Croatia is a land of thousand islands and 74 of them can be found in Central Dalmatia. Almost all of them boast beautiful scenic spots. The inhabited ones among them have been turned into real treasure troves of history, culture and tradition and exploring them is a true pleasure.
The beauty and treasures of the Central Dalmatian islands are worth seeing indeed. Their isolated past has turned every one of them into a little patch of heaven of distinctive customs, dialects and original local food and wines.
The life on the islands was once very hard – but healthy, too: the sea air is permeated with salt and scent of lavender, and wild aromatic and medicinal herbs can be found growing around. Nowadays, staying on the islands is seen as an opportunity to relax and get away from stress, to enjoy the gifts of nature such as excellent home-grown lamb, local sheep cheese, delicious oily fish, olive oil and top-quality local wine.
There are good reasons why Brač, the largest Central Dalmatian island, is called “an island of stone, sun and sea”. White Brač marble is known around the world: it was used for many landmark buildings, including the White House in the U.S. While sunny days and crystal clear sea are in no short supply, what truly enthralls is its diverse landscape: Zlatni Rat beach that changes its shape daily due to wind and wave activity; Vidova gora – the island’s highest peak commanding a beautiful view; isolated Blaca Desert; numerous romantic coves, fragrant pine forests, old fisherman’s villages, vineyards, olive-groves…
The island of Hvar is a place sun has picked as its favorite – with an average of 2,726 sunny hours per year, Hvar ranks as “Croatia’s sunniest island”. Green covered mountains follow in succession with violet covered lavender hills and small coves and beautiful beaches are washed by the crystal-clear sea water. The island’s main town and namesake Hvar boasts exclusive restaurants, hotels, boutiques and popular clubs enriching the nightlife.
On the opposite side of the island lies quiet Stari Grad, the oldest urban settlement in Croatia, with its plain protected by UNESCO as a cultural landscape. The beauty of the island is hard to describe. We can just add that it is included in the list of 10 most beautiful islands of the world, making it a perfect place for an unforgettable vacation.
Vis is Croatia’s most remote island, but is definitely worth visiting. Located in the center of the Adriatic, it was once a military base restricted for visitors. Today it is equally popular among young people and families, travelers and boaters. Besides its beautiful natural beaches, its major attraction is Blue Grotto on the nearby island of Biševo (although Medviđa Cave is not one bit inferior to it).
Numerous thematic island trails
Blue Grotto on Biševo Island
Zlatni Rat beach in Bol on Brač
Stončica Cove on Vis
Pučišća Quarry on Brač
Blaca Desert on Brač
Nečujam on Šolta Island
Stari Grad plain on Hvar (UNESCO)
Eco-ethno village Dol on Brač
Fisherman’s Museum in Komiža on Vis
Cycling or hiking up one of the numerous thematic trails of Brač
Swimming in Blue Grotto on Biševo
Sunbathing, windsurfing or kiting on Zlatni Rat
Tasting renowned hrapoćuša cake
Tasting top-quality island wines
Making a souvenir out of Brač marble
Walking lavender fields
Tasting island olive oils
Basking in the sun on the sunniest island of Hvar
Savoring the taste of island specialties
As the biggest Dalmatian city, Split is an embodiment of the life in Dalmatia: the rhythm and energy of the Mediterranean mentality can be felt in the flagstone streets lined with cafés, restaurants and boutiques.
The view of the town of Omiš, nested at the entrance of the magnificent canyon of the River Cetina, is like a dramatic scene from some great film. No less amazing is its past, exciting stories of the Poljica and legends of Omiš pirates.
Dalmatian Hinterland and its scenic wonders and varied cultural heritage are a true uncut diamond. Discovering its treasures and beauties is a unforgettable experience. Enjoy beautiful views, clean air and pristine nature.