No two Dalmatian Islands are the same, each has a unique personality and that’s all part of their charm. Although you can expect to find plenty of idyllic beaches, natural beauty and Croatian culture wherever you go. Traditions live on in timeless towns, giving you a glimpse at island life as it once was. The catch of the day still bobs back into small harbours, a wonderful sight for sitting by the waterfront. And the fish tastes so fresh here you’ll remember the flavours long after you leave! In fact, each island offers a unique twist on Croatian cuisine with their own culinary style and locally grown delights. The beauty of our Dalmatian Island villas is that you can explore as much of this as you like. Spend mornings painting a rural picture inland, before heading down to a swanky waterfront town to enjoy the buzz and hum of lively bars. Or simply kick back at your villa, enjoying peace, privacy and your very own pool. The choice is all yours…
Dalmatian Island holidays cater to every taste. Culture vultures are spoilt for quaint village choice, while beach lovers can take their pick of inviting coves and bays. All washed down with a delightful glass of local wine.
Dalmatian Islands Food
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.
Dalmatian Islands Activities
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.
Dalmatian Islands Beaches
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.
Dalmatian Islands Local Charm
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.
Dalmatian Islands Holidays - Points of Interest
Visit the most beautiful and spectacular beach on the Island of Brac, Zlatni Rat, often referred to as the golden horn.
The quaint coastal village of Mirac offers a quiet location to relax beside the sea. Time has stood still within the beautiful old village centre, which still boasts a relaxed and traditional way of life.
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.
Pucisca is a picturesque 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 original Mediterranean characteristics.
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Scores 9.5 out of 10based on 11 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10
The food, the people, the countryside, the beautiful beaches, the prices - fantastic quality but great value. Such a warm welcome to the island, we'll definitely be going back (and we don't 'go back' to places so it really is something special.)
No. Lower score for nightlife as it's not that kind of place -quite sleepy, although probably some fun to be had around Bol.
Confirmed stay: 08 June 2019 Published on: 13 June 2019 8 out of 10
Beautiful islands, stunning views, the sea is like no other, easy to get around by car and boat.
The only thing I would say is that early May is too early for the area as the village only as a few places to eat (4) and drink (2) and only 1 of each was open the rest didn't open till end of May.
Confirmed stay: 18 May 2019 Published on: 24 May 2019 9 out of 10
Overall the villa was wonderful in a stunning location. We enjoyed the quiet, sleepy fishing port of Sumartin and visited Bol which is a larger town with more to do and more tourist focussed.
Confirmed stay: 13 October 2018 Published on: 17 February 2019 10 out of 10
Family (the eldest child is at school)
Finding nice places to eat
Confirmed stay: 12 August 2018 Published on: 16 August 2018 8 out of 10
Gerrards Cross Family (the eldest child is at school)
Stunning scenery Very friendly people Accommodation was easy walking distance to town
Very quite and not a lot happening in Brac n the evenings (other than going out for a meal). Lack of variety of restaurants Beaches / other towns were not serviced by public transport, so car was required or escorted trips
Confirmed stay: 11 August 2018 Published on: 20 August 2018 10 out of 10
Herne Bay family with youngest 18
Still retains it's character - busier in major towns so has something to interest all types of visitor
Confirmed stay: 04 August 2018 Published on: 05 August 2018 9 out of 10
The island is lovely and isn't overwhelmed by tourists. Which was a big plus. It has some amazing beaches both sand and pebble.
The ferry transfer on the way back takes a lot longer than 2 hours 40 mins as you have to queue to get off the island.
Confirmed stay: 31 July 2018 Published on: 02 August 2018 10 out of 10
Aberdeen Family (the eldest child is at school)
The pool. The nightlife is quiet but decent food within a nice evening walk just as we like it. Lovely open plan living. Very relaxing set up. Loved the audio equipment.
The Bluetooth connection to the external speakers was a bit temperamental. Also no way to make decent coffee - the machine uses horrid satchets. A cafetiere or mocha or perculator is a must. And no salad spinner. Small points to make it perfect.
Confirmed stay: 25 July 2018 Published on: 27 July 2018
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