Šibenik

The Renaissance town was already founded in the 9th century to the place where Krka River meets the Adriatic Sea. It is famous for its Children’s Festival since 1960, the festival is held every year in June or July. While we were walking on the streets, all of them were decorated with lovely handmade portraits of children. St. James Cathedral is the most famous of its sights and it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. You can also enjoy the sun and the cool water, if that is what you are looking for at the public beach called Banj.

Practical tips for your visit:
First of all, the town can be easily reached from Zadar or from Trogir.
If you arrive by car, you have to leave it at a public car park next to the sea and the casinos and continue your journey by foot.
There are a lot of steps so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
And have a lot of water with you. You will need it, believe me.
If you decide to book your accomodation in Sibenik, you can take daily trips to either Kornati Islands or to Krka National Park.

Although we only spent an afternoon here, I advise you to visit these things:
St. James Cathedral with the Statue of Jurac Dalmatinac
St. Lawrence Church and Monastry with the Mediterranean Garden
St. Michael’s Fortress
The Count’s Palace
St. Anne’s Fortress
Church of St. Barbara
St. Anne’s Fortress
Town Hall
Channel Harbour

Šibenik and Game of Thrones
Bet you didn’t know that this town is one of the places where GoT was shot! It appeared in season 5 as a city of Braavos. Arya Stark can be seen running in front of the St. James Cathedral, which served as the House of the Many Faced God. You can also see Mandroc as the port of Braavos.

15 things I learnt about Croatia

I just came home from the beautiful Croatia on Sundays and I’m ready to share my thoughts on the vacation with you.

  1. Croatia can be found in Europe and is surrounded by 5 countries: Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro. Most of its territory is fenced by the Adriatic Sea so it serves as the ultimate beach holiday destination.
  2. Its capital is Zagreb and the most popular places for vacation are Dubrovnik, Zadar, Split and Trogir.
  3. Croatia and Spain has most of the merits in Europe that are protected by the UNESCO World Heritage.
  4. The territory of Croatia has been ruled by the Greeks, the Romans and the Habsburg dynasty throughout history.
  5. Croatian population is about 4 million. 10% of the population consists of ethnics like Serbs, Italians, Germans and Hungarians. People are nice and helpful and most of them speaks at least a few words in English, and it is always enough to make yourself understood.
  6. 90% of the Croatian population is Christian.
  7. Croatia has more than a thousand islands and many spectacular natural sights. The most famous one is the Plitvice Lakes National Park, but Krka National Park and Kornati Islands are worth a visit as well.
  8. Famous Croats include the 2Cellos duo, movie maker Goran Visnjic and Krist Novoselic from Nirvana. Although Nikola Tesla was Serbian by nationality, he was born in a now-Croatian town called Gospic.
  9. Croatian inventions are ties, high speed photography, torpedos, speedometers and benzodiazepines.
  10. The transportation in Croatia can be tricky sometimes. There are not always pedestrian crossings, drivers don’t always care about traffic signs or speed limit and buses never come on time.
  11. 20% of the country’s GDP comes from tourism so everything is very expensive. For example, when we went from Zadar to the Krka National Park, we had to pay twice for the highway, for the parking, for entering the park, for using the toilet and for eating a fruit salad.
  12. Typical Croatian dishes are seafood based such as black risotto, brodetto and buzara. They also have strukli (strudel). The most famous Croatian beers are Karlovacko and Ozujsko.
  13. While walking in different towns, I noticed that hydrangeas, lavender, fig, olive trees and evergreen species can be found everywhere.
  14. Maverick cats often invade the street or sometimes the buildings. In the Church of St. Donatus in Zadar there were 4 newborn cats with their mummy upstairs (!!).
  15. You can find many of the Game of Thrones scene locations in Croatia, such as Dubrovnik (King’s Landing), the Fortress of Klis (Meereen) and Split (Daenerys’ Throne Room).

Stay tuned for more blog posts about Zadar, Sibenik, Nin and the Krka National Park!