Dalmatia, Croatia: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

Dalmatia is a stretch of land starting from the island of Rab in the North to the Bay of Kotor, in Montenegro. It is mainly a coastal region, thus its main points of interest consist of sea resorts, islands and beaches. The most important cities and tourist hot spots of Dalmatia are Split and Dubrovnik, in the South and Zadar in the North. Throughout the whole of Dalmatia, there are many cultural sites, inherited from the Ancient Dalmatians, Romans or Venetian, as well as national parks and wildlife and modern marinas and nightclubs.

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Dalmatia is popularly split between Northern Dalmatia and Southern Dalmatia. While the south is more popular for visitors, due to its holiday resorts and famous cities that draw people to Croatia, such as Dubrovnik or Split, the north is mostly left unexplored. It is ideal for hikers and nature lovers, as three out of the eight national parks of the country are in the north of Dalmatia, lost in the Dinaric Mountains. The 3 parks are Krka, Paklenica and the Kornati Islands. Also, there is a national park in the south, Mljet.

In the south, the main attraction is Dubrovnik, the medieval city. Also, the tourist resorts of Omis, Makarska, Vodice and Rogoznica have emerged as popular destinations for the summer vacation. Due to its land that is suitable for growing olive trees and vines, there are numerous Croatian wines to be tasted and enjoyed locally. The Dalmatian riviera is best for swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing and hiking, canoeing and kayaking, boating and fishing or, simply, for enjoying the summer sun in special locations.

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The Dalmatian coast is easily reachable from the capital city of Zagreb by bus to the main cities and towns of the region, or, by train to Split. Also, there are seasonal flights from some European cities directly to Dubrovnik or Split, as well as ferry connections with ports in Italy. There are seasonal ferry lines between Bari and Dubrovnik, for cars and passengers, from Ancona to Hvar, in the summertime, and, from Ancona to Zadar and Split all year round.

Cheap accommodation is easy to find in Dalmatia. As tourism grew in the region during the last years, there are plenty of offers for any budget and any travel type. There are cheap apartments for families or couples, hotels and resorts, or hostels and campings. Accommodation can be found in mainland Dalmatia as well as in the adjacent islands. The connections between the main points of interest are well established and travelling between cities, islands and towns is not problematic.