Introducing Northern Dalmatia
Occupying the central 375km of Croatia’s Adriatic coast, Dalmatia offers a matchless combination of hedonism and historical discovery. The jagged coast is speckled with lush offshore islands that are part of the reason the region has become one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations. Roman ruins, spectacular beaches, old fishing ports, medieval architecture and historic cities make a trip to Dalmatia (Dalmacija) unforgettable.
Split is the largest city in the region and a hub for bus and boat connections along the Adriatic, as well as home to the late Roman Diocletian’s Palace. Nearby are the early Roman ruins in Solin (Salona). Zadar has yet more Roman ruins and a wealth of churches. The architecture on Hvar Island and Korčula Island recalls the days when these places were outposts of the Venetian empire. But none can rival majestic Dubrovnik, a cultural and aesthetic jewel.
The dramatic coastal scenery is due to the rugged Dinaric Alps, which form a 1500m long barrier that separates Dalmatia from Bosnia and Hercegovina. After the last Ice Age part of the coastal mountains were flooded, creating the sort of long, high islands seen in the Gulf of Kvarner. The deep, protected passages between these islands are a paradise for sailors and cruisers.
Exploring the best of Croatia's islands
Croatia’s coast is speckled with dozens of magnificent islands that range from tiny, verdant and unpopulated to massive, arid and sporting ancient towns and villages.
Northern Dalmatia destination guides
The flavours of the Croatian coast
If thoughts of Croatian cuisine conjure up images of greasy steaks with a side of boiled potatoes and sauerkraut, think again. While it still holds firm to its Eastern European roots and positively pleases meat-happy Balkan palates, Croatian food is a savoury smorgasbord of taste.
Welcome to the Balkans - where East meets West and new merges almost seamlessly with old. Over the centuries people have travelled to this region of Eastern Europe for its fertile soil, natural resources and healing waters. This enchanting land, which has remained virtually untouched by tourism, boasts rich tradition, vibrant culture and mouth-watering cuisine.
Croatia Cycle Adventure
An island hopping cycle adventure along Croatia's magical Dalmatian coast
Five days in Croatia: day five
Hvar town may be unique, the Pakleni Islands alluring, but I'm itching to explore the Hvar Island backcountry in the most thrilling way possible – on two wheels. Within minutes of leaving town on my newly rented scooter, I'm cruising the old mountain roads.