Croatian Hot Spots


The Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board has launched a new communication concept – a promotional video called Central Dalmatia –  A Dream Waiting For You

After months of dormancy and marketing inactivity, the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board has launched a promotional campaign aimed at the surrounding markets. The Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board has been patiently waiting for the adequate conditions to be achieved, i.e. for a favourable epidemiological situation to be declared, and for the establishment of tourist traffic to begin.

The most prominent part of the promotional campaign is a new video, launched just a few days ago, aimed at targeted European markets, and designed by the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board to communicate with its millions of followers on social networks Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other online platforms. Making a step forward in terms of marketing as we begin re-opening borders and establishing tourist traffic in these areas. Given the circumstances that have ensued across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the almost complete cessation of tourist movement, this campaign wants to draw the attention of current and future tourists to the beauty of Central Dalmatia, the favourable epidemiological situation in this region, and the availability of travel.

Central Dalmatia and all of its treasures, the beauty of its lakes, rivers, sea, beaches, bays, towns and islands are ready and waiting for guests to arrive. In Central Dalmatia there lie safe, preserved, coronavirus free locations which are full of hidden beauty and are always ready to reveal themselves to dear friends and guests. Central Dalmatia truly represents a treasure trove of feelings and a set of memories for those who have already been met with its beauty.

This is a dream that awaits all those who will meet Central Dalmatia for the very first time. Central Dalmatia is still here and is now ready for socialisation again, sending out an invitation for all who want to get a taste of a holiday which will never leave their minds and hearts. All of the above is why Central Dalmatia is inviting all those who want to experience real adventures on the journey of a lifetime, to come and get better acquainted with this area as the most special and indeed most diverse car destination. At every new corner, behind every bend in the road, and after exiting every tunnel, Central Dalmatia provides a new, most beautiful postcard.

The Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board has thus launched promotional campaigns aimed at the markets of Germany, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria. And this time, it’s turning towards all those who are ready to step into this new platform of Central Dalmatia’s tourist offer.

Those who do step into this new platform will be provided with a perfect holiday that they will never forget even in the post-coronavirus era. The platform suggests that people come and get better acquainted with the specialties Central Dalmatia offers as a car destination, which includes a wide variety of specifics. Because Central Dalmatia is more than just another tourist destination, one of those aforementioned specificities is the feeling of 100 percent freedom, and at the same time the most beautiful sense of harmony. It is an area where every friend and guest can feel all the treasures this area has to offer – all in one place.

’We are carefully monitoring the situation in the main emitting markets of Central Dalmatia, just as our hoteliers, caterers and hospitality workers, tourist camps, owners of family accommodation and the nautical tourism sector are all waiting for an agreement between the epidemiological and tourist professions which should enable the protection of human health and the realisation of the summer portion of this tourist year. But in the meantime, despite the modest funds available to the County Tourist Board under these circumstances, we have prepared promotional campaigns aimed at our traditional markets of Germany, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria. Through them, we will further promote Central Dalmatia as a destination to which one can drive. The most prominent part of the promotional campaign is the new video that was launched a few days ago, which is aimed at targeted European markets and represents a step forward in terms of marketing at this time when we’re starting to open borders again and establish tourist traffic in these areas,’’ says Joško Stella, director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board.

Through this way of getting better acquainted with the area, every new and previous guest in Central Dalmatia has the opportunity to get to know the connection between the past and the present, the gastronomy offered here, as well as get a taste of adrenaline, fun and relaxation. Through car tours, they will get to see Central Dalmatia’s UNESCO cities, Trogir and Split, drink coffee in Emperor Diocletian’s square, enjoy the healthiest Mediterranean food in the world, and watch kite surfers on the city’s beaches.

They will go to the Dalmatian hinterland, taste grilled trout from the rivers, and taste top-quality home-made wine from carefully looked-after vineyards. They will head south, to the famous beach in Bol, to Zlatni rat, and see this unique world phenomenon that changes shape as the wind blows with their own eyes.

They will swim in the crystal clear coves, enjoy the sea, which has never been more gentle and transparent, and then they will return to the coast again. They can then soar up high into the hills of Omis, to enjoy the lookout from the palms of their hands, and in its centre, in a city where honour and freedom were guarded by the famous Omis Pirates.

There, one can walk through the cobbled streets and head in the direction of the Makarska Riviera and choose which of the gorgeous beaches to descend down to. There, they will feel something that will never leave their heads again, some will feel the warmth of the soul of the place and its people, some will have the feeling of unique fun imprinted on their souls, and everyone will have a memory that will stay with them forever.

Because when Central Dalmatia invites you as a guest, then everyone who responds will start breathing with full lungs again. Come to Central Dalmatia to taste happiness.


Owing to its truly stunning natural beauty and rich history, the island of Hvar is often visited by tourists and recognised as one of the top destinations in which to spend a summer holiday.

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However, a real little gastronomic scene takes place on the island of Hvar, and the most commonly used ingredient on this gorgeous island is certainly olive oil.

Practically since time began, groves full of beautiful dark purple olives have been being planted and formed in this area and until now, there has never been more of them, producing renowned olive oils which continuously earn the highest recognition possible. There are as many as 220,000 olive trees on the island of Hvar, which speaks volumes about the island of Hvar having grown into a real little olive-growing island region.

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The most common olive variety is oblica, with a representation of 85 percent, followed by lastovka, levatinka and the somewhat newer varieties lećino and pandolino. The presence of more than 900 small and large olive oil producers says enough about the tradition of nurturing olives and its products. It is therefore not surprising that every dish on the island of Hvar is sprinkled with this liquid gold.

THE NEW YORK OLIVE OIL COMPETITION 2018: Istrian olive oils shone with all of their brilliance once again, and at this year’s competition in New York – NYIOOC, Croatian olive oil producers picked up more gold and silver medals than olive oil producers from anywhere else in the world did.

In terms of the number of medals in this year’s competition, the winners are, as expected, Italy and Spain. Of the 60 samples sent from Croatia, 34 of them won a gold or silver award, and the percentage of Croatian winners in this competition stands at an impressive 57 percent, making it the highest in the world.

