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Central Dalmatia - the heart of the Adriatic

Discover Dalmatia through the unique natural beauty of its coastline and islands, or through its cultural attractions and the layers of history that are written in the stones of its streets and squares – each will lead you to central Dalmatia, the heart of the Adriatic.

Copyright Duje Klaric. birds eye view split coast
©Duje Klaric


The Coastline
Along the coast, centuries-old pine trees overhang the white pebble beaches. A glance upward stops on the peaks of Biokovo, Kozjak and Mosor, or to Vidovo gora on Brač, the highest island summit in the Adriatic; and then the view extends to that string of sunny islands - Hvar, Šolta and Vis, which have preserved their little stone villages far from the noise and fast pace of everyday life.



Birds eye view of Split coast Zvonimir Barisin
©Zvonimir Barisin


Adventure
The magic of the heart of the Adriatic does not stop where the coastline ends. The region is known for its horseback riding schools and its rural tourism. Well-maintained cycling paths inland, along the coast and on the central Dalmatian islands wind through a gentle landscape, while on the rapids of the Cetina River and in its gorges, canoeing safaris, rafting and free climbing enthusiasts gather. There are places on the Makarska Riviera that are ideal for an active family holiday.

Copyright: Ivi Ravlic. Hiking in Split.
©Ivi Ravlic



Art & architecture
The cultural heritage of central Dalmatia was created by inspired artists who etched their art in the stone, marble and wood of the palaces of its cities. They not only left masterpieces of their skilled hands but also their hearts which they poured into the beauty of the houses, churches and museums, constructed carefully and with great love.

Architecture in Split. Copyright Zvonimir Barisin
©Zvonimir Barisin


Split cathedral
It’s been said that the Split Cathedral of Saint Doimus is the oldest cathedral in the world because it has served for so long as a place of public worship. Next to the cathedral, the residents of Split have raised a magnificent bell tower, which today has become the symbol of the city.

Split cathedral. Copyright Zvonimir Barisin
©Zvonimir Barisin


Hvar
The sunniest island, Hvar, is home to the most preserved example of ancient subdivision of land – the Starigradsko polje (field) - which is also under UNESCO protection. The city of Hvar also boasts one of the oldest European theatres, built in the historic centre of the town in 1612. It is the third oldest theatre in Europe and has been the centre of the cultural and social life of the town for nearly 400 years. What’s also special about central Dalmatia is its tradition of preserving popular and religious customs linked to Catholic holidays and patron saints. The public procession of the Stations of the Cross that has been held on the island of Hvar for centuries, on the evening between Holy Thursday and Good Friday, is an unforgettable experience of an authentic religious tradition.

Copyright: Zvonimir Barisin. Hvar in Split.
©Zvonimir Barisin




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