Destination of the Month – Šibenik, Croatia

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We’re happy to announce Šibenik, Croatia as our May Destination of the Month! 

Destination 

Šibenik is a historic city in Croatia, located on the Krka river. The coastal town is picturebook-esque, with pastel-coloured houses nestled tightly on a slope, backdropped by the azure blue sea, and featuring a series of romantic, labyrinthine alleyways to explore. Known for its culture, Šibenik is home to not one but two UNESCO heritage sites, an honour only held by four other cities in the world. 

Lockdown Info

Entry into Croatia

On entry to Croatia you must show:

  • a vaccination certificate, or
  • proof that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the previous nine months.

Travellers who have been fully vaccinated within the last 270 days can enter Croatia without needing to test or quarantine. Travellers without proof of vaccination or recovery, must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken in the 72 hours before arrival or a rapid antigen test taken in the 24 hours before arrival. 

Travel within Croatia

Those wanting to explore outside of Šibenik will be happy to know there are no restrictions on regional travel within Croatia.

Face masks

Face mask mandates have recently been relaxed, and are no longer required in most indoor settings. However, it is still recommended you follow social distancing procedures and wear a mask when you can. 

Hotel and Activity Deal

Travala.com has partnered with Tripadvisor’s Viator to provide travellers with a safe and easy way to access high-quality, authentic, local experiences. To celebrate this partnership, all bookings to Šibenik that are made & fulfilled during the month of May will receive 5% back on their accomodation and activities! Just book online at Travala.com, and once you’ve completed your stay, you’ll receive your cash back credited directly into your Travala.com account.

Travel Info & Recommendations

Where to Stay

D-Resort Šibenik

Enjoy the natural beauties and comforts Croatia has to offer at this unique and historical port of the Mediterranean and experience the difference of D-Resort Šibenik. The design of the hotel follows the winding shape of the Mandalina peninsula, on which the resort is situated.

Hotel Spongiola 

The newly built Hotel Spongiola is located on the coast of a quaint island of Krapanj and is surrounded by a beautiful pine forest. With its authentic architectural design, this four-star hotel fits perfectly into the scenery.

Hotel Olympia Sky

Upscale hotel on the beach, the Hotel Olympia Sky is designed in the form of a cruise ship, and situated in Vodice close to the marina, making it unmatched on access to the water. 

Where to Eat

Pelegrini

With a menu based on gastronomic heritage, seasonal local ingredients and small producers, Pelegrini have become known for their culinary philosophy. The Hatted restaurant founded both Chefs’ Stage, an international congress of gastronomy, and the Budi Foodie Foundation, a fund dedicated to educating young talents in gastronomy.

Restoran No. 4

Acknowledged by many as the finest steak restaurant in Sibenik, argued only by those who consider it the best fish house, Restoran No. 4 is a favourite for tourists and locals alike. Awarded the 2021 Traveller’s Choice award, the food is a twist of modern, local cuisine combined with traditional Dalmatian style. 

Things to Do in Croatia

Attend BlockDown 

May 11th-13th

With industry leading speakers, NFT exhibitions, a blockchain gaming arena, a private dinner in a fortress, and beach club afterparty all on the itinerary, the world’s first NFT-enabled Web3 festival merges the online and off in style. Taking place in 5 locations over 3 days, this festival is bringing the crypto community together to educate, collaborate, and celebrate everything digital.

Get 50% off your festival ticket using the code BLOCK50

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Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Throughout May

Šibenik hosts two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Gothic & Renaissance styled St. James Cathedral, as well as the oldest monument in town, the St. Nicholas Fortress. Eagle-eyed travellers may recognise the Cathedral as the setting for Game of Thrones’ Iron Bank in the City of Bravos. It’s also one of the locations of BlockDown 2022. Completed in the 16th century, it’s considered the largest church in the world to be made entirely of stone. 

Party at the Sea Star Festival

27th-28th May

​​Sea Star Festival takes place every May at the beautiful beach of the Stella Maris resort. Breathtaking sunsets combined with the turquoise water of the lagoon make Stella Maris the perfect spot for opening your festival summer while making lifelong memories with friends.

Swim in an Idyllic Lagoon

Throughout May

Experience the unforgettable adventure of Quad touring the Krka National Park. 

The park is one of the natural wonders of Šibenik. Surrounded in lush greenery and hosting a myriad of waterfalls and lagoons – some you can even swim in – the park is the perfect nature escape. Visitors can trek along its many trails, looking out for wolves, golden eagles, boar, peregrine falcons, and other wildlife. 

Relax with Direct Airport Transfers

Throughout May

Take the worry out of your departure to Zadar Airport (ZAD) and pre-book a private transfer. Avoid the long lines for taxis at the hotel, and travel in the comfort of a premium car. The driver will pick you up at your place of choice to take you to the airport, perfectly timed for your flight. Sit back in comfort and let your professional chauffeur navigate the unfamiliar roads while you enjoy the views.

Raft the Cetina River

Throughout May

Guaranteed fun, fresh air, and a dip in the refreshing river of Cetina await you on this once in a lifetime rafting trip. With professional instructors guiding you along the way, you will feel safe and secure while traversing the rapids and seeing a side to Croatia most never do.