Why those in the know are going to Central Dalmatia this summer
There is a place where islands bask in brilliant sunshine and the charming squares of ancient towns drip with vibrant flowers.
Where brooding mountains invite you to explore endless trails and the Mediterranean climate ripens grapes for wine, olives for silky oils and the vegetables on your plate.
This is , the beating heart of the Adriatic.
During the balmy heat of summer, you can explore UNESCO towns and Roman ruins, or simply cool off with a swim in hidden coves and bays.
Dalmatia is a land of variation and surprise, offering a glimpse into over 2,000 years of culture, a wealth of natural beauty and a patchwork history interlaced with the stunning blues of the Adriatic and emeralds of the hinterland.
No wonder those in the know are choosing Central Dalmatia for a sunshine break with a difference.
Explore the best beaches
Beautiful beaches abound on the Markaraska Riviera
Found between the fragrant pine forests and the azure waters of the Adriatic south of Split, the endless beaches of the Markaraska Riviera are framed by the magnificent Biokovo mountain range and best enjoyed with a walk along the beautiful waterfront promenade.Here, secret coves provide moments of tranquillity, and unspoilt nature abounds in the dramatic coastal landscape.
On Brač Island, swimming lessons take place in the calm and clear waters of Martinica Beach, sheltered by a 15th-century Dominican Monastery.Scuba diving, fishing and sailing expeditions depart from the four pebble beaches of Molva town.
In the south of the island, Blaca cove provides a serene sanctuary surrounded by dense forest and deep blue water; the perfect location for an historical cave monastery.
The Golden Horn peninsular on Brač Island
From the historic town of Hvar where you can spend languorous hours people watching in St. Stephen’s Square, enjoy the famous nightlife and discover the oldest theatre in Europe to the incredible beaches to be found around every corner, Hvar truly is a special place to visit at any time of year.
Hvar’s lavender fields are not to be missed
You’ll find small hidden coves like Malo Zarace, where you can be almost guaranteed to have the beach to yourself, as well as better known stretches of sand like Dubovica. Whichever you choose, the crystal clear waters will be warm and the days will be long and sunny.
Hvar is also home to vineyards and fragrant rolling lavender fields so getting out of Hvar town exploring the island is an absolute must.
As is trying the delicious speciality; lavender ice cream!
Discover unspoilt scenery
See the coast from a different angle on the stunning Bikovo Skywalk
Away from the cities and back to infinite natural riches, the countryside of this intriguing land has much to offer.
From the untouched beauty of Vis to the Bikovo Skywalk above the beaches of Makarska, whether by daring hike, mountain bike, or watery expedition on the rivers, there are many ways to enjoy the abundant nature of Dalmatia.
Once the fishermen’s secret retreat, the unique Blue Grotto is now open to the world
Heading offshore to the tiny island of Bisevo, an otherworldly light illuminates the interior of a small stone cave in a silvery glow for two hours a day.
Once the fishermen’s secret retreat, the unique Blue Grotto is now open to the world.
The Cetina canyon offers white-water rafting, cliff jumping and even the chance to be captured by Omis pirates for a night of merrymaking
For those seeking passion and adventure, the Cetina canyon offers white-water rafting, cliff jumping and even the chance to be captured by Omis pirates for a night of merrymaking and camaraderie in a local restaurant.
Further inland, the rural beauty of the verdant hinterland plays host to multitudes of quaint villages, old-fashioned farms and st
Savour the cultural cuisine
Often considered to be one of the healthiest cuisines in the world, Croatian dishes have stood the test of time
Dining in the heartland of Croatia offers much more than a burst of energy to get you through your next adventure.
These lands are a haven of exquisite dishes, with abundant fish, the freshest greens and the various aromatic herbs providing everything needed to have you coming back for seconds. Often considered to be one of the healthiest cuisines in the world, from the blackened squid ink risotto to cured pork, these dishes have stood the test of time.
One such dish is Soparnik of the hinterland, a savoury pie-like dish whose recipe has remained unchanged since the time of the Ottomans in Croatia. This light dish is best paired with another of Dalmatia’s most beloved products, a full-bodied red wine.
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With over 100 grape varieties don’t leave without trying a glass or two of Dalmatian wine
With over 100 grape varieties, rocky soil, some of the best oak forests in the world from which to make the heavy wine barrels, and more than half of the population involved in some aspect of the winemaking tradition, don’t leave Dalmatia without trying a bottle or two.
Whether it’s sunning on tranquil beaches, experiencing vibrant citie