Hidden Gems

Discover historic treasures with sailing holidays in Croatia

By Jenny Wilson
on  April 10, 2015

The Dalmatian Islands are some of the prettiest in the Adriatic, and sailing holidays in Croatia give you the perfect opportunity to explore them. One of the most attractive reasons to visit these islands is their sheer quantity of fascinating history and ancient architecture. Take a relaxing break around this culturally enchanting part of the world to discover some truly unique treasures.

Sailing holidays in Croatia - Tailored route exploring backstreets

At around 1700 years old Split is one of the most ancient cites in this region, so it’s not surprising that there are plenty of beautiful buildings to admire. Diocletian’s Palace is a spectacular Roman ruin facing the harbour and where this town really comes to life. Among the beautiful white stone of the palace you’ll find cafes, restaurants, shops and museums to explore, interspersed with secret courtyards and thronged streets. Another architectural highlight not to be missed is the Cathedral of St Domnius. The unusual octagonal structure was originally built as Diocletian’s mausoleum and is incredibly well-preserved. Featuring a domed interior and surrounded by 24 columns, the cathedral houses some beautiful old murals depicting the life of Christ and is a real treat for art and history lovers.

Travel south to the island of Hvar and stop off at Stari Grad, one of the oldest towns in Europe that dates back to 385BC. Wander the cobbled streets soaking up the vibrant atmosphere or escape to the cool, peaceful tranquility of one of the many churches. The Dominican monastery has some stunning artwork while Tvrdalj is a well-preserved fortified castle featuring a 16th century tower.

Korcula Island is another essential stop off for history fans and is rumoured to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. The old walled medieval city was designed to protect the inhabitants and much of the citadel can still be explored. The Gothic Renaissance-styled St Mark’s Cathedral was constructed in the 15th century, using local limestone. Covered in elaborate sculptures and featuring an ornate cupola, this cathedral is simply delightful. The town also has a number of museums where you can learn more about the islands rich heritage.

Sailing around the Dalmatian Islands of Croatia provides a fabulous opportunity to discover some real architectural and historical gems.

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