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Dalmatia in Pictures

Updated on February 27, 2015

Where is Dalmatia?

Dalmatia stretches along Croatia's Adriatic coast, from the Gulf of Kvarner in the north to the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro in the south, offshore islands included. It is a region of rugged peaks and barren slopes, crystal blue sea and green valleys, sprinkled with historic villages and towns which boast a rich and varied cultural heritage. Dalmatia also has several national parks that are tourist attractions: Paklenica National Park, Kornati archipelago, Krka National Park and Mljet island.

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The Adriatic Sea - Once the home of sailors and pirates...

Boat on the Adriatic Sea
Boat on the Adriatic Sea

...today a tourist paradise!

The first innocent question

Dalmatian dog
Dalmatian dog

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Zadar Roman fourm ruins
Zadar Roman fourm ruins

Zadar

A great blend of old and new

The centre of northern Dalmatia, Zadar is surprising for its variety of sights. Laid out by the Romans as the colony of Jadera, Zadar's old town was built on a well-protected peninsula around the Roman forum. Zadar's landmark, the 9th-century circular St. Donatus Church was built over the forum, just as the 13th-century Romanesque Cathedral of St. Anastasia.

The ruins of the Roman Forum are still visible today including this well-preserved carved stone and a 15m high marble column which was used as a pillory in the Middle Ages.

Where is Zadar?

This historical town is the centre of the northern Dalmatian region.

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Access cover in Zadar's old town

Access cover in Zadar's old town
Access cover in Zadar's old town

Zadar's old town is encircled by walls

Zadar old town walls
Zadar old town walls

These defensive walls were built in the 16th century, against the long-standing Ottoman threat. Between 1468 and 1478 eleven Turkish attacks were beaten off in Zadar area.

Zadar archipelago

More than 300 islands make up the Zadar archipelago, although only a handful are inhabited.

The largest island is Dugi Otok (Long island), the one opposite Zadar is called Ugljan. All offer quiet beaches, relaxing coastal walks and great restaurants with seafood.

The marina in Kukljica, Ugljan island

Kukljica on Ugljan island close to Zadar
Kukljica on Ugljan island close to Zadar
Nin old town king Branimir
Nin old town king Branimir

Nin

The cradle of Croatia

This tiny village is laced with history. Lying within an easy driving distance of Zadar, Nin is one of the oldest settlements in Croatia. In the Middle Ages Nin was the seat of the Croatian kings as well as the first Croatian bishops who played a very important role in Croatia's history.

This statue in Nin shows King Branimir who reigned in Croatia from 879 to 892. During his reign Croatia retained its sovereignity from Frankish and Byzantine rule and became an officially recognized state for the first time.

An old window frame in Nin

An old window frame in Nin
An old window frame in Nin

Paklenica National Park

Paklenica National Park mountains
Paklenica National Park mountains

My ultimate favourite hiking place in Croatia. This national park occupies the southern part of the mythic Velebit mountains. Incredible scenery, rocky peaks, limestone gorges, breathtaking views, endangered species, demanding hiking trails and rock climbers' paradise – this is Paklenica. Numerous scenes of films about the Indian chief, Winnetou were also shot here.

Nobody is too old for a tour in Paklenica

Nobody is too old for a tour in Paklenica
Nobody is too old for a tour in Paklenica
Sibenik old town attractions
Sibenik old town attractions

Sibenik

Founded by Croatian kings in the 10th century, Sibenik is the city of fortresses and churches. The fortresses on the surrounding hills were built in the 16th and 17th centuries to stop the Ottomans reaching the coast.

Stroll through the narrow streets of the old town to see old gates adorned with noble families' coat-of-arms, old sign boards, the merchants' scale - details of everyday life in the medieval Sibenik.

Sibenik cathedral

Sibenik St James cathedral
Sibenik St James cathedral

Courtyard in Sibenik's old town

Courtyard in Sibenik's old town
Courtyard in Sibenik's old town

Traditions in Sibenik are still alive

Sibenik kapa
Sibenik kapa

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The Best - (I told you!)

Who said that Dalmatia is only about sightseeing, sweaty hiking and tricky signs? Chilling out on the beach with a mug of cold beer in the hand is at least as much part of a perfect holiday in Dalmatia as the sword of the Orlando Column in Dubrovnik.

Chilling out on a boat deck

Chilling out on a boat deck
Chilling out on a boat deck

Trogir

Trogir old town attractions
Trogir old town attractions

Another lovely medieval town on the Adriatic coast just 20 km north of Split. Trogir's old town occupies a tiny island and boasts such historical buildings as the Cathedral of St Lovro, the Town Hall and the Cippico Palace.

Renaissance windows in Trogir

Renaissance windows in Trogir
Renaissance windows in Trogir

Split

Split old town
Split old town

Chilling out is a popular recreational activity in Dalmatia's largest city, Split, too. These cafes at the foot of the wall of Diocletian's Palace will soon get packed with locals...

...right after they've finished their shopping on the fish market.

...right after they've finished their shopping on the fish market.
...right after they've finished their shopping on the fish market.

Gourmet Dalmatia - Enjoy the natural flavor of fruits grown along the Dalmatian coast!

Omis

Omis is an exciting place, it lies where the emerald-green Cetina river meets the Adriatic Sea. Its former citizens worked hard for a living by diligently harassing the seaborne trade.

The pirates' nest was the 13th-century Mirabella fortress, from where they could control both the sea coast and the mouth of Cetina river.

The other fortress of Omis is called Fortica. This was built on the top of the hill over the town to defend the town againts the Turks in the 15th century. Both fortresses now are open for visitors.

Fortress Fortica

Dubrovnik old town attractions
Dubrovnik old town attractions

Dubrovnik

The pearl of the Adriatic

The first time you have heard of Croatia, it was most probably Dubrovnik. The old town has been preserved almost intact throughout the centuries and today attracts about 500,000 visitors yearly. A huge number for such a small old town, in summer the crowds are hardly bearable.

Dubrovnik's old town from Srd hill

Dubrovnik old town attractions
Dubrovnik old town attractions

Would you take a trip around Dalmatia? - Which cities would you visit?

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      terracroatia 5 years ago

      A big thanks to all of you for the comments! I promise I will add some new photos soon!

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      navalava lm 5 years ago

      I've been to Croatia few times. And I was always enjoying the coast. I think Adriatic is the most beautiful sea in world! Can't wait for this summer to come. ;)

      And Dubrovnik is the best choice.

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      Jillynn 5 years ago

      Difficult choice to say but I have to tell you that this is a lovely lens. I purely enjoyed reading it and looking at the great pics. Thanks!

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      domain19 5 years ago

      awesome scenery.... I really like this lens... thanks for share...

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Where is the entry for that contest to win a trip to Dalmatia ... one way :: I think I'd like to stay!

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      I've been to Dalmatia and loved every minute of it! And I love your lens too! Well done!

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      perso 5 years ago

      I would this summer, i hope with my bicycle;) (from Ljubljana)

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      normandes 5 years ago

      Wonderful scenery :) I Like it a lot

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      I would love to visit all of these cities! Thank you for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dalmatia looks lovely

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      leeleon 5 years ago

      i like the pictures.

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      OldStones LM 5 years ago

      I would love to visit Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. I have visited Zagreb, Plitvice and points in between, but never made it to the coast. Someday sooner than later I hope to return for a more in depth visit. I enjoyed your trip via pictures down the coast. Hvala