Dalmatian Coast

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The Dalmatian Coast is best known for its climate: Mediterranean on the coastline, but quickly changing to alpine just inland, in mountains which roll right down to the sea in a particularly picturesque way. There are a number of lovely towns and cities lining the coast, many containing the best places to stay in the Dalmatian Coast, and all of which seem to have their best face facing out to sea, so one of the best ways to appreciate this area's beauty is from the deck of a yacht.

Island hopping, around what are really flooded peaks of the same alpine range, is certainly a good way to explore the region, but many spots along the coastline deserve more than a drop in. Some of the best places to stay on the Dalmatian Coast have good links to other local centres, making it easy to hop around from a land-base.

Northern Dalmatia stretches from the Kvarner Riviera to Split, including Zadar and Trogir. Split is the largest city in the region, so makes an easy base, and its Old Town, built around a vast Roman palace, is exceptionally beautiful. Zadar is the other large town in the region, again with an impressive Old Town littered with Roman ruins, medieval churches and excellent museums.

But Northern Dalmatia is probably better known for its scenery, with some breathtakingly lovely National Parks, and some of the least built up islands along the Dalmatian Coast. Pasman and Uglijan are examples of those less built up islands. Beautiful Pag has some of the region's best sandy beaches, as well as the famous party resort of Novalja.

The most famous Dalmatian islands are in the centre of the region. Starting with Solta, just off the coast from Split and heading south you'll hit Brac, Hvar, Vis and Korčula. Solta is well developed and very visitor-friendly; Brac is lush with pines and figs and is known for its clear waters; Hvar has the fertile vineyards, gorgeous beaches and medieval towns; Vis has more of those lovely, sandy bays and beaches, and Korčula, the largest, is loved by cyclists.

The southerly part of the Dalmatian Coast is where you'll see palm trees and olive groves along the ribbon of Adriatic blue, but the grey cliffs and peaks are still right behind the coast. This is also where you'll find Dubrovnik. A favourite of famous aesthete Elizabeth Taylor, Dubrovnik's sheltered, emerald harbour, it's 13th Century walled town and it's Stradun, one of the world's most beautiful main streets, are endlessly enchanting. It sounds over the top, but you'll see...

If you're going to visit during the busy summer months, the best places to stay in the Dalmatian Coast will get booked up well in advance. So either get organised and plan ahead or come in the quieter months when this beautiful region is far less crowded!

Best Places to Stay on the Dalmatian Coast

For History Buffs

  • Traditional and elegant, the Hotel Bastion is just a few minutes from Zadar's old town, built into the city's ramparts.
  • Historic townhouse, the Pucic Palace in Dubrovnik also has plenty of traditional charms. There's art on the walls, parquet underfoot and a beautifully frescoed bar and restaurant.

For Families

  • Martinis Marchi is on Solta, a boat ride from Split, and is an excellent Croatian castle conversion with huge suites sleeping between four and six - so, ideal for families. Especially when you consider how pretty and welcoming the island is!

For Romance

  • The Villa Dubrovnik is certainly luxurious enough for Elizabeth Taylor. Its private beach, private ocean view balconies, excellent Mediterranean restaurant and the possibility of having a jacuzzi on your balcony mean it's probably luxurious enough for anyone!
  • Glass fronted, state of the art Hotel Bellevue has fresh and neutral interiors with spectacular views and an excellent spa.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay on the Dalmatian Coast, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice.

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  • Design Hostel Goli + Bosi


    Fantastically modern hostel from a newly renovated 19th century warehouse. A range of modern minimal rooms, dorm-style rooms, and suites provide excellent value accommodation for families and groups of friends. Simple but delicious pizzeria and access to all the sights.

    from $22
    Groups  -  Three and four person dorm-style rooms perfect for groups of friends.
    Contemporary  -  Superbly contemporary and minimal rooms all in white.
    Value chic
    Quirky  -  The quirky side of modern.
  • Hotel Sipan

    Hrvatska, Dalmatian Coast

    Idyllic seaside hotel in fisherman's village. Contemporary rooms have light wood furniture, artworks and some with sea facing balconies. Excellent Mediterranean cuisine using local, organic produce. Pretty and great value.

