See You at the Beach in Croatia

Central Dalmatia abounds in gorgeous landscapes, endless beaches and numerous options for active holidays. A wide array of beautiful beaches and opportunities for adrenaline-filled adventures combine with iconic old settlements, towns and picturesque islands to make Split-Dalmatia County the ultimate destination for travellers of all ages and interests.

While wandering along the beaches from the north to the south of the region, it's impossible to miss the area's largest sandy beach: found in the shadow of a steep mountain ridge between Split and Makarska in the town of Omis: the locals love to call it velika Plaza, although its true name is Punta. And, despite its epic looking surrounds, the beach is right in the centre of the town.

You'll find even more attractive beaches nearby, too. Head to the island of Brac and you'll discover the iconic Zllatni Rat Beach, which is recognised across the world for its unique shape and incredible natural beauty. Just off Hvar Island, meanwhile, there are plenty of secluded strips of sand to explore on the Pakleni islands. Set in the crystalline sea just outside of Hvar town, these islands are home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, some of which are the worthy recipients of prizes for the quality of their sands - the balmy Mediterranean weather you'll be exploring them in helps a bit, too.

Elsewhere, the famous beaches of the Makarska Riviera are also a must-visit. A 60km-long coastline of incredibly diverse beaches, the Riviera extends from Berla to Gradac, leading you through 18 towns and villages, while reserving something for everyone's taste - from family beaches in Maraska, all the way to hidden gems in the remote fishing villages along the coast.

Apart from a pleasant holiday on the beach, adrenaline seekers can also enjoy a varied offering of active holidays: sailing, regattas, surfing and kite boarding are all a big part of the action, while the diving schools in Split, Makarska. Hvar and Vis give you the chance to explore some of the most attractive waters on the Adriatic coast.

If you want a change of scenery. Visit Omis and the Cetina River to the east of Split. There, you can take an adrenaline-fuelled ride on a zip line above the river or go rafting on rapids that'll offer thrills and spills in equal measure. And if you prefer some slightly more peaceful activities, you can always feel the heartbeat of the river on a canoe-safari or an afternoon's river kayaking.

After you've dried off, head for Split's most famous beach - Baćvice - to learn the local game of picigin, which involves throwing a small ball around in a circle, and stopping it from hitting the water below.

There, you'll be in the heart of Central Dalmatia, Split, known the world over for its beautiful Ancient Roman palace, once the home of Emperor Diocletian. So, what are you waiting for? You've hardly touched the surface - it's time to explore it all.