Dalmatian Coast Holidays: an Overview

Croatia has one of the most outstanding stretches of coastline in the world, thanks not just to beautiful beaches and islands, but the charming towns and cities along the length of the Dalmatian Coast.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The coast is made for island hopping. Each island has its own unique character and atmosphere, and it's easy to get between them
  • The sailing - you'll be able to access little beaches and harbours that all other holiday makers won't be able to get to!

Luxury Holidays to the Dalmatian Coast: the Detail

If you can tear yourself away from the beautiful medieval city of Dubrovnik, Croatia's Dalmation Coast has myriad islands and a warm Mediterranean climate, and other cities nearly as beautiful (and definitely less over-run with tourists) than Dubrovnik.

The Elaphiti Islands nearby run in a chain parallel to the mainland, complete with inlets, caves and harbours, as well as seaside restaurants serving delicious fresh seafood. Further north lie several larger islands including the particularly attractive Korcula and Hvar, the new hotspot of the Dalmatian islands.

Hvar is developing something of a reputation as a glitzy rival to St Tropez and Sardinia, confirmed by the arrival of Russian oligarchs by the mega-yacht load. However, despite the glam and the glitz, the old town retains its original charm. The Old Town of Hvar is a hybrid of stone alleys and terracotta-roofed houses winding up the hill. There is a picturesque harbour with cobbled stones, a Renaissance cathedral, and a 17th century piazza housing the majestic St Stephen's tower, all serving as reminders of Hvar's history and heritage.

100 or so miles north of Dubrovnik is Split, the cultural capital of the Dalmatia region. The impressive 1,700 year old palace Roman Emperor (and Dalmatian resident) Diocletian built are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by cafes, shops, museums and other cultural attractions. There are also plenty of good beaches, both in the city and the surrounding area.

Further north still is Istria. With great seafood, fantastic wine (and an established wine fair), olive oil grown in the hilltop groves, and fantastic truffles, visitors to the region could be forgiven for thinking they were in France or Italy. Monte Mulini is the region's first five star hotel, and has the best wine cellar in Rovinj.

Top picks for Dalmatian Coast

Hotel Adriana

Hotel Adriana

Dalmatian Coast

Whilst on paper the glass façade and garden terraces of Hotel Adriana might seem incongruous with its setting on Hvar’s waterfront, this stylish hotel’s rooftop bar offers stunning views of the old city centre and blend rather nicely with its neoclassical architecture.

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Ocean view at Lesic Dimitri Palace, luxury hotel in Croatia

Lesic Dimitri Palace

Dalmatian Coast

The Lesic Dimitri occupies a recently restored 18th-century bishop's palace next door to the house Marco Polo lived in.

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Exterior at Hotel Marmont, luxury hotel in Croatia

Hotel Marmont

Dalmatian Coast

Marmont Hotel is situated right in the heart of the vibrant old town of Split, inside the walls of the Diocletian Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Villa Vilina, luxury hotel in Croatia

Villa Vilina

Dalmatian Coast

The hotel sits on a horseshoe shaped bay, next to a medieval Franciscan monastery.

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The outside restaurant at hotel Indijan, luxury hotel in Croatia

Hotel Indijan

Dalmatian Coast

Hotel Indijan is a family run 4* hotel sitting right on the (pebble) beach in Orebic at the foot of Mount Ilija.

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The water terrace at Hotel Riva, luxury hotel in Croatia

Hotel Riva

Dalmatian Coast

Hvar may be new on the trend radar, but the two Italianate villas that house Hotel Riva have been around for over one hundred years.

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