    76 rooms from $51
    Beach Life  -  Plenty of hidden bays to discover by boat or kayak, stroll through pretty harbour or wander down to one of many sandy beaches
    Kayaking  -  Only a kayak will enable you to swim in the most secluded and most beautiful spots
    Sights nearby  -  Skočibuha Castle and the Church of the Holy Spirit in Suđurađ
    Sailing  -  From Sipanska Luka Harbor
  • Amoret Apartments


    Traditional apartments, excellent value, just a five minute walk from Buza beach. Apartments have kitchenettes, extra beds, wifi, and wonderful city views over the Old Town. Rooms are rather antique but offer unbeatable rates. Ideal for anyone on a budget, very convenient too.

    from $81
    Views  -  Stunning views over the Old Town.
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Dubrovnik's Old Town is a highlight.
    Kayaking  -  Adriatic Kayak Tours.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • La Villa


    An idyllic stone cottage B&B on the waterfront. Contemporary boutique rooms in bright colours, gorgeous open terraces with sea views, excellent table d'hotes with produce straight from the garden. Snorkelling, diving, exploring. An active beach holiday in a remote spot.

    8 rooms from $80
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Franciscan monasteries and medieval churches, 16th-century Renaissance gardens of Trsteno Arboretum, 24km NW of Dubrovnik.
    Remote  -  Just 220 inhabitants on the island, no cars, and village stone cottages.
    Kayaking  -  A great way to explore the Elafiti islands.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Roko House


    A simple but stylish collection of rooms and apartments with kitchenettes in central Dubrovnik. Creamy rooms and two bedroom suites have wooden floors and minimal furnishings. An excellent value spot for families, groups of friends, or those on a budget.

    3 rooms from $90
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  House of Marin Drzic, Dubrovnik Aquarium, Dubrovnik Cable Car, Onofrio's Fountain and Franciscan Monastery.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
  • Stradun Apartments


    A boutique collection of apartments in the Old Town. Light, airy, and contemporary decoration within a 17th century townhouse. Each suite has all the mod cons, including DVD players, and a kitchenette. A great option for a family or a couple for a summer beach holiday or a winter retreat.

    from $112
    Families  -  Each apartment sleeps up to 4.
    Beach Life
    Sailing  -  Take a boat to Elaphiti islands - Kolocep, Lopud or Sipan - for walking, swimming, sunbathing.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Villa Pattiera

    Cavtat, Dalmatian Coast

    A good choice for a less touristic holiday on the Dalmatian coastline. A traditional hotel in the town of Cavtat within striking distance of the beach. Simple, but very spacious, rooms have parquet floors and mahogany furnishings. A bit off the beaten track, but better value.

    12 rooms from $126
    Sights nearby  -  40 mins to Dubrovnik by boat taxi
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Diving  -  Good diving nearby.
  • Hotel Marmont


    An old-town hotel perfect for the cultural explorer. 21 minimalist chic rooms with kingsize beds and big bathrooms. Many historic sights, day trips, and lots of beach life. A sumptuous seaside spot for couples.

    20 rooms from $149
    Historic  -  Mediterranean side streets and the Sveti Duje Cathedral
    Romantic Break  -  Situated in the UNESCO-listed old town of Split
    Designer  -  Minimalist furniture and bathrooms
    Sailing  -  Ultra Sailing
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
  • Villa Vilina

    Dubrovnik, Lopud

    A beautiful stone house on Lopud Island with stunning sea views in a privileged location. Simple traditional rooms, some with private balconies, roof top terrace and pool, excellent restaurant and BBQs, and immediate access to the sea. An ideal spot for a peaceful romantic getaway or wedding.

