Dalmatia is a region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea in today’s Croatia, bordered by the Rab Isle in the northwest and the Bay of Kotor to the southeast.
There is so much to say beautiful Croatia. It is a Mediterranean country, but different from Greece, or Italy, especially in terms of abundant vegetation, rocky beaches and a rather western air.
If you want to be introduced to the luxurious Dalmatian Coast, first stop should be Zadar. Until recently, it used to be a very little known resort in Croatia, but things are beginning to change; here you can find accommodation on the spot without any problems and at very reasonable prices; locals are so friendly and eager to offer you shelter. Zadar features an Old Center with a cozy and friendly air, with streets paved in white stone, inviting you to stroll around. There are plenty of restaurants, terraces and cafes all over town and the prices are very inviting.
The Dalmatian beaches, just like in most part of Croatia, are rocky and have pebbles instead of sand, that is why water sneakers are recommended for two reasons: you can damage your feet against some sharp rock that you might encounter on the bottom of the sea, and you will avoid stepping on any sea urchins and deal with other subsequent inconveniences.
Close to Zadar there is a fishing village called Nin. Today it is a tourist destination that will charm you with its picturesque charm. Nothing of the atmosphere in Nin will leave you the impression that you have to do with a popular and crowded resort, there’s no feeling of “aggressive tourism”, but rather a remote place where you can enjoy nature and local tradition in a quiet way, without feeling annoyed by noisy crowds.
The little fortress inside Nin is to be seen primarily. At the entrance to the fortress you will be welcomed by a traditional Croatian boat. The ruins of the ancient citadel dating from the second century Roman are still standing.
Also in Nin there is the smallest cathedral in the world – the Church of the Holly Cross, one of the best-known symbols of the town. This cathedral was listed as being the tiniest in the world and was built in the 9th century, in the Early Christian period. It is 7.80 m long, 7.60 m wide, and 8.20 meters in height (inside measures) and the walls are 57cm thick and does not contain the chair of the Bishop.
Immediately outside the village there is a sandy beach, one of the few sandy beaches in Croatia. The more interesting part is that, in order to reach it, you have to walk about 300 meters on an isthmus covered in very warm water (heated from the sun), not deeper than 30-40 cm. The beach is a spit of sand, and all around is shallow and tepid-warm water.
From Dalmatia to Istria. In Istria, as in the rest of Croatia, all cities have names with Italian resonance and there are many Italians who live or have homes there. It is understandable, since Italy is on the other side of the bay.
Rovinj is the most beautiful in the area. It is full of greenery and the whole cliff to the Mediterranean is a pristine natural park and no building in about 10-12 kilometers. So you can bathe in the Mediterranean and get yourself a chair between the trees in the shade. Here and there are portions of walls where you can enjoy some rock climbing. You can also travel from one town to the other preferably by walking or renting bicycles.
Old Rovinj is built on steps that lead to “Holy Eufemia” Cathedral uptown, and therefore this settlement had gained domination over the surroundings and all streets in the old city reach “Holy Eufemia”.
From here in Rovinj, you can reach Venice within an hour on a motor boat.
Porec is another popular resort. Again, you will notice a considerable Italians presence by the yachts displayed in the port. Porec is a lovely site with while cobblestone streets that get crowded during nighttime when tourists begin their evening walk downtown and enjoying the local cuisine at restaurants nearby. The landmark is a beautiful old monastery that you can visit and if you get on top of its high tower, you’ll be granted with stunning view upon the area.
Buzet is a city in the center of Istria region, located between Dalmatian hills. The main attraction is a small town perched up on a hill. At the foot of the hill, there is the New Town that preserves the same picturesque feeling of the region.
There are plenty more to see here, but if you can’t manage to fill everything in, you are always welcomed back.