Diverse Dalmatia is a wonderful destination for outdoor adventurers, providing beautiful natural areas of interlocking rivers, lakes, and mountains - and rightly described as one of the best kept secrets in Croatia!
Let local guide Domagoj Burica introduce the area in more detail and explain what makes it so special for hill walking trips...
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Domagoj Burica majored in Kinesiology and Sport Science at the University of Split in Croatia and is the founder and owner of Dalmatia Explorer. They are a travel company offering sustainable and inspirational outdoor adventures and Eco tours in Croatia. His aim is to bring clients closer to all the breathtaking lakes, rivers, mountains and landscapes of Dalmatia.
Dalmatia is a unique historical region of Croatia that stretches from River Zrmanja on the North to the Cape Oštro in the South, and encompases just over 20% of the Croatian territory. Although considered as one historical area, nowadays Dalmatia is divided in four separate counties; Zadar county, Sibenik-Knin county, Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva county.
Dalmatia has always developed itself as a region by cherishing and protecting all its treasures, its natural resources and its environment. This blend of sea, islands, shores and wildlife of inland Dalmatia make it a unique, small region of great opportunity and diversity.
It is characterised by the specific diversity of the coast and islands with their hidden bays and wildlife as well as expanses of the Dalmatian hinterland which are filled with rivers, lakes and impressive mountains.
That makes it perfect territory for walkers to explore and enjoy unforgettable panoramic views, with multiple new hiking and biking trails as well as a network of caves.
Among the wildlife are falcons, howling of wolves, rock climbing chamois (a type of goat).
Here are my top five favorite hiking trails in Dalmatia. It was very difficult for me to to select just five favorites, but my intention was to show you all of the geographical features of inland Dalmatia through the mountains, and along the coast and islands.
The mighty Velebit is the mountain we always marvel at and respect, and its southern part, the National Park Paklenica is equally impressive.
Always tough, challenging and irresistible from whichever direction you head towards the St. Jure peak. Biokovo sometimes gives you an opportunity to look across the Adriatic Sea to the Apennine Mountains and Alps of Italy and neighbouring countries.
Mosor mountain is easily accessed and within the vicinity of the city of Split. It is a favourite of all recreational hikers in Dalmatia, while the view of Split and the archipelago of central Dalmatian islands is always amazing.
The island of Brac and its trails
The island of adventure and culture, with the highest peak on the Adriatic, Vidova Gora. One of our favourite trail starts from the centre of the island (Nerežišće), continues to the southern slopes and valleys and on to the cultural gem of the island, the monastery and museum Pustinja Blaca (Blaca Hermitage).
Kijevo Kozjak - Kijevo Bat mountain
This beautiful mountain offers numerous ways to enjoy the beautiful trails and nature. Spending some time on Kijevo Bat you will have the opportunity to meet deer on the hiking trail and arriving at the peak, you will have a wonderful panoramic view of to all major Dalmatian peaks; Dinaric Alps, the highest mountain in Croatia Dinara, the big blue Peruča Lake, and the longest Dalmatian river Cetina.
Best times to go:
The best time to travel to Dalmatia, an increasingly popular tourist and outdoor destination, is in the spring or autumn, when all the elements come together. But due to the mild Mediterranean climate, it is possible to visit almost all the year round, avoiding only the winter months due to snow in some mountains. Although this is not an obstacle for those who aim at an alpinitic winter climbing.
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