Natural beauty, cultural heritage, sporting adventures, entertainment and delicious food and wine — all this is central Dalmatia, one of the most popular tourist regions to visit in Croatia.
Must-sees and must-dos in central Dalmatia
1. Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) beach changing its shape
Zlatni Rat, on the island of Brač in Bol, will leave you breathless. This unique beach changes shape every day depending on the direction of the wind and waves, which bend its peak to the left or right. This beach is a favourite gathering place for surfers from all over the world.
2. The silver reflection of Modra Špilja (Blue Cave)
Modra Špilja (Blue Cave) is a unique natural phenomenon on the islet Biševo close to the island of Vis. When light passes the underground passage, it breaks — creating the silver reflection inside the cave. Vis is the furthest island away from Croatia. It’s an oasis of untamed nature, with rich history and local cuisine and wines, ideal for those seeking peace and solitude.
3. World festival of electronic music – Ultra Europe
Be part of the biggest gathering of electronic music lovers at Ultra Europe Music Festival from 10th to 12th of July 2020 in Split.
4. Central Dalmatia cycle tracks
Central Dalmatia is a great place for cyclists. You’ll find thousands of kilometres of signed cycle tracks in Makarska and the Split riviera, the islands of Brač, Hvar and Vis and Dalmatian hinterland.
5. Shooting spots from Game of Thrones
Fans of Game of Thrones should not miss out on the many shooting spots from the series. Substructures of an ancient palace in Split, the river scenery of Žrnovnica, the city of Kaštela, Baška Voda and the fortress of Klis were just some of the breathtaking backdrops to fights and scenes of intrigue, betrayal and revenge. During your stay in Split, don’t forget to visit the Game Of Thrones Museum or fan shop, where you’ll find a replica of the iron throne.
6. Rafting on Cetina river
Adrenaline seekers should try rafting on the Cetina river. Where the river flows into sea, you’ll find the heart of the city of Omiš — the fortress on the rock above is one that pirates used as a shelter.
7. The beautiful pebble beaches of the Makarska riviera
At the Makarska riviera, you’ll find endless kilometres of pebble beaches under pine shadows. The beauty of the beaches continues to the Biokovo Mountain park, ideal for walking or, if you’re feeling adventurous, climbing up to the highest peak of Saint George — which is 1762m above sea level.
8. Split and Trogir – World Cultural Heritage cities
Split is a historical city, being over 1,700 years old, and has much to explore, including the palace built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian, the cathedral of Saint Dujmo and the unique emperor’s square Peristile. At only 30 kilometres from Split there is Trogir, a pearl of middle age architecture.
9. The oldest European theatre
The island of Hvar is one of the most attractive islands in the world — it’s an island of lavender and sailors. In the city of Hvar you’ll find the oldest municipal theatre in Europe, established in 1612 and one of the best preserved baroque theatres in Europe.
10. The oldest knights game, Sinjska Alka, and green hinterland
For over 300 years, a knights game called Sinjska Alka has been played in the city of Sinj in central Dalmatia hinterland. Taking place every first Sunday in August, the equestrian competition is a display of Croatian tradition, and is also included on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
11. Enjoy healthy Mediterranean cuisine and fabulous wines
Central Dalmatia is great for foodies. You’ll find an abundance of healthy Mediterranean cuisine, with lots of fish, olive oil, vegetables and herbs to be enjoyed with top local wines.
Want to know more about what to do when you visit central Dalmatia?
Head to www.dalmatia.hr/discover/en
This article was in partnership with Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board