Dalmatia Experience the charm of the Adriatic coast in Croatia up close

On the glittering Adriatic coast of Croatia lies a region that takes every tourist’s heart by storm: Dalmatia. Between the rugged coastline and historic towns, a region full of charm and diversity is revealed. But what makes this part of Croatia so unique? The answer lies in the fascinating combination of Mediterranean flair, centuries-old culture and unforgettable landscapes.

Along this coastline, Holiday-Sun’s villas, cottages and comfortable apartments offer you not only accommodation, but also the opportunity to explore and experience the treasures of this region up close. Between the scent of Mediterranean plants and the gentle sound of the waves, this is a very personal experience.

Discover the beautiful region of Dalmatia with us and read how Holiday-Sun can make your vacation perfect. From the charming old towns to the hidden bays of the islands, from the aromatic delights to the historical wonders, with your villa in Dalmatia, endless possibilities await you to experience your next dream vacation.

Discover the magical region of Dalmatia

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Dalmatia is a region of incomparable beauty and cultural diversity. This coastal paradise is known for its crystal clear waters, stunning beaches and a long history dating back to ancient times.

Situated on the sparkling Adriatic Sea, this area is not only captivating for its natural beauty, but also for its fascinating cultural heritage. Dalmatia has an interesting history that is reflected in its old towns, ancient ruins and architectural treasures. From Roman remains to medieval fortresses, Dalmatia’s past tells of the different periods of rule and cultural influences that have shaped the region.

The diversity of cultural traditions, delicious Mediterranean cuisine and warm hospitality of the locals make Dalmatia a popular destination for guests from all over the world. The region also offers a wealth of outdoor activities, including sailing, diving, hiking and exploring the numerous national parks that contain the beauty of nature.

Dalmatia is not only a place for city breaks and relaxing beach vacations, but also for experiencing culture and exciting history, creating a unique Mediterranean atmosphere.

When is the best time to travel?

The best time to travel to Dalmatia is from May to September, when the weather is pleasantly warm and the sun shines a lot. During these months, the climate is Mediterranean with mild temperatures, ideal for beach days, sightseeing and outdoor activities. The high season in July and August are the warmest months, when many tourists visit the beaches and sights. Those who want to avoid the crowds can choose the quieter months of May, June and September, when the weather is still gorgeous, prices are a little lower and places are less crowded. The low season from October to April can be a quieter but still beautiful time for those who prefer milder temperatures and want to experience the tranquility of the region.

A journey through the tastes of Dalmatia

Dalmatian cuisine reveals a wealth of flavors, from delicate seafood to traditional dishes such as pašticada. Considered the queen of all dishes, this specialty features marinated beef stuffed with carrots and bacon, generously drizzled with wine and cooked for at least a quarter of a day. Sometimes this dish is prepared for three days and is reserved for special occasions.

Dalmatian cuisine is also characterized by the use of high-quality ingredients such as olive oil, Mediterranean herbs, fresh fish and seafood from the Adriatic Sea, as well as regional products such as prosciutto, cheese and local vegetables. Olive oil, figs, wine and fresh bread are also characteristic of Dalmatian cuisine. The flavors are shaped by the proximity of the sea and the influences of the Mediterranean climate, resulting in a distinctive and delicious culinary richness.

The pearls of the Dalmatian coast: towns and villages

Along the Dalmatian coast you will find numerous towns and places worth visiting where you can book your villa in Dalmatia, which will impress you with their unmistakable charm and interesting history. These coastal gems invite you to stroll through their narrow streets and explore their vibrant life and cultural heritage.

