Dalmatia is located along the coast of the Croatian Adriatic Coast and is generally divided into 3 parts. Zadar is the capital of Northern Dalmatia, the Central region is famous for its ancient Roman city of Split and the Southern region is oriented towards Dubrovnik and all the way to the Montenegrin Border. Although there are many exaggerations about Dalmatia, some facts are widely accepted: This is the most sport orientated region in the world, the sea is clean, beaches are fantastic, and the wine and cuisine are delicious. Dalmatia is the unique and vivid part of Croatia with a Mediterranean climate oozing heart and soul, beautiful girls and good looking tall and bronzed men!
ART AND CULTURE There are few places that have so many monuments in such a small area covering almost every period. You will find tons of archaeological sites, museums, churches, monasteries, walls, forts, and towers. Many sites are protected by the UNESCO World Heritage list.
1. St. James Cathedral, Šibenik. The only sacral building on this list. The landmark of Šibenikis something extra because of the peculiar construction techniques used by the engineers and the wreath of heads designed by Juraj Dalmatinac.
2. Diocletian Palace, Split. The palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian is the best-preserved imperial palace in Europe from the late Classical period. It’s parts and majestic overall design are perfectly blended in the panorama of the old town of Split.
3. Trogir Old Town the orthogonal street plan of the old town dates back to the classical period and it was embellished by many fine public buildings and the magnificent Cathedral. The impressive Radovan’s Portal and the St.John’s Chapel are architectural masterpieces.
4. Stari Grad Plain, Hvar The Stari Grad Plain on the Island of Hvar is very worthy of being on this list. An area of 180×900 meters, it’s function has not changed for more than 2500 years when the Greeks settled and divided the land into parcels.
5. Dubrovnik Old Town. The crown jewel of Adriatic and the most popular Croatian town throughout the world. The beauty of this gem surrounded by massive walls has been praised worldwide.
NATIONAL PARKS The beauty of Croatian nature is widely known and some of the most splendid landscapes can be found in Dalmatia. Waterfalls in the Krka Nationa Park, magnificent islands, and islets in KornatiNP, highland landscapes in Paklenica and Mljet NP. There are several nature parks in Dalmatia. Telašica boasts cliffs, while Lake Vransko is the place for bird enthusiasts, Biokovo is great for hiking and the Lastovo islands are pure magic.
DALMATIAN CUISINE The healthiest and liveliest cuisine in Croatia. Dalmatian food and wine have a special status among the Croatians. Make sure you explore it and you will be delighted. Dalmatian cuisine has not changed for centuries. Core ingredients are olive oil, wine and everything from the sea. The Dalmatian cuisine is simple, without any complications, not open to mish-mashes and fusions, this makes it unique and even stubborn..like some traditional people of this region!
DALMATIAN SPECIALITIES 1.Pag cheese and dry-cured ham. Pag sheep cheese is the best known Croatian cheese and with the Dalmatian dry-cured ham it is often served for starters.
2. Vis Pogačaa Bread and Soparnik Try pogača bread from Vis with a fish filling, either as a main course or a quick bite, while Soparnik from the Omiš area is the pogarča filled with Swiss Chard, (similar to English spinach,) olive oil and garlic.
3. Gregada and Pašticada Gregada, a fisherman’s dish from Island Hvar, can be described as a soup and the main course all in one. It is prepared with high-quality whitefish, potatoes, onion garlic, white wine, and olive oil. Pašticada is a marinated beef dish. The beef is stuffed with ham, garlic and cloves, marinated in red wine, garlic, with vegetables, simmered slowly in its own juices and later served as a rich sauce with homemade gnocchi.
4. Plavac Mali or Pošip? That is the question! The answer depends on your preferences for red or white wine. Many of the best wines come from Dalmatia.
5. Fritule or Rožata – Fritule appear as small doughnuts and have a distinct taste thanks to raisins and a splash of rakija (grappa) in the dough. While Rožata is a cooked cream dessert similar to a creme caramel, made from eggs, milk and caramelized sugar.
Looking forward to hearing from you and meeting you in Croatia!