards events that will take place exclusively in the area of ​​the old town of Sibenik as a defined cultural and historical entity.

The budget funds for this public call are 200,000 kuna in total and are provided by both the City of Sibenik and the City of Sibenik Tourist Board.

The deadline for submitting applications is February the 17th, 2020.

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Condé Nast Traveller Recommends Holidaying in Šibenik in August

August the 14th, 2019 - Šibenik is without a doubt one of the Dalmatian coast's must-see destinations, but in comparison to cities like Split and Dubrovnik, it often ends up somewhat in the shadows. Wrongly so.

This UNESCO city with more history, culture and heritage than one can imagine is home to not only the International Children's Festival, but numerous stunning fortresses, gorgeous beaches, and much more. Often referred to as a gate to the glorious Kornati islands, this city is unlike the majority of other, similar cities dotted along Croatia's stunning coasline, Šibenik was not established by the Greeks, the Romans or the Illyrians, but by the Croats themselves.

This unique city has become not only a rising tourism star but a shining example of the proper use of EU funds. One could go on and on about what makes Šibenik so wrongly underrated and overlooked when compared to other cities in Croatia, but the numbers speak for themselves, and it seems that Šibenik is now firmly on the radar - and on an international scale.

Condé Nast Travelleré Nast Traveller, the internationally known and respected travel portal with its base in the United States, has won as many as 25 national magazine awards and has no trouble grabbing the attention of the masses with its alluring write-ups and glossy images. Šibenik has found itself listed by the site yet again.

Condé Nast Traveller has listed Šibenik on its list of where you should go on holiday in August. 

The magazine writes:

''Croatia, believe it or not, is still actually an option, even though its picture-perfect medieval cities and extraordinary coastline welcomed 20 million visitors last year. And one sometimes suspects that all 20 million turn up in August, when those straight-out-of-a-fantasy-novel fortified towns are bursting at the seams. Thank heavens, then, for Obonjan. This wellness retreat from the team behind the Hideout festival, sprawling across a private island of the same name, got off to a shaky start when it launched in 2016. But the kinks have been completely ironed out, and guests are guaranteed a tempting mix of yoga classes, chill-out music and glamping. Spare some time as well for Sibenik, a short speedboat ride away: a major historic city and a lovely labyrinth of chalk-white stone. A day’s sailing around the Kornati Islands – unpopulated idylls given over to vineyards, orchards, and little else – also supplies some much-needed mellow.''

Why not go and see for yourself just why Šibenik keeps getting mentioned by publications from across the globe?

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Thursday, 18 July 2019

Everything is Ready for Seasplash Festival in Šibenik!

As Morski writes on the 17th of July, 2019, more than fifty well known names from the music world and an audience from all over Europe are set to come to the Dalmatian city of Šibenik this week for the seventeenth Seasplash festival, which will be held in the area of ​​the former Martinska campsite for the first time this year, which is directly across the popular historic city.

Lee "Scratch" Perry, Adrian Sherwood, the Scientist and the Mad Professor - a quartet of still very much active legends of dub and reggae will perform on the main stage of the seventeenth Seasplash Festival.

For the very first time in its seventeen-year history, Šibenik's Seasplash Festival will be opened with a very special concert on one of the most beautiful stages of the Adriatic - the Fort of St. Mihovil in Šibenik.

Yesterday, on Wednesday, July the 17th, at the aforementioned location in Šibenik saw some great musicians perform there, led by the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble. Along with this unique concert attraction and a group that founded the jazz-ska genre, the full opening concert will be enhanced by the renowned local roots reggae band from Zagreb, Brain Holidays, as well as the legendary Bass Culture Sound System.

In order to make arrival at Martinska and the Seasplash Festival as quick and easy as possible, day boat lines with the "Avalon" boat have been introduced and wil operate both during the day and during the night.

Daily roundtrips will travel six times per day to the bus station Šibenik - Mandalina - Šibenik waterfront (riva) - Martinska, at 08:00, 10:00, 12:00, 15:00, 17:00 and 19:00, and from Martinska they'll travel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 16:00, 18:00 and 20:00.

A ticket price will be just ten kuna, and tickets will be available for purchase when on board. The night line began yesterday, it went from Šibenik to Martinska at 02:00. On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, during the actual Seasplash Festival, it will leave Šibenik and head for Martinska at 21:00, 23:00, and 01:00, and the return journey will be organised by bus at 06:00.