The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition is otherwise the largest and most prestigious world competition for olive oil. The annual list of award winners is considered an authoritative guide to the best extra virgin olive oils of the year.

Of the 34 winners from Croatia, 10 percent of them come from the island of Hvar, namely: Božić uje, Eva Marija uje and Radojković uje.


Božić olive oil is imbued with the tradition, diligence, love and expertise of their family. High standards and passion for food inspire them to produce olive oil which boasts an excellent taste, made from only the finest of ingredients. At this year’s competition, the award went to Oblica olive oil, which is characterised by its distinct aroma and taste. This oil has a slightly spicy and bitter taste, with a pronounced and intense sweetness to it.


The winning oil from Eva Marija, which is of the levatinka variety, has a medium intensity and fertility, with a feeling of green grass, apple and green almond. This oil also boasts traces of artichoke and chicory, with notes of black pepper and aromatic herbs such as rosemary, sage, and even mint. The bitterness of this particular olive oil is well defined and its sharpness is pronounced, and all of that is very balanced. OPG Eva Marija Čurin is located in the eastern part of the island of Hvar, close to Gdinj.

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The Garden of Eden was created out of love, and love is what this producer wants to permeate into every single little drop of olive oil that comes from the estate. The production is located in Bogomolje, a small village located on the eastern part of the island of Hvar, away from the crowds of summer tourists. The award-winning Levatinka olive oil was obtained exclusively from olives of the Levantinka variety. This variety provides a truly superior oil of moderate spiciness, also boasting the smell of fresh grass.

Last year on the island of Hvar, olive oil production was extremely fruitful, not only in the sheer amount of oil produced but also in terms of its top quality. Bravo to the Božić, OPG Eva Marija and Radojković oil producers.


Ahead of the celebration of this year’s Europe Day (9 May), the European Commission and Europa Nostra are proud to announce the 2020 winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards. Europe’s top honour in the heritage field goes to 21 exemplary achievements from 15 European countries (for the full list see below).

This year’s impressive collection of award winners range from the restoration of Rubens’ garden pavilion in Antwerp (Belgium), to the revival of the renaissance arsenal on the island of Hvar (Croatia); from the trans-European network “Tramontana” dedicated to the research of the tangible and intangible heritage of mountainous regions, to the sensitive preservation of a cultural landscape formed by subterranean caves and wineries in the province of Burgos (Spain); from the rebirth of the impressive Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio in l’Aquila (Italy), heavily damaged by the devastating earthquake of 2009, to the “Ambulance for Monuments” with an emergency team of craftspeople ready to save endangered heritage in Romania; and from “Scanning for Syria”, a research project carried out by a research centre in The Netherlands, to a major exhibition marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, organised in co-production between Poland and Spain.

Heritage lovers and supporters from Europe and all around the world can vote online for their favourite award winners and decide which achievement will win this year’s Public Choice Award. In times of confinement and physical distancing, the European Commission and Europa Nostra hope to inspire a particularly large number of people to discover this year’s award-winning achievements and to share the names of their three favourite winners. The Public Choice Award will be announced in the autumn of 2020. The winners of the Grand Prix, entitled to receive a monetary award of €10,000 each, will also be made public on this occasion.

The COVID-19 crisis has made clear just how necessary culture and cultural heritage are to people and communities across Europe. At a moment where hundreds of millions of Europeans remain physically separated, our cultural heritage continues, more than ever, to bring people together. This year’s winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards are inspiring and powerful examples which truly contribute to a closer, more united and more resilient Europe,” said Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

In these trying times, our award laureates, with their success stories of how adversity can be overcome through expertise, dedication and teamwork, are true messengers of hope. These exemplary awarded projects demonstrate that cultural heritage is vital to our mental and physical recovery from the trauma caused by the pandemic. Our shared heritage and its custodians can contribute in so many ways: from making accessible cultural content via creative digital solutions to undertaking concrete restoration and rehabilitation works as an act of social and economic rebirth for our cities and villages,” stated Hermann Parzinger, Executive President of Europa Nostra.

The European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards were launched by the European Commission in 2002 and have been run by Europa Nostra – the European Voice of Civil Society Committed to Cultural Heritage – ever since. The Awards have the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

The Award winners were selected by independent juries composed of heritage experts from across Europe, upon thorough evaluation of candidatures submitted by organisations and individuals from 30 European countries. The Juries also decided to give three Europa Nostra Awards to remarkable heritage achievements from European countries not taking part in the EU Creative Europe programme, namely Switzerland and Turkey.

In 2020, two new ILUCIDARE Special Prizes will also be awarded from among the submitted applications to the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards. The ILUCIDARE Special Prizes will be announced on 28 May. ILUCIDARE is a project funded by Horizon 2020 with the aim of establishing an international network promoting heritage as a resource for innovation and international relations.

2020 Award Winners

(listed alphabetically by country)

Category Conservation

Rubens’ Garden Screen and Garden Pavilion, Antwerp, BELGIUM
Hvar’s Arsenal, CROATIA
Epitaphs of the University Church of Leipzig, GERMANY
The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, HUNGARY
Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, L’Aquila, ITALY
Subterranean Caves and Wineries of El Cotarro, province of Burgos, SPAIN
The Iron Bridge, Shropshire, UNITED KINGDOM

Category Research

Turin Papyrus Online Platform (TPOP), ITALY
Scanning for Syria, THE NETHERLANDS

Dedicated Service


Education, Training and Awareness-Raising

Cross-border Collaboration for European Classical Music, CZECH REPUBLIC
Arolsen Archives Online, GERMANY
The Secret Life of a Palace, Gödöllő, HUNGARY
Uccu Roma Informal Educational Foundation, HUNGARY
Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away, POLAND/SPAIN
The Ambulance for Monuments, ROMANIA

Europa Nostra Awards go to three remarkable heritage achievements from European countries not taking part in the EU Creative Europe programme.

