Would you like to find out more about organically grown products that you can eat in Bol on the island Brač or where to buy locally produced goat products and extra-virgin olive oil? Maybe you are interested in finding a fisher monger selling freshly caught fish or restaurants where you can enjoy local specialities prepared with wild herbs? Or perhaps you would like to get lost in the sweetest daydreaming while listening to the beautiful sounds of the guitar?
Our stories from Bol, a new project by the Bol Tourist Board (TZ Bol), will tell you all. With an idea to emphasize the unity in the local community, their mutual support, and the importance of the local population with tourism written in their DNA, TZ Bol has brought the locals together to send a simple message “See you in Bol!”,to all those who have already visited this beautiful town, as well as to future visitors of this delightful and scenic town located in the south of the island of Brač.
They wish to share first-hand stories with their guests, stories that cannot be found in magazines, about irresistible tastes and scents of local food and products, about wild plants and herbs, and about an authentic experience of this town in all its beauty.
And here we do not only refer to the famous Dominican monastery from which you can enjoy a scenic walk to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Zlatni rat, or attractive biking trails, but also to the generations of dedicated people that make this small town so charming.
In the perfectly imperfect video clips and photographs, Franci Marinković from the Pusa restaurant shares his story.
Apart from the adored specialties with wild herbs, he always enchants his guests with singing and guitar playing.
For almost ten years, Meri Bodlović and her husband are dedicated to organic farming, and olive and wine growing on their family farm.
Mirjan and his Mom, Irena, are successfully combining farming, production, and catering.
Their specialty, Cheese in sugar, can be tasted at their tavern Dišpet.
Nikica Bodlović from the Bodlović family farm proudly talks about olives and their family olive grove with 250 olive trees and golden drops of their extra-virgin olive oil.
Pravdan Katić, a professional fisherman with 15 years of experience, enthusiastically talks about his job. While playing the guitar, a favourite summer instrument, Pjerin Jugović sings and plays the same way he used to many years ago to attract tourists.
The director of the Bol Tourist Board, Markito Marinković remarks: “This project aims to engage the local population in active promotion of their town. We would like to introduce our guests to people that will be there for them during their stay in Bol. I believe that this is a winning formula because who can tell the stories of Bol better than its people? This is also an opportunity for Bolke and Boljani to actively participate with their suggestions and engagement in the joint promotion of our Bol.”
This is just the beginning of the TZ Bol narrative that will present accounts of their citizens and positive local experiences over social media, IG and FB: Bol – Bol – Symbol of the Adriatic, in the following months.
Procession “Za Križen” (Following the Cross) is a unique religious rite that has been held continuously since the year 1658
There is no island sacral manifestation that is more monumental, and at the same time more mystical, touching and traditional than Hvar’s internationally known Procession “Za Križen” (Following the Cross)
It is not just a ritual in which the faith and piety of the people are manifested; in the case of Hvar, it is an event of the people that has been reflected in its continuity for five centuries. It takes place on the night of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, and is performed as a religious sequence consisting of six processions that simultaneously move to six Hvar towns. And they never meet during this night-time procession.
The procession is a unique religious rite that has been held continuously since the year 1658, having experienced a partial interruption during World War II. Back in 1943, the Italian fascist authorities forbade the island to participate in the procession. Only the closest entourage participated in the event with the crossbearer. One year later, in 1944, the procession was banned by the Nazi authorities on the island.
At that time, in El Shatt, there were in fact a large number of people from Hvar who initiated that tradition from their native island and organised the procession in Egypt, with the consent of the British refugee camp command. Dining rooms represented churches, and even improvised altars were erected. About 8,000 people participated in the procession, including the Allied soldiers. The memory of this procession, apart from a few preserved photographs, has also been preserved by the crosses from El Shatto which are kept in the parish churches. The Procession of the Cross was inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible World Heritage back in 2009.
Once again this year, despite the coronavirus crisis, this unique religious event will take place from Good Thursday to Good Friday, on April the 9th, 2020. Only the closest entourage will participate in the event with the crossbearer, following all of the recommended social distancing measures.
The highest honour in this story is worn by the bearer of the cross, a key person carrying an 18-pound heavy cross.
This role is of great pride for every citizen of Hvar, and in life, sometimes with a wait of 20 years, only a few get to enjoy this rare opportunity. Most often as a fulfillment of a vow made to oneself, or at the family level.
In deep silence, filled with prayer, and deep religious worship, the cross bearers and believers, in a long continuous column, begin their journey with the procession, presenting in the most beautiful way a memorial of religious love always bound in suffering.
The procession simultaneously starts from the parishes of Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik, Svirce, Vrbanj and Vrboska. It has moved for centuries in a given trajectory, clockwise, without meeting and ending in the initial parish. If the processions were to encounter one another during that long night-time journey, the people would mark something like that as enormous bad luck. The procession also has its sacred music, an eighth-century octosyllable text of the Lamentations of the Virgin Mary, performed by cantors. The Procession Following the Cross is one of Hvar’s traditions, which every year records an increasing number of believers from the country and the world. They usually describe their participation in this event with the word – magnificent.
Photo: archive of tourist boards of the island of Hvar
Apart from series of natural and gastronomic goods, our country is also proud of admirable collection of UNESCO-protected intangible cultural heritage – by representation first in Europe, third in the world!
