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Nature too was generous to central Dalmatia, creating a harmony of urban centres and a still exceptionally preserved environment, on a densely populated coastline and on a series of islands bedecked in greenery. Bol on the island of Brač is where you can find the well-known Zlatni rat (Golden Cape) beach whose shape changes depending on the direction of the wind and waves. Central Dalmatia is characterised by the longest natural mainland pebble beaches, overhung by a natural shield from the sun - Dalmatian pines that create shade, especially characteristic of the Makarska Riviera and in particular of Brela, an area held by many to be the home of the most beautiful natural beaches on the Adriatic, opening to a crystal clean sea.

Rising directly above these beaches is the massif of Biokovo Nature Park of which it is said that "its feet are in the sea, and its forehead in lightning." Its peak of Sveti Juraj (St. George), standing 1762 metres above sea level, offers a clear view on sunny days to the most distant islands on the open sea. Biokovo is a habitat to many endemic plant and animal species with Chamois to this day roaming its sparse pastures.

Biokovo is also known for the phenomenon of its spectacular sunrises at summer dawns. One of the most attractive natural phenomenon on the Adriatic is the Modra Špilja (Blue Grotto) on the small island of Biševo near the larger neighbouring island of Vis. The grotto, only 17 metres wide and 31 long, is entered by boat through a small entrance among the rocks opening to the sea. Sunlight penetrates the grotto's interior through a submarine opening, illuminating the sea and visitors in silver-blue tones. Nearby is the only known habitat of the Mediterranean monk seal.

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