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Dalmatia - Rich culture, beautiful scenery

A holiday in Dalmatia really gives you the chance to experience the Mediterranean as it once was. The area’s array of stunning beaches, dramatic mountains, idyllic islands and beautiful national parks are still undiscovered by many tourists, so make sure you get there before everyone else! UNESCO world heritage sites such as Dubrovnik, Split and Trogir are rich in history and architecture (as well as a thriving cafe culture), whilst you will also find traditional rural villages where time has stood still. A great choice of cuisine, using delicious local produce, means you never have to go far to find a superb meal. Wherever you go, the local people will offer a wonderful warm welcome into this fascinating region.

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Dubrovnik is situated in Southern Dalmatia, the most beautiful part of the Adriatic coast known as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. A magnificent curtain of walls surround marble streets and baroque buildings that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun. The main pedestrian thoroughfare, Placa, is a melange of cafes and shops with outstanding monuments at either end. Churches, monasteries and museums ornamented with finely carved stone recall an eventful history and a vibrant artistic tradition. Beyond the city is a heavenly landscape of beaches, wooded peninsulas and a sea strewn with lush islands.

  • 40mins fromDubrovnik

Mirca, Brac

This quaint coastal village on the idyllic island of Brac, offers a quiet location to really relax beside the sea. Time has stood still within the beautiful old village centre, which still boasts a relaxed and traditional way of life – offering a great chance to meet the locals and immerse yourself in culture and tradition. Mirca features a small fishing harbour, and also crescent-shaped pebble beach where you can enjoy a dip in the inviting waters of the Adriatic Sea. The beach is flanked by lush pine woods stretching down towards the shore. The town also provides a great base for exploring the beautiful scenery of Brac. Located on the island of Brac, Mirca is accessible via a ferry crossing from Split on the mainland.

  • 1hr 45mins fromSplit

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

Enjoying an exquisite beachfront location complete with views of the Adriatic Sea and Elaphite Islands, is the fabulous Sun Gardens Dubrovnik Resort. Set in glorious Mediterranean gardens, this resort boasts a huge array of excellent facilities teamed with impeccable service standards. Offering something for everyone, there is a lavish spa, a sports complex which includes a gym, football, tennis, squash and a rock climbing wall for those looking for an active retreat, as well as several swimming pools, a kids' club, a marina and the pretty private beach. Furthermore, the resort's superb 'Market Place' is a vibrant combination of bars, restaurants, and a shopping arcade located along a pretty promenade. The Sun Gardens Dubrovnik Resort offers everything on site for the ideal self-catering holiday, whilst enjoying an enviable location only 20 minutes driving distance from Dubrovnik old town; the perfect place to stay to get away from it all and savour the unique charm of the Mediterranean.

  • 40mins fromDubrovnik


Makarska is the main beach resort town along the Makarska Riviera, part of the Dalmatian coast shadowed by the impressive backdrop of mountain Biokovo looking out to the Adriatic sea.The popular coastal town is located in a horsehoe bay which has a beautiful palm-fringed promenade, where fashionable cafés, bars and boutiques overlook the pretty harbour, where many boats that escape to the Islands are moored. The Center of Makarska is an old town with narrow stone-paved streets, a main church square where there is a flower and fruit market, and a Franciscan monastery that houses a sea shell collection featuring a giant clam shell. There are many pretty coves and beaches dotted along this coast line but Makarska is well known for its sandy beach, which is almost 2 kilometers long.

  • 2hrs 40mins fromDubrovnik


Just a few minutes’ drive from Brac’s ferry port and larger town of Supetar, this minuscule village and harbour on the north coast of Brac is a lovely little place for a getaway. Surrounded by pine trees, there’s a beautiful church and a mini promenade by the small harbour with a few restaurants, shops, cafes and a post office. Located on the island of Brac, Sumartin is accessible via a ferry crossing from Split on the mainland.

  • 1hr 45mins fromSplit

Sumartin, Brac

Sumartin is a picturesque fishing town located in one of the coves on the Island of Brac. Nice beaches and crystal clear sea act as an irresistible bait for all of it's visitors. The town offers a museum, small harbour and beautiful church as well as a small handful of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars catering for all your needs. Watch the fishing boats come in, and try the catch of the day in one of the restaurants, or why not purchase it yourself to cook on the barbecue. Located on the island of Brac, Sumartin is accessible via a ferry crossing from Split on the mainland.

