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Hotels of Šibenik
A hotel in Šibenik is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Šibenik hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Šibenik are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Šibenik hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Šibenik hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Šibenik have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels in Šibenik
An upscale full service hotel facility in Šibenik that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Šibenik hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels in Šibenik
Full service Šibenik hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels in Šibenik
Boutique hotels of Šibenik are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Šibenik boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Šibenik may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels in Šibenik
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Šibenik travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Šibenik focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels in Šibenik
Small to medium-sized Šibenik hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Šibenik traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Šibenik hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs in Šibenik
A bed and breakfast in Šibenik is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Šibenik bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Šibenik B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels in Šibenik
Šibenik hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Šibenik hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Šibenik
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Šibenik hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Šibenik lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Šibenik
Šibenik timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Šibenik often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Šibenik on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels in Šibenik
A Šibenik motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Šibenik for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Šibenik motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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Top: View of the city; Center left: Narrow streets of Šibenik; Center right: Cathedral dome; Bottom: Summer stage inside Šibenik Fortress
Location of Šibenik within Croatia
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Šibenik (Croatian pronunciation: [ʃîbeniːk]; Italian: Sebenico) is a historic city in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. Šibenik is a political, educational, transport, industrial and tourist center of Šibenik–Knin County and also the 3rd largest city in the historic region of Dalmatia. It is the oldest native Croatian town on the shores of the sea.
Šibenik: Early history
Early 16th century map of Šibenik by Martino Rota.
Unlike other cities along the Adriatic coast, which were established by Greeks, Illyrians and Romans, Šibenik was founded by Croats. Excavations of the castle of Saint Michael, have since proven that the place was inhabited long before the actual arrival of the Croats. It was mentioned for the first time under its present name in 1066 in a Charter of the Croatian King Petar Krešimir IV and, for a period of time, it was a seat of this Croatian King. For that reason, Šibenik is also called "Krešimirov grad" (Krešimir's city).
Between the 11th and 12th centuries, Šibenik was tossed back and forth among Venice, Byzantium, and Hungary. It was conquered by the Republic of Venice in 1116, who held it until 1124, when they briefly lost it to the Byzantine Empire, and then held it again until 1133 when it was retaken by the Kingdom of Hungary. It would change hands among the aforementioned states several more times until 1180.
The city was given the status of a town in 1167 from Stephen III of Hungary. It received its own diocese in 1298.
In the 14th century, "Vlachs" were present in the hinterland of Šibenik.
Šibenik: Under Venice and the Habsburgs
The city, like the rest of Dalmatia, initially resisted the Republic of Venice, but it was taken over after a three-year war in 1412. In August 1417, Venetian authorities were concerned with the "Morlachs and other Slavs" from the hinterland, that were a threat to security in Šibenik. The Ottoman Empire started to threaten Šibenik (known as Sebenico), as part of their struggle against Venice, at the end of the 15th century, but they never succeeded in conquering it. In the 16th century, St. Nicholas Fortress was built and, by the 17th century, its fortifications were improved again by the fortresses of St. John (Tanaja) and Šubićevac (Barone).
The Morlachs started settling Šibenik during the Cretan War (1645–69).
The fall of the Republic of Venice in 1797 brought Sebenico under the authority of the Habsburg Monarchy.
After the Congress of Vienna until 1918, the town was (again) part of the Austrian monarchy (Austria side after the compromise of 1867), head of the district of the same name, one of the 13 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Kingdom of Dalmatia. The Italian name only was used until around 1871.
In 1872, at the time in the Kingdom of Dalmatia, Ante Šupuk became the town's first Croat mayor elected under universal suffrage. He was instrumental in the process of the modernization of the city, and is particularly remembered for the 1895 project to provide street lights powered by the early AC Jaruga Hydroelectric Power Plant. On 28 August 1895, Šibenik became the world's first city with alternating current-powered street lights.
Šibenik: 20th century
After World War I, Šibenik was occupied by the Kingdom of Italy until 12 June 1921. As a result of the Treaty of Rapallo, the Italians gave up their claim to the city and it became a part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. During World War II it was occupied by Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. Communist partisans liberated Sibenik 3.11.1944.
After World War II it became a part of the SFR Yugoslavia until Croatia declared independence in 1991.
During the Croatian War of Independence (1991–1995), Šibenik was heavily attacked by the Yugoslav National Army and Serbian paramilitary troops. Although under-armed, the nascent Croatian army and the people of Šibenik managed to defend the city. The battle lasted for six days (16–22 September), often referred to as the "September battle". The bombings damaged numerous buildings and monuments, including the dome of the Cathedral of St. James and the 1870-built theatre building.
In an August 1995 military operation, the Croatian Army defeated the Serb forces and freed the occupied areas, which allowed the region to recover from the war and continue to develop as the centre of Šibenik-Knin county. Since then, the damaged areas of the city have been fully restored.