Considering the amount of cultural heritage that our country cherishes, the list is expected to expand in times to come.
Intangible heritage encompasses different shapes of folk and traditional cultural expressions – language, oral literature, music, dance, games, mythology, ceremonies, customs and traditional crafts; but also living communities where these shapes of culture are being cherished in.
The most famous of them all, the pride of Sinj and Cetina region, is an equestrian game Sinj Alka. It has been established in memory of the victory of Sinj people against the Ottomans in 1715; and as a gratitude to Our Miraculous Lady of Sinj who, according to a legend, saved Sinj and its defenders. From then on Alka has been performed in almost uninterrupted continuity. The game is regulated by Alka statue book that includes rigorous rules that ensure its authenticity, its origin and purpose. It has been protected by UNESCO since 2010.
Ojkavica is a characteristic singing with many melodic fineries, the most basic being shaking technique on the syllabus “oj”, which can be at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of the song. Two or more singers sing in multi-part, strongly and loudly, while the song lyrics are mainly very unique and suggestive.
It is sung in entire Dalmatian Zagora, while in Sinj its traditional name is rera. It has been protected by UNESC also since 2010. Even to this day it is passed on from one generation to another thanks to perseverance of cultural-art societies and folklore groups.
With their continuous efforts they are saving rera from oblivion, as well as another UNESCO-listed cultural good – Silent Dance. It is a type of dance cherished in Dalmatian Zagora and unique for the way in which is performed – in circle, or more often – in pairs that move in circles or freely along the dance area.
Sometimes it is danced accompanied by rera, ganga, ojkavica or bagpipes, but in Dalmatia Zagora, almost exclusively without any musical background.
Today it is danced (although more rarely than before) for carnivals, on fairs, folk parties, weddings, local, regional or international folklore festivals and on local festivities in patron saints’ honour.
Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia protects numerous endangered intangible goods, with aim to cherish, protect and preserve them. One of these goods is the art of making boats in Otok near Sinj. It is a specificity of this region, which arose from the fact that Otok is in near vicinity of the Cetina river.
Written records about the beginnings of boat building do not exist, but the oldest preserved boat is about seventy years old. Economic activities (mostly agriculture), the number of inhabitants and the very position of the village are the main reasons for making Otok people use boats more intensely than others in their surroundings. Depending on the river depth, they used to paddle while sitting or even standing.
Annual carnival processions in villages under Kamešnica in the area of Sinj and Trilj town and Otok municipality have a long tradition and are the best promotor and keeper of carnival customs in these areas.
The processions are unique and original way of presenting ancient customs, frequently accompanied by the sounds of carnival bells and other specific rituals. The most attractive part of the procession are noisy and colourful didi, with 1,5 metres high sheep skins on their heads and bells around their waists.
They are dressed in old clothes with colourful tassels and embody ancient struggle of good spirits and the winter, which they try to chase away with noise and jumping. Didi from Kamešnica have recently been guests of a famous carnival in Sardinia, where they have successfully showed a part of our tradition outside our borders.
Klapa singing is a traditional multi-part a cappella homophonic singing. Klapa songs are recognizable by their music structure, harmony, melody and lyrics. Despite various external influences, klapa song has kept its originality and faithful audience till today.
One of the old crafts that are on the verge of extinction is – traditional hand-wheel pottery from Potravlje. It was announced intangible cultural good in 2013, and the Ministry of Culture has nominated it for UNESCO protection. In our regions it has been used since the 4th century B.C., while in greater part of Europe this type was long ago replaced by foot-wheel pottery.
artistry of making clay dishes in this fashion has been only preserved in
Potravlje village in Hrvace Municipality – in only two families: family of Jure Knezović, where his sons Ivan and Pile have carried on the tradition, and
the family of Jure’s brother Dušan Knezović.
The potters from Potravlje, or, as they are usually called in this region, bakrari used to supply the whole Cetina Region and greater Dalmatia with their products
Up to the present day, they have sold their products at fairs in Sinj, Trilj, Zadvarje, Vrlika, Metković, Benkovac, Split and elsewhere. Apart from traditional pots, new types of pots are made nowadays, for instance, amphoras (for tourist purposes), flowerpots or pitari, and various miniature traditional pots sold as souvenirs.
It is of utmost importance to preserve this part of our traditional culture and enable it to continue developing by passing on the knowledge onto young generations. With this goal in mind, Sinj Tourist Board, supported by the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia, has been regularly organizing workshops of traditional hand-wheel pottery from Potravlje. For this effort it was awarded Plautilla award in category of The best cultural-tourism product. Great attendance rates and good feedback from foreign and national visitors, especially the young ones, bring hope that this craft is to live on and blossom.
Preserving endangered intangible heritage is an important factor of not only cultural and national identity, but also of continuing efforts to blend these unique and priceless goods into our great tourist offer, all in correspondence with the laws of sustainable development.
In Central Dalmatia, tourists have an incredible opportunity to step into the fantasy world in the blink of an eye, right into the cinematic scene, to the very locations where the legendary HBO series ‘’Game of Thrones’’ was filmed.
The whole world has long since known that one of the most watched and popular television series in history was filmed in Croatia. And regardless of the fact that the filming and broadcasting of the series has now been completed, fans’ interest in visiting the series’ filming locations hasn’t ceased.