Category Conservation
Manor Farm of Bois de Chênes, SWITZERLAND

Category Dedicated Service
Société de Lecture, Geneva, SWITZERLAND

Education, Training and Awareness-raising
SARAT – Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey, TURKEY

The Call for Entries for the 2021 edition of the Awards is now open and the application forms are available on the Awards website. Submit your exemplary project and share your expertise and success!

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Hvar’s Arsenal

 May 07, 2020 | Conservation | Croatia | Hvar

The Arsenal building, centrally located in the town of Hvar, the most important harbour of the island, has been carefully restored and successfully transformed into a vibrant cultural centre for visitors and the local community alike. The Croatian Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Regional Development were partners to Grad Hvar in the 30-year project to rehabilitate Hvar’s Arsenal. The project was funded by the Hvar municipality, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Regional Development and Split – Dalmatia County with additional funds coming from civil associations and the European Regional Development Fund.

The construction of the medieval Arsenal began in the 13th century. Archaeological finds indicate that it was used as an arsenal since the 3rd-4th centuries AD. It was not until the early-17th century that the building achieved its present appearance, comprising a boatyard on the ground floor with a theatre and arsenal storage on the upper floor, which was adapted to a gallery and reception room.

The extremely demanding project to rehabilitate the Arsenal included documentation, research studies and a conservation report (1989-2005); the reconstruction of the load bearing structure (2005-2009); archaeological excavations (1994-1996 and 2014-2015); phases of reconstruction and renovation (2014-2018); and concluding work on the interior of the building, including updates to the theatre, gallery and reception room (2018-2019).

The ground floor space has retained its original character with exposed stone walls and arches while new multi-purpose facilities have been installed, providing Hvar’s citizens with a venue to host a wide range of cultural and social events. The original Venetian wooden beams are still present on the ceiling of the gallery on the first floor while some other original features of the building, most notably the frescoes and theatre boxes have been kept and restored to their original form.

The necessary new additions to the building were designed in a contemporary style, thus emphasising the original character of the building. These new components to the building’s historical layers have successfully evoked a dramatic meeting of old and new.

The Jury noted that “this respectful revitalisation project has adapted a very significant building to the modern needs of the community and adds a new cultural dimension to the tourism of the area. It represents a long-term effort to ensure the preservation of the Arsenal, a site of high heritage value. The stratification of the 16th-century building and the later 18th-century theatre has been properly recognised in the conservation works. These sites are evidence of a long history of international trade in Europe and are significantly located in the harbour area where they continue to play an important role as a place of connection”.

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Split-Dalmatia County can be explored in various ways, and one of them is travelling along old Roman roads, which are a proof of former turbulent historical periods.

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Soldiers from Roman legions marched along them, while numerous pilgrims and others searched a better place for living along this extensive network of roads.

Former busy roads are today transformed into routes full of interesting remains, old military camps and artefacts from archaeologic sites. Central Dalmatia has a lot of them, and therefore this area is a bate for tourist who like to jump backwards to history.

Why go to Rome, when Roman roads can be seen here as well? Their centre was in Salona, old Roman town near Split. Salona is not by chance called antique jewel, its historical structure and infrastructure displays all the wisdom of its builders, impressive for even today’s visitors.

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Where will Roman roads take you? In various directions, through protected landscapes of the Cetina canyon, Prološko lake, Red and Blue Lake in Imotski, Vranjača Cave, along the remains of old-Christian necropolis, roman military camps, sacral buildings, historical forts and numerous fortifications.


Their tourist, scientific and historical relevance was upgraded in 2012 by Joško Stella, director of Split-Dalmatia Tourist Board and Lino Ursić, external associate on project of archaeological tourism of the County. In attempt to save old roads from oblivion, they started a project called Roman Roads of Central Dalmatia.

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The project surpassed its borders with an exhibition opened on 6 April in Archaeological Museum in Zagreb. The goal was to get people from our capital and numerous other tourists familiar with significant part of Dalmatian and Croatian history.

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While developing the project, its initiators have made a big progress regarding preservation and evaluation of Dalmatian road history. For example, in the centre of tourist attention they managed to place Tilurij, remains of old Roman military camp near Trilj, to which leads a network of Roman roads.

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Inside this historical edifice Roman bedrooms will be reconstructed as an interesting tourist product. It is the first project of this kind in Croatia, who falls into category of experimental archaeology. Furthermore, it presents a new platform in tourist offer of Split’s hinterland. Numerous participants who have entered the project testify of its importance: Trilj town, Split-Dalmatia County, County’s tourist board and Archaeological Museum from Zagreb.

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Roads are not merely roads, they are the paths leading to important sites. When watched from tourist level, old Roman roads are also links to natural beauties, archaeological sites, many excursion points and belvederes. In addition, they lead to localities where one can take part in numerous activities like mountaineering, hiking, horse-riding, cycling, kayaking, rafting…

But we mustn’t forget this region’s specialty – rich gastronomic offer, i.e. homemade traditional specialties that can be tasted along old roman roads. In order to explore treasures of this region, set out on a journey, step by step. Each day in a different direction, each day meeting new vista of beautiful Split-Dalmatia County.

We offer you their suggested itinerary:

Military road: Salona – Klis – Andetrium (Gornji Muć)

Roads of new conquests and determining borders: Salona – Klis, Dugopolje – Dicmo – Aequum (Čitluk) – Servitium (centre of command of First Pannonian Fleet)

Miners’ road: Salona – Tilurum (Gardun, Trilj) – Argentaria (Srebrenica area)

Merchants’ road: Salona – Tilurum – Narona (Vid near Metkovića)

Salona – Spalato

Salona – Epetium (Stobreč) – Oneum (near Baučića village, Omiš) – Makarska

Salona – Siculi (Resnik) – Tragurium (Trogir)

Photo: archive of TB of Split Damlatia county,

Crystal clear beaches, romantic bays and walkways, incredible gastronomic offer is what brings tourist from all over the world to the very heart of Dalmatia.

But Central Dalmatia also has its own maritime heritage, original cultural-tourist offer, full of mysteries and stories from the past, which have additionally enriched and enhanced tourist and cultural offer of this region.