  • 2hrs 20mins fromSplit


Just ten minutes from Split airport, Trogir is a delightful historic town and harbour on the Adriatic coast, conveniently located to explore Central Dalmatia. One of the oldest towns of this coastline and encased by 15th-century walls, the tiny medieval streets wind through the enchanting town revealing hidden restaurants and eye-catching galleries. A wide seaside promenade snakes around the town, and a charming port full of sailboats wait to take you to the islands of Drvenik Mali and Drvenik Veli with their pristine sandy beaches and secluded coves. laying between the gentle hills on the mainland and the coast of the Island of Ciovo to either side is a number of beautiful beaches as well. A pleasing blend of Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, Trogir boasts palaces, churches, and towers, as well as a fortress, and in 1997 was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

  • 10mins fromSplit


This picturesque fishing port seamlessly combines old and new, offering an idyllic holiday experience as well as a bustling atmosphere. Located on the northern coast of the beautiful island of Hvar, the self-titled Hvar Town boasts wonderful architecture including the beautiful square, dominated by St Stephen’s Cathedral. Other historic buildings of note include the palaces of Groda, the stone houses of Burag, and the municipal theatre. By day, the town enjoys a laid-back pace of life, with many quaint pavement café's set amid the winding stone streets where you can relax in the sunshine. You can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade, and boat trips are available from the harbour to nearby islands. There are also plenty of unspoilt bays near to the town where you can relax beside the clear waters of the Adriatic. By night, Hvar really comes alive, with its stylish cocktail bars and lively discos. Located on the island of Hvar, Hvar Town is accessible via a ferry crossing from Split on the mainland.

  • 2hrs fromSplit

Milna, Brac

Milna, a tourist destination and harbour on the island of Brac, lies 20km south west of Supetar, a ferry port to boats, that connect the main land known as Split with Brac. Since the bay of Milna is the safest and best harbour on the island, a marina with 200 berths has been built in the bay. Nice coves with sand and pebble beaches stretch the vicinity of the harbour. Stone built houses, neat little alleys, peace and quiet, with a sprinkling of restaurants, café's and bars. The town`s baroque church, built in the 18th century, in which art and valuables are lovingly kept, is the most distinguished architectural, historical and cultural monument of the village. Located on the island of Brac, Milna is accessible via a ferry crossing from Split on the mainland.

  • 1hr 45mins fromSplit


This charming town is situated at the heart of the Dalmatian Coastline, between the resorts of Split and Makarska. Due to it's fantastic location, Omis is the perfect base to explore Dalmatia, with it's beautiful beaches, crystal clear seas and lush vegetation. Get a real taste of the Mediterranean and try out some traditional Croatian cuisine at one of the many restaurants or cafes, serving delicious, fresh seafood, olive oil and homegrown vegetables. With stunning scenery, heaps of history, sporting activities and great food, there is something to suit everyone in Omis!

  • 1hr fromSplit


Croatia’s most southerly region; Konavle, boasts beautiful contrasting natural surroundings – part of the Dubrovnik Riviera with Cavtat at its centre. Just 30 minutes’ drive from Dubrovnik airport, Cavtat is the largest tourist neighbourhood, with its sandy beach and many shops, bars and restaurants to explore. The region is full of countryside, green hills and deep valleys that connect with the Adriatic Sea, reaching around to the bay of Kotor in Montenegro.

  • 20mins fromDubrovnik


The small town of Podstrana, just a 15 minute drive from the center of Split, sits on a 6km stretch of beautiful sandy beaches, surrounded by a varied terrain of coastline, mountains and lush Mediterranean vegetation. The pretty town is well known amongst tourists for its delightful cuisine, offering local wine, olives and typical Dalmatian specialities which can be sampled in one of the local restaurants. Rich in culture, Podstrana is dotted with historical churches and castles and ancient stone buildings.

