DALMATIAN COAST – WHY GO?
Rocky mountains, pine-carpeted islands and the sparkling azure of the Adriatic all make the Dalmatian Coast, just across the sea from Italy, the jewel in Croatia’s crown. Natural beauty is given a run for its money by the intriguing historical villages and cities that line this coast; from the walled city of Dubrovnik to the small medieval settlement of Trogir.
MUST SEE, MUST DO
Carpeted by fields of heather, the island of Hvar is a short distance from the mainland and is famous for having the most sunshine in Croatia. Unlike other rocky parts of the country Hvar is home to sandy beaches and also has a fairytale fortress to explore.
Dotted with olive groves, vineyards and pine forests, the sleepy island of Solta makes a great day trip from Split – explore the red-roofed fishing villages or take a yacht out for a sail around this dinky island.
Old Dubrovnik is a pristine, living architectural museum within city walls that date back to the 10th century. While it bears the marks of the civil war in the early 90s, you’ll find intricately designed gates, churches and the iconic Onofrio fountain inside this fascinating walled city.
Ever since Split’s Diocletian's Palace was abandoned by the Romans, different cultures have built their homes in the walls creating a fascinating mish-mash of architecture in various states of disrepair. It’s not as sleek or tidy as Dubrovnik, but Split is all the more intriguing because of its chaotic state.
UNESCO-protected Trogir is not as well known as its bigger neighbour Split, but has been inhabited since the ancient Greeks and is home to both Romanesque churches and Baroque buildings left by the Venetians.
MAKE A DATE
Combine tipples and a boogie at Dubrovnik’s Wine and Jazz festival.
Beautiful blooms are displayed in the cool basements of the Diocletian’s Palace during the annual Split Flower Festival
Dubrovnik’s open-air venues come alive with theatre, opera, music and dance .at the annual Summer Festival.
Avant-garde and international film makers showcase their work at the Split Film Festival
DALMATION COAST ROMANCE
Walk the walls of Dubrovnik’s old town hand-in-hand at sunset as you look out across the glinting Adriatic.