The region of Dalmatia, in Croatia is a beautiful vacation destination, with a wonderful mediterranean climate, sparkling blue waters, heavenly islands and red roofed towns and cities crammed with history and culture.
Sightseeing in Split:
Split is the largest city in Dalmatia and forms the beating heart of the central Dalmatia region. Why not explore the beautiful streets of the old town? Visit the Diocletian’s Palace, St Duje’s Cathedral and Split City Museum, and rub the toe of the famous statue of Gregory of Nin for good luck. Well preserved Roman architecture can be seen throughout the old town, and even two genuine Egyptian Sphinxes! If you get hungry, who not stop at by the Green market, which sells a variety of fresh local produce.
Beaches to Bathe On:
There is a (rather crowded) beach at Bačvice where locals like to go, and more beaches are to be found around Marjan hill where you will also find the caves of St Jeronimus. Kaštelet and Kašjuni are amongst the most popular beaches, and there is also a beautiful pine forest backed beach at Bene, where there is a restaurant and recreation centre.
Idyllic Islands to Sail to:
Yachts can be chartered from Split, and days can be spent sailing to a range of beautiful islands in the clear blue Adriatic. Hvar is the biggest and best known of the islands perhaps, Hvar town is a major party destination for those who love to let their hair down. Don’t disregard Hvar though, if you are looking for something a bit more tranquil. The rest of the island, away from the main town, still reposes peacefully – living is traditional and the pace of life slow. Visit one of the small fishing villages, or wander the pretty rural roads. Another option is Brac, with its rolling hills, fig and pine forests, clean, isolated bays and pebble beaches. Be sure to visit the Dragon cave on the island.Visovac island is home to Krka National Park – be sure not to miss the breathtaking waterfalls and old monastery of this beautiful nature reserve. Push the boat out and travel to Vis, further out from the Croatian mainland, and discover this unspoiled island with its waters teeming with fish. These are just a few of the many amazing islands dotted jewel-like in this section of the Adriatic.
Slide Back in Time at Salona:
This was once the capital of Dalmatia, in Roman times, and the Roman ruins, including a well preserved amphitheatre, a basilica, as well as many other Roman buildings. This fascinating town is around fifteen or twenty minutes from Split.
Castles and Dalmatian Cuisine at Kastela:
Once a collection of villages, each one with a castle and other historic buildings, this is now one town, and one well worth visiting for its fine restaurants serving traditional Dalmatian food. Also a good place to walk beside the sea, or take a dip somewhere away from the big city. Why not sail around the coastline here rather than going by road? You will get a different perspective on the sights.
However you choose to spend your time in central Dalmatia, you are sure to make many exciting memories on the land and water, so book your vacation today, and let the adventure begin.