Dalmatian Coast And Islands Holidays 2022/2023

With its spectacular scenery, historic culture and glorious Mediterranean climate, holidays to Croatia are fast becoming Europe's top destination – and the Dalmatian Coast brings you the best of all of them. The region has one of the most outstanding stretches of coastline anywhere in the world. You'll find picturesque beaches set against the soaring Dinaric Alps surrounding a myriad of islands in the clearest waters in the Mediterranean. Head inland and you'll find miles of stunning natural landscape, as well as beautifully preserved charming cities.

Dalmatian Coast And Islands Holiday Deals 2022/2023

Captured in time

Delve into the fascinating history of this region as you wander along stone walls, marvel at medieval villages and admire the centuries-old buildings. Zadar has a wealth of Venetian architecture and Roman ruins set inside city walls. Or head down to Split, the region’s largest city, and home to Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace built in the 3rd century.

Nestled in southern Croatia is cultural capital Dubrovnik, one of the most perfectly preserved Renaissance towns in the world. Wander through the gates and turrets of ancient city walls onto narrow streets packed with churches and baroque buildings.

Currency: Croatian Kuna

Language: Croatian

Time Difference: GMT + 1

Religion: Roman Catholic



The largest city on the Dalmatian Coast, Split is a living museum with so much to offer. Boasting a combination of ancient history, terracotta rooftops and curling coves — this picture-perfect destination is rapidly becoming one of Croatia's most popular holiday spots.

Brac Island

One of the largest islands in Croatia, Brac is famous for its award winning beach, luminous white stone and unspoilt nature. Located just a one hour ferry hop from the bustling mainland Split, its laid back feel makes it a perfect place to relax and enjoy authentic island life.


Situated in the Makarska Riviera, Brela is a small and idyllic Croatian resort which offers a cosy combination of beach culture, pine forests and light tourist entertainment. Still regarded as one of Croatia's hidden gems, a visit to Brela is a true escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


Croatia's most happening island, Hvar is best known for its five-star luxury, A-list party scene and its harbour brimming with million-pound yachts. Drawing in as many as 20,000 people a day during its peak summer season, it's one of the most visited Croatian islands for a reason.


Croatia is largely dominated by its coastline, with the Dalmation Coast running along the western side of the country. This often-dramatic coast is dotted with seaside towns, quaint fishing villages and many islands. Holidays to Croatia in this region mean getting to eat your fill of fresh, locally-caught seafood, relaxing on beaches and exploring historical sites. Relaxation pretty much sums up what Igrane holidays are all about too. Once just a humble fishing village, tiny Igrane is now a popular spot to enjoy a peaceful holiday by the sea. The town's biggest attraction by far is its picturesque beach.

Makarska Riviera

A stretch of Croatian coast snuggled up to the mighty Biokovo Mountain, the Makarska Riviera garlands the Adriatic Sea with seaside towns and inviting beaches. Explore our fantastic range of cheap holidays to Croatia and stretch your legs in the countryside or lounge by the sea in this sublime corner of the Balkans.


Fly under the radar on your holidays to Croatia, with a trip to Podaca. This scenic town sits on the coast between Split and Dubrovnik, but it's a world apart. The star attraction here is the outdoor landscape – pine-tree fringed beaches and the craggy Mount Biokovo. If you want to relax and get next to nature, this is the holiday for you.


Spend your holiday to Croatia in Podgora, a picturesque town nestled between the mountains and the sea. It's the perfect destination for a laidback beach holiday. This small town also has some fantastic cultural attractions, a decent nightlife and plenty of outdoor activities available. Add a trip to the nearby city of Split, and there's never a dull moment on a Podgora holiday.


Holidays to Croatia have lots to offer to tourists, and Sibenik is no exception. Sibenik, Croatia's best-kept secret, has cultural attractions to rival the better-known holiday hot-spots of Split and Dubrovnik. For a start, it's the only city in Croatia with two UNESCO heritage sites. The attractive old town is crammed with museums, art galleries, and even holds host to Croatia's best restaurant. But holidays to Sibenik aren't just about culture. The city is the gateway to the stunning Kornati Islands, where an abundance of beaches, and the idyllic Krka National Park await.


On Croatia's Makarska Riviera, the coastal village of Tucepi has plenty of opportunities for rest and respite by the sea as well as an active sports community. Its sweeping beaches and gleaming white marina provide charming scenery, while the mountains beyond are perfect for hikes.


Located seven kilometres from Split, Podstrana is a wonderful destination to visit. You can escape the busy city centres while being close enough to explore some of Croatia's best attractions. Podstrana itself is made up of five villages, all nestled at the foot of a mountain. Podstrana is becoming an increasingly popular place for holidays to Croatia, thanks to its location and abundance of activities. Whether you want to explore the city of Split or swim under waterfalls, Podstrana is the perfect place to do so.

Scenic beauty

The stunning natural beauty of this region is captured in a variety of landscapes. Catch breathtaking views on Marjan Hill in Split or reach for the white peaks of Biokovo, Dalmatia’s largest mountain. Enjoy nature up close, exploring the Plitvice Lakes, with its tumbling waterfalls, lakes and forests home to a huge diversity of wildlife.

The Paklenica National Park has peaks with stunning views and forest gorges with canyons carved into the southern slopes of the Velebit Mountains. Discover the rich marine ecosystem in the islands, inlets and reefs of the Kornati and Krka National Parks, the latter boasting spectacular waterfalls in which you can take a dip.

A beach for everyone

Finding a beautiful beach along the Dalmatian Coast is easy, for example the awesome Zlatni Rat Beach on Brac Island. But there are thousands of pretty white-pebble beaches as well as sandy shores, with dramatic views, such as the Queen’s Beach near Zadar with mesmerising views of the Velebit Mountains across the water.

Bacvice Beach in Split is a wide shallow bay with a family-friendly atmosphere and buzzing social vibe. While the pretty old town of Brela on the Makarska Riviera has a string of the best beaches in Europe, including the Blue Flag Punta Rata Beach.

Croatian cuisine

With its amazing seafood, fantastic wine, olive oil grown in the hilltop groves, and delicious fresh seafood, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in France or Italy. From oysters and crab to octopus and lobster, you’ll also love local dishes such as jirice ­(tiny deep-fried fish) not forgetting the region’s trademark dish: squid-ink risotto.

Cheese is a famous local produce – try the delicious Livanjski Sir made on Hvar, or Paski Sir from Pag Island. And Dalmatian’s own smoked ham, prsut, is believed by many to be superior to its Italian rival, Parma ham. Rustic Croatian classics with a hint of Italian influence to inventive modern cuisine can be found in many waterfront eateries called konobas on the beach shores and at the many open-air restaurants.


No Dalmatian coast holiday would be complete without exploring its islands. There are more than 1,000 of them, easily reached by boat and covered in olive groves, lavender fields and charming white-stone villages – current hotspots include Korcula Island. Reputedly the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo, this island is covered by a thick blanket of forest with an ancient medieval-walled town in the centre.

Family-friendly Brac Island is a great choice for parasailing and windsurfing. And for a spot of glitz, visit Hvar island – once governed by a Venetian magistrate, the Italian influence can be seen all over the island with its Renaissance-style cathedral and maze of tiny medieval streets known as kala. And don’t miss the tiny Elaphiti Islands in the south, set in a line each with inlets, caves and harbours serving fresh seafood.

With arguably some of the best scenery in Europe, bountiful beaches, unspoilt nature and ancient Roman ruins, you can expect all this and more on your Dalmatian Coast holiday.