CLIMBING IN DALMATIA
Dalmatia is the largest, and as many considers it to be, the most beautiful and diverse region of Croatia. It has rich historical tradition, hundreds of kilometers of coastline, thousand islands and Dinaridi, the mountain range, the largest deposit of marine limestone in the Europe.
The city of Split with population of 207,000 is the capital of this region. In the center of the city, is 1700 years old roman palace built by famous emperor Diocletian who decided to spend there his last 10 years of his life, after being retired.
Now, 17 centuries later, Split is number one destination for every climber who wishes to experience famous Dalmatian climbing.
First climbing effort in Dalmatia was done in the early 20th century on the 300m cliffs of the Paklenica National park. Sport climbing history started later, in the eighties when climbers gathered on the cliffs of hill Marjan(center of Split town) in 1986, and what happened to be one of the first sport climbing competitions in the world.
A few years ago, after the end of the war where Croatia become an independent country, climbing become again very popular and many tourist started coming back to this region. As a result of that increasing interest , numerous new trails and climbing routes were created and set up; mostly by the members of the oldest Croatian sport climbing club %u2013 Marulianus, from Split.
In Dalmatia you can have it all in climbing world: sport climbing, multi-pitch climbing, bouldering, deep water soloing (dws) and the best of all is that climbing season lasts whole year long.