Dalmatia



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Running from Dubrovnik in the south past Zadar in the north, the Dalmatian coast makes up Croatia's Adriatic interface. Bits of it have periodically changed hands with Italy (like Zadar itself) and of course the entire country of Croatia was part of the former Yugoslavia until the early 1990s. Quiet, pretty and underdeveloped, its mild climate and spectacular scenery make for some great exploration away from the hordes.

Although I flew in to Zadar, I stayed out of town in the small village of Sukošan, just down the coast. I rented a car which allowed me to see much of the coast in the short time that I was there, and it was great fun exploring the region. Any little town I chanced upon that looked interesting, I'd just swing on in. The area's biggest attraction to me though were the constant glimpses of the azure Adriatic.


Sukosan church

Village square of Sukošan, there could hardly be a more laid back place. There are only a few blocks, but it still makes for some interesting wandering.



Sukošan village rooftops, seemingly recently restored.

Restaurant


Old house

Parts of Sukošan have not had much attention for many years, adding to the rustic charm.



Restaurant by the village waterfront at night.

Sukosan by night


Sukosan by night

Sukošan waterfront at night, with the spire of what I figured was the main church in town.



Down the coast, I stopped off at the small village of Sveti Filip i Jakov. I'm pretty sure this picture is from there!

Sveti Filip i Jakov


Biograd na moru

A larger town a little further south is Biograd na Moru, this is the marina. There was some sort of dancing show going on.



In the centre of Biograd is the Ilirija Hotel, which looked to me like a crossover between Moscow and Miami.

Ilirija Biograd


Statue and pool

Statue by the infinity pool at the Ilirija Biograd Hotel.



With colour and design like this, I could very well have been on South Beach, Miami.

South Beach eat your heart out


Biograd beach

A public beach in Biograd, the weather was warm even for June.



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