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Central Dalmatia Travel Guide

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Plan Your Central Dalmatia Vacation

Central Dalmatia is more mountainous, wild, and unexploited than the northern coastal regions. And while tourist facilities may be less sophisticated than in Istria and Kvarner, Dalmatia's rugged limestone peaks, emerald-blue waters, countless islands, and magnificent coastal towns offer an unrefined Mediterranean charm all of their own.

The region's capital (and Croatia's second-largest

city) is the busy port of Split, with its historic center protected by the sturdy walls of an imperial Roman palace. From here you can take an overnight ferry service to Ancona, Italy, plus regular ferry and catamaran services to the outlying islands. Split is also Central Dalmatia's main base for yacht-charter companies.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Explore Diocletian's Palace, a massive 3rd-centry AD Roman edifice that now shelters Split's Old Town within its walls. This is a don't-miss attraction if you are traveling to Split.
  2. Spend a night in one of Hvar Town's hip new design hotels. The best of these is the Hotel Adriana; though very expensive, it's in a prime location and has a luxurious spa.
  3. Plunge into the sea after sunbathing on Zlatni Rat on the island of Bra─Ź. Though composed of tiny pebbles rather than sand, it's one of Dalmatia's best beaches and a prime windsurfing spot.

When To Go

When to Go

High season runs from July through August, when the region is inundated with foreign tourists, predominantly Italians. During this period prices r...

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