Dalmatia is the largest and the world famous historical region of Croatia. It is situated in the south of the Croatia and presents a true Mediterranean region. It consists of four Croatian counties and Central Dalmatia includes two of them: Šibensko- kninska and Splitsko- dalmatinska County.
Central Dalmatia stretches from the Rogoznica at the north to the Gradac in southeast.
The Roman emperor Diocletian was amazed with beauties of the Adriatic sea, amazed with green forests and bare rocks... thats why he built a very famous and beautiful Palace of Diocletian in Split. This is one of the world's most beautiful palaces, and around this magnificent building, the city of Split developed.
Split (180 000) after Zagreb, is the largest city in Croatia.It is the economic, political, cultural, educational and transportation center of the region.
In front of Split, all the largest Dalmatian islands are located: Brač, Šolta, Čiovo, Hvar and Vis. With these islands, Split is connected by excellent ferry conection, and from this city there is the highway leads to historical towns of Dalmatia: Trogir, Omiš and Makarska.
Trogir is a town with about 13 000 inhabitants. It is located in the heart of Dalmatia, 20 km west of the city of Split. Right here there is majority of cultural monuments. Two out of five locations under UNESCO's protection are here: historic center of Split with Diocletian's Palace and the historic town of Trogir.
Omiš is a small town situated between Split and Makarska. It is situated in the beautiful canyon of the river Cetina, surrounded with massive gorges. In the past it was known for its pirates, and today, Omiš is a place of various tourist facilities. It has many picturesque beaches and preserved fishing villages. Every year in July, a famous and traditional Festival omiških klapa ( "klapa" is a group of singers who sing tradicional songs a capella) is held here.
Nature has been very generous to Makarska. The town is situated in a natural port between the two peninsulas,Osejava and St. Peter. You can enjoy the heat of summer, swimming in the azure blue sea whose color and purity relaxes the body and soul. Fans of active rest will select a Biokovo mountain (nature park) at whose foot lies the town of Makarska. Makarska has Mediterranean charm and relaxed way of life, but this is still a city famous for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear sea. The most famous beaches of Makarska Riviera are in Tučepi and Brela.
Except from these beaches, it is very famous and attractive beach Zlatni rat on the island of Brač. Bol is the oldest town on the island of Brač and one of the most famous seaside resorts at the Adriatic. In this place, there are numerous historical monuments and it is famous for its untouched nature.
Hvar is an island of exceptional beauty with mild climate. It is known as "the sunniest Croatian island" even with 2718 hours of sunshine per year. Beautiful beaches and coves, unspoiled nature, rich cultural and historical heritage, lavender, olives and wine ... are the reasons why an increasing number of tourists visit this island every year.
The paths can also take you in the Dalmatian hinterland, so-called "Dalmatinska zagora". In this part of the Dalmatia there are cities: Sinj, Imotski and Vrgorac.
Town of Sinj is known for the "alka". Alka is a knight traditional game that is held in August every year at the anniversary of the famous battle that took place in this town, in year 1715.
In that battle, 500 soldiers from this region (Sinj) repelled an attack of 60 000 turkish soldiers.Imotski region is well known for its two beautiful lakes: Blue and Red Lake.
Central Dalmatia offers a superior culinary and enological conditions. In many restaurants and taverns you can enjoy various kinds of fish being cooked on a grill, stew or boiled fish, clams, crabs, Dalmatian smoked ham, and Dalmatian specialty meat - beef stew with dumplings. At the end, you need to taste a glass of white or red wine.
This region will give you luxurious and modern accommodation, villas, hotels, apartments, modern marinas and nautical centers. Visitors who want to have a good entertainment at night, at their disposal have planty of bars and clubs on the beach in Makarska, Hvar, Split and Bol.