Dalmatia walking tour - self guided hike and swim tour, 7 days
Discover the best parts of Central Dalmatia – town Split and Islands Brac and Hvar. Spend couple of days in Split, with historical sites dating back to 300 A.C. and then leave for Dalmatian islands. Visit ancient villages and coastal trails of island Brac. Spend an afternoon on the famous Zlatni rat beach in Bol. After the boat ride from Bol to island Hvar, explore UNESCO world heritage site of Stari Grad plain and charming coastal towns of Jelsa and Vrboska. On your final day of tour, walk along south side of Island to reach famous and fancy town of Hvar. Besides walking, cultural and gastronomical discovery and exploration, you might want to enjoy swimming in beautiful Adriatic, as our tracks take you along great and secluded beaches. This tour is designed with optional daily distances; shorter or longer. If you prefer to have a quiet day on the beach, it is possible!
Or, if you prefer to walk for 4-5 hours per day you are able to do it!
Enjoy walking along Roman, Venetian and Greek trails while discovering local culture and gastronomy of Dalmatia-one of the most beautiful areas in Croatia!
Day 1: Split – arrival and Marjan walk
Welcome to Split and Central Dalmatia. Meet our representative for briefing regarding your walking tour.
Start your walk along the coast, passing couple of beautiful bays and beaches, follow trail which leads you to Marjan Park forest, famous recreational place for citizens of Split. Discover many charming churches and trails with amazing views on Split, sea and nearby islands.
Later in the evening we suggest to continue your walk and discover the old walls and basement of the Diocletian’s Palace, now recognized on UNESCO’s World heritage list, where you can find numerous cafes and restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean food!
Distance: 9 or 15 km Vertical height: 180 m Duration: 3/5 h
Highlights: 1700 year old Diocletian palace, park forest Marjan, local beaches, green and fish market in Split
Day 2: Island Brac – west side loop
Enjoy ferry ride to your first island – Brac. Located in front of Split, it represents the biggest and the highest central Dalmatian island, best known for its “Brac marble” – stone used to build many important sites such as White House in Washington, Diocletian’s Palace in Split and many more. This hike will take you along the olive groves surrounded by stone piled walls built ages ago. Choose one of the lonely beaches along your walk for a quick dip in the Adriatic!
Overnight: Supetar, island Brac
Distance: 16 km Vertical height: 190 m Duration: 5 h
Highlights: olive groves, vineyards, Sutivan town, secluded beaches
Day 3: Island Brac – east side hike
This morning you start from Lovrecina, the only sandy bay on island Brac and the site of important archaeological findings and excavations that refer to ancient Roman culture and Early Christian basilica dating from the 5th century. From Lovrecina continue along pine shaded northern coastal path to Postira and Splitska; 2 laid back fisherman villages located on the north shores of Brac. For those who want to extend the walk, we suggest visiting Skrip – the oldest settlement on the island founded by the Illyrians in 1000 BC, where charming and small island museum is located. Afternoon at your disposal, either to swim at one of many beaches surrounding Supetar, or discover historical sites and local culture.
Overnight: Supetar, island Brac
Distance: 14 km Vertical height: 150 m Duration: 3-4 h
Highlights: Lovrecina beach, villages Splitska and Postira, Supetar
Day 4: Island Brac – Dragon’s cave to Golden cape hike and Island Hvar
Today you'll visit Murvica, an eco village surrounded by turquoise sea, stunning beaches and Plavac Mali vineyards. From Murvica you start your hike to a historical site – Dragon’s cave. After visiting the cave you are taking the coastal road towards Bol.
You should spare some time in the afternoon to enjoy beautiful Golden cape beach before boat transfer to your next island - Hvar.
Overnight: Jelsa, island Hvar
Distance: 11 km Vertical height: 110 m Duration: 3 h
Highlights: Murvica village, Dragon’s cave, Golden Cape beach
Day 5: Island Hvar, Jelsa loop
Today you can choose between three beautiful trails, or combine them all!
