Photo Essay| Dalmatian Coast

I never would have thought my favorite country on my seven month journey would be Croatia. After all I’ve seen and done, my most relaxing days were the ones spent at a cute little hostel right on the Adriatic, just a few kilometers south of Split. Croatia is, in my opinion, one of the best destinations for relaxation. The beautiful scenery combined with super-friendly people and cheap food make Croatia a can’t miss country!

The Dalmatian Coast is known for it’s crystal-clear water, cobblestone city streets, cliffs, islands, coves, and amazing sunsets.

Hostel Adria - Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

While tourism is a huge industry in Croatia, the cities are not overrun quite yet. The northern city of Zadar is a popular starting
point for a Dalmatian Coast trip.

St. Donat's Church - Zadar, Croatia

The cobble-stoned old town center can be reached by a pedestrian bridge. You’ll find Roman Ruins and Byzantine buildings intermingled with coffee shops and gelaterias. There are also some great modern touches like the sea organ that uses the sea waves to push air up through pipes as well as the “Greeting to the Sun” art installation.

Greeting to the Sun - Zadar, Croatia

From Zadar you can begin island hopping or head straight down to Split. Here you’ll find massive cruise ships, a beautiful harbor, Diocletian’s Palace, museums, markets, coffee shops, and hip clothing stores. Split is a great place to relax and mingle with locals and tourists at restaurants and bars.

Split, Croatia

All along the coast you can find great hostels and hotels right on the water. And I mean, right on the water. The backdoor of our favorite hostel looked directly out to the sea. There were comfy lawn chairs and a diving board. Nearly every guest who came through extended their stay. We were no exception. We just couldn’t pull ourselves away!

Hostel Adria - Split, Croatia

Staying at these kinds of places are a great way to get away from the cruise ship crowds and get a taste of the culture. The little village where we stayed was full of fishermen, cute little old ladies, happy kids, decaying boats, and figs drying on the patios.

Our favorite few weeks there were spent doing absolutely nothing. You tend to save money on laundry and food when you only change from your pajamas to a bathing suite and eat fresh fruit, meat, cheese, bread, and beer for days on end!

Who needs Corona - Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Moving further south, Dubrovnik is also a very lovely place with beaches, massive city walls, winding streets, and narrow staircases. But there is a downside to this ancient maritime stronghold: cruise ships. The place is crawling with cruise day-trippers. Definitely stay a few days and wander around inside the city walls after hours. There are a couple of nice, rocky beaches, canoeing and rafting outings, and boat trips to some smaller beach islands.

Old Town - Dubrovnik, Croatia

Our trip to Croatia was a pleasant surprise. We’d heard great things, but it far surpassed our expectations. It is now one of my favorite countries, and I am compelled to spread the gospel. Make Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast your next European destination.

Old Town - Dubrovnik, Croatia

19 Responses to “Photo Essay| Dalmatian Coast”

  1. Those are gorgeous photos! I know Croatia is very beautiful, although I’m from Italy I’ve never been there. I keep realizing how many places I need to visit ;)

  2. Looks gorgeous. =) What hostel did you stay at? I’m planning my trip for next spring.

  3. Amazing pics! I too have been seduced by Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast twice, and cannot wait to make it a third!

  4. I too fell in love with Croatia when I visited last year. It is by far the most relaxing place I have ever been to and I plan an extended visit in the future. Love your photos :)

  5. Your photos are beautiful! I LOVE Croatia and I never expected to… it was just one of those countries we had to pass through on our way to Austria and I was sorry I couldn’t stay longer. Zadar and Dubrovnik were my favourites. I will definitely make a return trip some time in the near future!

  6. Beautiful! Great photos of what looks like a great destination.

  7. Kimberly, these photos are absolutely gorgeous! I have been dying to make it over to Croatia, and now want to go that much more! Beautiful.

  8. Amazing pictures, certainly makes you think about the countries which are off the normal tourist route.

  9. Wow Kim, you photos surely do Croatia justice!! It’s been on my list for a while…and just moved up! Cheers!

  10. These photos are freaking unreal.

  11. These are amazing photos. Croatia looks like an very interesting place to see.

  12. I loved Croatia and your photos being back memories. You are an amazing photographer!

  13. These photos are stunningly beautiful.

  14. Beautiful photos. We have heard amazing things about Croatia and now after checking out your shots, we have to go! We are loving HDR photography lately and you did an amazing job with it! It is always great finding a pleasant surprise in travel. Some of our favourite places have been the ones that we least expect.

  15. Some great pics here! We felt the same way about Croatia, it was a pleasant surprise!

  16. I know Croatia very well. Next time I suggest you to visit my home country Slovenia, it’s a beautiful country as well. Less of the Mediterranean, but more of Alpine and Karst wonders :) Always welcome :)

  17. Stunning pictures! I notice a few shot using HDR…very well captured.

  18.  These guys take the most amazing photos! I would really love to go to Croatia. I have heard so many great things about it.

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