Charming, gorgeous and stunning, there are not enough adjectives to describe the beauty of Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. Located on the Southern side of Croatia, right along the Adriatic Sea, Dalmatia is one of the major tourist hotspots of this European country.
Stretching 50 km, the Dalmatian Coast is endowed with interesting cities, breathtaking beaches, glorious national parks and more than 1000 gorgeous islands.
The coast of Dalmatia is soaked in history, culture and natural beauty, making it a not-to-miss spot when in Croatia.
What to do While Visiting Dalmatia
Be it the warm summer or the chilly winters, visiting Dalmatia in Croatia is a true delight. There are plenty of things to do here, right from exploring the cities and islands to indulging in adventurous activities.
The largest city of the Dalmatian Coast, Split is also the most popular amongst the tourists. Home to numerous historic buildings (especially Roman ruins), the most notable here is the Palace of Diocletian, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Do check out the Temple of Jupiter, Klis Fortress and Cathedral of Saint Domnius (an octagonal cathedral) when in Split.
Being surrounded with water, it is a great place for indulging in kayaking and Paddleboarding. It is also quite popular for night-time stand-up paddleboarding, where you get to explore the waters in LED-lit-SUP board.
Located 17 miles away from Split, Trogir is a great place to go on a day trip when in Croatia. A small town, Trogir has some beautiful historical buildings, the most important being the Trogir historic center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Trogir was ruled by the Venetians, Hellenists and Romans; and their influence can be seen in the architecture and culture of the place.
The closest island to Dalmatia, the star attraction of Brac is the V-shaped golden sand beach of Zlatni Rat in Bol. Apart from being one of the best beaches to relax and enjoy the clear blue waters, Zlatni Rat is also great place for windsurfing and parasailing.
Another gem that is located in Brac is Supetar, a historic city, which is home to a clock tower, churches, mausoleums, etc. It is the perfect place to sip a cup of coffee while enjoying the views from a sea-front cafe.
If you want to cut yourself from modernity and technology, take a trip to Vidova Gora, a traditional village, where donkeys are still used for transportation of goods.
If a quiet and laidback holiday is what you wish for, there is no better place than Vis for the same. One of the farthest islands on the Dalmatian Coast, Vis is also considered the best island of the coast by many.
Swimming, fishing and diving in the clear waters are some of the best things to do in Vis. Interesting red rooftop houses, charming restaurants, small markets and delicious local cuisine are some of the best things the place is known for. Biking is the best way to explore the island.
A seaside city, Zadar is quite popular for its religious history and architecture. However, this place is not only about its churches and cathedrals. In fact, Zadar also has some incredible and unique installations.
An installation that you should not miss in Zadar is the Sea Organ. An audio installation, the Sea Organ is made of marble steps that go down into the Adriatic Sea with little openings, which give rise to nature-inspired tunes and music.
There is also Greeting to the Sun, which is an installation made of 300 photo-sensitive glass, which soak up the daylight and offers a splendid light show after sunset.
The city of Dubrovnik gained a lot of popularity after appearing in the famed series ‘Game of Thrones. While there are numerous attractions in the city, exploring the Dubrovnik Old Town is the best thing to do here.
Flanked by the clear blue sea, Dubrovnik's Old City was built in the 9th century. Although it has been rebuilt several times along the centuries, you would have an amazing time walking on the cobbled streets and viewing the historic stone buildings.
A guided tour would give you a deep insight into the history of the place and the monuments as well. Do explore the ancient City Walls of Dubrovnik to get a deep insight into the history of the place and to enjoy an incredible view of the entire city.
Hvar is the most happening city in the Dalmatian Coast. A party hotspot, you can party at Hvar both day and night. Morevover, the city has numerous secluded pebbly coves and beaches to relax and enjoy the clear waters.
One must-try when in Hvar is the delicious gregada, a signature dish made of fish, garlic, onions, potatoes and olive oil.
Just 15 minutes ferry ride away from Dubrovnik's Old Town, Lokrum Island is perfect for those who want to enjoy the beauty of nature. Complete with beautiful olive groves and botanical gardens, Lokrum Island is great for a relaxing picnic and stroll.
Krka National Park
A short distance from Sibenik, the Krka National Park is endowed with picturesque hiking trails and untouched landscapes.
But the highlight of the place is the gorgeous waterfalls, which is a 17-step series of cascades. Do take a dip in the cool waters underneath the waterfalls, for an amazing experience.