Hundreds of tourists excitedly retell the stories of encounters with pirates, participating in the craziest nautical battles, riding on traditional vessels or cheering in races of traditional boats. These are the most important tourist attractions that you must see and experience for yourselves:

1. ”Dani u vali” (“Days in the bay”), Stari Grad on Hvar After this manifestation, an international festival of the sea and the sailors, was discovered by the press, a story of about 100 traditional vessels of leut, gajeta and falkuša type has reached million people.

This extraordinary tourist attraction is held every other year. Numerous boats saved from oblivion sailing five nautical miles along the Stari Grad bay is a scene one has to experience in person!

2. Omiš Pirates

It is a real challenge to meet face to face with disguised ancestors of former Omiš pirates, who once were the most notorious warriors of the Mediterranean. Irresistibly attractive is to enter their game, measure swords with them and try to escape from their captivity. Strong pirates are revived every summer on the shallows near Omiš, bringing the story of Kačići knights who ruled this heroic town in 12th and 13th century and their 24 years long successful struggle against the Venetian conquerors.

3. Pirate Battle

In encounters with pirate ship called Sagittae Venetians had a lot to deal with. This is demonstrated every summer by the most attractive and the most popular naval battle in Dalmatia, Omiš Pirate Night.

Around hundred costumed heroes participate, tens of thousands of people watch it, and it brings a night full of adrenaline, old battle ships, noise and shooting. And audience ovations, delighted with spectacle under an old pirate base, Omiš fort Mirabela.

4.Makarska Battle

Battle Mucules actually evokes warrior heroism of Neretva people over Venetians. It is traditionally held in Town port on the Day od Croatian Navy. In demonstrating the battle even 150 people participate, delighting thousands of spectators with this war spectacle.

5. Arsenal in Hvar

Arsenal is the most recognizable Hvar’s image, formerly used as repairing space for galleys and a military naval repository. Hvar people think of this tourist attraction as the most important edifice of their town, who got its present look in 19th century.

6. Vis Battle

Vis is one the most serious locations for navy battles enthusiasts. They come to this remote island to feel the energy of the archipelago, where on 20 July 1866 a conflict occurred between the fleets of Habsburg Monarchy and Kingdom of Italy.

The clash happened in Vis channel and ended in a defeat of Italian navy. The cause of the conflict was Italian desire to occupy its former territories, lost by Venetians.


Photo:, archive of TB of Split Dalmatia county

Who is to say that as summer goes on, we have to wrap ourselves in our houses, and wistfully wait for winter to pull out the cold days, until we can again celebrate sprint? No way!

Now starts the perfect period for vacation, as the post-season offers many opportunities, one of them being a tour of the idyllic Ethno-eco villages of the Split-Dalmatia County.

This is a very high-level project, which was initiated by the county 14 years ago, in cooperation with the local self-government units. Through this project, the County invested over 5,600,000 kuna by year 2009, with the aim of developing rural tourism as a new added value in its offer.

The motive was clear – with this project the County made it possible to stop the trend of bulk-selling of old stone houses, to invite back the people who have migrated from these locations, and to restore life. The project revived the once neglected, empty sites, turning them into excursion locations both for local and foreign tourists.

There is no greater beauty than the restored stone, no better views than those of the preserved traditional buildings, the beautiful “solurati”, fireplaces and tavern areas, the massive “vacada” stones (cube-carved stones) that guard the faces of former homes, the finely grouted joints, wooden blinds and dry walls.

Why are we inviting you to these villages? Because it’s time to get to know the magic of our Zagora, and locations int he hearts of our islands, to go out into nature in the time of fall and winter, liberated from loud sounds of murmur, traffic, noise. Why? So you can experience a special kind of entertainment, which will be remembered for many reasons.

Ethno-eco villages offer many options, they are ideal holiday destinations in the true sense of the word. You will be greeted with warm houses, homes full of massive fragrant woodwork.

Old red-and-white curtains on small windows, an atmosphere that gives immense tranquility. You will feel the magic of socializing, you will be cycling, hiking, running, mountaineering. If you spend the night, you will get to sleep by the warm fireplaces, and listen to the fire crackling from the old stoves.

And that’s just the beginning. In the morning, your hosts will prepare you breakfast, so different from the standard, grab-a-quick-bite ones. Homemade butter and marmalade, hot bread and cakes, fresh milk. Homemade cold cuts, honey from the hives of local beekeepers. Homemade juices of elderberry, blackberries, cherries.

You won’t even have a break from the taste explosion, and you’ll be in for a fresh new serving of delicacies. What to choose, which one to try? We will not even try to comfort you, the choice won’t be easy! And you are not even supposed to be given an easy choice – you must try it all, as these are treasures coming from our fields, from the barns, from the domestic cultivation, from the nearby streams.

But here, let us give you a small hint – do try the homemade soup, cooked lamb, roasted in a “škrovada” pan, or on a spit, our “vitalac”. “Dolce garbo”, baked veal, snails and capons, trout and homemade potatoes, prosciutto and herbs-infused cheeses. Homemade desserts and cakes with almonds or walnuts, poppy-seed or walnut rolls (“makovnjača” and “orahnjača”) and pancakes stuffed with homemade jam.

Trust us, you can’t have a taste of these kinds of dishes just anywhere, you can only experience something like this in a true home-like environment. In locations that have taken only the best from the present and the past. And they offer it to you with their hearts wide open! So just head to one of the best Ethno-eco villages in Split-Dalmatia County:

  • Topići, Topići-Bast (Baška Voda)
  • Zorače, Malo Grablje, Velo Grablje, Brusje (Hvar)
  • Humac (Jelsa)
  • Podhumlje (Komiža)
  • Tugare Ume, Čažin Dolac (Omiš)
  • Dol (Postira)
  • Gornji Proložac Podi (Proložac)
  • Blace (Solin)
  • Grohote (Šolta)
  • Podi Grab Bugar., Gornje Voštane i Grubišići (Trilj)
  • Kokorić, Veliki Godinj (Vrgorac)
  • Karoglani (Zmijavci)
  • Murvica (Bol)
  • Gornja Podsrtana, Stara Podstrana (Podstrana)
  • Lolić i Mijanovići (Split)
  • Brdaci (Zec), Divojveići, Etno eko selo Škopljanci Radošić
  • Botić-Opor (Prgomet)
  • Naklo-tavnice (Lokvičići)
  • Jesenice, Duće (Dugi Rat)
  • Mala Rudina (Stari Grad)
  • Bekavci Kričar (Brela)
  • Rušinovići, Drvenik Veli Kačine (Trogir)


Photo:, archive of TB of Split Dalmatia county,

The purpose of the application (app) is to bring the beauty and attractions of the Sinj and Cetina area to the end users, and to present this area as an attractive tourist destination with numerous tourist facilities available throughout the year.

