Holidays to the Dalmatian Coast offer all the Croatian must-haves – historical sights, pine-backed pebbly beaches, and net-fresh seafood.
Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast runs along the western edge of the country. The hub of the coastline is the city of Split, which is crammed full of UNESCO-listed sights and museums. Branching away from it, you’ll find picturesque seaside towns and islands made for daytripping.
The city of Split centres around Diocletian’s Palace, which was built in the 3rd century as a retirement home for a Roman emperor. Cocooned within its old walls are shops, bars and restaurants, as well as a couple of cathedrals. Outside, you’ll find the Riva promenade, a smart new waterfront area made for evening strolls.
Head south out of the city to the Makarska Riviera and you’ll find the sort of pine-edged beaches you see on Croatian postcards. The towns of Brela, Tucepi and Zivogosce line up pebbled coves and bays, and calm, gin-clear waters that are ideal for swimming.
The waters off the Dalmatian coast are speckled with islands. Head to A-list hangout Hvar for chic restaurants and trendy waterside bars. Alternatively, pack your towel and make for Brac – the island’s home to one of Croatia’s most famous beaches.
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If you’re looking at a map of Croatia, you’ll find Makarska on the edge of the Dalmatia region, on the Adriatic coast. It’s sandwiched between a couple of the country’s busier resorts – it’s an hour’s drive in one direction to Split, and two hours in the opposite way to Dubrovnik.
A one-hour drive south of Split is where you’ll find the teeny town of Tucepi. Nuzzled into the Croatian coastline, it’s a place that has good looks on its side – expect a highly-polished pebble beach, backed by pine trees, traditional restaurants and cosy cafés. Inland, meanwhile, hiking trails weave through hillside villages, historic settlements, and untouched countryside.
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