Owing to this mega project, Dubrovnik has become the dangerous city of King’s Landing, the stronghold of the powerful Lannister family. But it isn’t only the ramparts, towers, and lookouts of this city which have become a draw for fans of the cult series, there are also numerous locations across Split-Dalmatia County that are enthusiastically visited by fans of the series.
Split and Split-Dalmatia County were attractive to the authors and creators of the series precisely because of their original historical locations, and because of the fact that the scenery was original here and that it only had to be adapted to the story of the series with the use of some special effects.
Split, a city under UNESCO heritage, with its perfect historical
construction, delighted GOT screenwriters who, at the city’s very heart,
discovered fascinating locations for filming the series. And then they realised
that the environment of Split is just as powerful, deciding to shoot some of
the most important scenes of the global spectacle in this part of Croatia, and
then to place all of those those locations on a map of the GOT locations that
every serious fan of the series must visit.
DON’T MISS ANY IMPORTANT
In order not to wander aimlessly, the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board has made sure to invest significant marketing resources in promoting this project and has prepared an attractive map of Game of Thrones filming locations.
Game of Thrones filming locations in Split-Dalmatia County:
Split – Cellars (Podrumi)
This truly monumental space, which stretches beneath the famed
Diocletian’s Palace, is breathtaking in its beauty. The stone structures, the
arches, the secret passages, the impression of cold that the underground world
provides are all part of the home of the former Roman emperor Diocletian.
These cellars are an unavoidable stop for many tourists. And since this very old area in Split became a GOT site, numerous fans of the series have come to see it. Desiring to feel the atmosphere, the mystique of the dungeons, the room where the powerful Daenerys locked her famed pet dragons.
Here, among the smooth stone walls below Split, from which dragons cannot escape, some of the cult scenes were filmed.
2. Split – the alleyways
After the cellars where the stone atmosphere creates a pleasant cold even during the highest summer temperatures, a climb to Peristyle awaits tourists. This is a fascinating imperial square, with its open-plan setting. And then an easy walk to the streets of Split, across the old stone floor, past the facades of the houses where people still live today.
Here, in the veins of the city, Daenerys’s slaves were plotting around the fire to conspire, thinking up their new moves. In the palace, the Mother of Dragons filmed numerous scenes, including the one where she sat on her throne.
3. Klis Fortress
The view of it is fascinating, the view of a huge powerful
building on the top of the mountain near the sea, from which a beautiful view
of the valley, Split at the foothills, the coast, the islands is offered. In
the GOT series, it is in this historic building that the scenes of the largest
of the great city-states of Slaver’s Bay, Meereen, were filmed.
Klis Fortress came to the forefront in the season in which Daenerys conquers the city of Meereen. Fans of the series will remember her as the site of a masses of scene, packed with slaves dressed in modest togas, who flooded the gravel paths leading to the medieval building.
This is exactly where Khalesi publicly impaled the disobedient city authorities for everyone to witness.
4. Kaštel Gomilica
Remember Braavos, a seaside town, and the scene where young
Arya mysteriously stands on a pier? This scene was filmed in Kaštel Gomilica, a
small town not far from Split, and at its heart is a medieval castle belonging
to Benedictine nuns.
It was in this small, peaceful, beautiful town that Arya transformed into Cat, took on a different identity, and found her temporary home in the home of fishmonger Brusco and his daughters.Upravo u tom malom, mirnom, prelijepom gradiću,
We definitely recommend a visit to this film site, where you can enjoy the beauty of the old town, historical buildings, and movie scenery right next to the crystal clear sea.
Can anything be done without it? Can GOT be filmed in this area
without the film cameras stumbling into one of the most gorgeous cities on the
Croatian coast, among the alleyways framed by towers, into a beautiful, living
and breathing UNESCO living monument? No, it can’t.
In the series, Trogir ‘’starred’’ as the Qarth trade port, in which wizards imprisoned Khaleesi’s dragons. It is an impressive building that you should definitely visit, to feel the spirit of a city that has preserved its old soul in modern times.
Another location near the city of Split, which, due to its
exceptional natural beauty, has become the perfect getaway for locals.
The screenwriters discovered it and spread it around the world, and it will remain interesting in a scene that was gladly watched and commented on among the male population of GOT fans. This is a scene in which Missandei, one of the series’ most beautiful actresses, appears, as does the bathing scene in a clear river. That river is Žrnovnica, there is also a water mill known as Antoničin mill in which the hosts grind various types of flour to this very day.
Also nearby is a quarry where the extras practiced their war scenes. This is where the shot was taken in which Daenerys arrives in front of the walls of Meereen, and the one with a duel between Daaria Naharis and Meereen’s champion.
The mighty mountain above the Makarska Riviera with its perfect
stone boulders, vantage points, chasms, wild unobstructed nature, numerous
gravel paths, the danger that threatens the uninitiated, and the sort of pride
that only sheer perfection can possess, served as the backdrop ideal for GOT.
And that was for the scene with the flying dragons, these
mighty winged creatures, which, from the heights of the Dalmatian massif,
plunged toward the sea, into the unbeatable beauty of this region.
