Where are the Dalmatian Islands, Croatia?
Located along the eastern coast of the Adriatic, the Dalmatian Islands in Croatia make up part of the wider region of Dalmatia, taking in the northern city of Zadar all the way down to beautiful, historic Dubrovnik in the south, and include well-known destinations such as Korčula, Šolta, Pag, Hvar, Brač and Vis to name but a few. Famed for their azure, crystalline waters and beautiful beaches, charming historical towns and the wealth of their cultural heritage, the islands attract visitors from around the globe.
The History and Cities of Dalmatia
So, why is Croatia called the Dalmatian Coast? The area has an intensely varied history which spans the Roman Empire and Byzantine, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian influences, but the name itself, used because the Dalmatian region occupies so much of Croatia, comes from an Illyrian tribe known as the Dalmatae, who in ancient times inhabited the area. And while we’re all familiar with the spotted dogs that are the region’s namesake, there’s no real evidence that they actually originated here, though their popularity has led to their eternal connection with the area. This part of the world is a magnet for history lovers, and the rich heritage is extremely well-preserved, informing the country’s culture to this day.
Visitors are spoilt for choice for city visits here, with must-see destinations up there with Europe’s finest. These are some of the best cities worth visiting in the region of Dalmatia.
The enchanting island of Korcula, nestled in the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea, off the picturesque coast of Croatia. Known as the “Emerald Isle,” Korcula is a captivating gem that invites you to indulge in its timeless beauty and rich history. The island’s diverse landscape offers a captivating blend of stunning beaches, hidden coves, and ancient villages, all waiting to be discovered.
Dalmatia’s largest city is renowned for its incredible coastal vistas and the quality of its ancient Roman ruins, which include the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace.
Needing no introduction, this “Pearl of the Adriatic,” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with such well-preserved mediaeval architecture that you’ll probably recognise it from its starring role in “Game of Thrones”!
Yet, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this gorgeous coastal city is famous for its ancient architecture and its proximity to the stunning Krka National Park.
Beach and Sea
The whole area is famous for the incredible quality of the water and coastline, with water-sports enthusiasts, beach lovers of the sandy or pebbly variety, and sun-seekers flocking to Dalmatia.
The ‘Golden Horn’ is one of Croatia’s finest, uniquely changing shape according to the tides and winds.The views of the Adriatic are simply incredible.
If you’re looking for a beautiful spot with plenty of atmosphere and nightlife, this relaxed destination is perfect, with some of the area’s most celebrated beaches.
Within the Kornati National Park, the Kornati Islands are a jaw-droppingly beautiful, pristine archipelago of islets and reefs, making them ideal for divers, or a spot of snorkelling or sailing.
The Makarska Riviera, which stretches between the coastal towns of Brela and Gradac has a wealth of beaches set against the backdrop of the imposing Biokovo Mountains. Punta Rata, Nugal Beach, and Tucepi Beach are some favourite destinations.
Dalmatia has such a diverse landscape that it really is a nature-lover’s paradise, and the region’s National Parks are the perfect way to enjoy the bounty of mountains, islands, waterfalls and rivers here.
This is the ultimate for lovers of outdoor pursuits, whether you’re a veteran of rock climbing and hiking or just dipping a toe in the water. The stunning landscape includes dramatic cliffs and canyons and incredible wildlife.
This beautiful island is the setting for the National Park, with its forests and lakes perfect for enjoying a bike or just strolling around, exploring the history and culture – the island even boasts a beautiful Benedictine monastery.
Famous for its stunning waterfalls, including the Skradinski Buk, visitors can enjoy some top-class swimming in the pristine Krka River before visiting the beautiful Visovac Monastery.
Paklenica National Park
With all the incredible taste, variety and freshness of the famous Mediterranean diet, Dalmatian cuisine makes the most of its locally sourced treasures and is, quite simply, delicious. Fresh seafood, local olive oil and vegetables are the stars of the show, with the cuisine being a perfect representation of the area’s location, history and culture. Particular highlights to be discovered at the many charming restaurants in the towns, villages and beyond include the local delicacy, Peka, meat cooked slowly under a metal dome covered with hot embers until it’s tender, juicy and irresistible. The cheeses and cured meats here are legendary, and you can round means off with a fritule, a fried, sugary dough ball, or skip dessert and go straight for some Maraschino liqueur, made here from the local cherries. The red and white wines here are also a rich part of the area’s culinary heritage and an absolute must-drink for visitors – cheers!
Dalmatia: one of the best regions to visit while in Croatia
So when you’re deciding where to stay when you head to the Dalmatian islands, Croatia, make sure you go for the best accommodation in Korcula in incredible locations. With years of professionalism and satisfied clients, Cintro is the wisest choice.