A Trip Down Memory Lane: Split as It Once Was in 1980

Split today is one of the hottest destinations on the Adriatic, attracting a growing number of tourists each (non-pandemic) year. It has undergone enormous change in just a decade, as it has transformed itself from the ‘Gateway to the Dalmatian Islands’ to one of the coolest places on the coast. 

Split has always had a very cool vibe, but things used to look very different only a few years ago. Time for a trip down memory lane… 

Back to 1980, an era of booming tourism for Croatia and Central Dalmatia. Cars driving through the riva was one of the many noticeable changes. 
Now compare to Split today, below. Which one do you prefer?

3 of Conde Nast Top 13 Destinations Located in Central Dalmatia

So where are the best places to visit in Croatia? According to the internationally respected publication, Conde Nast Traveler, about a quarter of them are in Central Dalmatia. And who are we to disagree?

Here is what they said about the three Central Dalmatian destinations which made the list. 

Hvar

One of the country’s most popular islands for sunbathers and oenophiles, Hvar is renowned for its sunny beaches, lavender fields, and lush vineyards. It also features a beautiful city center, complete with Gothic palaces and marble stone streets. Bonus: It’s also Croatia’s sunniest spot.

Zlatni Rat, Brač
Of all the beaches in Croatia, Zlatni Rat stands out for its unusual shape (which changes depending on the current) and material (it’s actually made up of smooth, tiny pebbles). The so-called “Golden Cape” is a popular spot for windsurfing, jet-skiing, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Split
Croatia’s second-largest city is a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Walk through the sprawling 4th-century Diocletian’s Palace (pictured), where trendy clubs and boutiques alternate with ancient churches; or stroll along the Riva seafront promenade, which is dotted with cafes and souvenir shops.
To see the full list, check out the Conde Nast article, Best Places to Visit in Croatia.

3 of Conde Nast Top 13 Destinations Located in Central Dalmatia

So where are the best places to visit in Croatia? According to the internationally respected publication, Conde Nast Traveler, about a quarter of them are in Central Dalmatia. And who are we to disagree?

Here is what they said about the three Central Dalmatian destinations which made the list. 

Hvar

One of the country’s most popular islands for sunbathers and oenophiles, Hvar is renowned for its sunny beaches, lavender fields, and lush vineyards. It also features a beautiful city center, complete with Gothic palaces and marble stone streets. Bonus: It’s also Croatia’s sunniest spot.

Zlatni Rat, Brač
Of all the beaches in Croatia, Zlatni Rat stands out for its unusual shape (which changes depending on the current) and material (it’s actually made up of smooth, tiny pebbles). The so-called “Golden Cape” is a popular spot for windsurfing, jet-skiing, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Split
Croatia’s second-largest city is a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Walk through the sprawling 4th-century Diocletian’s Palace (pictured), where trendy clubs and boutiques alternate with ancient churches; or stroll along the Riva seafront promenade, which is dotted with cafes and souvenir shops.
To see the full list, check out the Conde Nast article, Best Places to Visit in Croatia.

From Prague to Split by Train: Tickets On Sale with RegioJet

 A great new addition for travel options to Central Dalmatia from Prague, as RegioJet has announced plans to connect both Split and Rijeka with a direct train service from the Czech capital. 

Last year, the service Rijeka enabled passengers to transfer to the following destinations by bus: Opatija, Rabac, Medulin, Pula, Rovinj, Poreč, Novigrad, Malinska, Šilo, Vrbnik, Krk, Baška, Crikvenica, Novi Vinodolski, Zadar, Sukošan, Biograd, Pakoštane, Omiš, Brela, Baška Voda, Makarska, Podgora, Podaca, Gradac, Šibenik, Primošten, Trogir and Split. This year, due to the new railway line to Split, new destinations will be added, and bus travel to new destinations will continue. RegioJet also offers the option to continue traveling to BiH and Montenegro.

The 15 carriages will have a capacity of 650 passengers, and the ticket price will include Internet and a free breakfast. The carriages will split in Ogulin, with 8 cars going to Rijeka, and 7 to Split. 

The service will run from May 28 to September 27, initially twice a week, moving up to a daily connection in July and August. 

Central Dalmatia Featured in Daily Telegraph Summer 2021 Travel Guide

 

(Photo credit Suncani Hvar Hotels, Hotel Adriana)

As Brits get vaccinated en masse, thoughts of summer holidays are foremost in their minds. Lockdown has been long and frustration. The good news is that the beaches and tourism activities of Central Dalmatia are waiting to remove all the stress of last year in one unforgettable holiday. 

Thinking of Central Dalmatia, but not sure which part is best for you? The Daily Telegraph recently did a great piece on holiday options in Croatia, written by Split-based writer, Jane Foster, called Coast, culture and low prices: Croatia’s most beautiful seaside destinations to visit this summer. Here is hat Jane had to say about Central Dalmatia.

Central Dalmatia

Fly direct to Central Dalmatia’s largest city, Split, from various UK airports, with British Airways, Wizz Air, Croatia Airlines, EasyJet and Jet2.com.

Split, Croatia’s second-biggest city (after the capital, Zagreb) is backed by rugged mountains, and fronted by a busy little port, with regular ferries and catamarans to the nearby islands of Brač, Hvar, Vis, as well as Korčula and Lastovo (officially in South Dalmatia).

Down the coast from Split, Mt Biokovo rises 1,762m, casting its shadow over the 40-mile Makarska Rivijera, where you’ll find some of Croatia’s best mainland beaches and shimmering turquoise waters.

Read the article in full.