Daenerys’ dragons flew in the area of Baška Voda. More
specifically, back in 2014, these scenes were shot at two locations in the
Baška Voda Municipality. The first location is Greben, located between Baška
Voda and its hamlet of Topići (about 300 metres from Baška Voda and 100 metres
from Topić). The other location is Dvori, located above Promajna, a village 4
kilometres south of Baška Voda.
Both locations are marked on the ground and on maps of the
Baška Voda Tourist Board, and they are also discussed in the section of the new
Baška Voda Tourist Board website called Film Sites.
Photo: archive of TB of Split Dalmatia county , dalmatia.hr, Game of thrones
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
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.
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
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.
Split-Dalmatia Tourist Board is very active in supporting projects that lead to continuous development and strengthening of tourist offer, especially that of pre- and post-season.
Wise consideration and design of numerous manifestations and quality events are becoming a precondition for development of year-round tourism. Importance of investing in important themes that are to enhance this kind of offer has been recognized this year as well by Expert Committee of the Tourist Board.
Therefore, 400 thousand kunas of non-refundable funds have been given in 2019 as a strong boost and a mighty financial support to several top events and manifestations. Great number of participants, praises of foreign and national media and great feedback have shown that these assets reached good cause. And the most important thing, the focus of tourist offer has been widened outside the prime season. Furthermore, it also ensured an excellent path for positioning Split-Dalmatia County as one of the main subjects of destination tourism.
Dalmatia Ultra-Trail 2019
4th edition of this event has presented Dalmatia to the world as a hit destination of sports tourism, and gave to Omiš town, since it is a central place of the event, a nickname of Cradle of Croatian trekking and trail.
More than 900 runners from 30 countries participated in this international race, who brought back to their homes the best possible postcard from Croatia encompassing even 5 mountains, three rivers and numerous historical and cultural localities on the area between Kaštela and Tučepi.
2. Thrill Blues Festival After only three years of this festival Trilj has become a centre of blues, transforming Cetina region into a mecca of excellent music.
This exceptional cultural manifestation each year gets more and more accompanying events, like blues workshops for children, book presentations and concerts of national and foreign renowned blues masters.
honour of Croatian music
it was held, concert To je moja zemlja
(It’s my country) on Split’s Poljud was the main topic. Praises kept coming,
not only for performances of the greatest national names and legends of
Croatian music scene, but also because of charity for Split hospital. It was a
gathering of the greatest Croatian music performers, but also an eruption of
emotions that shook the entire Poljud stadium.
4. WTA Croatia Bol Open Tennis tournament in Bol on Brač has crossed Croatian borders long time ago, thus introducing Bol as a destination with multi-profile contents.
This year also, a place famous for one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, has been visited by numerous guests, who were welcomed by a tourist message – that the entire place lives for tennis. Same as the tournament and tennis live with the entire community.
5. 53rd Festival of Dalmatian A-Capella Singing Groups Every year on a small Omiš square same thing happens – the song. True, original, Dalmatian, a-capella, polyphonic and unique, recognized as an ultra-cultural event and a tourist treat.
Omiš festival of a-capella singing groups is a recognizable manifestation with its loyal audience and music that promotes the spirit of Dalmatia in a genuine music genre.
6. Split half Marathon
Sunny streets of Split hosted 2810 runners; 2450 in races of half marathon and relay race half marathon, and 360 in “Trophy of Slobodna Dalmacija” race.
In this popular sports event numerous famous people have participated, amongst them respectable politicians, athletes, persons from cultural and public life. This year’s edition will be remembered by co-operation with Moscow marathon, whose representatives participated both in the race and the fair.
7. Sinj Alka
A battle of chivalry, strength, skills, a demonstration of a steady hand, eagle eye, a folk celebration, a not-to-miss event: all this is Sinj Alka, whose this year’s winner is Frano Ivković from Brnaze.
He will be remembered for two scores in the centre and his statement that he has to thank his Luna and steady gallop for his victory.
8. CRO Race 2019
Cycling world has excitedly kept track of this year’s edition of international professional cycling stage race, which brought to our roads top names of this sports discipline.
Also, it sent fabulous postcards from beautiful localities of Croatian continental and coastal area.
9. Pirate Battle Omiš 2019
Over the years Omiš pirate battle has been transformed into a unique tourist attraction, with over ten thousand spectators.
It is an incredible manifestation in which a great number of costumed people participate, offering the spectators a vivid presentation of strength, courage and chivalry of Omiš ancestors and a victory over superior Venetian enemies.
The ideal scene for the most important day of your life
Gastronomers, moviegoers, salty sea dogs, and also romantic
souls all love it. Split-Dalmatia County has won numerous awards on several
occasions – in the tourism profession and thanks to the praises of satisfied
guests, for whom this area of Croatia never provides a difficult time, with
keen reviews and a few warm recommendations, which then gives it a high rating
on one of the online travel portals.
It is on the radar of adrenaline lovers, it boasts very
specific local gastronomy, is showcased in a globally popular TV series who
came here to search for filming locations… but it is also on the radar of
romantic individuals who, in its fabulous locations, have recognised that this
is the ideal backdrop for their most important day!
Due to the mild climate and plenty of additional amenities, but also because it’s less crowded and there are many more affordable prices, the favourite months for weddings are April, May, September and October, and favourite locations range from mystical historic fortresses and romantic castles to idyllic natural settings.
Discover what it is all about with us, and catch a breath of inspiration for your dream wedding!
