St Nicholas Fortress
St. Nicholas fortress has been recently added to UNESCO protected heritage as part of Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th centuries.
For the fortress that has been almost completely abandoned, it means full revitalization which is currently in progress. That's why there is no official entrance to the interior of the fortress yet. Visitors can explore it only form the outside or try to enter at their own risk, but it is not considered safe.
The fortress will be officially opened for visitors in June 2019. The only way to visit the fortress in 2019. will be by boat line from Sibenik Riva. Land entrance will not be ready yet for 2019.
The boat ride will take around 20 minutes, and the visit will include a tour guide. The price of the ticket is still unknown.
St Nicholas Fortress
The fortress was build in 1525. to help defence against Turkish invasion, alongside with the other Sibenik fortresses. It was built by the Venetian government, which at that time, ruled Sibnenik.
st nicholas fortress upper part
Coordinates of the fortress are following:
The fortress is lcoated at the entrance to St. Anthony Channel
, looking from sea side. Nearby place Zablace
is located 1 kilometer away from the fortress.
How to get there
The easiest option to see the fortress is by car. Drive towards Zablace, and when you arrive at an approximately 1-kilometre distance from Zablace, you will see a sign showing St Anthony Channel. You drive in that direction 1 kilometre and you are at the entrance to the channel.
View of the fortress2
You leave a car there (free parking spaces provided), and walk 15 minutes to the fortress.
In 2019. you will not be able to enter the fortress this way, because of land entrance's reconstruction. You will have to buy the ticket and take a boat line from Sibenik Riva instead.
Facilities of the fortress
The fortress is still in a process of reconstruction, so there are no special facilities yet. There is a beautiful promenade alongside St. Anthony Channel with a few small beaches ideal for swimming. It may be a great adventure to explore the fortress while swimming.
Cave of St Anthony
Swans in St Anthony channel
In 2020. there will be a coffee bar and ticket shop for visitors.
A kilometre away from the fortress there is cave of St. Anthony, worth exploring also by swimming.