Dalmatia Coastline

Island hopping on Europe's most spectacular coastline


The dramatic coastline of Dalmatia is so much more than the beautiful azure waters of the Adriatic Sea. The region’s history stretches back centuries to theIllyrians, Romans, Greeks, Slavs, Austro-Hungarians and Venetians, all of whom had a lasting impact on its heritage, be that culturally or architecturally. 
Despite being occupied many times, Croatia is a fairly new nation with the Croatian War of Independence ending less than 25 years ago. The resilient nation has bounced back to become one of the top tourist destinations in Europe and its pristine shoreline is one of its highpoints.

Stretching from the northern coast of Croatia to the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, the Dalmatian Coast offers up some of Europe’s most dramatic beaches, as well as antiquated villages and rugged wilderness which have, somehow, retained their character despite increasing urbanisation. Uniquely Croatian experiences like a foot tapping Klapa performance, melt-in-the-mouth Rab cake tasting, haunting melodies from the world’s first Sea Organ and warm local hospitality add all the right touches.

Croatia’s mainland and its surrounding islands are best explored by ship. After all, few things are more enjoyable than lounging on a sun deck with a drink in hand, the warm Mediterranean sun in your eyes and sea breeze in your hair.

Emerald Waterways has exclusively chartered two new luxury yachts – the MS Swallow and the brand new MS Lastavica, to offer guests the most unforgettable
Dalmatian Coast experience. The two yachts each cater for a maximum of 36 guests, with modern en-suite cabins, a rooftop Jacuzzi, sun deck, VIP saloon and a specially-designed swim platform to safely and easily slip into the sapphire waters for a swim or snorkel. The vessels are comfortably appointed to ensure you
sail the Adriatic coast in style.

Trogir

The beautiful UNESCO World Heritage town of Trogir is set within medieval walls. Its labyrinth of marble streets is the perfect place to get lost in.

Having changed hands between the Greeks, Romans and Venetians successively, the architecture of this historic city bears all the tell-tale signs, with the geometric street plan of the town dating back to the Hellenistic period. 
Trogir, Croatia

Hvar

Known for its lavender fields and thriving night life, Hvar is often considered ‘the queen of the Dalmatian islands’. But, as well as being a popular hang-out for the rich and famous, Hvar has much to offer in the way of beauty.

While you’re here, take time to visit the World Heritage-listed Stari Grad
Plain, a patchwork network of grape and olive vines cultivated over two-and-a-half thousand years ago by the Greeks and still maintained and used today. 
Hvar, Croatia

Split

One of the Adriatic’s most vibrant port cities, and the biggest in Croatia, Split is perfectly placed between the mountains and the sea. As the cultural centre of the Dalmatian coast, thousands are tempted to its shores because of its close proximity to the sea and the city centre’s well-preserved ancient landmarks.

The Diocletian’s Palace, a World Heritage-listed fortified palace constructed at the turn of the 4th century, is a must-see. When you’re not stepping back in time, a picturesque walk up Marjan Hill promises spectacular views of the region’s natural beauty. 
Split, Croatia

Dubrovnik

Find out exactly what it was about Dubrovnik that made George Bernard Shaw say “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik”.

Marvel at its exquisitely preserved landmarks, like that of the 14th century Franciscan Monastery and the ancient Rector’s Palace, with its sensational cloister, and walk the city walls for views over the Adriatic Sea. 
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Krka National Park and Plitvice Lakes National Park

Croatia is home to some of the most magical natural wonders that seem straight out of dream destination list. Of the eight magnificent national parks in Croatia, the Krka National Park and Plitvice Lakes National Park are on every traveller’s checklist.

Take a swim within the turquoise waters of the spectacular cascading waterfalls for a truly ethereal experience. Perhaps therein lies the secret to Peter Pan’s everlasting youth.
Krka National Park, Croatia

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