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Dalmatian Coast see + do

The Dalmatian coast is not simply another beach destination. Sure, it does have a lot of beaches (though they're more pebble-strewn than sandy), and a variety of water sports, and even beautiful people. But the way of life along the coast is a true throwback: It remains noncommercialized in a way you could only fantasize about on most of the Italian coast. People still live in old medieval seaside cities or traditional island villages, and you'll hear them talk and argue about history as if the events in the 1300s had happened in their lifetimes. It's a magical mix, more than just the sum of the parts listed below. In fact, our strongest recommendation is simply this: Sit at a café, order an espresso, and watch the locals take their evening stroll down the cobblestone main drag of whatever island you happen to end up on.

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Beaches of the Dalmatian Coast

There are more beaches on the hundreds of small islands in the area than one could possibly count, many of them appearing and disappearing with the tide on...more

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Blue Cave, Biševo

Just across the water from Vis, the island of Biševo is famous for its waterlogged rock cavern, locally called the Modra Špilja, that can only be...more

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Diocletian's Palace, Split

Since visitors usually make a beeline for the islands, Split is overlooked as a destination. A pity: Croatia's second city is home to this 416,000-square-foot...more

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Diving, Vis

Like to wreck-dive? Thousands of years of maritime trading and naval battles means more than a few sunken ships in Dalmatian waters. ISSA Diving Center in...more

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Festivals of the Dalmatian Coast

Winter is chilly on the Dalmatian Coast. No wonder the warm months are filled with opportunities to get out and about, such as Split's monthlong Summer Festival...more

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Sailing School, Hvar

Sailing has always been a necessity around these parts, and tourists can learn the fundamentals of the ancient art at Hvar Adventure, which has courses for...more

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Traditional Boating on the Dalmatian Coast

Dalmatia's original fishing vessels—30-foot wood boats with two sails and six-inch keels that were ideal for pulling up onto the shore—have...more

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Windsurfing, Bol, Bra#269;

The wind regularly whips along the channel between Brač and Hvar at speeds of up to 30 knots, making the coastal town of Bol (on Brač) a mecca for...more

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Wine Tasting on the Dalmatian Coast

Nearly every island town has a communal wine press, and a large number of families bottle their own. That's because wine is an integral part of most Dalmatians'...more

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Yachting on the Dalmatian Coast

Given its proximity to Italy and Greece, it's no surprise that the Dalmatian Coast has been drawing big-money yachts—we're talking $10 million and...more

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