Šibenik has a mediterranean climate (Csa), with mild, humid winters and hot, dry summers. January and February are the coldest months, July and August are the hottest months. In July the average maximum temperature is around 30 °C (86 °F). The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Csa" (Mediterranean Climate).
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Source: National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (Croatia)
Šibenik: Main sights
Main article: Cathedral of St. James, Šibenik
St. James's Cathedral.
The central church in Šibenik, the Cathedral of St. James, is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Several successive architects built it completely in stone between 1431 and 1536, both in Gothic and in Renaissance style. The interlocking stone slabs of the Cathedral's roof were damaged when the city was shelled by Yugoslav forces in 1991. The damage has since been repaired.
Šibenik: Fortifications in Šibenik
Main article: St. Nicholas Fortress
In the city of Šibenik there are four fortresses, each of whom provides spectacular view on the city, sea and nearby islands. Fortresses nowadays serve as a tourist sightseeing with each of them having unique offers to tourists.
St. Nicholas Fortress (Croatian: Tvrđava Sv. Nikole) is a fortress located on the island called Ljuljevacat the entrance of Šibenik channel across from the Jadrija beach lighthouse.
St. Michael's Fortress in historic town centre
St. John Fortress
Šibenik: Natural heritage
Roughly 18 kilometres (11 mi) north of the city is the Krka National Park, similar to the more famous Plitvice Lakes National Park, renowned for its many waterfalls, flora, fauna, and historical and archaeological remains.
The Kornati archipelago, west of Šibenik, consists of 150 islands in a sea area of about 320 km (124 sq mi), making it the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea.
Šibenik: Culture and events
The annual Šibenik International Children's Festival (Međunarodni Dječji Festival) takes place every summer which is renowned for many children's workshops, plays and other activities. From 2011 to 2013 the Terraneo festival (music festival) was held in August on a yearly basis on a former military area in Šibenik, and since 2014 Šibenik (and other nearby towns) are the home of its spiritual successor Super Uho festival. The composer Jakov Gotovac founded the city's "Philharmonia Society" in 1922. The composer Franz von Suppé was part of the city's cultural fabric, as he was a native of nearby Split. Each summer, a lot of concerts and events take place in the city (especially on the St. Michael Fortress). Also, starting in 2016 on a nearby island of Obonjan (6 kilometres (3.7 miles) southwest of the city) is held music, art, health and workshop festival.
Source: Naselja i stanovništvo Republike Hrvatske 1857–2001, DZS, Zagreb, 2005
In the 2011 Croatian census, Šibenik's total city population is 46,332 which makes it the 10th largest city in Croatia, with 34,302 in the urban settlement. Of Šibenik's citizens, 94.02% were Croats.
The list of settlements is as follows:
Boraja, population 249
Brnjica, population 72
Brodarica, population 2,534
Čvrljevo, population 64
Danilo, population 376
Danilo Biranj, population 442
Danilo Kraljice, population 104
Donje Polje, population 267
Dubrava kod Šibenika, population 1,185
Goriš, population 147
Gradina, population 303
Grebaštica, population 937
Jadrtovac, population 171
Kaprije, population 189
Konjevrate, population 173
Krapanj, population 170
Lepenica, population 68
Lozovac, population 368
Mravnica, population 70
Perković, population 111
Podine, population 26
Radonić, population 79
Raslina, population 567
Sitno Donje, population 561
Slivno, population 110
Šibenik, population 34.302
Vrpolje, population 776
Vrsno, population 67
Zaton, population 978
Zlarin, population 284
Žaborić, population 479
Žirje, population 103
The city of Šibenik was the first city in the world to receive a polyphase system of alternating current. The system supplied 340 street lights and some electrified houses in the town.
Šibenik: International relations
Šibenik is twinned with:
Civitanova Marche in Italy (since 2002)
San Benedetto del Tronto in Italy
Kreis Herford in Germany
Voiron in France
Pineto in Italy (since 2016)
Razlog in Bulgaria (since 2016)
Sunrise in Šibenik
Cannons in Šibenik
Šibenik City Library
Šibenik: See also
List of people from Šibenik
Antun Vrančić High School
"Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Šibenik". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
"45 ans de jumelage : Histoire de cités Le jumelage à Voiron" [45 years of twinning: The history of Voiron's twin towns]. Voiron Hôtel de Ville [Voiron council] (in French). Archived from the original on 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2013-09-04.
"Sibenik : (Croatie) Ville jumelée avec Voiron" [Šibenik, Croatia: Twin town of Voiron]. Voiron Hôtel de Ville [Voiron council] (in French). Retrieved 2013-09-04.
Šibenik: Further reading
Thomas Graham Jackson (1887), "Sebenico", Dalmatia, Oxford: Clarendon Press
R. Lambert Playfair (1892), "Sebenico", Handbook to the Mediterranean (3rd ed.), London: J. Murray
Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Sebenico". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.