Bathed by the crystalline waters of the Adriatic, the Dalmatian coast is full of delightfully unspoilt small paradises dotted along the coast. Between the sea and the mountains, Zadar, a charming stopover that has preserved the vestiges of a past full of art and history sets the tone for this wonderful odyssey. After reaching the coastal city of Split, set sail to drop anchor on the islands of Hvar and Korčula, two islands with a rich cultural, natural and wine-growing heritage, ready to reveal all their secrets to you.
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Restaurant and hotel in town. The tiny town of Zadar, sheltered behind its city walls, at the edge of the Adriatic, exercises its many charms: tiny cobbled roads, ancient ruins and treasures from the Renaissance await the visitor. Hotel Bastion was built in this historic centre, at the tip of the peninsula, on the remains of a former 13th century Venetian mediaeval fortress. The town’s main monuments are very close by, including the sea organs. This charming hotel offers elegant rooms, a cosy bar, a spa which has retained some of the original fortress walls, and a restaurant with delicious Mediterranean cuisine that can also be served on the terrace, in the shade of large parasols. ... Learn moreless
After discovering the old town of Zadar, why not go to the terrace of a cafe and order the local speciality: Maraschino is liquor (25°) made from sour cherries which have already been referred to by Balzac in his novel called A start in life (1842).
There are nearly 300 islands scattered along the Zadar coastline! Only a dozen of them are inhabited. You will see steep cliffs, olive trees and salt marshes: there is a new horizon each time you change direction. In the evening you can dock in Dugi Otok, or the "Long Island", which has preserved its...Read More less
It is a cheese that is unlike any other: the Pag Island cheese is both very salty and strong in flavour. The wind deposits sea salt on the island's vegetation, making both the meat and milk of the sheep slightly salty. The milk is collected in May of each year. The unpasteurised cheese is rubbed...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. It is said that beauty is a promise of happiness; this sentiment takes on its full meaning at the magnificent Maslina Resort. Located in Stari Grad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this vast property hosts a number of rooms as well as several suites and villas, all of which boast seafront living spaces with private gardens or pools. Founded on the principles of ecologically responsible hotel management, the property is dedicated to preserving the pristine environment and cultural heritage of the island of Hvar. Its sustainably built accommodations stretch along the Adriatic Sea, where enchanting vineyards converse with charming olive groves under an exalted azure sky. On warm summer days, this elegant Dalmatian setting, nestled in a pine forest, enjoys a refreshing breeze that brings with it an undeniable sense of calm and repose, offering guests a glimpse of eternal bliss. ... Learn moreless
Each year during the last days of June, the small town of Velo Grablje organizes its Lavender Festival. Two days are spent honoring the local history and landscapes. The island of Hvar has long been one of the leading centers of lavender in the world. And although the cultivation of this plant famous...Read More less
What if your dream beach consisted of pebbles? 5 miles from the town of Hvar, the beautiful beach of Dubovica has in recent years become the place to be for swimmers, divers, and those who love picture postcard locations. You can reach the small bay by a pretty path which descends between the trees....Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. People say that the Silk Road started from this island; Korčula has good reason to be proud to be home to Marco Polo's house, a stone’s throw from Lešić Dimitri Palace. The building's history dates back to the 17th century, when the Lešić family, rich property owners and merchants combined a number of semi-detached houses to create a palace worthy of that name. It has been meticulously renovated yet with a touch of contemporary design; its historical character and original layout have been retained and it now offers a small number of independent suites. Each evokes a step in Marco Polo's journey towards China, in a harmonious décor, with top-quality materials. ... Learn moreless
Marco Polo is said to have been born in the city in 1254 - other towns also claim the birth of the great traveller - which was then part of the Republic of Venice. For us there is no doubt about it! A museum is housed in the former home of the Polo family: a narrow tower with dizzying views. Maps, portraits...Read More less
Located in the archipelago of Korčula, the small island of Vrnik is accessible by boat taxi. Known since ancient times for the quarries used to build the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul or the Parliament of Vienna; it is also the reference point of one of the great Croatian sculptors, Lujo Lozica, who set up...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. While travelling through the region on a humanitarian mission in 2001, philanthropists Lee and Penny Anderson found their way to the Croatian city of Orebić. It was love at first sight — a place where they could bring together both their passion for wine and their admiration for exquisite Dalmatian hospitality. Standing proudly like an oppidum atop a hill, Villa Korta Katarina rises above the Adriatic and surrounding vineyards with undeniable majesty. Its rooms and suites, each boasting sea views, offer modernity in a setting of classical elegance. With a soothing palette of pale blue, grey, white and cream, their decor is a reflection of the fascinating Pelješac Peninsula and its skies of enchanting pastel hues. ... Learn moreless
Although local wine growing and winemaking date back to the Greek and Roman civilizations, Croatian wines have undergone a true renaissance in the last twenty years. Many wineries on the Pelješac peninsula are now producing quality wines that thrive in this sun-drenched land. The local grape varieties...Read More less
Located on the southern side of the peninsula, Orebić is much more than just a seaside resort. The town hides its history behind the walls of large estates and luxuriant gardens along the waterfront. Under the tamarisk, pine and palm trees, the houses of former merchant navy captains evoke the wealth...Read More less
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.