If there is one thing which you would think Sibenik is most famous for, it's fortresses.
Šibenik was built on a site where war and defence reasons were more important than anything else. That's why the town has one of the most fascinating fortification systems in Croatia tourism (side by side to Dubrovnik fortification).
There are four fortresses in the city.
St. John fortress
The fortress of St. John was built in the 17th century. With other fortresses in the city, it was important for defence against Turkish invasion.
It features panoramic view of Sibenik.
The reconstruction process of the fortress has been recently finished, and now it is a must-visit place for all visitors to Sibenik.
Entrance to the fortress is free for all visitors till the end of June 2022.
St. Nicholas Fortress
St. Nicholas Fortress is located at the end of St Anthony Channel.
It was built in the 16th century for the purpose of defence against Turkish invasion.
Recently, it has become part of UNESCO protected property as a part of Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th centuries.
Currently, there is no landing or seaside entrance to the fortress because it is in a process of reconstruction.
If you find yourself somewhere nearby St Anthony Channel, take a look at this beautiful building.
From mid-June 2019, there will be a boat line from Sibenik Riva to the fortress. Visitors will have to buy the ticket which price is 130 kuna (adult ticket).
Barone is beautiful fortress built on Subicevac in 17th century. It was completely reconstructed in 2016. There are thousands
visiting it every year.
If you are somewhere near Sibenik, then this place is a must-visit attraction.
The fortress features high-tech museum that gives the visitors a view of the old Sibenik and the war with the Osman Empire by using the technology of Augmented reality. In 1647. Turkish army attacked Sibenik, but after a month of siege, Turkish invaders were forced to retreat to the interior, towards Drniš. They never managed to conquer Šibenik.
There is a coffee bar inside the fortress, where you can enjoy your favourite drink and panoramic view on Šibenik at the same time. Prices in the bar are average for Šibenik. You pay around 1.5 euro for coffee.
A ticket is needed for visiting the fortress. The price for a ticket is 40 kuna (around 5.5 euros) for adults and 25 kn (around 3.5 euros) for children.
You can also buy a family ticket for 90 kn which is valid for parents and their children up to 18 years.
There is an option to buy a ticket which is valid for two fortresses: St. Michael's Fortress and Barone. The ticket price is 70 kuna for adults, and 45 kuna for children. The family ticket price for both fortresses is 160 kuna.
St. Michael's Fortress
St. Michael's Fortress is the oldest one in Šibenik. It was arranged a few years ago, and now is one of must visit attractions in Sibenik.
For visiting this fortress you need to buy a ticket at the price of 60 kuna for adults and 40 kuna for children. The price for a family ticket is 140 kuna.
During the summer season, renowned Croatian and foreign musicians organize concerts in the fortress.