  • Split: Split, Croatia’s second largest city, enchants visitors with its rich history, which is reflected in the interior of the Old Town. Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dominates the cityscape and offers a fascinating mix of ancient remains, lively squares, markets and cafes. The historic architecture combines Roman, medieval and Venetian influences. The waterfront promenade, known as the “Riva”, is a popular meeting place for strolling and walking. Split has a unique energy, characterized by the lively atmosphere and cultural richness of the city.
  • Dubrovnik: Dubrovnik, of Game of Thrones fame, is also known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and boasts fully preserved city walls and a UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Town. The picturesque cobbled streets lead to magnificent palaces, Gothic and Renaissance buildings and historic churches. Stradun, the main street of the Old Town, is lined with cafes and shops. The view of the azure sea from the city walls is breathtaking and makes Dubrovnik one of the most fascinating and popular tourist destinations in Croatia.
  • Zadar: Zadar is a stunning combination of historical heritage and modern art. The Roman remains, including the Roman Forum and the Church of St. Donatus, tell of the city’s long past. Modern attractions such as the “Sea Organ” and the “Greeting to the Sun” set artistic accents and offer an indescribable experience. The lively waterfront promenade attracts locals and visitors alike.
  • Šibenik: Less known and therefore less visited, Šibenik is home to the legendary Cathedral of St. James, a masterpiece of Renaissance and Gothic architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated at the mouth of the Krka River, the town offers a relaxed atmosphere and a perfect blend of culture and nature.
  • Hvar: One of Croatia’s most popular islands, Hvar is known for its sunny weather, historic old town and lively nightlife. The town of Hvar attracts visitors with a mix of history and modernity. The Fortica Spanjola fortress offers breathtaking views of the town and crystal clear sea. The island is also known for its vineyards and olive groves, which produce quality products such as the famous Hvar wine and olive oil.
  • Korčula: Another beautiful town on the Dalmatian coast, Korčula, like most places in Dalmatia, boasts a well-preserved medieval old town. The city, which was part of the Venetian Republic in the 13th century and is said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, offers richly decorated houses, narrow streets and impressive architecture. St. Mark’s Cathedral and the magnificent Market Square are just some of the historic sights that Korčula has to offer. The surrounding countryside of vineyards and olive groves is perfect for exploring.
  • Marina: Marina, a cute coastal town near Trogir, offers a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful beaches. The town is known for its picturesque landscape, traditional Dalmatian architecture and its proximity to some of the most beautiful bays and beaches on the coast. If you’re looking for a dreamy beach vacation and peace and relaxation, a villa in Marina is the perfect choice.
  • Murter: Murter is an island near the Kornati archipelago and is a paradise for nature and water sports lovers. The island offers crystal clear waters, hidden coves and a variety of activities such as diving, snorkeling and sailing. The town of Murter itself offers a relaxed atmosphere, traditional restaurants and a lively marina.
  • Pašman: A tranquil island in the Zadar County, Pašman offers unspoiled nature and relaxed charm. The island is a paradise for nature lovers who want to explore the diverse flora and fauna of the region. With picturesque bike paths, hiking trails and crystal clear waters, Pašman offers an ideal setting for a relaxing vacation in your Dalmatia villa.

Historic Dalmatia and its fascinating sights

Dalmatia is a historically interesting region of Croatia and offers much for the culturally interested tourist to explore. We have listed just a few of the fascinating sights you can visit from your villa in Dalmatia.

  • Diocletian’s Palace, Split: Diocletian’s Palace in Split is an ancient palace that served as the retirement home for the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Diocletian was the only Roman emperor to voluntarily leave office, along with his co-emperor Maximian in 305 A.D. This imposing 4th century palace, a stunning example of Roman architecture, is not only a historical landmark, but the beating heart of the city. The ruins and narrow streets of the palace bear witness to the splendor of the past and offer a glimpse of life in Diocletian’s time. The Peristyle, the central square of the palace, is home to the Temple of Jupiter and is a place steeped in history.
  • Old town of Dubrovnik and city walls: The Old Town of Dubrovnik, with its majestic city walls, is a journey back in time to the Middle Ages. The intact walls offer not only a breathtaking view, but also a glimpse into a rich history. Dubrovnik’s walls are best known for the Game of Thrones series, as they served as the backdrop for many important scenes in the film. Since the second season of Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik has been the fictional city of King’s Landing, attracting fans from all over the world.
  • Jacob’s Cathedral, Šibenik: The Cathedral of St. Jacob in Šibenik is a masterpiece of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Its magnificent architecture, ornate decorations and history make it a highlight of Dalmatian architecture.
  • Zadar Sea Organ: Zadar surprises its visitors with the Sea Organ. This unique organ on the coast is an architectural masterpiece by Croatian architect Nikola Bašić. The Sea Organ consists of several pipes built under the promenade, through which the sea waves flow and create harmonious sounds. Natural sounds are created with each wave, creating a calming atmosphere. Here you can relax and listen to the concert of the Sea Organ while enjoying the sunset on the promenade.
  • Klis Fortress: Perched on a rock high above the city of Split, Klis Fortress is more than just a majestic castle. This fortress has an eventful history which, like so much else in Croatia, dates back to Roman times. Over the centuries it has been the scene of many battles and conflicts. The Klis fortress served as a defensive structure and played an important role in the defense against Ottoman attacks. Today, the fortress offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area and allows you to experience Croatian history up close. You can explore the old walls, admire historical artifacts and be transported back in time.

The diversity of Dalmatian beaches

The Dalmatian coast is famous for its variety of beaches, offering something for everyone. From secluded coves with crystal clear waters to lively beaches with plenty of activities, Dalmatia offers a fascinating coastal landscape.

Explore the pebble beaches of Makarska, ideal for families with their gentle shores, or find secluded coves like those on the island of Brač, which offer peace and relaxation. Active vacationers can enjoy water sports such as surfing and scuba diving, while nature lovers can enjoy the unspoiled beauty of hidden beaches. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation or simply sunbathing, Dalmatian beaches have something special in store for every visitor.

