Top 10 attractions of Central Dalmatia!
There is never enough time to visit all of the beauties of Split-Dalmatia County, its towns, imperial squares, palaces, caves, panoramas, viewpoints, bays, fortresses. However, to make the choice easier for you, we recommend ten top destinations, which are simply perfect, special places to visit.
Visiting these ten sites will help you find out why they call the Split-Dalmatia County a paradise on Earth.
1.Zlatni rat (Golden Horn), Brač Island
It is a unique natural site, a 400-meters-long-cape which blends in with the crystal clear sea. It is a worldwide phenomenon due to the change of direction of the tip of the cape, depending on the seasons, wind and sea currents. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, sprinkled with perfect, soft white pebbles.
2.Hvar – Paklinski Islands
The archipelago consists of 20 islands and cliffs that extend in front of Hvar town, on Hvar Island. They include perfectly preserved nature, offer crystal clear sea, a paradise for people who adore sailing, swimming and diving. The most famous daily-excursions sites in the archipelago are Jerolim, Stipanska, Ždrilca, Vlaka and Palmižana.
3. Cetina River
Cetina River is the pearl of Split’s hinterland, with its stream that is both wild and lazily calm at points. It runs through untouched nature, offers loads of excursion areas and delivers top quality gastronomic offer in its zone. Make sure to visit Gubavica Waterfall and the navigable canyon of Omiš..
4.Trogir – Cathedral of St. Lawrence
The cathedral was built in the 13th century, and its perfect beauty stands for one of the most beautiful Renaissance monuments in Europe. Make sure to check out Radovan’s Portal, a true masterpiece of art carved in stone, as well as the bell tower, with it 47 meters of hight – it holds the title of the most beautiful one on the entire Mediterranean coast.
5. Solin – Salona
In the immediate vicinity of Split, near the small town of Solin, lie the remains of the ancient city of Salona, dating to the 4th century BC. You will be amazed by the preserved history, the view of the old spa, the bath area with furnaces and changing rooms, the remnants of the forum, temple and theater.
6. Split – Diocletian’s Palace
The palace was once home to emperor Diocletian, and is one of the best preserved monuments of Roman architecture in the world, in which still live their daily lives. It is full of old houses, squares, cellars, ramparts.
The world got to know the Palace from the GOT series – by sequences filmed in its inner sites, just a few dozen of meters away from what used to be Diocletian’s living room.
7.Sinj – Alka Tournament
It is the most famous old knight’s game or tournament from this area, which celebrates the victory over the Turks in 1715, performed every first Sunday in August. The tournament is played by “alkari” knights and spearmen, who must aim the center of two concentrically placed metal rings, from the back of a horse in full gallop, with a spear 290 to 300 centimeters long.
8. Biševo – Blue Cave
Five kilometers from Komiža on Vis Island, the islet of Biševo is located, with its beautiful Blue Cave, which can be accessed only by small boats on oars. Sunlight penetrates the second opening hole int he cave, thus giving it its mesmerizimg characteristic blue color.
9. Biokovo Nature Park
The highest peak of this mountain range is the St.Jure (Croatian for George) at 1762 meters, from which you can get to see all the way to Italy, on clear days. Be sure to visit Kotišina – the botanical garden on the slopes of the mountain, and enjoy numerous geomorphological phenomena with a licensed guide.
10.Imotski – The Lakes
The Red and the Blue Lake, located right next to the town of Imotski, are natural phenomena, favorite locations for daily excursions. The Blue Lake is a swimming zone during the summer, but when its bottom runs dry, it becomes a football field. The Red Lake is considered to be the deepest lake in Europe. Due to the steep cliffs that surround it, it cannot be accessed from close proximity.
Photo: www.dalmatia.hr, archive of TB of Split Dalmatia county,