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Things to do in Dalmatia

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Main things to do Island hopping Island hopping is one of the top things to do – Brac, Hvar and Pag are some of the most popular islands. No two Dalmation Islands are the same, each has its own unique charm, although you can expect to find idyllic beaches and natural beauty wherever you go. […]

Main things to do

Island hopping

Island hopping is one of the top things to do – Brac, Hvar and Pag are some of the most popular islands. No two Dalmation Islands are the same, each has its own unique charm, although you can expect to find idyllic beaches and natural beauty wherever you go. If you are seeking clubbing and drinking, head to Hvar island or Navalja resort on Pag. If you are more interested in water sports, Brac is a popular choice for parasailing and windsurfing.

Hit the beach

There are a few sandy beaches, however the majority of beaches in Dalmatia are pebbly, which makes for exceptionally clear water for swimming and snorkeling. Generally, the best beaches are on the islands with Zlatni Rat on Brac Island probably the most famous, the shape of this spit changes with the direction of the wind. This unusual beach, also known as the Golden Cape or Golden Horn, is a top spot for windsurfing.

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Split, has several Blue-Flag beaches. Family-friendly Bačvice is one of the best and Nin, north of Zadar, is a lovely beach with sandbars, a shallow lagoon and a stunning mountain backdrop.

Cycle through the landscape

If you want to explore the Dalmatia coast by bike, pump up your tires and take a cycling trip around Mljet Island National Park, known for its salt water lakes. A well-marked trail takes you around the Great Lake, where you can enjoy plenty of beautiful scenery.

Visit an island National Park

The Dalmation coast is famous for many diverse and unique National parks. Hikers and climbers flock to the Paklenica National Park with its Velebit Mountain range. The Kornati National Park includes 89 islands, islets and reefs for swimming, snorkeling, and diving and the Krka National Park is known for its wealth of plant and animal species with more than 860 plant varieties and over 20 fish species.

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Enjoy the view from the Biokovo Mountains

Take a coach trip to the Biokovo Mountains, famous for their stunning scenery and the Sveti Jure peak. This protected park is known for its windy roads to the summit and beautiful unspoiled nature.

Sunset Kayaking around Dubrovnik

Escape the crowds on land and admire Dalmatia's coastline at the most magical time of day. Exploring in a kayak means you can access to coves, caves and beaches that tour boats can't reach.

Visit the Game of Thrones Locations

For Game of Thrones fans, one of the most popular things to do is visit the filming locations. Some of the most famous locations in Dubrovnik include: the city itself (King's Landing), Minceta Tower (House of the Undying), Pile (Blackwater Bay), Fort Lovrijenac (Red Keep), Jesuits Staircase (Steps of the Great Sept of Baelor in King’s Landing) and Trsteno Arboretum (Palace Gardens of King’s Landing). In Split you can visit the Diocletian's Palace (Daenerys' Throne Room) or Klis Fortress (City of Meereen).

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Top places to visit

Dubrovnik

Known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic,’ the city has an historic old town enclosed by stone walls built between the 11th and 17th century. Apart from its bustling café culture, there is much to offer in terms of historical sightseeing such as the Dubrovnik Cathedral, Treasury to the Sponza Palace and the Dubrovnik Synagogue. It is possible to walk around the walls and enjoy the views of the city and the surrounding islands. Game of Thrones fans can take guided tours of the city’s filming sites.

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Peljesac

Peljesac is a fingerlike peninsula and gateway to the island of Korcula. It has several interesting places to visit, such as Ston, Brijesta, Trpanj, Viganj and Orebic and a you can take wine tours to the vineyards and taste its famous red wines known as Dingac and Postup.

Split

Split is the largest city in Dalmatia and the second largest in Croatia. It is a vibrant city known for its Diocletian's Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) full of cafes, bars restaurants and shops. The seafront promenade (Riva) bustles with people and has a fabulous café scene, and the Marjan Forest Park is known for its nature and peacefulness.

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Zadar

Zadar is a trendy city with Roman ruins, art installations, seafood restaurants and a white-sand beach. Explore its Medieval churches, Roman forum and Venetian walls and don’t miss the Sea Organ, a structure that transforms waves into mournful melodies through a system of pipes and whistles, or the Monument of the Sun, a circle of glass that captures the light through solar cells and reflects them at night.

Sibenik

A small, charming town that features two UNESCO heritage sites, Game of Thrones locations and nice beaches. It is known for its Michelin-starred restaurant ‘Pelegrini’ and is packed with historical monuments including the Cathedral of St Jacob which featured in the Game of Thrones and four fortresses (one hosts open-air cinema nights), three of which can be explored on foot.

Hidden Gems

Lastovo Island

Lastovo island is the most remote Dalmation island. It is a small island dotted with vineyards and small villages. It is famous for its Lastovo chimneys or fumari and is surrounded by sea as crystal clear as you will ever find. The forested archipelago is a protected nature park which offers diving, seafood restaurants and events like the Lastovo carnival.

Plitvice Lakes and waterfalls

This UNESCO-listed site is the oldest national park in Europe and one of the most beautiful. It is well-known for its 16 interconnect lakes and waterfalls spread across a forested canyon. You can explore the park via boardwalks, hiking trails and boat tours.

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Komiza Town, Vis

This enchanting town on the island of Vis is loved for its pretty bay, narrow back streets and Boho vibe. Komiza has its own sand and pebble beaches and daily boat trips run to the famous Blue Cave on nearby Bisevo, known for its glowing blue light and crystal clear water.

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