National parks and destinations in Dalmatia

A villa in Dalmatia is not only the perfect starting point for those interested in culture and history, but also a true paradise for adventurers and nature lovers. From the magnificent national parks to the fascinating landscapes, Dalmatia offers beautiful and unspoiled nature that will captivate any outdoor enthusiast.

  • Krka National Park: A true natural wonder, Krka National Park is famous for its breathtaking waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and lush forests. The Krka River winds its way through the landscape, forming impressive cascades, including the famous Skradinski Buk waterfall. You can walk along the river’s boardwalks or take a boat trip to the monastery islands of Visovac and Krka to experience the unspoiled beauty of this natural setting.
  • Paklenica National Park: Paklenica National Park, near the city of Zadar, is a paradise for hikers, climbers and nature lovers. The spectacular Velika and Mala Paklenica gorges offer a variety of hiking trails that lead through karst landscapes, dense forests and along steep cliffs. This national park is also known for its rich flora and fauna, including rare plant and bird species. The National Park is also known from the “Winnetou” movies. The picturesque backdrop of today’s National Park was the impressive setting for “Winnetou II” and “Winnetou III”.
  • The islands of the Kornati archipelago: The Kornati Islands, also known as the Kornati Nature Park, consist of about 150 islands and reefs, forming a unique and rugged island landscape. This breathtaking archipelago is uninhabited except for a few fishermen’s houses and is a paradise for sailors, divers and nature lovers. The rugged beauty of the islands, the crystal clear waters and the magnificent underwater world make the islands an unforgettable experience for water sports enthusiasts.
  • Biokovo Mountain: Biokovo, the largest mountain range in Dalmatia, located along the Makarska Riviera, offers spectacular views and unique hiking trails. The Biokovo Nature Park is home to diverse flora and fauna, as well as hiking trails leading to peaks with breathtaking panoramic views. Sv. Jure, the highest peak in the mountain range, rewards you with a breathtaking view of the coast and surrounding islands.
  • Modric cave: Modric cave, one of the most fascinating caves in Dalmatia, offers an underground adventure. Located in the village of Modric, about 40 km from Zadar, the cave is filled with stalactites, stalagmites and an underground lake that creates a mystical atmosphere.

Dalmatia's nightlife: lively cities and popular festivals

Nightlife in Dalmatia has a varied atmosphere, with some cities being particularly well known for their nighttime activities.

Split is a central hotspot for evening entertainment. After sunset, the city really comes alive on the waterfront, lined with bars, clubs and cafes that stay open late into the night. From relaxed lounge bars to lively nightclubs, there is something for everyone.

Zadar is no less impressive with its vibrant party scene. The main street of the old town, Kalelarga, is lined with bars and restaurants that create a lively environment. Here you will find hip bars and trendy venues that attract guests from all over the world.

Festivals in Dalmatia

The nightlife in Dalmatia is further enriched by well-known festivals. The “Ultra Europe Festival” in Split is one of the largest electronic music festivals in the world and gathers thousands of music lovers from all over the world every year. It takes place every year in July in 20 different countries.

Zadar presents “The Garden Festival”, a music festival on idyllic beaches that creates a unique atmosphere and captivates visitors every July.

All in all, Dalmatia offers an eclectic mix of exciting clubs, relaxed bars and outstanding festivals that provide unforgettable experiences and attract music lovers and party animals from all over the world.

Family vacation in Dalmatia: fun for the kids and relaxation for the adults

Known for its cultural diversity and breathtaking scenery, Dalmatia also offers a wealth of activities that appeal to families. From fun adventures to educational experiences, there is something for everyone in this region.

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  • Fun parks: Some places offer small “fun parks” with carousels, trampolines and games for children. For example, in Makarska there is the “Park Sv. Petar” with various activities for your children, including a miniature golf course.
  • Aquaparks and water sports centers: Aquaparks such as Aquapark Dalmatia in Biograd na Moru offer water slides, pools and fun for the whole family. Water sports centers along the coast offer activities such as parasailing, banana boat rides and jet ski rentals that will delight your children.
  • Adventure Boat Tours: Some tour operators offer boat tours for families that provide not only relaxed sightseeing, but also entertainment for the kids. These tours include snorkeling excursions and fun activities on board.
  • Animal Experiences: Visits to zoos or botanical gardens, such as the Split Zoo or the Šibenik Botanical Gardens, can provide your children with fascinating insights into the animal and plant world. These places are not only educational but also entertaining and allow your little ones to experience nature up close.
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Dalmatia vacation with the whole family

Discover Holiday-Sun’s special offer for families and book your villa in North Dalmatia and Central Dalmatia for a wonderful family vacation. Holiday-Sun offers a wide range of spacious, family-friendly accommodations, some of which are located right by the sea. Many of these accommodations have special amenities such as private pools and one accommodation has a special children’s pool. Enjoy your Dalmatian villa by the sea privately with your whole family. Experience the freedom and luxury of your own villa while enjoying the beauty of Dalmatia and the clear azure sea nearby.

