Stretching from Zadar to Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast is a magical slice of Croatia. Seaside towns stuffed with historic treasures, pretty waterfront eateries and bluer-than-blue waters are what you can expect here.
Experience this part of the country in all its glory when you hire a car and motor along its length. Whether you fly into Zadar and travel south or arrive into Dubrovnik and make your way north, this itinerary is designed to take you around the best of the Dalmatian Coast.
Kick-start your trip in ultra-cool Zadar. It’s a tale of two cities here, with an intriguing mix of old and new attractions to see. The Roman Forum and St Donatus’ Church flaunt its historic roots, while the Sun Salutation and Sea Organ showcase its contemporary edge.
Journey south to Šibenik, a dazzling white-stone resort nestled next to the Adriatic. This seaside resort has a quaint medieval old town in its centre, where you can wander a maze of backstreets that are each as pretty as the next. St James Cathedral is a must-see as you explore, as is St Michael’s Fortress.
Italian-influenced Split is the next stop to make on your road trip and what a treasure it is. Backed by dramatic mountains and lapped by gleaming turquoise waters, this city deserves its mantle as one of Croatia’s finest. Its historic heart is formed around Diocletian’s Palace, an ancient labyrinth-like complex that’s teeming with bars, shops and restaurants.
From here, follow the D8 that hugs the coastline all the way down to Makarska. Outdoorsy types will be in heaven here, with pebbly beaches, glittering waters, dense pine woods and the lush Biokovo mountain range to explore. Windsurfing, cycling, walking, climbing – you can do it all in Makarska.
Dubrovnik needs no introduction. This world-renowned location has stolen hearts with its jaw-dropping history and dazzling architecture. Begin to peel back the layers of the city’s heritage with a stroll around the 14th-century walls ringing the old town. Not only can you enjoy views of the terracotta-topped city, but the glimmering Adriatic too. You can chase more views from Srđ, a towering hillside that’s more than 400m-tall and linked to the city by a cable car.
Lokrum Island is another star attraction. Hop on a ferry from Dubrovnik Harbour and enjoy a day trip to this stunner. Spend your time here lazing on pebbly patches, exploring the Benedictine monastery and popping into Fort Royal.
This itinerary only scratches the surface of the gems the Dalmatian Coast hides. And with a hire car you’ll have the freedom to explore at your own pace. So what are you waiting for?
Posted: 11th Sep 2019.