The map of Dalmatia that we’re sharing in today’s article will definitely help you decide which part of the Adriatic is for you when visiting the Dalmatian coast. Insider tip: you have a ton of options and they are all amazing!
Dalmatia, as the most visited tourist region in Croatia, consists of three areas, without being extremely different from each other. Looking at the Croatia’s map, Dalmatia is a stretching coastal belt, about more than 400 km long and approximately 70 km wide, filled with beaches and amazing small towns to discover.
As I was saying earlier, Dalmatia is divided in three areas, beginning from north with Northern Dalmatia, continuing with Central Dalmatia and ending with Southern Dalmatia. Pretty easy and straightforward, for sure.
We have various maps below that will offer some in depth views overt he Dalmatian Coast, but if you want to check out Google’s Map of the region, you can do so by clicking here.
The unofficial capital of Dalmatia is Split city, which is also the second largest city after Zagreb, Croatia’s capital.
The Map Of Dalmatia Counties
Northern Dalmatia refers to the part of Dalmatia between the island of Pag in the northwest to the town of Primosten in the southeast.
Zadar and Sibenik are the two main cities of this region. This is an area of several National Parks like Paklenica National Park, Kornati islands, Krka river and Plitvice Lakes National Parks. And even though in the Northern region of Dalmatia, it is by no means colder than other beach destinations in the country.
Zadar and the Sibenik islands archipelago offer some of the Adriatic’s most secluded and intact island villages, actually. Islands like Pag and Dugi Otok (Long island) are famous off the beaten track destinations for complete relaxation and enjoying nature. Overall, this is a great area to start exploring in order to discover Croatia’s hidden gems and lesser known – but equally spectacular – attractions.
Central Dalmatia Map – Split County
The Split region is the largest Croatian county with the total area of 14,106.40 km2 . The whole area, including the islands, makes up 8% of the Croatian Republic surface and 30.8% of the sea surface. So yes, it is large and impressive, being considered one of the main destinations by those visiting the country.
Most of the area belongs to hinterland (59.88%), while only 19% of the surface to the Central Dalmatian islands. Geographically, it is located in the central part of the Adriatic coast. It stretches from Vrlika in the north to the farthest Croatian island of Palagruza in the south and up to Vrgorac to the east.
Split county or Central Dalmatia runs from the old town of Trogir in the north-west to Ploce in the south-east and includes the large islands of Brac and Hvar, as well as the smaller islands of Vis and Solta as you can clearly see on the map of Central Dalmatia shared above.
Only 80 km South of Split spreads the famous Makarska Riviera with the most beautiful beaches in the country (at least in my opinion). Roman ruins, fabulous beaches, old fishing ports, medieval and Renaissance architecture – all these make Central Dalmatia one of the best regions to combine a summer vacation’s sun soaking and swimming with discoveries of historical sites and well known beauties of the country.
South Dalmatia Map
Southern Dalmatia runs from Ploce in the north to the Montenegrin border in the south. The so called Neum corridor splits Central and South Dalmatia. This corridor is a short border between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This region is one of the trickiest in Croatia and you can learn more in this Wikipedia article, including information regarding potential Visa needs if you cross it and how to avoid this corridor if you’re planning to visit from the Northern areas.
This warm and sunny region is a flourishing region of coves, woody islands like Mljet (National Park of Mljet), Korcula island and the Peljesac peninsula, with the main attraction being undoubtedly Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic coast.
There are only few cities in the world that can match up to this unique town with its massive city walls with immense artistic heritage available to anyone.
Hopefully these detailed Maps of Dalmatia with extra details about each region will help you a bit when deciding what to see during your trip to Croatia or at least help you get a bit organized.