The Scenic Beauty of the Dalmatian Islands
The Dalmatian coastline is a place of unequaled scenic beauty and natural splendor. With well over a thousand islands dotted along the coastline, there are endless and fascinating opportunities to experience an adventure to last you a lifetime. The region offers the discerning holiday maker an enchanting combination of old towns to explore, amazing scenery from every horizon and a chance to kick back on the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea.
The 1,185 islands, islets and rocky outcrops projecting out of the Adriatic Sea next to the Croatian coastline are the remains of old mountain ranges which sank below the sea during Earth’s last ice age. Most of the isles are largely uninhabited. In fact, only 66 of these islands have a permanent human population. The largest of these are Krk, Cres, Brac, Hvar, Pag, Korcula, Dugiotok, Mlijet, Vis, Rab and Losinj.
If you are looking for a peaceful rest combined with the most amazing island scenery, then the island of Hvar will be a source of endless delights. The town of Hvar is steeped in history but the scenic beauty is on another level that you have to see it to believe it. Indeed, a number of Hollywood stars such as Brad Pitt, Steven Spielberg and Sharon Stone have been quoted variously endorsing Hvar as the most beautiful island in the world.
While Vis is one of Croatia’s remotest (in terms of proximity to the mainland) islands, it is nonetheless a tourist haven of unparalleled beauty. Rustic and pristine in equal measure, Vis produces the best of Croatia’s citrus fruits, figs, olive and almonds. Moreover, nowhere else in the Dalmatian coast will you taste such delicious fish, lobsters and other Mediterranean seafood. Close to Vis is the world famous Blue Cave (Modra Spilja) , the incredibly beautiful underwater blue cave.
With a population of around 20,000; the island of Korcula is the second most populous of the Adriatic islands after Krk though it is the sixth largest in geographical area. Legend has it that Korcula was founded by the Trojan hero Antenor sometime in the 12th century BC. The fortifications built around the ancient city of Korcula are worth a day’s tour but you will also be enchanted by a collection of museums, gothic cathedrals and scenic beaches. Popular fun activities off Korcula include snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving or just soaking the sun on the sandy beaches.
Though only the third largest island off Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, Brac is easily the most legendary and for good reason too. It is on Brac where you enjoy the pristine shingle beach known as Zlatni Rat. Over 500 meters long, Zlatni Rat is so synonymous with the Dalmatian Coast that if you have seen a flyer or pamphlet promoting the region as a tourist destination, you most likely have seen a picture of the shingle beach as well.
Brac boasts a host of luxurious holiday resorts, all with enchanting views of the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea. The island is connected to the city of Split and Makarska on the Croatian mainland by ferry. Things to do at Brac include scuba diving, wind surfing and paragliding.
Once you have began your island hopping tour off the Dalmatian Coast, the key to enjoying the experience to the fullest is finding an leisury means to move from one island to the next. The ferry service is only adequate to connect you from the mainland to some of the closer and bigger isalnds such as Brac. For the rest of the excursions between the islands, you can either charter a boat or yacht from well established charter companies. This is by far the most enjoyable means of accomplishing your Dalmatian Islands hopping tour. Alternatively, you may also opt for boat tour packages which cater for tourist groups, taking them through a predetermined itinerary and often in the company of a knowledgeable tour guide.