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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.

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.

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Idyllic Island Life

The three charming islands of the Dalmatian Coast are so close and yet so different. On Brac Island discover its famous white-pebble beaches and the spectacular Golden Horn. Meanwhile, Hvar Island enchants with its beautiful architecture and fascinating history. Here, you can wander around Croatia's very own 'Little Venice' in the old village of Vrboska. End your island hopping in Korcula Island for where olive groves, dense pine forests, vineyards and small villages offer boundless beauty.

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Krka Waterfalls

Situated in Krka National Park, in southern Croatia, the seven Krka Waterfalls are a colourful sight to behold. Visit in the summer to enjoy this green oasis in full bloom but be warned, it can get busy! The small island of Visovac - with its small monastery and Rosky Waterfall - has plenty of picturesque attractions and to discover the rest of the park, a boat excursion is the best way.

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Explore Split and Trogir

Basking in the lazy Adriatic sun is the old town of Split. With its beautiful mix of Roman ruins, medieval churches and modern boutiques and bars there is oodles of entertainment. The white stone walls and the Diocletian Palace are a must see and - from its bell tower - the St. Lawrence cathedral in Trogir offers attractive views of the old town and its charming mix of architecture.

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A Note on Price

A week-long Dalmation Coast holiday on a small skippered sailing yacht will start from about £4,000 for four people, but it will be significantly more for a motor yacht.