The Croatian coast is, with its breathtaking landscapes, one of the most diverse in Europe. It is bordered by the Adriatic Sea, home to 1,244 islands, islets, reefs, and rocks. Of the 6176 km of coastline, only 50 islands are inhabited.
Croatia, the land of a thousand islands, invites you to take to the sea to discover its natural and cultural riches. Dalmatia is not left out since it has some of the most beautiful islands in Croatia with the Kvarner Gulf. It offers the most incredible variety: archipelagos of tiny bits of land, where you can easily cut yourself off from the world, being close to the coast, significant islands with a strong attractiveness such as Korcula, Hvar and Brac, little known tiny islands.
But there is so much to see and do that you don’t know where to start. Of course, Dubrovnik, the gem of the Adriatic, is already on your itinerary, but what else to see? Here are our suggestions!
Getaway to the islands
From Split, you also have the possibility of boarding a boat for the islands of Brac, and Hvar. Most Croats recommend visiting Hvar, but it will be good for the next trip. First, Bras is a good option, which is the largest of the islands of the Splitois archipelago, the closest too. If you prefer a quiet beach lifestyle, you can look for smaller beaches that are not dominated by tourists. For best pet-friendly beaches in Dalmatia check here.
The simplest way is to get there by ferry in your car (so you can explore Brac at your ease). Brac is best to visit because it is a gourmet destination: people here produce excellent olive oil and wine. The island is also known for the magnificent beach of Zlatni Rat (located in Bol), arguably one of the most photographed in Croatia, whose shape varies according to the waves and winds.
Rafting on the Cetina River
Need a dose of adventure to spice up your vacation? Rafting on the Cetina River is a popular activity in the region (maybe even too much => if you are looking to escape the tourist groups, this is not for you. But if you are looking to have a great time with friends or with your family, you will like it!).
The number of rafting companies has exploded, and all they do respect the same safety standards (we have seen groups without life jackets and helmets in relatively dangerous areas). To enjoy rafting, you must take the services of a rafting company.
The medieval charm of Trogir
Forty-five minutes from Split, the medieval historic center of Trogir, was, in fact, an island until a bridge was built there that permanently linked it to the mainland. The entrance of St. Lawrence Cathedral, finely carved, is imposing.
If you are looking for a place to have a bite to eat, we recommend the Monica restaurant, where they serve delicious grilled fish dishes.
The blue waters of the Adriatic, the sweetness of life, the old stones, and the flavors of the South: Dalmatia, the southern region of Croatia, has seduced you.