  • 30mins fromSplit


Povjla is a pretty, quaint village that is tucked away in a quiet eastern part of Povlja Bay. This idyllic place has a rich history and is home to the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, a three-aisled basilica that was built in the 5th century. With cobbled streets and a beautiful bay, the village oozes natural beauty and tranquillity and there are many other stunning beaches to be explored in the area. The mini promenade is the perfect spot for a stroll in the sunshine. There is a minimarket, plus a few restaurants where you can sit and watch the boats bobbing up and down on the crystal clear waters. As Povjla is located on the island of Brac, it is accessible via ferry crossing from the town of Split on the Dalmatian mainland.

  • 2hrs 40mins fromSplit


Pucisca is a picturesque Dalmatian village on the north side of the island of Brac. This area is the perfect destination for those seeking cultural heritage and natural beauty with its breath-taking landscapes and original Mediterranean characteristics. The renowned white stone of Brac has contributed to the development of the town with its white roofs creating a true ambient atmosphere. This idyllic town is surrounded by peaceful valleys and isolated coves making it the perfect getaway for a relaxing Dalmatian holiday.

  • 2hrs 5mins fromSplit

Your Dalmatia Villa holiday

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Local cuisine in Dalmatia

If you love food, Dalmatia is an ideal choice of destination! Seafood is the dish of the day on the coast, with delicious white fish and shellfish caught fresh each morning from the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. That same evening, the fish is usually being served to diners in local restaurants. Within inland areas, popular dishes often include meats such as local prosciutto. These dishes are well-accompanied by the range of great local wines available – both red and white. Dalmatia boasts an abundance of excellent restaurants serving local dishes, ranging from tiny local taverns and bistros, to fine dining establishments.

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Outdoor pursuits in Dalmatia

Dalmatia is packed with stunning natural beauty from over 300 islands offshore to the dramatic mountains inland. There is a wealth of national parks to explore offering many great opportunities for exploring on foot or by bicycle. The island of Hvar offers beautiful scenery covered in lavender, rosemary and heather, whilst stunning Brac offers spellbinding coastline – both perfect for exploring via ferry from the mainland. There are a great number of boat trips available from local ports and harbours, offering a peaceful and relaxing way to explore the best of this stunning coastline as you glide across the sparkling waters of the Adriatic Sea.

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On the beach in Dalmatia

The coastline of Dalmatia is simply beautiful, with countless pebble or sandy beaches backed by pine trees, peaceful bays and crystal clear waters. Many of these beaches have been awarded a blue flag in recognition of their quality. To the south of the city of Split, you will find long stretches of pebble beach lapped by the blue Adriatic waters – perfect for a relaxing family beach holiday. The beautiful islands of Brac and Hvar are easily accessible by ferry from a number of points along the coast, and both have many secluded beaches where you can get away from it all.

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Discover local charm in Dalmatia

Still relatively undiscovered by tourists, a villa holiday in Dalmatia offers you the chance to discover the Mediterranean as it was years ago. There is plenty of culture and history to be absorbed here, and many friendly and engaging local people to meet. Beautiful historic cities such as Dubrovnik and Zadar offer stunning architecture and fascinating ancient sites, whilst exploring traditional villages off the beaten track will show you the traditional lifestyle that still exists. Visiting local markets to stock up on fresh produce and typical crafts from local artisans will really help you feel like one of the locals.

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Not to be missed...

  • Take a stroll around the wonderful old town of Dubrovnik, taking in the amazing architecture, fountains and statues amid the cobbled streets.
  • Absorb the atmosphere of the annual summer festival in Split. From mid-July to mid-August, you can enjoy many performing arts events across the city.
  • Enjoy an al fresco lunch at one of the cafés in the Perestil - the centre-piece square of the Roman emperor Diocletian's palace in Split. Then, when the sun goes down, return to enjoy an impromtu jazz concert whilst sitting on the ancient marble steps, (cushions provided!).
  • Take a relaxing ferry ride from Dubrovnik to Kolocep, one of the tiny Elephite islands, where the pine clad forest and sparkling bays and beaches are traffic free.
  • Explore Omis and its wonderful nature trails. The more energetic can try their hand at river rafting, while those who prefer a sedate view of the gorge can elect to have lunch at any one of the wonderful fish restaurants of the area.
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage city of Trogir and marvel at the Fortress, bell tower, town museum, or simply have a coffee at the harbour.
  • Visit the most beautiful and spectacular beach on the Island of Brac ' Zlatni Rat' often referred to as the golden horn.

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