Long, divided coastlines, stunning islands, immaculate beaches and romantic towns. Dalmatia has been on the podium of the best European destinations for long. The Dalmatian tourist services are remarkably varied: apart from enjoying the finest beaches, there are numerous possibilities to make a Croatian holiday really worthwhile. Of course, that’s all relative: some wish to enjoy a cruise around the gorgeous islands of the multifarious archipelago, others would prefer being carried away by the rough waves of the Croatian rivers whilst rafting and yet others would rather explore the religious sights and monuments of the region.
Our article about Dalmatia include:
- The best place to stay in Dalmatia: National Parks in Dalmatia
- What to see in Dalmatia: Citys and sights in Dalmatia
The Kornati Archipelago has become the symbol of North Dalmatia. The area was declared a national park in 1980. The National park stretches on a territory of 220 square kilometres and subsumes 150 islands and islets as well as reefs. It’s named after the biggest island of the archipelago: Kornat Island. Adds to its uniqueness the fact that the emerging of the 150 islands created an exceptional natural phenomenon: the islands form a shape, resembling a dragon. The archipelago gains its fame through its tiny islands protruding from the sea and its gorgeous lagoons with shallow waters. Cruising through these islands will undoubtedly provide you with breathtaking scenery.
The bareness of the islands is the doleful consequence of the deforestation of the 15th-16th century. The Venetians needed so much wood for the construction of their naval fleet that they cut all the pines and oaks that they had found. Seeing the bleak, treeless islands it might be hard to imagine first, but the area is home to about 300 animal species and 350 species of plants. In addition, the archipelago is a beloved stop by many migratory birds.
Mljet National Park
The Mljet nature conservation in South Dalmatia was declared a national park in 1960. It’s easily accessible by sailboat. 75 per cent of its territory is covered in woodland thus considered the greenest island of Croatia. The main attraction of the island, the Large and Small Lake (Veliko and Malo Jezero) is encircled by marvellous protected pinewoods.
Strolling around the island you can have an insight into the amazing unspoilt nature protected areas. You can see how these majestic Mediterranean pinewoods used to be back in time, before the dawn of civilisation. As previously mentioned, the island borders two saltwater lakes that are perfect scenes for trying water sports such as scuba diving. However, if you are after some more peace and tranquillity you can enjoy relaxing on one of the picturesque beaches.
Primosten is a town, which makes the impression of a sleepy little fishing village when first glimpsed at and this is where its true charm lies. It’s a perfect mixture of the traditional and modern Mediterranean cultures. In its old town, you can admire the compacted stone houses, whilst strolling around the narrow alleyways. Don’t be misled by its tiny size, there are countless ways of recreation in the little town. If you want to live it up until dawn, you are ought to visit one of the most popular clubs of the Adriatic: Aurora Club. It’s worth to taste some of the exceptionally toothsome dishes of the Dalmatian cuisine in one of the many fantastic restaurants. The nearby lands are tinted red when the so-called Babić grape is ripening, the grape from which the famous red wine with the identical name is produced.
Trogir town was built on an artificial island and is situated in Central Dalmatia. It’s often referred to as the ‘town of museums’. Owing to its central location and sheltered harbour it’s quite popular in boating circles. Trogir takes pride in its rich culture and history. Its atmospheric old town and the castle were both preserved in an exceptionally good condition. The castle and the city wall that encircles it are both UNESCO World Heritage sites. The old restaurants, serving house wine and freshly caught fish, certainly add to the diversity of the town’s gastronomic image. It’s worth spending some time in the local markets as well where you can find various souvenirs, special dishes and freshly fished seafood. Trogir is a perfect destination for those who wish to paint the town red as well, you can expect the spree to last all night in the local bars and clubs.
Ploče – Neretva river delta
Ploče is a city with a population of 6,000 people in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County close to the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s located by the Neretva River delta and has a significant seaport. All visitors are amused by the sight of the River Neretva flowing into the Adriatic Sea, and the zigzagging, labyrinthine side branches of the river where the local fishermen work. The beauty of the landscape and the view of the greenish-blue water is simply breathtaking. It’s so clean that the fishermen even drink of it. Numerous Mediterranean plants are being grown on the riverside. Everybody is welcome to join the seasonal harvests which is a great way to share in a local tradition.
On the diverse lands of islands such as Mljet, Vis Brac or Korcula there’re numerous stunning towns and cities; and the easier way to discover them is to cruise around.
A holiday in the Adriatic is a perfect recreation for everyone. The number of Dalmatia’s sights and wonders is almost infinite. The Croatian region with its innumerable historic towns and national parks is justly so famous and beloved. HELP ME TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT BOAT