    15 rooms from $153
    Views  -  On the water's edge the hotel has fantastic sea views.
    Romantic Break  -  A romantic paradies on a small island.
    Swimming Pool  -  Roof top pool with views.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
  • Divota Apartment Hotel


    A renovated stone town house with a collection of contemporary chic rooms, studio apartments and one house. Interiors are all white with wooden floors and all the mod cons. Kitchens, sitting rooms, and in the thick of all the attractions. Stylish and family friendly.

    24 rooms from $133
    Private Hot Tub  -  Book the three bed villa and get your own private terrace with hot tub
    Sights nearby  -  Unesco-listed Diocletian's Palace, Cathedral of St. Duje.
    Sailing  -  Catch a boat to Hvar, Vis, or Pag.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Hotel Bastion


    A good four star option a few minutes from Zadar's old town. Traditional elegant rooms, some sleep up to 4, with subtle lighting, rich fabrics, and wallpapered walls. Excellent restaurant and terrace, spa and business room. A good choice for any traveller.

    28 rooms from $139
    Sights nearby  -  Located on the peninsula close to all major attractions
    Lively  -  Zadar is know for its nightlife and bar scene
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
  • Villa Allure of Dubrovnik


    A stunning little guesthouse-hotel. Contemporary classic rooms have four poster beds, beige tones, and elegant furniture. Wonderful sea views from sprawling terraces, swimming pool, and walking distance to the beach and restaurants.

    9 rooms from $141
    Views  -  Stuning views over the Mediterranean and Dubrovnik Old Town
    Beach Life
    Sights nearby  -  Close to Dubrovnik's historic old town
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Villa Dubrovnik


    A beautiful Five Star hotel crafted by local architects from the rock face in Dubrovnik. Designer rooms, suites, and villas are contemporary with sea facing balconies, some with private jacuzzis. Excellent restaurant, pool, spa, private rocky beach, and lots of privacy. Romantic luxury.

    56 rooms from $148
    Views  -  Fabulous views over the Adriatic and of the old city.
    Families  -  2 villas sleep 6 each.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
  • Hotel Bellevue


    State of the art glass hotel set in the cliff face in central Dubrovnik. Contemporary designer rooms, family suites, and suites have neutral tones, all the high techery and private balconies. Two restaurants, excellent spa, and immediate access to all the sights. A luxury spot, very family friendly.

    77 rooms from $182
    Beach Life
    Sights nearby  -  Easy walking distance of the Old Town
    Views  -  Fabulous views across Miramare Bay
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Tablet, CN Traveller
  • Martinis Marchi

    Maslinica, Dalmatian Coast

    A beautiful Croatian castle renovation of the island of Solta, a boat ride from Split. A historic house with beautiful interiors that echo tradition. Enormous suites sleep between 4 and 6, all with private balconies looking onto the pool. Romantic, remote, and family friendly.

    6 rooms from $202
    Families  -  All the suites sleep 4, some sleep 6.
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Short boat ride into Split
  • Hotel Excelsior

    Dubrovnik (Ploce)

    A modern five-star hotel with mesmerising vistas of the Adriatic. A short walk from Dubrovnik's stunning historic centre, the hotel's superb spa is the perfect place to relax after a day's exploring. Palatial rooms fitted with terrace showcase the area's natural beauty. A coastal oasis.

    158 rooms from $220
    Spa breaks  -  Excelsior has a strong focus on wellness, making it the perfect place for a relaxing spa break.
    Local markets  -  Wander through the bustling markets of the historic fortified Old Town of Dubrovnik.
    Snorkelling  -  Perfectly situated to explore the abundant sea life of the Adriatic.
    Seaviews  -  Enjoy sublime views out onto the Adriatic sea.
  • Pucic Palace


    A historic townhouse hotel in the the centre of Dubrovnik's old town. The sandstone building has traditional rooms and suites with wooden beamed ceilings, parquet floors and paintings on the walls. Lovely frescoed bar and restaurant. An authentic choice right in the thick of it. Family friendly.

