Central Dalmatia Travel Tips
Keep in Mind...
- Room Shortages Central Dalmatia has only recently become a hot vacation destination, so most of the region's towns don't yet have the hotel rooms to accommodate the busy season. Book your summer trip by March to be safe.
- Pick your location wisely With Roman monuments, towering mountains, numerous islands, miles of shoreline -- so much to do and so little time -- you should pick your location and your corresponding activities wisely. Hopping from place to place, island to island, can consume valuable time, and, on that note…
- Buses and ferries are your lifelines The top sites and islands are geographically separated by water, so you'll need to familiarize yourself with the ferry and bus systems as soon as you arrive. Go to a local tourism station to pick up schedules and maps.
The French Riviera is so 20th century. So where do the avant-garde rich and famous vacation now? Croatia, or specifically, Central Dalmatia. To the surprise of many, this southern coastal region -- separated from Italy by the Adriatic Sea -- has morphed from a bullet-ridden warzone to a glamorous seaside getaway in less then two decades. Travel writers often herald the Dalmatian Coast as "The Next Riviera."
Dubrovnik at Croatia’s southernmost point holds more international name recognition. But Central Dalmatia, which includes the city of Split, the resort island of Hvar, and several underdeveloped islands, flies under the radar. A ritzy and historic paradise where luxury resorts neighbor ancient Roman and Venetian buildings, the region still manages to offer its splendors at moderate prices. As you tour Diocletian’s Palace, you’ll wonder: where is yours? And you’ll be able to carve out a small plot of sand (or a small island if you're lucky), to declare your own kingdom on the beautiful beaches of Central Dalmatia.