10 Days in Dalmatia: The ultimate Itinerary for first-time travelers

DALMATIA ITINERARY

If you’re visiting Dalmatia for the first time, it can be quite a daunting experience trying to decide where to start. You’ve probably heard about all the incredible monuments, Unesco-certified World Heritage Sites, stunning landscapes, and delightful cuisine, and while you want to enjoy it all to the fullest, you don’t want to fall into a tourist trap. With years of experience and a real passion for travel in Croatia, we know how to put together an itinerary that will turn a first-time traveler into a lifelong lover of this special destination. So, before you start packing your bags: we present you a fully customizable 10 day/9 night Dalmatia Itinerary

by LET’S TRAVEL

March 2021

1.DAY: SIBENIK & NATIONAL PARK KRKA

Begin your 10-Day Dalmatia itinerary in the ancient Mediterranean port city, Šibenik. Ryanair and EasyJet, directly to Airport Zadar which is 45 min far away from Šibenik. Base yourself here for two days of sightseeing.

Start with a stroll through the marbled streets of Old Town of Šibenik. Learn about the history and explore the architecture of Šibenik old town with its various historical buildings, numerous churches, and the architectural wonder, the Cathedral of St.James. Next, catch the boat from Skradin to visit National park Krka. This place is one of Croatia’s most famous tourist attractions. It’s a magical place of waterfalls and gorges, with the river gushing through a karstic canyon 200m deep.

Dalmatia Itinerary, Dalmatia

2. DAY: PRIMOSTEN

After a visit to National Park Krka, continue your way down south toward Primošten. It’s located on a picturesque peninsula and connected to the mainland by a thin causeway. Spend the day getting lost in Primosten’s striking marble streets or relax on one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Croatia, before heading to Split for the night.

 

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3. DAY: SPLIT

Begin your day with a private guided walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace. Undeniably this is the most famous attraction in Split. The ancient emperor, Diocletian, built the palace at the turn of the 4th century AD. This Palace is a living part of this  city, a throbbing ancient quarter that’s home to 220 historic buildings and about 3000 people. After your guided tour, enjoy lunch at your leisure in Split. An afternoon sit down at Riva for or coffee or a glass of wine and watch the tourists stroll along the promenade.

 

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4. DAY: BOL ON BRAC & ZLATNI RAT BEACH

Hop on a fast catamaran to Bol on the island of Brač (or alternatively a car ferry to Supetar and then a bus). Stroll along the Bol Promenade, which takes you along the seashore from the town of Bol all the way to Zlatni Rat Beach,one of the most beautiful and most popular beaches in the country.  Zlatni Rat is a beach with a unique shape and is about half a kilometer long. This pebble beach changes shape constantly with the current. After exploring, just relax on the beach, slow down and feel the vibe of the island. If you like hiking, go up to Vidova Gota, the highest point of the Croatian islands.

5. DAY: HVAR

Next, catch the catamaran to historic Hvar Town, the vibrant capital of the island of the same name. Often ranked among the most beautiful islands in the world, Hvar reigns supreme as island royalty in Dalmatia. Take some time to wander the winding marble streets and browse the upscale shops. Be sure to visit the 16th century St. Stephen’s Cathedral on the city’s main square and the Venetian Fortress perched above the town. Or, join a kayaking tour and head out on the Adriatic to discover the many secluded coves that outline the islands. After the day’s adventures, treat yourself to a drink in the ancient piazza of Hvar overlooking the Venetia loggia. Base yourself here for two days of sightseeing and nightlife.

Hvar, Pakleni Islands and Brač Yacht Cruise

6 DAY: PAKLENI ISLANDS

The next day, visit the Pakleni islands – a group of islands you can see from Hvar town. Take a water taxi or a speed boat from Hvar and spend a  day relaxing on a beach or exploring the pine forests and beautiful untouched landscape. All of the islands are car-free and covered in lush pine trees which makes it feel like you really are at one with nature. 

7. DAY: KORCULA

From Hvar Town, there are year-round connections to Korcula Old Town, a must-see destination that shouldn’t be missed. Korčula was one of the finest fortified medieval towns in Croatia. Due to its strategic position, the town was built of thick stone walls and towers. Wander through the historic center of Old Town and take it all in. Learn about the history and visit Land Gate on the south side of the city, St.Mark’s Cathedral, and house one of the world’s most famous travelers Marco Polo. It is believed that the legendary explorer, writer, and traveler Marco Polo was born in Korčula. 

Stretch your legs and take a short walk to St.Anthony’s Hill. You need to go up 200 steps through a wonderful cypress alley to reach this hidden gem which is also a protected area of natural beauty. This charming island is blessed with plenty of alluring beaches. Pebble beaches are located on the more flat northern side of the island, while the sandy ones can be found on the southern side of Korčula.

8.- 10 DAY: DUBROVNIK

From May to October, there are catamarans from Korčula to Dubrovnik. Your first sight of the beautiful old town of Dubrovnik, ringed by mighty defensive walls and turquoise waters, is bound to blow you away. Spend the next two days taking in its sights. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, the Old city retains its artistry and history. The city itself is an exhibit of human craftsmanship where inside the walls the Rector’s Palace, the Bell Tower clock, St. Blaise’s Church, the Jewish Synagogue, the Dominican Monastery, and the oldest pharmacy in Europe all await your discovery. 

Visit a world-famous filming location, serving as the backdrop for blockbusters such as Star Wars: The last Jedi and Robinhood, and best known as the site of King’s Landing in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Take the Cable Car to the top of Mt. Srd and enjoy the stunning views of Cavtat, Elaphite Islands, the Old Town of Dubrovnik, and even the city walls.

At the end of this Dalmatia Itinerary, we take to a hidden gem. Rent a car and visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dubrovnik area, Pasjaca beach, which is located about 25 kilometers east of the city in Konavle region. The descent, which leads over a paved path along a steep rock face and through a small tunnel, is really exciting. When you arrive at the bottom, a picture-book beach scenery awaits you. Especially the high red rock walls are fascinating here, which provide a fantastic contrast to the picturesque sea colors.

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11 Responses

  1. I’m in love with the architecture in Dalmatia. Cathedral of St.James and Diocletian’s Palace both look stunning! Wish I was there right now!

  2. I really love this itinerary… a mix of stunning historical architecture and beautiful nature wins me over. The Diocletian’s Palace, beautiful Hvar streets and blue, blue waters of the islands look wonderful.

  3. I have never visited Dalmatia, but it’s definitely on my list after reading your blog. I would especially love to visit Dubrovnik.

  4. Dalmatia looks absolutely stunning! I can’t resist those blue waters! It looks so picturesque! Diocletian’s Palace in Split sounds like a fascinating stop in the itinerary, I’d love to visit. Thanks for the great guide!

  5. I’ve been to Croatia, but just briefly. Would love to go back and explore the islands. Rat beach looks incredible!! As a history buff, I really LOVED Split. Would also like to hike in Krka National Park. I’ve been to Plitvice, but not Krka.

  6. Your photographs are incredible. You make a compelling case for spending more than 10 days. If only a person had a month to spend on the Dalmatian Coast. Amazing!

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