Dalmatia is situated along the coast of the Croatian Adriatic Coast and is generally divided into 3 parts. Northern Dalmatia are the regions of Zadar and Šibenik, the Central part is oriented towards Split and the Southern part is oriented towards Dubrovnik. 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; wine and cuisine are great, Dalmatia is the unique and vivid part of Croatian with a Mediterranean climate oozing heart and soul.
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 archeological 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 imperiaal palaace 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 specialties 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, (similiar to English spinach,) olive oil and garlic.
3. Gregada and Pašticada Gregada, a fisherman’s dish from Hvar can be described as soup and the main course in one. It is prepared with high quality whirefish, potatoes, onion garlic, white wine, and olive oil. Pašticada is a strewe beef dish. The beef isstuffe with ham, garlic an cloves, ..marinated in red wine, garlic, with vegetables, later served as sauce. This dish is usually served with 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 like small doughnuts and have a distinct taste. This sweet cooked cream dessert thanks to raisins and a splash of rakija (grappa) in the dough. Rožata is similar to a creme caramel..made from eggs, milk and caramelized sugar.
Looking forward to hearing from you and meeting you in Croatia!