Dalmatia (Croatian: Dalmacija) is one of the four historical regions of Croatia, alongside Croatia proper, Slavonia, and Istria. Dalmatia is a narrow belt of the east shore of the Adriatic Sea, stretching from island of Rab in the north to the Bay of Kotor in the south. The hinterland (Dalmatian Zagora) ranges in width from fifty kilometres in the north, to just a few kilometres in the south; it is mostly covered by the rugged Dinaric Mountains. 79 islands (and about 500 islets) run parallel to the coast, the largest (in Dalmatia) being Brač, Pag and Hvar. The largest city is Split, followed by Zadar, Dubrovnik, and Šibenik.
Good Food, Good Health, Good Life
In June, Šibenik becomes the gathering place of international professionals, chefs, food producers, nutritionists, journalists, food writers, gourmets, and everyone who loves the Mediterranean. The Tastes of the Mediterranean is an international event that promotes Mediterranean food through a scientific meeting and several other events. The festival emphasizes that Mediterranean cuisine is not only about food but about a way of life. Croatia, together with Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Morocco and Cyprus is included on the UNESCO List of Countries whose Mediterranean cuisine is recognized as an intangible cultural heritage of mankind.www.tastethemediterranean.eu/
Let the children play
Šibenik has always had leanings towards music, song and the performing arts. The most distinctive trait of the cultural scene in Šibenik, and its trademark of a kind, is the International Children’s Festival — internationally recognised Croatian cultural event, unique in the world for four decades. It is certainly a multidisciplinary multimedial cultural event, which not only displays but invites participation actively. It is a review of the best works for children as well as of the best works by children. The basic cultural and pedagogical justification of the festival is that it promotes aesthetical education of children and young adults, and develops all artistic forms of children’s creativity.www.mdf-sibenik.com
Salsa Beach Splash Festival is the largest open-air dance show which takes place at the end of July in the Solaris hotel village. Part of the dance evenings takes place in the old city centre of Šibenik as well. The festival brings together over 1000 dance enthusiasts as well as over 200 instructors from around the world including world famous dancers and choreographers. It offers its visitors 7 days of excellent entertainment.www.salsabeachsplash.com
The annual Šibenik Dance Festival is held on the last weekend in July, showcasing youth arts to large and diverse audiences using Šibenik's public spaces (the Croatian National Theatre, St Michael's fortress and the square in front of St James Cathedral), street art and digital technology.
Held every Thursday during July and August, organized by the Šibenik tourist board, are the Evening of “Klapa” songs. These evenings are organized so that the “klapa” tradition of Šibenik and its surrounding could be presented and improved. The entire event takes place in the old part of town on a beautiful square surrounded by old houses. The public's desire for this type of musical evenings in Šibenik is the best way to judge the need for it to be held.
The Off Festival Blues & Jazz Šibenik is the full name of an excellent musical event that has been taking place in Šibenik since 2007. In the centre of Šibenik, in the picturesque atmosphere of the stone I.G. Kovačić Square, by the walls of St. Francis’ Monastery, for three nights in July, the best national and world jazz and blues performers come to Šibenik.www.offfestival.net
Dalmatian Chanson Evenings is a festival of the authentic Dalmatian song that has been held in Šibenik since 1998. It presents the original Dalmatian song which does not give up the pop-song but has an inclination to the chanson - a song whose most important expression is a verse.www.sansona-sibenik.com
Besides the international manifestation for children, Šibenik is known for another international one – International Medieval Fair in Šibenik. The town of Šibenik brings back every year at the end of September in the honour of St. Michael – the Patron's Day the spirit of the past medieval times. For three days long people in traditional clothes, jugglers, clowns, fanfares, archers, knights, organists and many other dominate the town, and at the same time the Šibenik artisans demonstrate the traditional ways of wood, metal,undergrowth and stone processing.