St Nicholas' Fortress

UNESCO's Pearl within a protected natural area of St Anthony's Channel

St Nicholas' Fortress tour

Do not miss to visit St. Nicholas' Fortress - the proud sea guardian of Šibenik and UNESCO's pearl within a protected natural area.

St Nicholas’ Fortress is a unique monument of the world’s architectural heritage and in 2017 it was inscribed on the UNESCO World heritage List as part of the nomination ''The Defence System of the Republic of Venice between the 16th and 17th Centuries''. Since mid-June 2019. St Nicholas' Fortress opened its doors to visitors. For the time being, due to demanding restoration and conservation works, it is only possible to visit St Nicholas’ Fortress if you take a boat trip organized by the Public Institution Nature of the Šibenik-Knin County.

Boat ride - the tour begins at the Šibenik waterfront according to the predetermined boat schedule and timetable, from a berth called Krka to St Nicholas’ Fortress and it will take about 30 minutes. While sailing through the St Anthony’s Channel, visitors will have the opportunity to see some historical and natural sights of part of the significant landscape Channel-Port in Šibenik.

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Boat departures to the St Nicholas' Fortress from 1 May – 20 October 2024

The boat to St Nicholas’ Fortress leaves and arrives at the Šibenik waterfront, at a berth called Krka, near the junction of Obala hrvatske mornarice and Obala Dr Franje Tuđmana.

Sales point and Info Centre is across the street, Obala Dr Franje Tuđmana 4, 22 000 Šibenik

The itinerary is predetermined and you can find it below.

It is recommended to use your own headphones when using multimedia guides, wear suitable clothing and footwear and to take drinking water.

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Visitor Center Information

A place where the river meets the sea, where knowledge and experiences are exchanged

The visitor centre St Anthony’s Channel is the central location for the presentation of the biodiversity, natural and cultural values of the protected areas of the Šibenik-Knin County, intended for providing

and education for visitors. The content of the exhibition comprises a series of multimedia interactive displays of flora and fauna, particularly the undersea world, which enables visitors, with the help of virtual reality devices, to experience the natural and cultural values of the channel and the Krka estuary as well as other protected areas of the Šibenik-Knin County.

The visitor centre St Anthony’s Channel is located in Minerska Cove, one of the most accessible coves in the St Anthony’s Channel, which can be reached by land and sea. On the left side of the channel the former Yugoslav Army built a complex of military facilities, warehouses and piers with related infrastructure and this location was, therefore, unknown even to Šibenik residents until about twenty years ago because they were strictly denied access to the complex.

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Significant landscape ''Channel-Port '' in Šibenik and the buffer zone of St Nicholas' Fortress

Together, the Šibenik Bay and the St Anthony's Channel form the significant landscape ''Channel-Port'' in Šibenik, which stretches from the Šibenik Bridge all the way to the exit from the St Anthony's Channel. Within the protected natural area that is the significant lanscape ''Channel-Port'' in Šibenik , there is the buffer zone of St Nicholas' Fortress, a monument under the protection of UNESCO.

The channel is a natural phenomenon admired for its pristine beauty. It was named after Saint Anthony the Abbot and is the only natural sea-way to Šibenik.

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