This pristine coastline is over 1,700km in length and is fringed by distinctive terracotta-roofed houses, ancient buildings and soaring mountains. Whether you prefer to explore on foot or by bike, our Dalmatian Coast trips introduce you to some of the most beautiful parts of southern Croatia. Lush islands that pepper the coastline offer natural diversity and guide you to hidden pockets of discovery.
If you want to discover Europe on a cycling trip, there are few places as beguiling as the Dalmatian Coast. Ride along quiet seafront roads and enjoy unparalleled views as you travel between vineyards, villages and towns. There are so many places to discover, such as the UNESCO city of Dubrovnik, the islands of Hvar and Korcula, and the Peljesac Peninsula. Alternatively, why not go on an exciting island-hopping adventure or take a cultural tour of Dalmatia and sample the famous wines of Lumbarda?
Croatia is filled with history, and old towns protected by medieval walls tell of the country’s colourful past. From centuries-old churches and monasteries to Baroque palaces and maritime heritage, you’ll get a deeper insight into the country on our Dalmatian Coast tours. The UNESCO city of Split is another wonderful destination where modern culture and Roman landmarks exist harmoniously. Add to this a mountainous backdrop and emerald waters, and you have one of the most scenic settings for our Dalmatian Coast trips.
Kissed by the Warm Mediterranean sun, Croatia is also world-renowned for its stylish restaurants and pavement cafes that serve up delicious dishes made with the finest ingredients. You’ll find it hard to resist traditional dishes like black risotto, Istrian ham and the freshest seafood you’ve ever tasted.
Dalmatian Coast Holidays
8 Daysfrom£ 1,599
Guided Group (Excl. Flights)
Cycling routes along Croatia's spectacular Dalmatian coastline
Hvar: One of the more frequented of Croatia’s islands, Hvar is a fashionable port town popular with anyone that loves food and history – a match made in heaven. Throughout its warren of streets, often referred to as a mini-Venice, you’ll find ancient buildings, Gothic palaces and restaurant upon restaurant selling world-class seafood dishes. It’s this combination that makes visitors fall in love with Hvar, not to mention its natural beauty that can be seen along its pristine coastline and among vibrant lavender fields. To get a real sense of the town’s history, walk along the medieval walls or climb up to the fortress that stands at the top of the hill.
Korcula: While Korcula has earned itself somewhat of a reputation for its sprawling vineyards and wineries, there’s lots more lurking beneath its surface which draws travellers from across the globe. Picture sleepy villages, olive groves and flower-filled meadows where you can immerse yourself in the alluring scenery – there’s no doubt Korcula is very easy on the eye. Often called ‘Little Dubrovnik’, the island is also wrapped inside medieval walls where authentic restaurants and bars are tucked away among cobbled streets. Pupnat is the oldest village on the island, with just 500 inhabitants, a parish church and a local bar, and gives you an insight into both its past and modern life.
Brac: This scenic island is popular with walkers wanting to explore its diverse landscapes, from rocky beaches and dramatic mountains to lush vineyards and ancient forests. As well as being the largest of the islands in Central Dalmatia spanning almost 400 square kilometres, Brac also plays host to the Adriatic’s highest mountain, Vidova Gora. On your travels, you’ll also learn about the island’s rich history dating back to Neolithic times when it was first inhabited and experience a more authentic side to the Dalmatian islands. And be sure to try some of the locally grown olives that have been cultivated here from more than half a million trees since the late 17th century!
Mljet: There’s something enchanting about the island of Mljet with its largely unspoilt landscapes, azure water and hushed forests that lure walkers to its shores. And while it flaunts such natural beauty, it is often overlooked by tourists. Lying off the Peljesac Peninsula, the island of Mljet is home to two salt lakes, Veliko and Malo Jezero, and is a tranquil oasis where you can escape from everyday life. Approximately one-third of the island is covered by a national park, which offers an insight into a small piece of Croatia’s heritage. If you want to go in search of spectacular views, head up into the hills where sprawling coastal panoramas unfold.
This was an enjoyable holiday, despite several disappointing issues. Good: The places visited were splendid; our guide, Mila, was excellent; and the members of our group were great company. Bad: The hotel (3 nts) in Korcula was awful. The hotel in Dubrovnik (3 nts) also had problems.
A wonderful week exploring some of Croatia’s islands by bike, starting from Split to Dubrovnik! Well organised with good support throughout. As this was my first cycling holiday I appreciated knowing the support vehicle is there, just in case!