The 300-mile strip of captivating coastline that makes up Croatia’s Dalmatian Riviera is becoming more and more popular, with places like Zcre, Split and Hvar becoming the latest meccas for partygoers in the height of the summer. Behind the bustling beaches, however, there is still much to offer. Slightly further inland is the incredible Krka National Park, a magical myriad of waterfalls and gushing gorges complete with crystalline pools that you can swim in. The historic Split is the second largest city of Croatia, and has enough culture, cafes and charisma packed within its 4th century streets to rival its competitor, Dubrovnik.
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An enchanting coastline, jaw-dropping scenery, rugged mountains and charming historic towns make the Dalmatian Riviera the perfect escape for a magical beach holiday.
There’s so much to see and do in this beautiful region in Croatia, whether you are a family craving a fun-packed adventure in a vibrant beachfront resort or a couple seeking a relaxing getaway in an idyllic hideaway on the glorious Adriatic Sea.
From long sandy expanses with a host of thrilling attractions and amenities to quiet and secluded bays and coves, there’s something for everyone in the Dalmatian Riviera which runs from Rab Island in the north down to the Bay of Kotor in the south.
There’s no shortage of wonderful attractions in this delightful region of Croatia. One of the most popular is the amazing Krka National Park which features stunning waterfalls, rivers, gorges and nature trails. This place is a dream come true for families.
Bacvice Beach is an appealing sandy expanse at Split, the largest city in Dalmatia. The shallow clear waters here make it an ideal spot for families wanting a refreshing swim in the sea and some fun on the sands. There are also many captivating attractions nearby which are worth a visit including Diocletian’s Palace, an enthralling Roman ruins site in Split.
One of the most picturesque locations in the Dalmatian Riviera is Zlatni Rat Beach, an incredible pebble beach which oozes beauty and charm on Brac Island. The island is also home to Vidova Gora, the highest mountain of the Adriatic which you can hike up for sensational panoramic views.
Kandarola Beach is on the wonderful Rab Island in the spellbinding Kvarner Gulf. This serene island is a popular destination for families and couples, with its tranquil bays and crystal-clear waters.
Nugal Beach is another superb location with its 30ft waterfall plunging from a mountainside, golden sands and turquoise waters. Nude sunbathing is also permitted here if you want to achieve an all- over tan.
Divna Beach really lives up to its name which translates as ‘wonderful’. This pebble and sand expanse will enhance any beach holiday adventure in Dalmatia. Swimming, windsurfing and snorkelling are popular activities here.
There are several annual festivals and celebrations in the Dalmatian Riviera, including those staged in the lovely city of Split. Here are a few of the most popular ones.
This is a huge celebration on May 7 in honour of St. Domnius, the patron saint of Split. This lively event involves everyone joining in a community feast and it provides the chance for visitors and food fanatics to sample Dalmatia's gastronomic delights.
This is a stirring event where harmony singing is performed by small ensembles in July in the town of Omiš near Split. The incredible standard of the singing has to be heard to be believed.
This runs from mid-July to mid-August and features many attractions including open-air theatre, music and dance. A range of events are held daily in many venues including Diocletian’s Palace.
This is held in July when the island of Korcula honours the legendary explorer Marco Polo. The island is transformed into a Medieval setting to pay tribute to the explorer's return from his famous expedition. The event features a huge range of activities including wonderful music, plus plenty of wine and food.
You discover delicious and diverse traditional dishes during a visit to the Dalmatian Riviera. The region is renowned for many delicacies including scrumptious seafood dishes and tasty home-made pasta.
Peka is a very popular Dalmatian dish consisting of vegetables with seafood or meat, with lamb and octopus often used. The ingredients are placed in a traditional pan with a bell-shaped lid called a cripnja, and then roasted in an open fire.
Green tagliatelle with shrimp or other seafood is commonly found in restaurants and taverns in the Dalmatian Riviera. The dish features a flavoursome sauce which is enhanced with prošek, a sweet dessert wine.
Another favourite in Dalmatia is grilled squid or local Adriatic white fish which is prepared with olive oil and parsley, then accompanied by blitva, a traditional dish of Dalmatian of Swiss chard and boiled potatoes.
Rožata is a scrumptious Croatian custard pudding from the region which is very similar to crème brulée. Its name comes from rozalin, a wonderful rose liqueur which gives the dessert its unique flavour.
You’ll discover a plethora of great restaurants all along the Dalmatian coast - among those of note are Pelegni in Šibenik, Restoran Don Dino inTrogir, Bokeria Kitchen & Wine in Split and Konoba Mate on Korcula Island.