Šibenik is a city of medieval charms located on Croatia’s dazzling Dalmatian Coast, where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic. Croatia being the most popular destination worldwide for yacht charters, Šibenik is the perfect spot to embark on your sailing adventure. From here you can visit the breathtaking Krka National Park, home to an array of enchanting waterfalls, and then explore the thousands of islands scattered off the coast. If you rent a boat here, your daily discoveries will include the most pristine golden sands, and unbelievably clear waters, fascinating nature and stunning sunsets… and let’s not forget the mouth-watering cuisine of Croatia!
The medieval history of Šibenik gives it a unique character. Spend afternoons getting lost in the charming cobbled streets and stopping off in local cafes and restaurants to soak up the culture and feel of the city. Along your way, be sure to check out the beautiful St. James’ Cathedral; completed in 1536, this stunning piece of architecture is well worth a visit. Take a stroll through the Medieval Monastery Garden for a spot of peace and quiet, or head to St. Michael’s Fortress where you will be met with stunning views of the surrounding city!
If you’re a foodie, you can’t go wrong in Croatia! A yacht charter in Šibenik will open your eyes to a glorious world of Mediterranean meats, spices and seafood, all locally caught and produced to create a truly delightful cuisine.
Punjene paprika: Peppers stuffed with minced beef or pork, spices, rice and cooked in a tomato sauce.
Cobanac: slow cooked, spicy lamb/pork stew
Arancini: candied orange/ lemon/ grapefruit peel, traditional Croatian sweets
Fritule: ball-shaped deep-fried dough balls, with lemon, rains and a dash of local liqueur.
Croatia has always been known for it’s glorious coastline and the beaches of Šibenik will not disappoint. During your yacht charter you will come across the sparkling, translucent waters, enchanting coves of golden sands and vast white powdery beaches. Check out the pebbled, Blue Flag-awarded Banj beach, home to the cleanest water, and where you will be met with beautiful views of old Šibenik. 8km from Šibenik city lies Solaris Beach, where you will find impeccably soft sands, perfect for lounging on the beach. If you sail your yacht a little further down the coast, you will come across the beautiful natural bay home to Zaboric Beach, where crystalline waters are surrounded by fragrant pine forest, making the area feel wild and untouched!
If you begin your yacht charter in Šibenik, your base will be Marina Mandalina. Located just south of the city, the harbour is sheltered by the peninsula and a breakwater that protects from a southerly wind, meaning the berths are very safe. Rewarded by the “Harbour Yacht Association” as a quality assured berthing facility, Mandalina can accommodate yachts measuring up to 140 meters in length and offers 429 berths in the sea and another 50 on land.
Here you will find all the necessary services for your trip: reception, brand new toilet facilities and showers, water, electricity, parking service, refit & maintenance support, currency exchange office, free WI-FI, car rental, taxi service, assistance for the mooring, security service, grocery stores, shopping centres nearby, restaurants.
As one of the world’s best cruising grounds, Croatia’s climate consistently provides ideal navigation conditions for yacht charters. The mild winds and average temperatures of 30°C make for a glorious sail, but just be aware of the Bura and Jugo winds which can pose challenges; so always keep up to date with local forecasts!
Although there is no airport in the city of Šibenik, it is not tricky to reach your yacht charter base. The airports of Split and Zadar are both between 40-50km from Šibenik, and local buses connect the cities. The bus journey from either airport should take between 1.5–2 hours!
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