Cetina Krajina (The Cetina Region) is a new mobile application that serves as a guide for visitors to the Cetina region. The application provides an overview and information on activities, events and places to visit and experience in the Cetina region. The presentation of the mobile application will be held on October the 14th, 2019 at a press conference in Sinj, organised by the RERA public institution for the coordination and development of Split-Dalmatia County, a partner of the project “Sinj u sridu”, which will also present the other marketing and promotional activities of the project.

The conference, or rather presentation, is intended for all relevant tourism stakeholders: tourist boards, agencies, the media and all other interested parties, and will be held on Monday, October the 14th, 2019 at 10:00 am at the City Hall, Dragašev prolaz 24, in the Town of Sinj.

The application – a multimedia, interactive guide through the Cetina region

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, the app offers a detailed view of as many as 19 cycling routes as well as an address book of useful contacts.

Those who want to find out where the natural and cultural heritage of the Cetina Krajina is located can find all of that information by selecting a map with brief descriptions of the site or by downloading a ‘’Guide through the Cetina Region’’ by selecting turquoise circles on the homepage of the application.

The bicycle routes and natural and cultural heritage are mapped through Google Earth, so users are provided with directions (navigation) to get to the desired points on the map. The application works in a way that is fully customised to the user and their needs. If you would like to know more about the Cetina region or the megaproject “Sinj u sridu”, visit the website of Cetina region by clicking the link ( at the bottom of the application

The free Cetina Region app is available for both Android and iOS devices.

This modern version of the mobile application is the result of the knowledge, efforts and close cooperation of RERA public institution and the digital team of the Sibenik-nased company Kocka d.o.o. and is available in as many as four languages ​​- English, German, French and Croatian.

The application can also be accessed via QR codes in the brochure – guide, website, in-app and at designated locations.

The mobile application is part of the marketing and promotional activities of the Sinj u sridu project, a project co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund and the Competitiveness and Cohesion Operational Program, a project aimed at the renewal and glorification of the unique cultural heritage of the Town of Sinj with a view to its greater valorisation.

The backbone of the project is made up of the reconstruction, renovation and revitalisation of Sinj’s cultural assets such as Fortress Grad, Fortress Kamičak and the clock tower, the Museum of the Cetina region and the renovation of the streets of the historic town of Sinj as a whole.

Their renewal and revitalisation will be the basis for the development of a number of thematically related cultural and tourist content (festivals, performances, presentations of traditional crafts, souvenirs, multimedia, and new products, etc.) that will turn Sinj into a tourist destination which will boast numerous tourist facilities throughout the entire year.

In addition to the Town of Sinj, five project partners relevant to the social and economic development of the region and the management of cultural heritage are involved, namely the Tourist Board of the City of Sinj, the Alka Knights Association of Sinj, the Museum of the Cetina Region of Sinj, the Public Institution RERA S.D. for the Coordination and Development of the County of Split-Dalmatia and the Production Plant FLORAMI, Sinj.

The total value of the project “Sinj u sridu” amounts to HRK 66,594,231.17, of which the European Union grant totals HRK 55,597,793.26.

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There are so many reasons to love, even adore the Cetina region! For some it is Our Great Lady festivity in Sinj, while others are enchanted with miraculous Alka, visited by more and more people every summer.

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Gourmet’s main reason could be Sinj’s arambašići simmering in a pot with delicious bacon or tasty frog legs grilled in idyllic ambience of mystique and intriguing Trilj; or even hot delicious doughnuts from Vrlika. Those of more adventurous spirit may be drawn to this region by Cetina’s rapids and its amazing blue eye over which you can practice adrenaline stunts to impress those less daring, with for example highline. Whatever it is you like about the Cetina region, we’re sure you have good reason for it, but take our advice and sneak a peek into its museums – treasuries of history and culture. We’re sure you’ll love it even more!

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CAN’T DO WITHOUT ALKA. To start this text in solemn and glorious way, it is enough to mention famous Alka, and its museum which you should look for in – Alka courtyard!

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Alka courtyard with the Alka museum are located in one of rarely preserved Venetian kvartirs (barracks to accommodate the cavalry) in Dalmatia, so the very location is in its way sensational.


Museum, which gave this incredible knight’s game new presentational form, is an excellent blend of tradition and modern – do not miss to delve into a story of Alka told by the most contemporary equipment, thanks to which you can have a try at the game yourselves, fight with the Ottomans, see digitalizes archive documents and video materials of all winners from 1784 till today!


IN MONUMENT BUILDING PALACINA, which is a part of historical complex nearby Kamičak fort, another edifice worth visiting is located –  the Museum of the Cetina region!

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Culture enthusiasts will be enchanted with even 12 different museum collections, whose beauty is impossible to describe: archaeological, cultural-historical, ethnographical and natural history collections, as well as arms collection; orders, medals and plaques collection, collection of photographies and photographic equipment, document collection, poster collection, postcard collection.

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There is even a collection which presents works of the 20th century Cetina region artists, so it is truly one comprehensive object, make sure not to miss it!

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ONE OF THE YOUNGEST CROATIAN MUSEUMS is Trilj Region Museum, located since 1996 in adapted parish church. Main task of this museum is to present cultural heritage of Trilj through archaeological, ethnographical, cultural-historical and numismatic collection.

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Visit this museum and see permanent collection ”Tilurij – Roman military camp” and get a closer look of Roman legionary camp Tilurij in Gardun village near Trilj. 

