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Road Trip Along The Dalmatian Coast

Updated on January 27, 2014

Driving Dalmatian coast without a plan

It is a right time for planning a vacation for this summer. Why don't you do something different this year? Take a look at my lens and maybe my last trip will be an inspiration for your next vacation.

For the whole my life I have been travelling to different islands, counties, cities and mountains. But I always got there and just stayed in the same hotel, tourist resort or camp for a week or two. Of course, it was nice and relaxing,.. but in about two days I always got a little bored, so I decided that my next vacation will be different, with richer experiences and events. So I sat in my car with my friend and just drove. Without any plans or reservations. We stopped where the path led us and found a place to stay there for a day or two and than we moved on.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

– St. Augustine

Where did we travel

We started our trip in Slovenia, drove to Rijeka, where we joined the Adriatic highway. The Adriatic highway is a road that stretches along the eastern coast of the Adriatic sea and it passes through whole Croatian coast. It was a great drive with a constant view over sea.

Great books that will guide you through Dalmatia - It is hard to get lost on this kind of road trip, but some tips and suggestions are always welcome.

These books will definitely help you not to get lost :)

Top 10 Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)
Top 10 Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)

Guide with many exciting photography and excellent cartography to provide a reliable and useful travel companion.

Lonely Planet Croatia
Lonely Planet Croatia

Great guide of Lonely Planet.

Dalmatia (Handy Map)
Dalmatia (Handy Map)

It's a must-have for any roadtrip.


First stop - Zadar

The first stop we made in Zadar. It is a historical town, full of beautiful historical architecture and the roman remains. It is great to take walk through the old town and of course it is close to many beaches, where you can catch a great sunset at sea.

Second stop - Biograd na Moru

We drove further south and next stop was in Biograd na Moru. It is another historical city, tailored to tourists. On the one hand it is a city where you can find historical and cultural sights and on the other hand it is full with varied tourist and night life.

Third stop - Sibenik

Sibenik is another historic town (obviously I love wandering through old towns), but there aren't many beaches, so we made just a quick stop. Anyway, I found a lot of restaurants in and around Sibenik with specialties of Mediterranean cuisine, so if you love fish specialties, you must make a stop there.

The most beautiful view during the journey

We had a lot of stops, so we could just enjoy a beautiful view of the sea.

Bacinska jezera (Bacinska lakes) - Fresh water lakes

During the trip (between Makarska and Dubrovnik) we also passed by this beautiful lakes. Of course, we had to make a stop there!

South Dalmatia - Dubrovnik

We spent more time in Dubrovnik. It is such a great city that we couldn't leave before we didn't see the whole city, its surroundings and nearby islands.

Exploring Old Town Dubrovnik

Walking the streets of Old Town Dubrovnik is great, if you enjoy exploring old towns. But walking the city’s walls (the entire city is walled and you can walk the couple of kilometers on city walls and enjoy great views of Old Town from every angle and of the sea and hills outside of Old Town) is even better.

Boat trip

For a day we replaced the car with the boat and went to explore the beautiful small islands near Dubrovnik. Lovely!

Montenegro - Kotor, Budva, Lovcen and some beaches

Of course we didn't stop there. If we were so far, we wanted to see some famous coast and cities (Kotor, Lovcen, famous Budva and other coast cities) in Montenegro, so we drove further.

If you are planning to visit Montenegro... - ...find some great suggestions in tourist guide


Great book if you are visiting Montenegro. It is very easy to read, easy to find and easy to use and od course it contains all important information about Montenegro.

all about BUDVA (Visit Montenegro Book 1)
all about BUDVA (Visit Montenegro Book 1)

If you are planning to visit one of the top turistic places in Montenegro - Budva, is this the best tourist guide for you.


Try some Dalmatian specialties - I love Dalmatian specialties!

Especially their extra virgin olive oil, green olive spread and fig spread. All of this taste wonderful! I always try to find some of it while I am there and bring it home. Can't wait to go there again!

Have you ever been to Dalmatia, Croatia?

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      Rowan Chisholm 4 years ago from Washington state

      I've never heard much about that part of the world. It looks absolutely lovely!

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      drmattshepard 4 years ago

      loved the pics, especially since I have never even heard of that part of Croatia.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Never been there, but it's on my plans to visit Dalmatia and enjoy the sea and the sun.

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      golfspice 4 years ago

      Had a wonderful and memorable experience travelling all along the coast, but it was a long time ago. Loved Dubrovnik.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I would really love to go. Looks beautiful.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A very long time ago, I was lucky enough to visit Dubrovnik and Kotor. Didn't go to Krk, although we saw it from a distance. It's a beautiful country.

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      yania227 4 years ago

      @hmommers: Krk is an island in Croatian Istria.

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      I am not sure. Where is Krk?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have never been there but you sure do make it enticing! I'd say that your plan to let the road take you where it will was quite a wonderful adventure, delightful and such beautiful pictures. Of course you can't go wrong with the constant view of the Adriatic Sea! :)

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      irminia 4 years ago

      Yes, and it was absolutely fantastic!