Stretching some 375 kilometres along Croatia’s dramatic Adriatic coast, Dalmatia is a treasure trove of picturesque towns, secluded bays, lush natural wilderness, Roman ruins and beautiful offshore islands. At the heart of the region is the bustling city of Split, home to numerous archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, plus an excellent starting point from which to discover all that Dalmatia has to offer. The best way to experience the beauty of the Dalmatian Coast is by boat, stopping at otherwise inaccessible highlights along the way.
The Dalmatian Coast can be explored on most of our Croatia sailing holidays. Setting sail from Split, you can head north or south along the coast stopping off at remote inlets, charming towns and lush islands along the way.
Heading south along the Dalmatian Coast, discover the Makarska Riviera where you can try river rafting, climb an old fortress, or stroll through the old town. Continuing south anchor at the island of Brac, home to a typical Dalmatian fishermen’s village and the famous white stretch of beach known as of Zlatni Rat. The picturesque island of Hvar is another highlight, boasting an array of cultural and historical sites and a popular destination for jet setters around the world. Mljet, the greenest of the Adriatic islands, is well worth a day of exploration, cycling and swimming. At the southern tip of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast is the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik and its charming Old Town, made up of a crisscross of marble-paved squares and cobbled streets.
Along the northern Dalmatian Coast stop off in the small historical town of Sibenik visit the Gothic-style Foscolo Palace and St Laurent Church before embarking on an energetic hike up to the old castle. From here you can also head inland to lush landscape of Krsk National Park, boasting deep canyon gorges, lakes, and cascading waterfalls. Further north is the Kornati archipelago, made up of some 89 islands and reefs hosting an abundance of marine life, making it an excellent location for snorkelling. Other stops include the ancient Roman city of Zadar, where you can uncover a wealth of monuments, villas and palaces, and Trogir, also known as ‘Minature Venice’, due to its many canals and beautiful architecture.