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If you want to know more about traditional everyday life of Trilj region inhabitants from late 19th and early 20th century, a real treat will be its ethnographic collection!

SIKIRICA GALLERY IN ITS FUNDUS HAS OVER 500 WORKS. Author Stipe Sikirica has always been especially close to Alka. The gallery is located in Alka courtyard. .

It bears the name of academic sculptor who donated his entire work to Sinj town. Sikirica is a sculptor of Sinj, the Cetina region and Alka. His public monuments are centres of town’s public life.

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Apart from public sculpture of the horse-rider on Alka’s runway, Sikirica is also an author of a fountain On the Spring and doors of church of Our Miraculous Lady of Sinj.


GALIOTOVIĆ GALLERY IS A CULTURAL CENTRE OF Sinj people and their guests. It was opened in August 1999. Tt bears the name of its donator Iva Galiotović, who donated her life savings for its building. In the gallery there have been over 50 exhibitions so far. Great names of Croatian art had their exhibitions there, same as numerous Sinj artists. Galiotović gallery is also a place for classical music concerts, various workshops ad gatherings. It is located in three-story building on Alka runway.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION OF FRANCISCAN MONASTERY IS ONE OF THE OLDEST AND WORTHIEST IN CROATIA. THE REASON FOR ITS FOUNDING WAS A FACT THAT IN Sinj and its region many archaeological monuments were discovered. Objects in this collection do not come from systematic excavations but are mostly found by chance thanks to hardworking monks and people’s willingness to preserve historical monuments. It is most famous for findings from archaeological site Aequuma near Sinj, today’s village Čitluk.


DO NOT FORGET CULTURAL TREASURES – IN THE OPEN! Although museums are a true delicacy for culture enthusiasts, it would be a shame to visit the Cetina region and not to see other worthy monuments of cultural heritage that are like museums in the open!

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Get inspired and look for sculpture Newlyweds, statue of St. Michael, a monument to the Cetina river, Trilj’s Old bridge…or some incredible examples of sacral heritage, like impressive church of St. Spas near the Cetina spring – it is not only one of the most significant pre-Romanesque buildings in Croatia, but the one that takes a special place in European pre-Romanesque period!

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The history of the oldest Hvar hotel and Empress Sisi were the inspiration, motive and inspiration behind the hotel’s grand opening. The hotel has been rebuilt and redesigned with a new face and raised the quality scale that guests expect when on Hvar.

The opening ceremony of the newly renovated Palace Elisabeth Hotel was held on Hvar on Saturday, September the 21st, 2019.

The first 5 star hotel on Hvar

As one of the most beautiful buildings in this area, in addition to the city Loggia, the Palace Elisabeth Hotel is considered one of the symbols of the city of Hvar. It consists of 45 luxury rooms and suites of a larger size, an indoor pool, a luxury spa and two outdoor terraces.

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The hotel exudes elegance and promotes all the best of the city, it has always been a favourite meeting place of Hvar locals and guests. Therefore, a visit to the city of Hvar is not complete unless you have a cup of coffee on the terrace of the Palace Elisabeth Hotel, because there are few places where you can enjoy such a beautiful view of Hvar’s historic centre, the market, the waterfront, the Arsenal, the Pakleni islands and the city’s port.

The hotel was opened with the attention of the social elite and the world’s media

The opening ceremony was dealt with by Marie Vitek, the wife of Radovan Vitek, the owner of Sunčani Hvar.

Speeches were delivered by Gordana Tomičić, CEO of Sunčani Hvar, Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli and Martin Nemeček, CEO of the CPI Group.

“The opening of the Palace Elisabeth Hotel further elevates the existing offer [of Hvar] to a higher level and at the same time contributes to the attractiveness of a destination that offers high quality holidays in all segments,” said Management Board President Gordana Tomičić.

PThe history of the Palace Elisabeth Hotel dates back to the 13th century. In 1898, the hotel was rebuilt and named Spa Hotel Empress Elisabeth, after the Austrian Empress Sisi who was a generous sponsor of its construction.

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The history of this oldest Hvar hotel and the Empress Sisi were the inspiration, motive and inspiration of the opening ceremony of the hotel.

Thanks to an investment from the Sunčani Hvar tourist group, of HRK 100 million, Palace Elisabeth has become the first five-star hotel on the island, and a member of the elite hotel association of luxury hotels, ‘’The Leading Hotels of the World’’.

To be more specific, there was an investment of €300,000 per room, which is one of the largest investments in the Croatian hotel industry.

“Of all the facilities we have, the Palace Elisabeth Hotel is special. This was not an easy project to realise as it had to be handled with special care given its cultural heritage. We plan to invest in other Sunčani Hvar facilities,’’ said Martin Nemeček, the CEO of the CPI Group.

In addition to local journalists, many international journalists attended the opening ceremony. There were reporters from the New York Times, Robb Report, Vogue, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler and Architectural Digest, who enthusiastically followed the event.

Along with a number of distinguished guests, the opening ceremony was attended by Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Tonči Glavina, Director of the Tourist Board of Split-Dalmatia County, Joško Stella, and the Mayor of the City of Hvar, Rikardo Novak.


A visit to Brač, our largest island, is always intriguing, interesting, and many would say – delicious!

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This is especially true of the charming ethno-eco village of Dol, which seems to have united the best of the island – it is a true stronghold of Brač’s heritage and traditions!

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Therefore, whether it’s Brač gastronomy that you love, or its cycling and hiking possibilities along well-maintained trails in an authentic island setting, doing a bit of sightseeing of the original architecture and picturesque cultural heritage, or looking for great insights into this island’s delights, here are three great reasons why you should include Dol in your itinerary.

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1. It wins you over at first glance with its architecture and culture!

Dol is an oasis of peace and tranquility, just 2 kilometers from Postira, where the houses traditionally covered with stone slabs will leave you breathless at the very entrance – just like the marvelous, grainy caves made from hrapoćuša stone.

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These caves used to be human dwellings and the basis for later upgraded houses, but today they are shelters for cattle, pigeons, owls and even the alleged mythical creatures which are to be discussed later – and they have also served as an inspiration for a truly special cake.