    19 rooms from $224
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Bang in the centre of the Old Town, just minute from the old port
    Diving  -  Good diving nearby.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, CN Traveller
  • Bracka Perla Agroresort

    Brač, Hrvatska, Dalmatian Coast

    Traditional Mediterranean boutique on the island of Brac. Colourful Mediterranean rooms, gorgeous garden terrace with pool, stunning sea views, and a spa. Perfect for a beach holiday on a sunny island. Not far from all the attractions and boat life.

    from $266
    Families  -  Almost all the rooms have a kitchen, perfect for preparing picnics for children.
    Garden  -  Beautiful garden terrace with olive trees and shady spots.
    Romantic Break  -  Jacuzzi on the outdoor terrace and hotel spa.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Boutique Hotel Kazbek


    A luxury boutique castle hotel, previously a holiday home, in the heritage bay of Lapad. Stunning rooms and suites, traditional in style with wooden beamed ceilings and attractive furnishings. Fantastic regional restaurant, pool and courtyard, and speed boats to hire.

    13 rooms from $239
    Beach Life
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Johansens
  • Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera

    Petrčane, Dalmatian Coast

    A fabulous contemporary spa hotel on the Petrcane peninsula. Panoramic ocean views, a state of the art spa covering two floors, fantastic Dalmatian cuisine, and charming nautical themed rooms and suites with all the mod cons. A sophisticated choice for a spa and beach holiday, family friendly too.

    110 rooms from $245
    Foodies  -  Dalmatian specialities in two restaurants.
    Spa breaks  -  A two floor state of the art spa.
    Families  -  Plenty of children's activities.
  • Judita Palace Hotel


    A romantic hotel just near Diocletian's Mausoleum. Beautiful rooms and suites have stone walls, creamy furnishings, wooden floors and all the mod cons. Charming terrace, sitting room, library and restaurant. A stylish spot for a stop-over in Split.

    8 rooms from $292
    Sights nearby  -  Diocletian’s Palace, Peristyle and Diocletian’s Mausoleum.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
  • Grand Villa Argentina


    A stunning Dalmatian villa sits on the waterfront with breathtaking views, its own private beach, and a full service spa. Rooms and suites, slightly traditional, but very luxurious with private balconies. Three excellent restaurants, beauty salon, spa treatments, two pools, and picturesque gardens.

    127 rooms from $297
    Spa breaks  -  A full service garden-view spa.
    Views  -  Fabulous views from all angles.
    Foodies  -  Three excellent restaurants.
  • Hotel Vestibul Palace


    A traditional Dalmatian house with chic minimal interiors in central Split. Rooms and suites have original stone walls, big sky lights, white walls, and sparse furnishings. Good Mediterranean restaurant and walking distance to all the attractions. A stylish spot for Split.

    11 rooms from $299
    Local exploring  -  From Split you are able to explore the Croatian islands, such as Korcula, Hvar, Vis.
    Sights nearby  -  St Domnius Cathedral, ruins at Saloma, the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Small Luxury Hotels
  • Lesic Dimitri Palace

    Korčula, Dalmatian Coast

    Gorgeous collection of boutique apartments in the Bay of Korcula. Creamy, chic suites with all the mod-cons. Variety of watersports in the beautiful bay, Mediterranean spa and wine-tasting in the hotel. Ideal for families or romantic breaks in the sun.

    from $384
    Families  -  Boutique apartments sleep 2 to 9 people
    Romantic Break
    Spa  -  All treatments are influenced by the Silk Road, Thailand and the Mediterranean, it's a truly unique experience
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
  • Villa Orsula


    The ultimate in romantic chic. A beautiful traditional Mediterranean villa with stylish modern rooms and fantastic amenities. Luscious gardens lead to a private beach, a renowned chef provides fantastic cuisine from terraces, and sea views drift over the bay and islands. Luxurious, highly romantic.

    11 rooms from $686
    Views  -  Breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea, Lokrum Island and Dubrovnik Old Town.
    Foodies  -  Delicious Mediterranean cuisine by executive chef Thierry Caruel.
    Romantic Break
    City Style
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