Luxury holidays in Dalmatian Coast

If you know a Targaryen from a Stark, you may be familiar with the rugged landscapes of old Dalmatia. Sprawled along the Adriatic coast, the Dalmatian region encompasses a trio of enchanting cities, miles of glistening coastline, and impossibly pristine islands scattered offshore. One of the four historic regions of Croatia, Dalmatia was part of the Venetian Empire for half a millennia, a past reflected in its bountiful italo-centric architecture, from Renaissance to Romanesque. Explore the medieval walls of Dubrovnik and Trogir, or kick back in Split, where the spirited rhythms of daily life stir on amid Roman ruins. Off the beaten track, expect winding open roads, cinematic waterfalls, backstreet konobas and spectacular vineyards vistas.

When to go

Visit in summer to experience the region in full swing, or spring, if you prefer softer sun rays. If grapes are your thing, harvest time in the wine districts of Konavle and the Pelješac Peninsula make for a particularly pleasant autumnal experience.

Getting there

  • Planes

    The region has international airports in Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar with connecting flights from Zagreb. Catamaran, boat and ferry services run between selected islands several times a day.
  • Automobiles

    With patchy transport links outside the main cities, driving is a great way to reach lesser-known towns like Zadar and Šibenik. Though motorways in the region are fairly new and easy to navigate, the scenic (but slower) route is recommended. Take the Jadranska magistrala, or The Adriatic Highway, for a journey of white-knuckle twists and turns and unforgettable clifftop vistas.