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Diocletian’s Palace

Split, Dalmatia, Croatia

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Colonnade in front of large tower

A vast 3rd-century AD palace was Roman emperor Diocletian’s retirement home that forms the core of Split’s stunning, UNESCO-listed historic centre.

Best for ages 18+

Sail the Dalmatian Islands

Dalmatia, Croatia

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Aerial view of Paklinski Islands in Hvar, Croatia. Turquise water bays with luxury yachts and sailing boats. Toned image.

With sheltered waters, a steady breeze, and too-many-to-count uninhabited islands with hidden coves, the Dalmatian islands are made for sailing.

Adult price: £600

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 3-7 days

Krka National Park

Split, Dalmatia, Croatia

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A small island with a Christian monastery on river Krka called Visovac, Croatia (Europe)

A glorious National Park, with steep wooded canyons, dramatic waterfalls (that you can swim in) and rare wildlife. It’s one of the most important natural habitats in Europe.

Best for ages 6+

Hvar’s Old Town

Hvar, Dalmatia, Croatia

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Hvar's Old Town

A character-filled, Venetian-era old town, with a picturesque main square, a lattice of historic streets, and cultural treasures galore.

Best for ages 13+

Split’s best food & drink

Split, Dalmatia, Croatia

Fresh Mediterranean fishes on traditional BBQ fireplace, oiling with virgin olive oil, selective focus

A blend of Italian and Middle European cuisine, with plenty of fresh fish and seafood, dominates Split’s fresh and delicious cuisine – with traditional dishes served in konobas (tavern), and pizzerias and gelaterias on every street.

Best for ages 13+

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Dalmatian Islands’ best food & drink

Dalmatia, Croatia

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black spaghetti with mussels, zadar, croatia

A blend of Italian and Middle European cuisine, with plenty of fresh fish and seafood, eating out in Dalmatia is always a treat.

Best for ages 13+

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Hike up Mount Biokovo

Split, Dalmatia, Croatia

Glass viewing platform at summit of Mount Biokovo

Hike the rugged heights and nature parks of Mount Biokovo for stunning views down across the Adriatic.

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 5 hours

Dalmatian Islands Wine Region

Dalmatia, Croatia

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Vineyard in Dalmatia, Croatia, at the Adriatic coast.

A scattered wine region of family-run vineyards that produce excellent wines. Learn the art of Dalmatian winemaking and sample some excellent labels.

Best for ages 18+

Skradinski Buk

Split, Dalmatia, Croatia

Waterfalls flow into pool with tourists swimming

This picturesque collection of 17 cascading waterfalls is one of the highlights of the Krka National Park. Wander the 2km walking track, or put on your bathers and swim in the river waters. Go early if you can – it gets crowded in summer.

Best for ages 4+

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White-water rafting in the Cetina Gorge [canyoning & kayaking]

Split, Dalmatia, Croatia

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Rafters on a stream in the middle of forest in the Cetina Gorge

A spectacular high-sided rocky gorge, where the Cetina River descends over a series of waterfalls and light-moderate rapids to the sea. A great day out for white-water rafting, canyoning and kayaking.

Adult price: £35

Min age 8

Best for ages 8+

Duration: 3-4 hours

Split’s Fish Market

Split, Dalmatia, Croatia

Split’s Fish Market

A handsome covered peskarija, popular with the locals, where marble stalls display mounds of freshly caught seafood. Sample the fare at one of the many surrounding cafes and restaurants. Open daily.

Best for ages 18+

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Zlatni Rat Beach

Brac, Dalmatia, Croatia

aerial view of Zlatni Rat Beach

A photogenic 500m-long cape of fine golden shingle, that changes shape with the tide. Lined with sunbeds and good for watersports, it’s a great family beach.

Best for ages 4+

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Split Summer Festival

Split, Dalmatia, Croatia

Dancers on stage hold a pose

Culture after dark with open-air opera, drama, ballet and concerts in Split’s magnificent old town.

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 1 month

When: July-August

Frequency: annually

Marjan Peninsula [walking & cycling]

Split, Dalmatia, Croatia

Aerial view of the city Split over the park Marjan

A gorgeous peninsula of pines, cypresses and fragrant shrubs, offering fantastic walking and cycling. Just a 10-minute walk from Split’s centre.

Best for ages 6+

Duration: 5 hours

Hike or cycle Vidova Gora

Brac, Dalmatia, Croatia

View of Zlatni Rat beach from Vidova Gora, Brac, Croatia.

A superb 2-hour hike up the Dalmatian islands’ highest peak for spectacular views over the archipelago, and delicious spit-roast lamb at the summit.

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 4-5 hours

Mestrovic Gallery

Split, Dalmatia, Croatia

Classical gallery stands on hill

Gallery of Croatia’s best-known 20th-century sculptor Ivan Mestrovic – whose work has been compared to that of Rodin and Michelangelo – exhibits 200 of his works. It’s set in a splendid neo-classical villa, his former summer home, with a lovely café overlooking the sea.

Adult price: £6

Best for ages 18+

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Bacvice Beach

Split, Dalmatia, Croatia

Bacvice Beach

A Blue-Flag, sandy beach in a sheltered bay just a ten-minute walk from Diocletian’s Palace. Locals come here to drink morning coffee at the seafront cafés and play picigin, a bizarre ball game unique to Split.

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Carpe Diem Beach & Club

Hvar, Dalmatia, Croatia

White Party at Carpe Diem during Yacht week.

A beautiful pebble beach with a super-trendy beach club, boasting a lounge bar, DJ and restaurant in a magical setting among the pines. The club opens daily from June to September.

Best for ages 18+

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Tomic Winery

Hvar, Dalmatia, Croatia

The wine boutique Tomic is the tasting venue located in the renovated wine cellar of the family house in the old town centre of Jelsa on the island of Hvar.

Taste some of Hvar’s best wines in a cellar modelled on the ancient Roman dining rooms used by the Emperor Diocletian. Hvar’s top winemaker.

Best for ages 18+

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Stina Winery

Brac, Dalmatia, Croatia

The outside of Stina Winery with its wine cellar in Dalmatia near the Adriatic coast on the island Brac. Mediterranean award winning wines. Facade and mountains

The home of Croatia’s oldest wine co-operative, the Stina Winery has been in operation since the 1900’s and produces some of the region’s best Posip (white) and Plavac Mail (red). Daily tours and tastings at 5pm and 6pm, pre-booking not necessary.

Best for ages 18+

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Blaca Hermitage

Brac, Dalmatia, Croatia

Stone building set alone on cliffs near Bol in Dalmatian Islands

Perched on a remote mountain cleft on Brac island, the Hermitage dates back to the 15th century, when Ottoman Turks took shelter in a cave. They stayed, built outwards and by the 18th century it was a Hermitage serving three local villages.

Best for ages 18+

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Wine-making in Dol

Brac, Dalmatia, Croatia

Wine-making in Dol

This charming 2-hour tour in the village Dol on Brac, takes you to visit a 400-year-old castle and discover the secrets of a local family’s wine-making. There’s a small workshop, where you can taste rakija, kvasina and prosek and even try your hand at wine-making.

Adult price: £28

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 2 hours

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