Šibenik is located about half-way down the Croatian Adriatic coast, in the picturesque, indented bay that the Krka River, one of the most beautiful karst rivers in Croatia, flows into. Today, Šibenik is the administrative, political, economic and socio-cultural center of Šibenik-Knin County, which extends along the coast between the shores of Zadar and Split for approximately 100 km long. Inland, it reaches as far as Mount Dinara, 45 km away.
Šibenik-Knin county covers 1,860 square kilometers and is composed of islands, a coastal region, and a hinterland. The county of Šibenik has 242 islands, islets and rocks. Most of this archipelago lies in the north-west part of Šibenik's waters and is very indented, bare and sparsely inhabited. The county of Šibenik has only 10 island settlements. The most numerous islands are the Kornati islands widely known for their unusual shapes and magnificent landscapes.
Šibenik, the oldest Croatian town on the Adriatic coast, is situated in a well protected natural harbour half-way down the eastern coast of the Adriatic, the ancient mare Adriaticum, at the mouth of the beautiful River Krka, at the source of Croatia's rich history, probably at the site where some of the first Croat settlers saw the blue sea in all its wonder and beauty, which through the ages has defended, protected, fed and cared for them.
Today, Šibenik is the main town and administrative, political, economic and socio-cultural center of Šibenik-Knin County, which has 51,553 inhabitants (2001).