Seniors Visit Dalmatia, a region in Croatia

Jun 29th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Dalmatia is an historical region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea.  It spreads between the island of Rab in the northwest and the Bay of Kotor in the southeast.  The Dalmatian dog received its name from Dalmatia, as does the dalmatic, a Roman Catholic liturgical vestment worn by deacons and bishops.  The name Dalmatia derives from the name of the tribe of the Dalmatae, which is connected with the Illyrian word delme, dele in modern Albanian, which means sheep in English.  So seniors, there’s a little linguistic aid to get you started today.

Dalmatia is a region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, situated in Croatia.  With only 50 km (yes, we need to learn the metric system too) wide at its widest part, it is mostly a coastal region characterized by its coves, secluded beaches, islands and inlets.  Due to the rugged coastline and numerous islands of all sizes and topographies, diving, yachting, kayaking and other outdoor activities are very popular for seniors in this part of Croatia.  The Dalmatian coast is known for its warm sea, constant winds and beautiful wooded islands.

There is a lot of history along these shores… an historical region of the northwest Balkan Peninsula on the Adriatic Sea in present-day Croatia. Subdued by the Romans in the 1st century B.C., it was divided between the kingdoms of Serbia and Croatia in the 10th century and held by numerous powers after the 15th century.  The history of Dalmatia concerns the history of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea and its inland regions, stretching from the 2nd century BC up to the present.

The first mention of Dalmatia as a province is through its foundation in the Roman empire.   Dalmatia was ravaged by barbaric tribes beginning in the 4th century.  The Slavs settled the area in the 6th century, the semi-mythological White Croats and White Serbs divided Dalmatia in the 7th century, the Croats ruling north of the Neretva river while the Serbs ruled the south.   So there’s a little history element to add to this blog.

Dalmatia is the largest coastal region of Croatia and is a popular tourist destination.  Some of the islands located in Dalmatia are Korcula, Hvar, Brac, Vis, Mljet.  More popular towns include: Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Zadar, Makarska.  Also, four of the eight national parks in Croatia are in Dalmatia.

No part of the Mediterranean shore, except the coast of Greece, is so deeply indented as the Dalmatian littoral, with its multitude of rock-bound bays and inlets.  It is sheltered from the open sea by a rampart of islands which vary greatly in size; a few being large enough to support several thousand inhabitants, while others are mere reefs, swept bare by the sea, or tenanted only by rabbits and seabirds.

The long, rugged Dalmatian coast, backed by high mountains with hundreds of offshore islands, is becoming Europe’s most popular vacation spot.  In summer, Dalmatia is flooded with Italian tourists attracted by the marvellous Dalmatian cuisine. Each island in Dalmatia has its own character from trendy hotspot to secluded getaway.

The coast is dotted with its ‘pearls’, everything from major cities such as Split and Zadar to picture-perfect beaches  such as lovely Brela Beach.  So there’s a little geography lesson to add to the end of this blog.  Hope you enjoyed the trip.  jeb



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