As tourists look for more experiences than simply lying on the beach all day and dancing all night, so tourism evolves.
The rise of adventure tourism has been one of the biggest changes in Central Dalmatia in recent years, with activities such as hiking, cycling, sailing and rock climbing more popular than ever.
But if there is one activity which has exploded into a major adventure activity from almost nothing in the last 15 years, it is sea kayaking.
Named by Rough Guides as one of the 17 essential things to do in Croatia, we would have to agree, and the number of agencies offering kayaking tours has mushroomed in recent years.
The good news if you have never tried kayaking before is that there are plenty of tours available for beginners – the only basic requirement is that you know how to swim.
And once you are in your kayak with expert local guide, the world is literally your oyster. Hidden bays and coves, navigating the Pakleni Islands, island hopping or exploring the coast close up – there are numerous popular ways to explore. And given that you can stop pretty much wherever you choose for a swim, bite to eat or walk around, it really does make for the best time of sightseeing.
And a great way to explore the considerable UNESCO heritage of Central Dalmatia. Two of the most popular kayaking destinations are Trogir, both of which include magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the old town of Trogir and Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Don’t forget to check them out when after you have paddled all the way.
And let’s not forget the island of Hvar as well, whose Stari Grad Plain became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, and which has been producing olives and grapes in much the same way for about 2,400 years since the arrival of the Ancient Greeks.
Have kayak, will explore – the treasures of Dalmatia and UNESCO await.
To learn more about adventure tourism in Central Dalmatia, click here.