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Summer Hotspot: Dalmatia

Whether you want to escape for a long weekend or stay for several weeks – the south of Croatia is the perfect location for a summer getaway. Hidden bays, deserted islands and superb wine tempt faithful visitors to come back again and again. Which is hardly unexpected, given that the Dalmatian coast is a treasure trove full of surprises.

August 8, 2022

Every year, more and more visitors discover the beauty of Dalmatia – probably because, in addition to its idyllic islands, bays and beaches, the Croatian coast on the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea is also rich in culture and looks back on an intriguing history. The island of Brac is a prime example of Croatia’s far-reaching influence: to this day, large amounts of limestone are quarried here – the same gleaming white stone that has been used to build many historical buildings over the centuries, including large sections of the White House in Washington, D.C.

Whether you’d rather work on your tan by the pool or go on a discovery tour, Dalmatia has something for everybody. The Brown Beach House boutique hotel (top left) in Trogir lies right on the coast and delights guests with its mid-century charm. © Getty Images, Assaf Pinchuk Photographer

A Scenery Fit for Hollywood

TV fans may find that the old quarter of Dubrovnik seems extremely familiar. For eight years it served as the setting for a global phenomenon that has already drawn millions of viewers to this city at the southernmost tip of Croatia – to see where the battle for the Iron Throne came to its fiery end. You guessed it: we’re talking about the fantasy show Game of Thrones. Dubrovnik served as the backdrop for the outdoor shots of King’s Landing, the fictional seat of the crown in the iconic medieval epic. Walking through the old quarter, you can’t fail to recognize several of the shooting locations and sense the thrill of knowing you’re following the trail of A Song of Ice and Fire.

In Dubrovnik, there’s no shortage of impressive white limestone architecture to admire: from historic fortresses and the famous city walls (top right) to medieval buildings like the Sponza Palace (centre right) and luxurious villas with a view of the Adriatic. © Getty Images, Adobe Stock

But it’s not just Dalmatia’s cultural influence and impressive old cities that make this part of Croatia well worth a visit. The sunny region has everything you’d expect from a perfect summer holiday – including a seamless suntan. There’s no shortage of beaches where you can lie in the sun without a care in the world. As for the cuisine, it features the best the region has to offer: sunripened fruit and vegetables, grilled delicacies to dig into after a long day of exploring and wonderful salty nibbles fresh out of the sea. Let’s face it: who can resist fritto misto (deep-fried calamari and co.)?

Gourmets will think they’re in seventh foodie heaven as they enjoy haute cuisine bursting with fresh ingredients from this fertile region.. © Svadbas Photography


Good to Know

  • In addition to the mainland, Dalmatia has an abundance of islands like Brac, Hvar and Vis, which are easy to reach by boat.
  • Five of Croatia’s seven Unesco World Heritage Sites are located in Dalmatia.
  • Although Croatia has been a member of the EU since 2013, it still uses the kuna as its national currency; 10 kunas are worth approx. 1,33 euros.
  • Visitors can choose from the region’s three airports in Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar.
  • Sea urchins are plentiful on the stony sea bed of the Adriatic, so it’s well worth investing in a pair of aqua shoes.

This article appeared in the Falstaff TRAVEL issue Summer 2022.

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