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Šibenik from SW

Šibenik lies on the Adriatic coast of Croatia on the E side of a five mile long inlet entered through a narrow strait, the Kanal Sv. Ante. The entrance is situated five miles SE of Vodice and 11 miles NNW of Primosten. A historic city with an old centre dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, Šibenik has a remarkable 15th century barrel-vaulted cathedral of St Jakob, in itself justifying a visit.

Šibenik is also a good base for a trip to the Krka National Park and its magnificent waterfalls at Skradin.


Croatian (HHI) 100-21, MK-15
Italian chart 6004
British Admiralty 2711, 2773, 2774
Imray Chart M25


Diurnal winds along the coast are mostly moderate during the summer months, predominantly from NW and rarely exceeding force 4/5. At night, katabatic winds off the mountains are a feature of some of the harbours along the NE Adriatic coast. During early spring and (especially) autumn conditions can be more unsettled, occasionally accompanied by violent thunderstorms - luckily of short duration - with winds of 30-35 knots or more and vicious, steep seas. In the winter the sudden, violent N wind off the mountains, the bora, is much to be feared, especially along the Velebitski channel. It tends to blow less strongly S of Zadar.

Equally prevalent in winter - although not uncommon in summer - is the scirocco, a S/SE wind that blows up from North Africa, usually in advance of a depression moving E across the Mediterranean. Unlike the bora, the scirocco only occasionally exceeds gale force, but is still a phenomenon to be wary of, especially if on a lee coast.

For sources of weather forecasting, see Croatia.


See Croatia.



Lučka kapetanija

Phone: +385 (0)22 217 214
Address: Obala Franje Tuđmana 8, 22000 Šibenik, Hrvatska


Kanal Sv. Ante

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World icon.png Kanal Sv. Ante [[User:Vadim/Šibenik#Kanal Sv. Ante|Kanal Sv. Ante]] 43°43.2′N, 15°51.0′E
The channel is entered just south of the resort of Jadrija. On the E side of the entrance is a rocky shoal, Hrid Rocni, which is marked with a light beacon and should be left to starboard. The narrow channel leads ENE for a mile before opening out into the bay of Šibenik. Note that there is a further shoal patch on the E side where the channel opens out. It is marked with a light structure. The city and its waterfront lie half a mile NE across the bay.


Submit details about facilities for checking in - location of immigration & customs, etc.


Yachts have the option of berthing on the waterfront quay, where there are few facilities and shelter is poor with any winds from NW round to SE. Another option is a new, luxury, 350-berth Mandalina Marina a mile SSE of the quay.

Šibenik waterfront quay

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Berth icon Šibenik waterfront quay [[User:Vadim/Šibenik#Šibenik waterfront quay|Šibenik waterfront quay]] 43°44.062'N, 015°53.403'E

Pick up one of the laid moorings where directed by the harbourmaster or wherever available. Depths range from 4.0 metres at the NW end to around 2.0 metres at the SE end of the quay.

There are a few water taps along the quay, a longer hose could be required in places. There is only one accessible electricity post with just a few connections available for 3-5 yachts.

For current fees check Šibenik Port Authority site. The fees listed there are valid for other ports in Šibenik-Knin county. It appears that temporary mooring (up to 2 hours) is free of charge.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Mandalina Marina - on the S side of the small peninsula a mile to the S, where there is a full range of services. See Mandalina Marina entry for details. Depths in the marina are 15.0 metres or more. Shelter on the waterfront quay is only moderate and poor in any winds from NW round to SE. In summer the sea breeze makes mooring difficult in the afternoon. The marina has excellent shelter.
  • Marina Solaris - outside of Šibenski zaljev, SE of the entrance of the Kanal Sv. Ante


Luka Šibenik

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Anchorage icon Luka Šibenik [[User:Vadim/Šibenik#Luka Šibenik|Luka Šibenik]] 43°44.205'N, 015°53.331'E
Presumably a paid anchorage is possible here, but only with the prior permission of the Harbor Master's Office.

There are some other options outside of the port of Šibenik and on the Kanal Sv Ante, but the wind funnelling along the channel needs to be taken into account.


  • Limited access at the town quay
  • In the marinas
Toilets In the marinas
Showers In the marinas
Laundry In Mandalina Marina
Garbage Bins behind the waterfront and in the marinas.
Fuel INA station/wiki/User:Vadim/%C5%A0ibenik#INA_stationFuel icon INA station [[User:Vadim/Šibenik#INA station|INA station]] at the NW end of the waterfront. This station had a reputation for making billing errors. (06:00-22:00)

Lukoil station/wiki/User:Vadim/%C5%A0ibenik#Lukoil_stationFuel icon Lukoil station [[User:Vadim/Šibenik#Lukoil station|Lukoil station]] -- well protected and reliable fuel station to the SE on the south side of the bay.
It's easily recognizable by the huge "Lukoil" sign on the hillside, right opposite the entrance to the marina (24/7)

Bottled gas
Chandlers Ship chandler opposite of the INA fuel station.
Repairs See Mandalina Marina
Money ATMs, banks in the city
Internet At internet cafes in the town & along the quays, free for 2 hours per day
Outlets in the city


Numerous supermarkets and provisions shops in the town:

  • Djelo/wiki/User:Vadim/%C5%A0ibenik#DjeloProvisions icon Djelo [[User:Vadim/Šibenik#Djelo|Djelo]] (Ultra) A small grocery store at the SE corner of the quay (Obala Franje Tuđmana 2)
  • Tommy/wiki/User:Vadim/%C5%A0ibenik#TommyProvisions icon Tommy [[User:Vadim/Šibenik#Tommy|Tommy]] A tiny supermarket on the main street, opened on Sundays (ul. Miminac 1; Mo-Sa 06:30-22:00; Su 06:30-21:00)
  • Konzum/wiki/User:Vadim/%C5%A0ibenik#KonzumProvisions icon Konzum [[User:Vadim/Šibenik#Konzum|Konzum]] A larger supermarket a bit off the old centre, across the street from the market place (ul. Ante Starčevića; Mo-Su 07:00-21:00; Su 07:00-14:00)

Daily market:

  • Pijaca/wiki/User:Vadim/%C5%A0ibenik#PijacaProvisions icon Pijaca [[User:Vadim/Šibenik#Pijaca|Pijaca]] Fruit, vegetables, meat and fish (ul. Stankovačka 9, Mo-Sa 06:00-13:00, Sun 06:00-11:00)

Eating out

Plenty of bars and restaurants in the town.

  • Note in particular the Italian restaurant Pelegrini, right across the square from the St. Jacob's cathedral.


  • Buses to Zagreb and destinations along the coast.
  • International buses to Vienna and several German cities.
  • International airports of Zadar (62 kms) and Split (60 kms).

See Vadim/Šibenik at the Wikivoyage for further details.


The old town of Šibenik is full of narrow streets climbing up past the cathedral to the fortress of St Ana on a bluff at the NW end of the town. There are superb views from here of the Kornati Islands and the Šibenik channel. Šibenik’s crowning glory, however, is the 15th century cathedral of St Jakob, built entirely in stone (including the barrel-vaulted roof), whose most impressive feature is a series of 71 heads carved by an anonymous 15th century sculptor all round the north and east walls, all apparently modeled by the 15th century citizens of the town. From the town, one can also motor up the winding channel of the Krka river, hemmed in by limestone cliffs and lined with mussel farms, to the ACI marina at Skradin and the wonderful falls a few hundred metres upstream.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


For other useful websites, see Croatia.

References & Publications

See entry for Croatia.


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