1. Fortica Fortress,
Imagine drinking a glass of sparkling wine while enjoying a
unique view of Hvar Town and the surrounding Pakleni islands, in a beautiful
historic setting from the beginning of the sixteenth century! Fortica Fortress,
also known as Spanjola, was constructed during Venetian rule and was then
restored in 1579 – it will give you this great experience.
Architecture and military history, a collection of amphorae and other artifacts from the Age of Antiquity are just a fraction of the intriguing sights that this fort offers, and Hvar’s delicacies from the wedding menu – especially the beautiful seafood and great local wines such as the gorgeous Plavac and the indulgent bogdanusa, which will be even more delicious in such a special environment!
2. Zlatni rat (Golden
horn) beach, Bol.
Did you know that the tip of Zlatni rat, that fascinating, shape-shifting,
natural horn, is a favourite place precisely for weddings? Even a few foreign
guests have said their fateful yes to the registrar, but also to the
translator, and since this year Zlatni rat has been proclaimed the most
beautiful beach in the world, we have no doubt that its popularity as a wedding
venue will increase as well! If you want to spoil your guests’ palate, you will
surely succeed with the famous Brač lamb, the emblematic hrapoćuša cake, and
the finest Plavac and seductive, fruity taste of Pošip, so make sure that these
Brač gastronomic ambassadors are firmly on your wedding menu!
3. Klis fortress.
Is it not highly symbolic to say your wedding vows in the
setting of a fortress that was once the main source of defense in Dalmatia, and
has been conquered over and over again throughout more than two thousand years
of its history?
If you want to tie the knot and establish your love by taking your vows right there on Klis, do not miss to include the famous, well known lamb from Klis on your wedding menu, and let this symbolic location encourage you to conquer one another – for life!
4. Fortica, Vis – Fort George.
Many people will want to choose this location for their
glamorous wedding celebration. This medieval fort was built by the British Navy
200 years ago. Today it stands as a monument to the architecture of that time
on a hill above the town of Vis and adorns the entrance to the bay itself.
The place boasts the most beautiful location for sunrises and sunsets. The entrance to Fortica to the large wooden door is magnificent; a long lobby leads to a spacious garden with a restaurant and bar. The garden is the main venue for the ceremony. The terrace offers an incredible view of the bay of Vis and the nearby islands.
5. The Dominican monastery, Bol.
One of the most beautiful coastal structures is the ideal
location for an intimate, romantic wedding that will be talked about for a long
The Dominican monastery in Bol is located on the Glavica peninsula and in the far east of the town of Bol, which, with the church of Our Lady of Mercy and the bell tower, puts a truly special stamp on the place.
Within the monastery itself there is a rich medieval botanical garden. This unique location offers views of the sea and the island of Hvar.
6. Sustipan, Split
Once a city cemetery, Sustipan has today been transformed into
a beautiful green park located at the entrance to the city port. Its benefits
are a perfect view of Split and the marina of Split and it is especially
magical at sunset.
Particularly striking is the Gloriette – a round colonnade done in a classicist form preserved to this day. Hidden in high pine trees is a beautiful vista over the sea and the islands which lie in front of Split. If you choose this special place for the most beautiful day of your life, you won’t go wrong because this location is bursting with centuries-old stories, has a special charm and will definitely remain firmly in your memory.
DISCOVER ADRENALINE ACTIVITIES WITH SPLIT MARK – MARJAN HILL IS A HIDDEN JEWEL OF ACTIVE VACATION!
DID YOU KNOW THAT EMBLEMATIC MARJAN HILL IN SPLIT – favourite locals’ destination for pleasant relaxation, swimming or a nice family walk – has its wild side as well?
Before you even begin to imagine wild beasts wandering around – the word wild is used to depict its great options for those in love with extreme sports!
If you fall into this category, allow us to present 5 top activities you can engage in on favourite Split’s hill – unavoidable part of almost every of the town’s panoramic image!
1. SET OUT ON SEVERAL HOURS LONG HIKING TOUR. Apart from comfy clothes and shoes and much required refreshment, for this adventure you’ll have to be in a pretty good shape!
You will enjoy in sightseeing of picturesque medieval churches and former hermit’s dwellings – not to mention an enchanting view of the entire town and its surroundings (from Vidilica belvedere) and of nearby islands (from a bit higher view points)!
We especially like church of St. Jeronim under steep cliffs. It is believed that praying in front of it will make your wishes come true, while nearby there is hermit’s cave where St. Jere used to stay, a patron saint of theologians, students, translators and Dalmatia!
2. SAIL AROUND MARJAN – IN A KAYAK! A view (from the sea!) of recognizable Split panorama and imposing images of Kozjak and Mosor mountains is what awaits you if you set out on a kayak tour!
According to one’s preferences, paddling can be enriched by exploring great diving locations, or jumping into the sea from a chosen cliff. An extra tip: it would be a shame not to capture these great moments, so ask your friends to take a couple of shots – perfect for your social media news feed!
3. TRY ROCK CLIMBING. For those who rather stick to the land, Marjan Hill has great climbing locations, suitable both for beginners and somewhat more experienced climbers.
We recommend hiring professional and licensed guides, who will make sure you’re safe every step of the way.
Climbing routes are on 10 – 25 metres altitude, or to use climbing terminology – difficulty levels vary from 4c to 7a.
