Šibenik is a historic town in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea.
The town was founded in the 10th century. It consists of a labyrinth of narrow streets and small squares climbing from the level of the Cathedral of St. James to the fortress at the summit of the old town.
The central church in Šibenik, the Cathedral of St. James, is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
It was built completely in stone between 1431 and 1536, both in Gothic and in Renaissance style.
St. Michael’s fortress is situated on a hill, 70 m above sea level. White trimmed stone was used for its construction, which lasted from the 15th up to the 17th century.
Accomodation & Food
Accommodation during the Academy is not included in the price of the course. However, together with our partners, we are able to offer you some links and contacts to several newly opened hostels and private accommodation in Šibenik. Prices are fairly cheap, starting from 17€ per person per night in the hostels, and from 40€ in the private apartments.
Here are some links:
Šibenik Tourist Board
Where to stay
Food is also not covered in the price of the course. However, for those interested, we are able to offer you a meal plan (three meals per day) for the price of 25€ per person per day. This option is to be selected when registering for the course.
Also, this depends on the number of people who decide to use this option. Minimum for this option to work is 10 people interested.
Croatian food prepared in Dalmatia region is specific because of the way the food is prepared. Most of the times they cook their food (in water), sometimes they use a grill or, as they call it the gradele and the famous peka, which is a method of baking. In Dalmatia, the most common food is seafood and vegetables. Dalmatia is rich with Mediterranean herbs like sage, bay leaf, rosemary, basil and olives, which gives their dishes that extra special taste that this regions’ cuisine is known for. People in Dalmatia prepare all kinds of fish and mollusks dishes and shells, however, they like their meat too – lamb, veal and poultry the most, pork the least.
Dalmatian cuisine is basically mediterranean cuisine, and that means that in Dalmatia people use a lot of olive oil, garlic and a lot of herbs and spices. The traditional restaurants that serve Dalmatian food are called konoba, and the majority of konobas serves delicious and quality food. One of the famous dishes is Dalmatian prosciutto (smoked ham). It is usually served with olives and cheese, as an appetizer.
Then there is the fish soup. Dalmatians know how to cook it, that’s for sure and whoever tries this always comes back for more. It is rather simple to prepare, all you need is a fresh fish from the Adriatic, some olive oil, garlic, celery, parsley and rice.
Another traditional, mouthwatering dish from Dalmatia is brudet , a seafood stew of Dalmatia. It is usually served with palenta – a dish made from boiled cornmeal. The word “palenta” is borrowed from Italian language and palenta is one of Italian heritage in Dalmatia, considering the fact that the Roman Empire ruled this region for a long time in history. To prepare a nice brudet you will need a couple of different kinds of fish and a shellfish. You can also use scampi and crabs.
We must not forget to mention the seafood risotto or the black risotto. The black risotto is all about the cuttlefish and squid; moreover, what makes it black with such a distinctive taste is the squids’ ink, the stuff which squid uses for protection against predators – once ejected from squid’s body, it gives it the opportunity to escape, as everything around turns black from the ink.
People in Dalmatia like to keep it simple, as in life so in cuisine. Because of their simplicity and distinctive taste, these dishes are so easily accepted and have a huge fan base all over the world. One would be surprised to see how easily a fresh fish from the sea prepared on gradele and sprinkled with olive oil and garlic and parsley, could be so unforgettably tasty.
Another must-try traditional dish from Dalmatia is pašticada. It is usually served during festive occasions like weddings. It is a meat based dish, usually the beef is used. You probably noticed that in Dalmatia people like to people like to accompany festivities with meat. The reason for this lies in a fact that they eat vegetables and fish almost every day (and poultry) and they used to plan ahead when they wanted to eat meat because it required taking a trip to a butchers place and there were not many of them that kept cattle in their back yard, so when the special occasion occurred it was a call for a different kind of meal. Accordingly, it does not surprise that they perceived meat as a special treatwhen compared to fish that they have every day. Pašticada has a special place in the hearts of people in Dalmatia. The sauce of this dish is very rich with different kinds of herbs and the beef is marinated before the cooking. Also, the red wine plays a great part in the richness of the taste.
Do not forget to try salted pilchard from Dalmatia. It will require a lot of fine red wine afterwards as the salt will make you rather thirsty.