You will also be charmed by the picturesque churches that can be reached along properly arranged footpaths, such as the church of Sv. Mihovil from the beginning of the 10th century, or St. Petra from the 11th century –  where you can see the oldest bell on the island of Brač!

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2. Beautiful Dol castles which hide great food within them

Is there a better spectacle for the palate than local traditional delicacies seasoned with true hospitality? The enthusiastic guests of the Kaštila Gospodnetić Castle in Dol, a building which dominates the view of the place with its reddish wall colour in contrast to the famous, old-fashioned green, wooden shutters, all agree – there is nothing better!

Just look at the reviews on Tripadvisor, which are bursting with praise. Perhaps they can best be summed up by a gentleman from distant, cold Moscow, who enthusiastically writes: “I wouldn’t call this a restaurant. Rather an experience!”

The famous octopus under the bell and delicious lamb from the spit, to put it mildly, did not go unnoticed, and the ovations of foodies with sweet teeth were also picked up by a juicy orange cake and the domestic variant of a hearty Plavac mali!

However, it would be a sin to talk about Dol gastronomy, and not mention the most special homemade dessert – check out why the famous Dol hrapoćuša cake made it to the list of intangible cultural assets of the Republic of Croatia!

3. Take Macića and Vivera’s path

However, just so that one doesn’t think one can just eat well in Dol, it’s worth knowing that this is a favourite destination for hikers and cyclists, because it can be reached by well-maintained roads and trails from various directions, and intriguing themed trails run through the place itself.

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And when we say intriguing – we really mean it!

Intriguing is precisely what the hilly asphalt-gravel track of Macića and Vivera is. It is named after supernatural beings, resembling characters from Croatian fairy tales, such as those of Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić!

As Vivera is tied to the phenomenon of natural caves in the reddish rocks made from local, grainy hrapoćuše stone, from which inexplicable noise is supposed to be heard, don’t be frightened, but continue onto Škrip, where you can get better acquainted with the magnificent olive traditions in the fantastic Museum Uja, and taste some delicious domestic products!

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Photo: Tz Postira, Lidija Žižić, Kaštil Gospodnetić

The whole island – on a plate!

The symbolic key, often used in our attractive promotional campaigns by our island metropolis – Supetar, comes from one of the local patrons, St. Peter, the locksmith of paradise.

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And if you want to unlock a truly heavenly experience for the palate, we suggest you hop on the first ferry and head to one of the attractive Supetar restaurants, taverns, oil and wine tasting locations, or enjoy some agritourism! We’re convinced that this experience will make you a true gastro-expert.

The Supetar Tourist Board and the Supetar Agricultural Cooperative launched this project aimed at promoting indigenous Brač’s gastronomy back in 2016.

The best is – always autochthonous. We particularly like the Dolce Vita hiking trail’s offer when it comes to Supetar’s gastronomy, which, as its name implies, invokes a sweet life!

The trail, which starts at agrotourism location on top of Supetar, boasts a total length of just over six kilometres and connects several attractive gastro points together – five restaurants, taverns and farms, two art galleries, and even a family winery.

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A few years ago, Supetar launched a laudable gastro-traditional initiative that has continued to take place to this very day. Namely, it is a project called Otočka kuhinja (Island kitchen), which tasked the city with returning the indigenous dishes made according to the recipes of local Brač grandmothers to the island’s taverns and restaurants, from ingredients obtained from their own gardens!

Through the process of assigning a special standard for the restaurants, taverns, OPGs, and tasting rooms, Supetar locals wished to bring back many traditional, native dishes back to the table and, of course, a few nice bottles of Plavac mali are implied!

Seek them out and try one of the emblematic Brač-based products and the fruit of centuries-old tradition – olive oil of exceptional quality – at Museum Uja in Škrip.

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Don’t forget about the gastro stars!

Is there anything better than delicious food based on healthy domestic fruits and vegetables served in restaurants overlooking the island’s landscape?

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We don’t doubt it, but don’t forget the fabulous stars of Brač either – the delicious hrapoćuša cake, with the ruffled appearance of the Brač karst, and the ancient, crunchy vitalac, so unique and special, that they are included in the list of national intangible assets.

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Bikla Days in Vrgorac is a distinctive autumn tourist attraction!

Time and place: September the 28th, 2019, at Korzo in Vrgorac!

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Do you know what bikla is? This is a traditional drink of the Vrgorac region, a blend of young, unripe wine and goat’s milk, of a characteristic colour, and a strong and pleasant taste, which has been produced in the Vrgorac region for centuries after the grape harvest, in honour of both the vines and the goats.

Many visitors come to the ‘’Biklijada’’ in Vrgorac to taste this traditional Vrgorac beverage, which has been being made in Vrgorac for over a hundred years.

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Bikla Days and the 20th Biklijada are part of an autumn folk festival full of tradition, folklore and gastronomy organised by the Vrgorac Tourist Board and sponsored by the City of Vrgorac. It was created to honour the authentic customs and traditions of the Vrgorac region on the days when the bikla is drunk, at the town Korzo in Vrgorac!

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The festival starts at 19:00 with an evening fair of local products, handicrafts and culinary specialties, while the cheerful atmosphere will be complemented by a folklore program, live music by the acoustic Gojak band and a concert by the VERSI group.

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The Biklijada Folk Festival takes place at the end of September and the beginning of October, when the grape harvest is already coming to an end, and has become a well recognised autumn tourist attraction

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Bikla has occupied an important place in nutrition in the Vrgorac region, especially in difficult living conditions, due to its strong properties. It is prepared by mixing hot wine with milk. It is important to pour the wine into the container first and then add the milk and slowly mix clockwise until the colour of cyclamen is obtained.

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You then drink it in accordance with your work, while in the evening, you drink it in front of a warm fireplace and in a wooden ‘’glass’’ (Dalmatian: bukara) which contains half a litre. As such, bikla has gained importance in comfort in relaxing moments. It has remained in the tradition of the Vrgorac region to this day and in its honour, the Bikla Days are organised.