The price of a one way ticket is twenty kuna, and a return ticket costs thirty kuna, as was noted from the City of Šibenik's administration.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Šibenik's Banj Beach Listed Among Top Nine Beaches in World!

June the 24th, 2019 - Šibenik is a truly beautiful, historic Dalmatian town which is becoming increasingly popular among foreign tourists from all over the world. Without the incredible amount of publicity other Croatian cities like Split and Dubrovnik, Šibenik has managed to find its own way and has done so extremely successfully.

Caring for its local population much more than the likes of Dubrovnik has ever done, not to mention its numerous UNESCO protected sites, this stunning Dalmatian city has a range of achievements under its belt when it comes to sustainable tourism and refusing to alienate the locals. 

Often looked upon as a shining example when it comes to the withdrawal and use of European Union funds, especially when the rest of Croatia continues to lag behind (much like in almost everything else), Šibenik rarely has a negative headline printed about it, which is more than a rarity in Croatia.

This beautiful city is full of history from the Greeks to the Illyrians and the Romans, and has a very rich and diverse past to boast of. Culture can be found without even trying and the surrounding area, as well as the wider Šibenik-Knin County, is as full of unspoiled nature as it is fascinating history. 

It seems that one popular travel portal, Kiwi, has recognised Šibenik's natural beauty, and the local Banj beach has been listed among the nine best beaches for 2019, according to their readers. From Bermuda to Croatia, the portal's readers have their public say on beautiful beaches.

Listed after beautiful Marathi Bay in Crete, Greece, Kiwi writes: ''While it has always been a desired tourist destination, Croatia is currently experiencing a massive boom. It is perhaps because the Balkan country has got into the spotlight with its old city of Dubrovnik that has been featured in the famous series Game of ThronesBut with hundreds of kilometres of a picturesque shore, colossal mountains, unique natural parks, and rich history, Croatia has a myriad of the nicest places to visit.

Between Zadar and Split in the southern part of the country lies the city of Šibenik. Its magnificent medieval heart that welcomes thousands of tourists every year can be best seen from the nearby beach called Banj. Built in 2012, the beach has quickly gained the title of the most popular spot in the entire city and offers the best view over Šibenik’s St. Michael’s Fortress and St. Anthony Channel.

Apart from the unforgettable panorama, Banj provides its visitors with all the basic amenities a cool beach needs as well as a boasting party nightlife during the whole season.''

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Thursday, 20 June 2019

Visiting Šibenik's St. Nicholas Fortress? Here's What You Should Know

As Juraj Filipovic/Morski writes on the 19th of June, 2019, on Saturday, Šibenik's St. Nicholas (Sv. Nikola) fortress was finally opened to the public. This marks yet another sight in the city protected by UNESCO. The opening was preceded by highly demanding works to make sure the fortress was operational to finally begin to make the most of its tourist, cultural and economic potential.

This season, this newly opened fortress can only be reached by boat from Šibenik. From mid-June to mid-October this year, the boat will depart from Šibenik according to its pre-arranged schedule, and make the journey back and forth four to five times per day.

This all-encompassing experience of Šibenik and its wider area, including a boat ride through the Sv. Ante channel and the visit the fortress St. Nicholas lasts about two hours. Tickets are 130 kuna per piece (for adults), and can be purchased at the point of sale on the Šibenik riva (waterfront) or online.

The price includes a boat ride, a ticket for the St. Nicholas fortress, a mobile multilingual guide for every visitor, educated staff, and the story about this truly unique location which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

''On the first working day after the fortress was opened, from June the 16th, tickets were free for all visitors to celebrate.

During the first few days of the functioning of the fortress, which will last from June the 17th to June the 28th, residents of Šibenik-Knin County will be offered a free visit to the fortress with the reservation of a free ticket and their ID card as proof of their residence in the county, at the Fortress of St. Nicholas' info centre on the Šibenik riva, the address of which is Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana 4,'' stated Anita Babačić Ajduk, the director of the Public Nature Institution of Šibenik-Knin County, which has coordinated the whole project for the past several years.

She also pointed out that nothing would have been possible without the totally selfless support of all participants who recognised the importance and potential of this amazing Šibenik fortress.

''Over the past three years, about five million kuna has been invested in its reconstruction, of which four million kuna has been allocated from the budget of Šibenik-Knin County, while the rest was financed by the Croatian Ministry of Culture,'' added Ajduk, expressing her satisfaction with how things have gone, and how this historic Dalmatian city can now valorise the fortress' potential in both a cultural and a touristic sense.