If you are interested in great views of Stari Grad Plain, a World UNESCO Heritage Site which represents a comprehensive system of land use and agricultural colonization by the Greeks and was built in the 4th century BC, follow a narrow trail starting above Jelsa and continue to the charming inland village of Pitve before returning to Jelsa (11km/340m of elevation gain).
The coastal and easier walk takes you along a pretty coastal road to a fisherman’s village and port called Vrboska. Small stone houses, romantic bridges, narrow alleys are reasons why Vrboska has earned a name title “Little Venice”. Visit the most beautiful site in Vrboska and in the area; The church (fortress) of St. Mary of Grace from the 16th century, built from the local people for the defense against the Turks. Continue your walk along small peninsula, which is actually great location for midday swim before return to Jelsa! (15km/70m of elevation gain).
There is also one way hike from Jelsa to Stari Grad, one of the oldest settlements on all Adriatic islands. To return to Jelsa, there are different options available (11km/20m of elevation gain).
Overnight: Jelsa, island Hvar
Distance: 11/15/11km Vertical height: 340/70/20m Duration: 3-4 h per hike
Highlights: Vrboska, Pitve, Jelsa, Stari Grad plain, olive groves
Day 6: South side of island and Hvar town
Today you are leaving sleepy and tranquil town Jelsa and depart for trendy Venetian style Hvar town. The walk we have planned for you today is along south side of Island Hvar, discovering charming and hidden beaches with turquoise sea color; mostly flat walking along coastline. If you want to extend your tour, we have suggestions to start from Grablje – abandoned village once famous for lavender oil production where still nowadays lavender fields and traditional lifestyle can be seen!
In the afternoon discover Hvar town, treat yourself with well deserved café or aperitif at one of numerous bars along Venetian influenced piazza of Hvar town!
Overnight: Hvar, island Hvar
Distance: 5/7 km Vertical height: 310/110 m Duration: 1 h/2 h
Highlights: Inland villages of Malo and Velo Grablje, lavender fields, south costs of Island, secluded beaches with turquoise sea, Hvar town
Day 7: End tour
Today your tour ends in Hvar town, after breakfast. Depending on your departure flights, we will suggest easiest way to return to Split. If you do not need to rush back to Split, you might want to check Fortica Španjola– fortress located on hill above the town, with the last renovations done in the 16th century. Hike to the fortress gives you unforgettable panoramic view of the city, its surroundings and Pakleni Islands as well as collection of amphora and other exhibits from antiquity in the Middle Ages located in fortress.
- For groups of 4 or more guests, we provide additional 5% discount.
- Welcome meeting and orientation briefing
- 6 day accommodation in guesthouses or B&Bs
- 6 breakfasts
- Road book-information package with detailed route notes and maps, historical description, dinning suggestion and other important and useful information
- Luggage transfers
- All the transfers mentioned in itinerary
- All the boat transfers
- 24/7 assistance and emergency contact
The price does not include:
- Airport transfers
- Travel insurance
- Other meals and drinks
- Personal expenses
- Return ferry tickets from Hvar
Accommodation is provided in various private B&B with all breakfasts provided;
- one night in Split
- two nights in Supetar on island Brač
- two nights in Jelsa on island Hvar
- one night in Hvar town
Meridien Ten can adjust accommodation and tour itineraries in accordance with your preferences. Feel free to send us your customized requests!
This tour is rated as easy or moderate.
On most of the days option for longer or shorter walks is provided.
Hiking tour starts in Split at any day of the year and continues to islands Brač and Hvar. UNESCO heritage sites Diocletians' Palace and Stari Grad plain will leave you breathless. Explore most attractive Dalmatian islands, discover ancient villages, walk through olive groves and lavander fields, meet the locals and taste fresh Mediterranien cuisine.
In Dalmatia, good weather for hiking starts in March and ends in November.
Summer months of July and August can be very warm, which can make some stages more exhausting.
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