4. DISCOVER DEEP WATER SOLO. Friendly Adriatic Sea enables you to engage carelessly in this activity. For those who are not familiar with this relatively new and extremely exciting climbing discipline – you are climbing on vertical and hanging cliffs above the sea,
So every climber starts and ends the climb – in the sea. Enjoy in summer climbing, without unnecessary sweating – above crystal clear sea!
5. TRY SURFING WITH A PADDLE! Connoisseurs say that it is the fastest growing sport today – not surprisingly! Jump onto your SUP board and enjoy in a view of numerous sights – Bene and Kašjuni beach, Tito’s villa or even impressive cliffs on the south side of Marjan Hill.
If we wanted to describe the beauty of Split-Dalmatia County with one word – that word would certainly be diversity!
Indeed, rare are the regions that boast such a diversity of natural treasures – from the mountain ranges that are among the most beautiful in the world, to rivers that are sometimes wild and sometimes quiet, mystical lakes and even more mysterious caves, to the shallows and the open sea, and the most beautiful Mediterranean islands!
If you want to grab at least one piece of this magic for yourself (not to mention be the author of some wonderful posts that will definitely enhance your news feed on social networks!), You’ve come to the right place – we know what you must definitely not miss out on!
1. Bol – Zlatni rat (Golden horn).
We’ll start with a beach-beauty – did you know that this year,
this beach officially took the title of the most beautiful in the world?
The connoisseurs behind the renowned Big 7 travel portal are delighted, as they say, not only by its marvelous shape, but also by the crystal clear seawater that takes on all shades of turquoise blue at a mere 10-20 metres! If you haven’t yet indulged in the charms of this beach – it’s high time to do so!
2. Brela – Brela Rock
This is another recognisable symbol of Croatian tourism. This
emblematic stone is an integral part of the beautiful pebbled beach of Punta
Rata – it is surrounded by numerous legends that will be gladly told by
hospitable locals. This beach won over the strict Forbes, Huffington Post and
Business Insider, and will no doubt win you over, too!
3. Hvar – The Pakleni islands
These are a group of about twenty islets and rocks
like pearls scattered in front of the town of Hvar.
Due to their unprecedented and almost untouched nature, they are a favorite station for boaters, hikers (who adore Jerolim, Stipanska, Ždrilca, Vlaka and the famous Palmižana!) And divers!
If you belong to any of these groups, you will feel like a modern Robinson there – an experience not to be missed!
4. Imotski – The Blue and Red lakes
These lakes are evidence that the barren karst is actually
extremely generous – it has given us two true phenomena. The tame Blue lake and
the dark and mysterious Red lake, into which you can’t throw a pebble despite
trying, can be anything you want – an atypical swimming area and, in dry times,
an extremely unusual football pitch (Blue Lake), or the subject of scuba diving
adventures around the world (Red Lake).
5. Komiža – The Blue Cave
This is a true blue jewel on the eastern side of the island of
Biševo. Sunlight penetrating through the cave through a smaller artificially
deepened opening is reflected from the bottom and illuminates the cave in blue,
and objects in water are silver in color, making it an exceptional excursion
and diving attraction that you should not miss!
6. The emerald green beauty of the Cetina river
This is an indispensable part of this list of beauty, and a favorite destination of all river sports lovers, but also of some more extreme disciplines, such as those who love zip lines!
If you visit it, don’t miss the magical Gubavica waterfall and the navigable canyon of Omiš, and if you find yourself in Trilj, treat your palate to some specialties like river crabs, trout and fried frogs with some delicious prosciutto!
Do you believe in magic? If you come to Zagreb, you will see that we do. The old name of our city – Agram – says it all.
Wherever you go, there is a gram of Zagreb’s most beautiful stories waiting for you. So, let us take you for a “špancirancija” with your local storyteller – Purgerica (“lady from Zagreb”), a licenced tourist guide in our capital.
Now, what is a “špancirancija”? It is a sort of an old Zagreb slang word, derived from German, and it means a promenade-style, galant walk. And when we say galant, we mean Zagreb-in-the-Orient-Express-era-galant. Imagine this – the year is 1929, you have just stepped down from your train at Zagreb’s Central Rail Station, the first thing you see is a gorgeous green park, with neo-classic palaces embracing it, a fountain humming in its centre, and a golden-yellow Art Padillion at the top of the park, waiting for your visit.
First old cars are slowly driving by, a man in a top hat is offering you a carriage ride. But no, you must go – you have arranged to meet your friends at the decadent art-deco hotel, built for the guests of the Orient Express. As you enjoy on its terrace, shaded by unusual red-flowered chestnut trees, gossip stories come to your ears. The famous Josephine Baker is in Zagreb. Welcome to “Servus My Fair Zagreb”, a themed walking tour, inspired by Zagreb’s crazy, jazzy, decadent 1920s and 30s!
In Zagreb, it is always a good time to stop time. And then travel through it, by the magic of words, paired with the fine craft of storytelling and some of Zagreb’s most famous Down Town sites. Let Purgerica tell you how time stopped at the very end of the 19th century, when the Grand Earthquake hit our capital, and forever changed its image, to a Viennese-like city, which will simply steal your heart with its hidden old-school charm. This tour will take you from the Grand Central Station, along Zagreb’s most famous park – Zrinjevac, which turned from a muddy farmers market into the most wanted zone for to “see, and to be seen”.
