Seeking a European escape that’s a little off the beaten path? Though not exactly a well-kept secret, Croatia’s picturesque Dalmatian Coast still flies enough under the radar that it’s a welcome respite from the throngs of tourists in popular cities like Paris or Rome.

One of Croatia’s four historic regions, Dalmatia offers plenty of potential for adventure. Discover Dubrovnik, called the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and a major filming location for HBO’s Game of Thrones, or Split, Croatia’s second-largest city that’s steeped in history. Read on to discover what makes this a worthy contender for your next trip overseas.

Our weeklong visit to the Dalmatian Coast was truly worthwhile: a welcoming and accommodating concierge, driver and guides; an impressive villa with a view of the sea and the nearby town of Primosten; picturesque villages that may sometimes remind you of Provence or Tuscany; excellent seafood … and interesting Dalmatian culture.

Ryan H.Inspirato member

Ancient ruins

Though Italy and Greece are the usual suspects for exploring relics of the ancient world, Croatia has a rich world of ruins all its own. In Split, the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian awaits. A can’t-miss stop for any history buff, Diocletian’s palace has become the Old Town of Split, featuring cafes, apartments, restaurants, and shops. The palace is free to enter and explore—it’s a major central area within Split—but visitors can opt to pay for a ticket to see the palace’s basement, which was once underwater and where, at his request, Diocletian entered his home directly from his ship.

Krka National Park

Known for its scenic waterfalls, Krka National Park is the perfect spot to get away from the city scene and embrace Croatia’s abundant natural beauty. Splash around the park’s myriad lakes, open to the public for swimming, before taking in the sights of the stunning waterfalls located throughout the park. (Roški Slap, with its multiple cascades, is particularly beautiful.)

Lokrum Island

Escape the tourist crowds with a 15-minute ferry ride from Dubrovnik’s Old Port to this enchanting island of cypress and pine. Lokrum’s 19th-century botanical garden, founded to research the area’s exotic plants, offers 800 varities of flora to wander through. And in the summer, visitors can swim or snorkel in the azure waters off the coast.

Inspirato homes

Inspirato’s three standalone residences right along the coast make for a perfect home base for exploring. Tucked within an exclusive oceanfront community, they all offer a terrace with incredible views of the Adriatic Sea, and ladders that drop directly into the ocean, perfect for snorkeling in the bay. Our newest home, three-bedroom Nikola, offers a private indoor-outdoor pool overlooking the bay, as well as a sauna.

Rather see the coast by sea? Our 2021 Dalmatian Coast Yacht Cruise will ensure you take in all the highlights the region has to offer, including other stops in the Adriatic, while cruising alongside likeminded Inspirato members.

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