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This traditional one-ethno and gastronomic festival nourishes and revives this authentic custom, and with its offer of an evening fair of local products and handicrafts, folklore and entertainment programs, the festival makes this area richer, more meaningful and attractive for locals as well as for guests looking for live and more authentic events.

See you in Vrgorac!

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The island of Hvar, our sunniest island is one of the most exclusive destinations for nautical tourism in Croatia, and islands ports are usually full of elegant and luxurious yachts

  1. Late summer and early autumn is the best time for sailing – the time that we feel more and more air, the darkness falls more quickly, the sun continues to shine during the day, but the nights are much fresher and slowly starting to spread from the households are the tempting scents of the winter that is in the making!
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The experienced sea wolves know very well that this, alongside late spring, is the most enjoyable time for their favourite activity – sailing!

The temperatures are milder, the sea is calm and the winds are more favourable.

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In addition to that, if you’ve been thinking about going somewhere out there in the open sea, know that the right time is – right now. And the right place, you wonder? Of course, our sunniest island – Hvar! The island of beautiful beaches, fancy restaurants and quiet coves, is one of the most popular nautical destinations in Croatia.


2. Explore the bay which enjoys – a cultural status! The way to do it is to begin from Stari Grad, because it is probably the first place in which you would have onced sailed onto the island, 2,400 years ago!

There, you’ll enjoy one of the safest natural bays on the Adriatic, which is specific in that it protects against all winds except the steady and uniform Maestral which is actually propulsion to fuel for your sails!

Explore the largest bay on the northern side – a port called Tiha, or if you fancy something different, the spacious and deep Zavala, and in the south, enjoy the smaller and more intimate bays, such as Gračišće and Maslinica. It’s a great idea to anchor in Stari Grad itself, and enjoy the pleasure of sightseeing and looking at this picturesque beauty.

3. Take a peak at its beauty which won the hearts of world’s elite. How does a small sandy beach, several great restaurants, an imaginatively decorated lounge bar, and a promenade with exotic herbs brought here from across the planet sound to you?

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This is exactly the magical backdrop of the nautical adventure which awaits you in Vinogradišće bay, on the southern coast of St. Clement, the largest and the most famous of the Pakleni islands. Just in front of Hvar Town and Stari Grad, the Pakleni islands are a real Mecca for boaters, and the deeply indented Vinogradišće cove is one of the most popular and one of the best anchorages in the entire Hvar area.


4. Navigation and a gastro experience – They go together well! Experienced sailors know one thing – there is no better spice to their nautical adventures than delicious home-made food!

One of the most legitimate reasons for the wild popularity of sailing in precisely the waters of Hvar, is that the boater’s plates end up with the most delicious seafood on them!

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5. Hvar is known as the island of wine. Moreover, Hvar boaters are in their own sort of symbiosis with great restaurants, which, in addition to a tasty menu, also offer a secure berth for their vessels. If you ask them, it would be a real sin not to spice up the voyage with some grilled fish and a glass of quality local wine!

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You will easily be convinced of this – it’s enough to taste the rhapsody of the flavours of the best species of white fish – such as sea bream, dentex or sea bass, or delicious snacks like fresh blue fish rounded off with a ruby ​​red Plavac mali from Hvar, or a devilish, elegant Bogdanuša.

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Photo:,, archive of tourist boards of island Hvar, Pointers Travel 

If you were to ask any experienced diver if they’d recommend that you dive in the central Dalmatian part of the Adriatic sea, the answer would be categorical and enthusiastic – yes!

The reasons are not difficult to discern – from the sea with its exceptional clarity that provides great visibility, excellent diving positions (which, in addition to rich underwater walls, often include a sunken ship or two!), and the absence of deadly underwater species.

If you are in a diving dilemma, we have prepared three real gems that you cannot go wrong with for you – the islands of Šolta, Brač and Vis!

Underwater pyramids, ancient anchors and sunken fishing boats are what awaits you if you decide on Šolta! If you are most attracted to exploring a sunken fishing boat, then you’re in luck – this attraction at a depth of twenty metres is suitable for all diving categories, and you will find it on the northern side of the island of Šolta, near Stomorska at the Pelegrin position.


If you don’t want your underwater adventure to go unrecorded, choose the locations suitable for filming – a gallery along the cape of Livka bay with a vertical wall and a cave 35 metres deep, at the bottom of which lies an ancient anchor, or the position of Marie Grota.

For experienced and advanced divers (and videographers!) we would recommend two true underwater specialities – the Pyramid location in Travna bay will reveal fascinating underwater peaks which look uncannily like mysterious buildings, and the Sipuja location in Stracinska bay is an underwater wall full of holes, crevices, canyons and gorgonia, which is also home to numerous fish species!


Geological diversity and large amberjacks which swim with the divers – these are the attractions you will come across if you decide to dive on our biggest island, Brač! Brač is mystical and interesting, just like its diving sites, and one of the most interesting is Ptičji rat near the town of Povlja.


It is located between the steep slopes of Biokovo and a place called Vrulja where there are underwater caves and channels from which rivers flow.

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For everyone who wants to dive in an interesting company – there’s the amberjack fish! – You can do so in a cave in the “Lucice” harbour on the southern side of the island of Brač, and for more experienced divers, we recommend diving in the cabin part of the sunken ship “Meje”.

Due to the depth at which the boat is located (37 metres), technical diving with gas mixtures is recommended, and if you venture into this endeavor, this position east of the little island of Mrduja with a 30-metre-long ship lying on the sand will surely delight you!

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Our most mysterious island, Vis, a former military base, looks like a breathtaking location on a James Bond film, no less interesting is its underwater world!

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There are indescribably exciting locations waiting for you with even a few sunken ships – from the merchant ship “Teti” in a location suitable for all diving categories (a depth from 14 to 35 metres), which is a common motive for underwater photographers, the Greek cargo ship “Vassilos T” (at a location for more advanced divers and for beginners), the “Brioni” steamboat which is now overgrown with numerous sponges and corals, up to the Ursus tugboat which was sunk by a British submarine in 1941, and even the wreckage of an American fighter jet from the Second World War!

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Photo:, archive of tourist boards of Split – Dalmatia county