Sailing Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast
The Dalmatian Coast, unfolding along Croatia on the eastern reaches of the Adriatic Sea, is one of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of coastline. With clear pristine waters, untouched beaches and a Mediterranean climate that promises year-round sun, the region has so far remained immune to the redevelopment that has hit much of the rest of Europe’s coastline and it is the ideal spot for a holiday.
Hopping from island to island while sailing Croatia, there is much to see and do. But with its varied terrain and calm waters to explore, the Dalmatian coastline and its accompanying archipelago is ideal for activity holidays.
Naturally, with such an abundance of water, the choice of water-based activities is second to none and there is no better way to explore the coastline than at the helm of a boat or by kayak, moving from place to place and stopping at quaint seafront villages for a bite to eat, a bed for the night and a real taste of Croatian hospitality. You can explore hidden coves and tucked-away harbours accessible only by water. For wildlife enthusiasts, there is even the possibility of dolphin watching off the coast of Sveti Andrija Island.
The wildlife below the waves is no less beautiful or awe-inspiring. Whether you are snorkelling or diving, Croatia has reefs brimming with underwater life and an abundance of wrecks, all of which make the region ideal for anyone with a taste for adventure. More experienced divers can even take the time to explore Croatia’s underwater caves, the result of the nation’s unusual ‘karst’ formations.
Meanwhile, those more accustomed to the feel of solid ground beneath their feet need not feel short-changed. The islands may be surrounded by water, but the inland landscapes are no less inspiring. From pebbled beaches to rugged mountains covered in lush vegetation, the terrain is perfect for everything from gentle hikes along the sea to mountain biking high in the hills. The Biokovo Nature Park in particular offers stunning views of the Adriatic and the Dalmatian coastline. They provide ample reward for the journey uphill.