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Sunday, 16 June 2019

59th International Children's Festival Officially Opened in Šibenik!

As Morski wrties on the 16th of June, 2019, with the traditional raising of the festival's flag on the square in front of the cathedral of Sv. Jakov in the heart of Šibenik, and the performance of the much loved classic ''The Jungle Book'' by Theater Baj Pomorski from Torun in Poland, the 59th International Children's Festival in Šibenik was officially opened.

It's interesting to note that back in 1963, the very first of the foreign ensemble in Šibenik was from Poland, giving the prefix ''international'' to this Šibenik festival, according to the local news portal ŠibenikIN.

''Welcome to the centuries-old city of Šibenik, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, and the best festival in Croatia. This is something we look forward to every year, because in two weeks the city's small, narrow streets, stairs and squares will be taken over by children, who will become creators and artists. Let's hear what they have to say, because we can learn a lot from them!'' said Šibenik's mayor Željko Burić.

The festival's story began this year with great success even before the opening itself took place. Thanks to the online registration (yes, you read it right, something actually happens online in Croatia) for the first time ever for the festival, and 99 percent of the workshop programs were completed on the very first day of registration.

Some of the workshops will be attended by world-renowned artists from Japan, Italy, and neighbouring Montenegro. Numerous theatrical performances were sold out on the first day

The film program is also very rich, and begins with the screening of the first ever Croatian children's SciFi movie with the appearance of the film crew.

The artist's program was enriched by Polish artists with their own graphics. Famous artist Melinda Šefčić will paint the bus station in Šibenik with the kids, as well as the children's playground on the nearby island of Zlarin. This year, in the name of the environment, there is a distinctive ecological component to the festival, and it's symbolic that the opening of 2019's Šibenik Children's Festival has coincided with World Wind Day.

For two entire weeks, the beautiful and historic Dalmatian city of Šibenik will become the playground of children's endless creativity and imagination, reminding us all of the need to keep the child within us alive and happy.

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Saturday, 19 January 2019

Washington Post Delves into Šibenik's Past, Sings City's Praises

It isn't unusual to see Croatia's stunning coast being talked about, the natural beauty and the sparkling Adriatic sea are enough of a winning combination for any wordsmith. But it's somewhat different when someone outside of Croatia recognises and talks, or writes rather, about the success and the renaissance history of a city, especially in a publication with as much international respect as the Washington Post boasts.

As Morski writes on the 19th of January, 2019, this is exactly what the historic Dalmatian city of Šibenik has experienced on multiple occasions in recent years, and the city was written about once again on Friday in one of the world's most highly respected daily journals, the Washington Post. The journalist who wrote about Šibenik is Anja Mutić, who has Croatian roots. She is the daughter of legendary sports journalist Boris Mutić and lives in New York, she has written for the likes of Lonely Planet, the Wall Street Journal and Conde Nast Traveler for a number of years.

Anja's vivid description of Šibenik for the Washington Post begins with her gazing upon the Adriatic sea from St. Michael's Fortress, describing how the late September bura has cleared the skies. Her comments about the scent of Cypress trees in the air is enough to fill the senses of anyone who has spent any time on the Dalmatian coast.

Anja continues, talking about how the fortress upon which she is standing as she takes in the views was all but an abandoned place not so long ago, and how Šibenik itself was much more of an industrial place, which saw the majority of tourists skip right over it in favour of the glitz and the glamour of the arguably more tourist-developed south of Dalmatia. Touching on the 1980's, when tourism and leisure came a firm second to industry, she details how the war changed Šibenik's industrial ''look'', altering its direction permanently. With that being said, as Anja correctly states, the city only really got its first city beach, Banj, in 2012.

Going back to Šibenik's very roots, Anja takes the reader through a proverbial maze of time, detailing Šibenik's glorious renaissance, the foundation of the city by King Petar Kresimir IV in 1066, the later Venetian era, Juraj Dalmatinac's touch on the city, all the way to UNESCO recognition and the city which it has become today. Anja speaks in depth about how Šibenik, unlike southern Dalmatian cities, has adopted a culturally sensitive way of developing its tourism.

''Taking small measured steps, respectful of the ground it walks on, immersed in heritage and tradition, Šibenik is on the slow rise to Croatia’s hall of fame,'' Anja concludes.

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Click here to read the Washington Post's entire lowdown on Šibenik

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