Central Dalmatia Stretches from North of Marina to Gradac which is a bit north of Ploce. The area is characterised by the Dinaric Alps being quite close to the coast, from many places at the coast there is only 1.5 hour drive to the nearest ski resort. The Capital of Central Dalmatia is Split, which is also the second largest city in Croatia.
The area has been a popular tourist destinations for years, especially the more or less untouched nature which can be found in many areas of central Dalmatia, has been attracting more and more people. The last decade lost of old hotels has been renovated and new hotels have been built, in addition the new Croatian highway has made the area much easier accessible by car.
The central Dalmatian island, like Hvar, Brac, Vis has become very popular the resent years, especially in spring and fall you have lots of people doing island “hopping”. During summer season most of the private accommodation and hotels on the island are occupied by families, looking for a really relaxing holiday, clean water and lost of sun. The Island Hvar has close to 3000 Sunny hours a year, which makes it one of them sunniest spots in Europe which is also reflected in the wine production on the island.
Cities to Visit for a holiday
Trogir is situated 25 km north of Split; the city is divided in to tree parts, a mainland part, and Trogir island part and a Ciovo Island part. The Trogir Island part is the old town part which has been inscribed in UNESCO list for world cultural heritage since 1997. Vacation rentals like apartment, studios as well as smaller hotels can be found in all 3 city parts.
Split is the economic, cultural and infrastructural centre of Dalmatia, the highlight in the city is the more then 1700 year old Diocletian palace, which also is inscribed on the UNESCO list for world cultural heritage. Staying in apartment with in the palace is something very unique, but something which definitely can be recommended.
Podstrana is fairly anonymous holiday destinations, but it is actually a quite nice place. Situated just 8-10 km south of Split, Podstrana has a great variety to offer. The beach is literately at the doorstep, hiking option in the back yard, easy access to Split and lots of nice accommodation with excellent sea view to choose between.
Supetar is the main city on the island of Brac and the arrival point of the main ferry connection from Split, most people hardy pay notice to the city, which is actually a pity as it is a real charming island town, south of the harbour are there is several hotels and some excellent beach (partly sandy). The centre of the town is around the small marina, where you have lots of nice restaurants and apartments with great view on the mainland.
Komiža is situated at the western coast of Island Vis, for centuries the village used to be a fishermen’s village, which it partly still is today. The city is excellent for a relaxing holiday, where rushing is not part of the schedule. Most holiday guest use the opportunity to visit the small neighbour island Biševo to see the Blue Cave (Modra Spilja).
Omis is situated 25 south of Split by the estuary of the river Cetina. In the 12 and 13th century Omis was home to the most fearful pirates in the Adriatic, today the fearful action is limited to Rafting and Canyoning as well as hill climbing at the banks of river Cetina. Accommodation in the city is mainly in Private apartment and a few hotels.
Makarska is situated at the Makarska Riviera, which is about an hours drive south of Split, the area has some of the highest hotel density in Central Dalmatia, and can be found in the program of many tour operators. Just behind Makarska the mount Biokovo rises to a height of more then 1.700 meters, a visit to the top Is highly recommendable.
Other cities and info for a holiday in Central Dalmatia
Arbanija, Basina, Baška Voda, Bogomolje, Bol, Brela, Drvenik, Dugi Rat, Gradac, Jelsa, Okrug Donji, Tučepi, on the left side of the page you can find all cities in central Dalmatia.
The specialities of the Dalmatian kitchen like Peka (Bake meat and vegetable dish), Fritule and octopus salad is highly recommendable.
Do to the many ferries, day excursion to and from the island is easy to arrange, in most of the city you can even rent small boats if you want to go on your own.