Your vacation with a dog: dog-friendly experiences in Dalmatia

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Would you like to enjoy your villa in Croatia with your beloved four-legged friend? Croatia is considered an extremely dog-friendly country and offers a wide range of opportunities to discover the beauty of the country together with your dog. From beautiful dog beaches to hiking trails in dog-friendly national parks, Croatia promises to be an unforgettable vacation experience for you and your dog.

Dog beaches

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Dalmatia offers several dog beaches where your furry companions can run free. Places like “Beach Banj” in Šibenik or “Kava Beach” in Zadar allow your dog to swim in the clear water and play on the beach. Please note that some beaches have seasonal restrictions, so always check in advance.

Dog-friendly national parks

While pets are usually restricted in national parks, some parks, such as Paklenica National Park, allow hiking with dogs. However, dogs must be kept on a leash and there are specific routes suitable for dog walking. Krka National Park also has special areas where your dog is allowed. It is advisable to check the rules and regulations before visiting.

Book your Dalmatian villa by the sea with a dog

Dogs are not only allowed at AirBnB Dalmatia, Holiday-Sun also offers dog owners a wealth of beautiful villas and apartments where not only you but also your beloved four-legged friend are welcome. With nearly 250 accommodations that allow dogs, we offer you and your dog plenty of choice. Some of these accommodations have enticing amenities such as private pools for refreshing swims or breathtaking sea views that will make your heart beat faster. Many of these accommodations also have beautifully landscaped and fenced gardens so your dog can run free and safe while you enjoy the peace and beauty of Dalmatia.

Find your villa in Dalmatia by the sea with pool

Holiday-Sun offers a wide range of villas along the Dalmatian coast. The variety ranges from charming apartments in the towns to houses right by the sea. The selection also includes villas with sea views and pools that redefine the idea of luxury and relaxation.

Each villa offers a range of amenities, including pools for a refreshing morning swim, Wi-Fi for an always-connected journey, spacious terraces with stunning sea views and a barbecue for sociable alfresco evenings. In addition, many accommodations are equipped with air conditioning to ensure comfortable temperatures even on the hottest days.

The flexibility of our villas is reflected in their size, ranging from 1 to 20 people, with 1 to 4 bedrooms for different travel groups. Holiday-Sun offers accommodation in a variety of sizes and price ranges, with extras included in the final price. The extra cost details can be viewed transparently to give you a clear idea of the cost breakdown and to ensure a consistently transparent service. The price per night per person starts at just €13, with the cheapest apartment available for 2 people.

Pure luxury: the exclusive villas of Holiday-Sun

Holiday-Sun has exclusive villas for luxury lovers. Each of these villas promises a very special vacation experience and is a true hideaway for discerning travelers.

All 20 villas are stunningly luxurious, fully equipped, with private pools, some with separate children’s pools to accommodate families. In addition, 8 of these villas either offer spectacular ocean views or are located in close proximity to the azure waters of the coastline.

Designed for groups of 1 to 12 people, these exclusive and luxurious accommodations offer first-class service and an ambience that promises the utmost in comfort. They are the ideal choice for those looking for an extra dose of luxury during their vacation.

The most affordable villa for 8 people offers an exceptional stay for less than €23 per person per night, giving you an unparalleled luxury vacation at an affordable price.
And if you don’t want to miss your dog during your luxury vacation, we even have two beautiful villas where your four-legged friend is more than welcome!

Conclusion: Turn dreams into unforgettable memories with your villa in Dalmatia

With its dazzling array of stunning beaches, rich history, delicious cuisine and vibrant nightlife, Dalmatia proves to be a dream vacation spot on the Adriatic. From the stunning towns along the coast to the secret coves and historic sights, this region offers a variety of experiences that are sure to enchant you.

The splendor of Dalmatian beaches, historic cities like Split and Dubrovnik, culinary delights from fresh fish to traditional dishes, and the lively atmosphere of nightlife make this region an unparalleled destination. Holiday-Sun’s variety of activities, sights and accommodations, whether a cozy apartment with pool or a luxurious villa with sea views, allows you to turn your personal dreams into unforgettable memories.

Dalmatia is not just a place you visit on vacation, but an experience you will carry in your heart forever. A region that delights adventurers, culture lovers, gourmets and beach lovers alike.