The mix of historical facts, interesting details from the lives of old Zagrebians, gossip and legends, will tell you how we built the first cafeteria and hotel, why does coffee in modern-day Zagreb have to last at least one hour, where did we enjoy Sunday matinee concerts on the open, dressed up elegantly for the occasion, and what kind of a huge scandal was brought on by a “mushroom” which was waisting too much water. Did you write something with a pen today? Great.
Purgerica will take you to see where Slavoljub Penkala, the famous inventor of the
first mechanical pencil, lived and what exactly did he eat for breakfast every
single morning at 10 am. Following the rails of the old-horse tram, you might
hear about the elegant, first-ever department store in Zagreb, taste some
authentic, vintage candy, wrapped in red velvet, and hopelessly fall in love
with Zagreb’s Green Horseshoe, as it once was.
If we sparked interest and you
would like to take the “Servus My Fair Zagreb” tour, visit Purgerica’s Facebook and Instagram page
or contact her via email firstname.lastname@example.org or
via text, Whatsapp, Viber or call the number: +385 91 6363 661.
You’ve probably heard about the famous Imotski lakes – the red one and the blue one, which will be listed on the UNESCO Geoparks list in 2020. But did you know that this area is generally full of lakes, which don’t have roads leading to them, but are great locations for active holidays, hiking and sightseeing?
And best of all, they are surrounded by many sinkholes, hillforts, dry lakes, hills, cascading vineyards and archeological sites – in other words, a lot of content for nature lovers and historical heritage! Therefore, why not explore the magical world of the Dalmatian hinterland? If you are looking for a great idea for an interesting trip, let our text serve as an inspiration for you!
Frenchman Frederic Swierczynski reached the bottom of one lake back in 2017 and provided Imotski locals with a historic moment – with a dive right down to the bottom of the mysterious Red Lake at a depth of 245 metres!
This venture was not at all without considerable danger, due to a number of significant factors – first of all, to reach a dive position, it requires considerable mountaineering skills and involves a number of potential dangers – among other things, gases which we don’t know the behaviour of at certain depths.
But the adrenaline lover from Jacques Cousteau’s home country didn’t want to give up – with the heartfelt help (and the thunderous applause!) of locals, a diving club and mountaineering company who also did a lion’s share of the work, he solved the mystery which was thousands of years old – we now know much more about the underwater world of this karst phenomenon, about the organisms living at great depths, sponges, sediment, water…
By the way, the Red Lake is named after the colour of the steep cliffs that surround it, and the people around it are the subject of many legends, especially the one about Gavan’s castle (inquire about it with the hospitable locals!). The mysterious character of the Red Lake is also compounded by the fact that you simply can’t throw a pebble into it – give it a try and let us know if you succeeded!
The Imotski Tourist Board has posted a four-minute-long promotional video on their YouTube channel, showing the amazing beauty of Imotski’s lakes. In addition to the Imotski Tourist Board, the video is also promoted by the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Split – Dalmatia County Tourist Board, the promotional video will also be featured at several European tourist film festivals.
The lakes are as if they have been divided – while the Red Lake is dark and inaccessible, and most admire it from afar, except for a few true lovers who have decided to tackle it (Frederic claims to have dived into many waters around the world, but the Red Lake completely fascinated him!), the Blue Lake is more ‘’gentle’’ and is also accessible for swimming.
Treat yourself to a great break from the classic sea and beach
package and bathe in this lake of a truly magical colour, and if you find
yourself in Imotski when it dries up, play football with the locals at its very
Lesser known, but no less beautiful are Lokvičićko Lake (or
Mamić Lake), Knezović Lake and Galipovac.
Together with the Imotski field (Imotsko polje) and the opposite Prološko lake, this trefoil of lakes makes a unique whole. In addition to the most famous and largest of them all, Galipovac, there are vistas and landing sites, while Mamić and Knezović are lakes, although they are much smaller in terms of their surface area, their inaccessibility and surrounding environment are similar to that of the Red Lake.
And the real star among the less developed lakes of the Imotski
area is the Green Lake – because of its beautiful, icy turquoise green, it has
attracted foreign filmmakers as well as numerous guests who agree on one thing:
‘’This is not a trendy trip, but it is worth the effort.’’
‘’A great environment and hiking opportunities!’’.
If you want to find out what the magic is all about, get the
team together and head over to Imotski this weekend!
Our lacework of a coastline is rich with pearly beaches with crystal clear water, the beauty of which simply leaves you breathless!
Don’t just document them. To help you choose the one that suits you best, we have prepared a list of the 6 most beautiful ones for you, and we have a tip – although these beauties will surely enhance your news feed on popular social networks, don’t just document them.
Make relaxation a priority – don’t forget to enjoy it!
Zlatni rat (Golden horn) beach
This pebbled beauty is also
officially the most beautiful beach in the world – according to the travel
gurus of the Big 7 travel portal, who are otherwise tireless searchers for the
most attractive Instagram-friendly locations in the world. The beach is part of
the distinctive view of Bol and a favourite place for surfers and swimmers from
around the world!
Fine gold pebbles deposited around a submarine ridge, whose tip is constantly changing under the influence of the waves and the currents, like some sort of tongue extending almost half a kilometre out vertically into the sea.
