The Dalmatian Coast boasts immaculate beaches and countless islands set in crystal blue waters, against a backdrop of majestic mountains. Not forgetting Zadar - one of the coast’s most underrated historical towns. An unforgettable experience for the whole family.
Museum of Ancient Glass, Zadar
Ever seen glass being blown and made into beads? If not, then why not visit this brilliant museum with fascinating demonstrations and interesting info.
Take a stroll around Zadar, one of the oldest towns in Croatia. Feast your eyes on the numerous Roman ruins and fantastic churches, every one different and beautiful.
The festival of Salt (end of August)
A true celebration of the flower salt harvested in Nin. Nin becomes one giant street market of fantastic stalls offering bath and scented salts, cured meats and much more.
A flavour packed meat dish filled with seasoned meat, garlic and sweet paprika served with a herb infused flat bread. It’s a bit like a kebab!
Becky Lee says
“Fancy something a little different? In Dalmatia the sandy seashore rivals anything the Med can offer. Zaton is ideally placed for historic Zadar and is in walking distance to picturesque Nin.
Don’t forget your camera!”
Just around the corner from Italy, directly opposite the calf of its high-heeled `leg', lies the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. It's the Adriatic Coast, of course, a fascinating, historic region that's had its fair share or of conflict, but today is fast emerging as a `must do' holiday destination. Small wonder. Inland it is dominated by the Dinaric Alps, whilst along the shoreline there are some 1,000 islands to discover (many of them idyllic, tranquil National Parks), nestling together in purest, clearest sea, much enjoyed by scuba enthusiasts and a favourite of Jacques Cousteau. This is the ideal spot for the outdoor adventurer, with mountain climbing, kayaking and cycling high on many visitors' agendas. But if you prefer a more sedate family holiday, there's plenty to amuse you in the many towns and villages dotted along the coast, each featuring their own quaint squares, markets filled with lace sellers, ancient churches and inviting, spotlessly clean, white-slab streets, which simply dazzle in the ever-present sunshine.
What to eat and drink in Dalmatian Coast
With Italy to the west, Austria to the north and Hungary to the east, you would expect this to be a region whose food and drink has many influences. But Dalmatian cuisine has its own individual twist. There is fish, for example, lots of it, but it¿s grilled in a special way that turns even the humblest sardine into an absolute delight. All fresh, it goes without saying, with many restaurants having their own fishing boats. Meat eaters will adore the paprika-rich goulash, sausages, pork and lamb, whilst vegetarians will find the stuffed cabbage tempting to say the least, together with the many varieties of pasta, often smothered in tomato. The salty paski sir cheese form the Isle of Pag features heavily too. And cakes? You bet; this is close to Austria after all. Try the savijace strudel or kremsnites honey buns. Wine buffs will savour the celebrated reds (including Postup) and whites (including Posip) and beer drinkers will doubtless be won over by the various types of pivo, not least of which is Ozujsko. The plum schnapps (Slivovica) is worth a pop as well. The pleasing climate is also responsible for mouth-watering figs, olives and oranges, much enjoyed by the local fisherman in their village konoba (rustic cafe).
What to see and do in Dalmatian Coast
With Rijeka to the north (on Kvarner bay), Zadar in the middle and Dubrovnik in the south, you're pretty much spoiled for sightseeing opportunities, with each incredibly neat and tidy city bursting with architectural jewels and colourful character. A trip to Dubrovnik never disappoints, with its ramparts, fortress, labyrinth streets, markets and Roman forum. Sensational Zadar (birthplace of soccer star Luka Modric) is the `historical centre', a walled port that boasts its own attractions, such as the `sea gates', St Donatus church and those fabled, remarkable sunsets. Or to gaze at other wonders supplied by Mother Nature, you could do a lot worse than hop on a boat (they're readily available and often rowed by seasoned, old sailors) to the many islands which pepper the coastline. Hvar is a popular place to start, although more central is the Telasica National Park, a cluster of 5 islands and home to Lake Mir, whose soothing, salt-laden waters are 6 degrees warmer than the Med. The cliffs here too are a joy to behold. Wherever you go, don't forget to take your mask and flippers...