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 Šibenik 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
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. However, people are not currently allowed to enter inside the fortress, but only explore it from outside. It is currently in a process of reconstruction which should be finished till the end of 2021.
Still, I recommend visiting it, especially if you find yourself somewhere nearby.
Visit to the fortress is free.
St. Nicholas Fortress
St. Nicholas Fortress is located at the end of St Anthony Channel.
It was built in 16th century for the purpose of defense 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 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 must visit attraction.
The fortress features high-tech museum that gives the visitors a view of the old Sibenik and war with Osman Empire by using the technology of Augmented reality. In 1647. Turkish army attacked Sibenik, but after a month 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 same ticket is valid for visiting St. Michael's Fortress.
The price for a ticket is 50 kn (around 6.5 euro) for adults and 30 kn (around 4 euro) for children. You can also buy a family ticket for 110 kn (around 14.5 euro), which is valid for parents and their children up to 18 years.
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 which is also valid for visiting Barone fortress.
During the summer season, renowned Croatian and foreign musicians organize concerts on the fortress.