2. Lovrečina bay on the island of Brač
Tucked between Postira and Pučišća, this beach isn’t special
only because of the fact that it is a large sandy beach, it’s also an
archeological site! After swimming, culture lovers can cast their eyes on the
remains of the former Basilica of St. Lawrence from 5th and 6th centuries!
3. Palmižana – Discover the magic of the Pakleni islands. What
would any top 10 be like without our sunniest island, Hvar?
The island of Klement in the Hvar archipelago hides this sand and pebble beauty with crystal clear seawater, which is also accompanied by a fantastic hospitality offer!
4. Baška Voda’s Nikolina, under the safe shield of Biokovo in the distance, this beach is the proud holder of the Blue Flag for excellence and the arrangement of the environment.
It is also regarded by the renowned Daily Mail as one of the 10 most attractive beaches in the whole of the Mediterranean!
5. The fairytale Stiniva on Vis is worth a half-hour walk on the ‘’goat’s road’’ that leads to it, and because of its easier access from the sea, it is adored by boaters! Two high rocky cliffs between which is a pebble beach – like some sort of sea amphitheater! – This is a scene which leaves nobody feeling indifferent about it.
6. Krknjaši beach on Drvenik Veli didn’t accidentally get its name – Blue Lagoon!
Just a glance at its white pebbles and the glittering, translucent turquoise sea will make you add it to the list of places you should never miss out on seeing!
MJESTO ŠKRIP KULTURNA JE SENZACIJA NEDALEKO SUPETRA
Brač is mystical, intriguing, stratified and interesting – as
craggy as the hrapoćuša cake from Dol, ancient and irresistible like a crunchy
vitalac (a popular dish from Brač).
While these dishes make
the mouths of experienced gastronomists water, only ten kilometres away from
Supetar, lie delicacies hidden for culture lovers! Get to know the most
authentic place on the island of Brač – the ancient Skrip!
The Museum of the Island of Brač, located in the Radojković tower from the 16th century, is one of the most visited museums in all of Croatia. The foundations on which it is located date from about 1500 BC, and legend has it that in the lower part of the museum and the tower, which houses a Roman mausoleum, lie Valeria and Priska – the wife and daughter of Emperor Diocletian!
Enjoy viewing Roman reliefs and altars, as well as items from the more modern history of Brač – such as chests, paintings, newspaper clippings, antique furniture and antique farm tools.
However, this is not the end of this island’s gems of historical heritage – visit the Cerinić family’s castle on the main square with two Roman sarcophagi, and in the nearby cemetery, the picturesque little church of the Holy Spirit (Sveti Duh) from the 4th century!
If you’re a lover of valuable sacral heritage, you will also be delighted by two paintings by the skillful Venetian mannerist-style painter Palma Giovane of the Baptism of Christ, carefully guarded in the 18th century Church of St. Helen. According to legend, St. Helen (Jelena), mother of Emperor Constantine, was actually born in Škrip, and in her honour, on August the 18th, there is a fair!
Enjoy the Chakavian dialect. Do you know that Škrip also gave a real poetic virtuoso to the Croatian literature scene? Visit the Chakavian word festival “Štefe Pulišelić” in honour of the Chakavian poet, born in Škrip, who has provided us with as many as 14 fantastic collections of Chakavian poems!
Discover the history of olive oil on Brač.
A must-visit station is the Uja Museum in Škrip, where you can get acquainted with the divine flavours and the process of making this liquid gold!
On this little peaceful island time runs slow, relaxed Dalmatian style is so contagious that you won’t be able to resist it.
May you end up on Šolta – used to be a well-known Dalmatian curse, now it turns out to be a true blessing! Times change and so do trends… Instead of fashionable tourist centres, these days intimate places for relaxation and contemplation are at price.
And we have found one! South, uninhabited side of the island offers a unique experience, mostly reserved for sailors and very few adventurists ready for a long walk in order to reach intimate beaches and secluded bays.
Šolta’s wild nature reveals itself in full glory right on this side, where rocks and bays with just a few fishermen houses alternate. From Livka, a bay with underwater site gladly visited by divers, to irresistible beaches of Stračinska, Grabova and Senjska (in Senjska Illyrian queen Teuta allegedly had a castle) you can enjoy in every inch of the shore.
More gentle landscape can be discovered by sailing from west to east (or vice versa), along Šolta’s north side. On the west there is Maslinica, favourite nautical destination with a marina and moorings for mega yachts.
The view of seven Šolta’s islet is breath-taking there. There is also Martinis Marchi, the only hotel on the island, an oasis of luxury and good food. On the north picturesque Rogač is situated, with moorings, gas stations for boaters and a ferry port.
When in Rogač, do not miss to visit nearby Grohote and three inland villages: Gornje selo, Srednje selo and Donje selo, which enchant with their ambience and beauty.
Piškera – a deaf bay with seven coves, where
Diocletian’s fishpond used to be; Nečujam – tourist centre where famous writer
Marko Marulić drew his inspiration; peaceful Nečujam’s anchorages: Šumivina,
Potkamenica or Mala Malslinica; picturesque Stomorska – a tourist place with
moorings for sailing boats and mega yachts; Gornja Krušica – the easternmost
bay on the island… – who would’ve thought that on less than km2 so many attractions await!