Sibenik is one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic coast, mentioned for the first time in the 11th century. It is located in the deep, picturesque bay where river Krka flows into the sea.
Throughout the history, the town has been distinguished for culture and scholarship. The Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Jakov (1431–1536), which combines Gothic and Renaissance elements, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000.
The City Gates, Loggia, and several Renaissance houses are well preserved. St. Anne’s Fortress (12th–13th centuries) overlooks the town from the north.
Sibenik’s tourist trade centres on the local beaches and the offshore islands of Murter, Prvic, Zlarin, Krapanj i Zirje.
The most popular cultural events include the International Child's Festival (annual event in July), the Summer Organ School and the Sibenik Summer. The Day of St. James (25th of July), the patron saint of the city, is also marked with festivities.