Sail Croatia's Dalmatian Coast

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If I did not say where I was writing about and ask you where in Eastern Europe you can sun bath all day and party in the night it would take you a few guesses before you mention Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast.  Known for its natural coastline and beautiful sun shine, the Dalmatian Coast covers the entire Croatian coastline which includes towns like Split, Makarska and Dubrovnik and islands like Hvar, Korcula and Mljet.

The Dalmatian coast is fast becoming a European short break destination. Many holiday companies offer sailing trips along this hidden gem of the Croatian coast.  With a mixture of taking it quiet or partying, tropical greenery with historic European architecture.

Most holiday makers include a bit of sailing in their holiday when they come here, because it is the best way of seeing the variety that is on offer.  The sailing trips normally last for a few days, a week or more and starts from either Split in the north or Dubrovnik in the south.

Towns and Islands

Split: One of the main attraction of this town is the dicletian Palace, built around the 3rd century by the Romans, and is now a Unesco World Heritage site.  It measures abour 180m by 250m, small you may say but it is an hive of activities, with shops, bars, homes and galleries all within the Palace walls.

Next along the Dalmatian Coast is Hvar an island with an harbour with typified the Mediterranean, with quaint charming marble and red-roofed buildings, palms trees lining the foreshore. The view over Hvar Town and of the Pakleni islands is breath taking.  Within the town are trendy and authentic bars and restaurants.

Korcula is another island going south and the reputed birthplace of Marco Polo. Korcula town is more laidback and quieter than Hvar, Split and Dubrovnik.

A summer attraction is the Moresaka sword dance, in which costumed locals swirl and parade their way through town. It’s a colourful sight; telling the story of kings duelling for the affection of a princess.

Just off the shore of Dubrovnik is the island of, with a habitation of less than two thousand Mljet could easily qualify as the prettiest of the islands on the Dalmatian Coast, and it’s also one of the most tranquil.  There are a lot to see here although the island offer mainly water activities and you can hire a bike to explore its natural beauty.

Inland from Mljet is the town of Dubrovnik where the sail might end.  It is one of the must see if you come to this area. The town surrounded by a wall that meanders its way around the town which invites you to come and take a look. Inside is a collection of towns and alleys, churches and cobbled squares, that reminds you of some medieval towns.

A walk along the city walls offers amazing views, from the vistas over the red-bricked roofs and church spires, to the shimmering Adriatic it all unforgettable.