A stopover in Sibenik.

A stopover in Sibenik.

From Split I needed to get to Zadar which is 3 hours up the coast of Croatia but with 3 nights left until I flew I wanted to stop somewhere on the way.
When I looked on a map Sibenik was in the middle of the two and looked a decent size.


I couldn’t find too much information about it online but I saw some hostels at a reasonable price (for Croatia anyway)- £10 so from I got a morning bus there which took 90 minutes and cost £5.50.

On arriving I checked into my hostel and headed out. Straight away I could tell it was a smaller town which I was happy about. It had a nice promenade along the sea with an island lying parallel to the town. I ventured into the old town and was blown away!

The main square of the old town.

The main square of the old town.

There was a main square where the church stood but apart from that it was full of really narrow and high streets, mostly filled with shops and some cafes but because it was Sunday a lot of them were closed so it had a great quiet feeling about it. The old town is built on a hill so the further you walk the higher you get. I walked around for quite some time and although you feel like you might and sort of want to get lost you really can’t because you soon head back down with which will lead you back to the promenade.

Walking into a narrow street

Walking into a narrow street

Sibenik has a city beach which turned out to be not as bad as I thought, to get there you keep walking along the harbour for 10 minutes and once you’re nearly there if you turn around you get a great view of the old town balancing on the hill.
The beach was pebbles (of course) and not too big but the water was clear and because there’s an island pretty close I felt like I was by a lake rather than the ocean as it isn’t that open but still very nice.

What a view!

What a view!

This is pretty much how I spent my day in Sibenik, wandering the streets of the old town, sunbathing and reading a book on the promenade. In the evening there seemed to be lots of restaurants to choose from but I was a good backpacker and got some dinner from the supermarket to make in the hostel kitchen.
Before I arrived in Croatia one thing I thought was that the sunsets must be good because it’s west facing, Split hadn’t been that good because the harbour wasn’t directly west facing but Sibenik was, because of the island in front the sun didn’t go directly into the sea and instead went behind the island but it was still very pretty to watch.

A lovely sunset.

A lovely sunset.

I would highly recommend visiting Sibenik for a day or two. It was a good change to the busy towns of Split and Zadar which I went to afterwards.

I haven’t watched Game of Thrones but after I left I saw someone post a photo on Instagram of Sibenik as she had also recently been there too and said that they used the castle on the hill for some scenes!

My next stop was Zadar, another 90 minutes up the coast. (I’ve loved these short journeys!)

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