Dalmatia in Pictures
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.
The Adriatic Sea - Once the home of sailors and pirates...
...today a tourist paradise!
The first innocent question
Have I managed to whet your appetite for Dalmatia?
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.
Access cover in Zadar's old town
Zadar's old town is encircled by 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 is just a click away!
- All about Zadar
On this website you will get to know a lot more about Zadar's history and attractions, you can even book accomodation here.
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
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
Paklenica National Park
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
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.
Courtyard in Sibenik's old town
Traditions in Sibenik are still alive
What dou you think this sign board advertises?
The red thing on that sign board - Now go back and vote!
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
Lifestyle in Dalmatia
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
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.
Gourmet Dalmatia - Enjoy the natural flavor of fruits grown along the Dalmatian coast!
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.
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.