Hiking Dalmatia will reward you with some of the best views you've ever seen. Dalmatian mountains are not extremely high, but they rise steeply from the sea, creating a dramatic scenery. The highest Dalmatian (and Croatian) mountain is Dinara, although its highest peak isn't in Croatia but in Bosnia.
Hiking trails in Dalmatia are marked with white and red dots, and it's easy to follow them. But don't underestimate Dalmatian mountains. They are rugged, and can get very hot during the summer. Wear appropriate hiking shoes, bring lots of water, and never hike alone. Every summer many hikers and climbers either get lost, or even lose their lives here. Should you be in any kind of emergency, contact immediately Croatian Mountain Rescue Team (emergency phone: 112).
Having family in Dalmatia, we spend lots of time in this Croatian region. And one of our favorite things to do is to chase the best views (OK; besides beach hopping, restaurants quest, and visiting wineries).
Here are our favorite hiking places in Dalmatia.
Hiking Dalmatia: our favorite places offering stunning views
The Vidova Gora, island of Brac
This was an easy one. I mean you can actually reach the top by car. OK, that's not really hiking but rather driving. Whatever. The views are stunning either way. For all the overachievers out there, and people who actually like hiking, the hike to the top is really nice.
The highest peak is located at 780 m above the sea level. From there you'll be able to see the island of Vis and Hvar, the famed Golden Cape beach, the Peljesac peninsula, and on a clear day as far as Italy. Although I must admit I've never actually seen Italy from Vidova Gora. But hey, it's not like I check it everyday. Sometimes I just decide to believe (you know, like with Jesus). There is a restaurant at the top.
The Biokovo Mountain
I've never made it to the Sv. Jure, the highest peak of the Biokovo mountain (1762 m). But, I did hike (and even mountain-biked) the mountain at several spots. Above the campsite Dole there is a nice hiking trail to the village of Murava, and down to the village Igrane. The. Views. Are. Awesome. The fact that I mountain biked this trail should give you enough confidence to hike this trail yourself. Or even mountain bike it.
That great hike on the hill above the Dubrovnik Riviera whose name I don't know
OK, I gave my best to find out the name of this hill. I asked my father in law, I asked my friends from Dubrovnik, but nobody seems to know it. The closest I got was with the name Tmor, confidently given to me by my business colleague from Dubrovnik who is an avid cyclist. But it sounded to me like made up name. Let's just call it THAT hill.
Anyway, the hike (or drive) starts at the village of Slano, and ends in the village of Trsteno. There are many hiking trails you can choose from, and lots of small half-abandoned villages on THAT hill. We usually follow the old Napoleon road. The views stretch out far and wide. If you decide to go with a car, bear in mind that the road is narrow, and you might run into a panic mode if you encounter a car from the opposite direction. However, keep calm, and look for the closest broader area (there are few on the road).
The Dingac area on the Peljesac peninsula
I experienced the most dramatic scenery in the wine growing region of Dingac. These are not your typical vineyards. The grapes grow on the steepest slopes I've ever seen. And I still cannot figure out how people can pick up the grapes on some parts without rolling down the hill. It takes just one small wrong step. Gone! Besides, the grapevine is the lowest growing grapevine I've ever seen.
The hike (or the drive for the time limited visitors) start in the village of Trstenik. It takes you through this stunning region (with lots of photo breaks), through the Dingac tunnel (man made tunnel with rough rocky walls) to the village of Potomje. The village of Potomje is the center of wine making on the peninsula. If you are not into wine making award yourself with a visit to the seaside village of Borak, located at the foot of a hill. There is a small restaurant with a nice seafront terrace, as well as couple of nice pebble beaches.
The Postup region
Postup is also a wine growing region on the Peljesac peninsula. Vineyards are located on gentle hill slopes with lovely sea views. You can reach Postup from the Dingac region. However, this hike is pretty long. The other option is to reach the region by car, and then hike from there. The views over the vineyards, the Korcula island, and the sea are amazing. There is a small picturesque village of Podobuce where you can refresh at the end of your hike.
The Stolovi is a hill above the village Komarna, in the southern Croatia. The hike is easy, the highest peak is at 400 m above the sea level. This area is pretty, hiking trails pass through the olive groves and vineyards. The views are amazing, some of the nicest I've ever seen. They stretch over the sea, the Peljesac peninsula, small islands, the Ston channel, and as far as the islands Brac and Hvar. There is a brand new winery at the top of the hill. You'll also pass through many abandoned villages. Once up you can hike further all the way to the Smrdangrad Fortress, or to the Lake Kuti.