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There are many authentic stories to be told in beautiful Split-Dalmatia County, a treasure that is ready for every new visitor to this area.

Guided by this unique idea, Split-Dalmatia County and the museums operating within this area have begun with an attractive project which involves reviving the characters of the area’s rich heritage. Through educated and certified guides wearing costumes, as well as educators, the idea brings forth an interesting way of presentation and a certain novelty in the tourist offer.

The project was initiated by the County Steering Committee for Tourism and Maritime Affairs, which realised an interesting tourist platform with the idea of ​​Dalmatia as a storytelling destination. Its goal is to revive the characters from the county linked to its heritage, and create a creative 365 tourist offer within the museum and in other such significant sites.

The implementation of this new tourist acquisition was preceded by training for numerous museum staff and tourist guides. During that very training, they learned how to present some of these so-called ‘’heritage characters’’, localities or events through storytelling announcements, providing guests with new knowledge, and also allowing them to get to know the county in some other kind of way.

Storytelling in the museums of Dalmatia, as a storytelling destination, is a unique project in the Republic of Croatia, but also at the European Union (EU) level. It started with education sessions held from the 9th to the 13th of November, 2020. in the premises of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Split, and it was then realised through the joint cooperation of Split-Dalmatia County and the Let’s Interpret Croatia Association.

Cilj joj je kroz edukacije prenijeti znanja i vještine prezentacije i interpretacije baštine, korištenjem  storytelling metode sukladno Interpret Europe certifikatu.

The aforementioned association is committed to encouraging excellence and efficiency in the interpretation of Croatian natural and cultural heritage, as well as raising awareness of its importance for the development of the country’s various local communities.

Its primary goal is to transfer knowledge and skills of the very presentation and interpretation of heritage through education, using the storytelling method in accordance with the Interpret Europe certificate.

The training session was led by experienced lecturers Mark Wallis from the United Kingdom and Valya Stergioti from Greece, the most important members of ‘’staff’’ when it comes to costumed interpretation of heritage in all of Europe.

Their task was to acquaint already experienced guides and museum staff with this brand new way of using Split-Dalmatia’s highly unique resources. In this way, every visitor is offered a unique souvenir from this area, new knowledge, as well as a sense of really getting to know the destination in which they stayed.

‘’The intention was to introduce Split-Dalmatia’s tourist staff to the presentation of heritage in a costumed performance, that is, through the story of a person, detail, history… Thus, we provide an unforgettable experience for every visitor. In Britain, it is an extremely popular platform and is a favourite among our guests. On my first visit to Split, I couldn’t help but notice how the whole city resembles a fantastic set for a TV or movie plot. The city is beautiful, unique, special, and boasts an enormous amount of content, perfect backdrops for a costumed heritage presentation,’’ said Mark Wallis, the director of Past Pleasures, Ltd. the oldest company involved in costumed interpretation and the staging of historical events in Britain.

The training was attended by fourteen heritage institutions from Split-Dalmatia County, as well as professional museum staff, museum associates and licensed tourist guides.

With this new approach to heritage presentation, they will become costumed first-person performers for: the Kastela City Museum, the Poljica Museum, the Trogir City Museum, the Trilj Region Museum, the Split City Museum, the Ivan Mestrovic Museums, the Split Archaeological Museum, the Croatian Maritime Museum Split, the Natural History Museum and the Zoological Garden, the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments, JU Starogradsko polje, the Klis Fortress, Ritam igre and the Sinj Tourist Board.

The revival of ‘’heritage characters’’ in the area’s museums, as well as that same revival of heritage institutions at the county level is a unique project that enables experiences through unforgettable, authentic, emotional stories which are first and foremost – Croatian stories.

This project aims to preserve and present Dalmatian cultural heritage, but also to contribute to the year-round tourism offer of Split-Dalmatia County.



World-famous cellist Ana Rucner was more active than she is usually is this past summer. In addition to a series of successful concerts that she held along the entire Adriatic coast, she was engaged as an ambassador of the Foundation “Island of Brač – somewhere between the sea and the stars”, and the turning point was a concert held in Bol.Svjetski poznata violončelistica Ana Rucner, ovog je ljeta bila aktivnija nego inače. Pored niza uspješnih koncerata koje je održala duž čitave jadranske obale, angažirala se kao ambasador Zaklade „Otok Brač – negdje između mora i zvijezda“, a prekretnica je bio koncert u Bolu.

”On the day of the concert, the director of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Bol, Markito Marinkovic, organised a promotional photo shoot at several typical Bol locations and introduced me to a fantastic photographer. It soon turned out that Robert Barilla was not only a photographer, but also volunteered for years as the director of the Foundation for Research and Preservation of the Heritage of the Island of Brač and is also the author of the monograph of the same name. I was among the first to see a trial copy of this “Brač Bible” and it is clear to me why its release is awaited with the same anticipation by ordinary people as by those in academic circles,’’ said Ana.

Pure love for the island of Brač is hidden among the 1,360 pages of this book, which is equipped with over 3,000 photographs, maps, documents and illustrations, imported in luxury leather binding, and is scheduled to be published early next year.

The whole Rucner family has houses on the island of Brač and they spend their summers in Povlja every year, so Ana has been connected to Brač since her back in the days of her very earliest childhood, and during her studies she held a concert tour throughout the island.

This great musician who erases all borders with her music, is one of the best representatives of Croatia in the world.

Her latest album is called “Croatian heritage”, and her own love for Croatian heritage was probably crucial for accepting the title and role of ‘’ambassador’’.

“On my next arrival to Brač, when we filmed a double for the monograph in the mysterious Dragon’s Cave, this acquaintance quickly grew into a friendship, and from mutual gatherings and great synergy, the role of an ‘’ambassador’’ was born. Somehow it happened by itself. There are few people who care about their heritage with so much love, energy and knowledge and I’m proud to be a part of this story. That’s why I listened to my heart and gave the Foundation my white cello decorated with Swarovski crystals. I’m happy to have been given the opportunity to give a part of myself to an island that has become a part of me. Let it stay on Brač as a sign of support for these fantastic people and as a memory of a wonderful collaboration. ”

During the month of September, a report on the Brač stone was filmed for the German television Arte TV, and Ana Rucner used every free moment to play and take photos in attractive island locations.

”I enjoyed every second of wandering around Brač with my cello. Playing in the Blaca Hermitage, the quarries, the Basilica of St. Lovre, under the starry sky of Lovrećina beach, as well as going in the sea with a horse, were special experiences. Although these were performances in front of only a few friends, I had the feeling that I was playing in crowded concert halls. I wore jewellery and fashion creations made by Brač designer Ida Stipčić Jakšić, a dress made of stone and dresses made of sea pebbles and jeans.

I’d like to give a special thank you to Mr. Markito Marinković for the household, young designer Anja Bolčević for the creation for the Dragon’s Cave, our guide Zoran Kojdić for the historical stories, Kristijan Mutarello for the chair with the motifs of the Dragon’s Cave and Bruno Miličko, a several-time Croatian champion in the super extreme class, who, with his Pinzgauer took us over some of the most demanding terrain. The first photo was taken next to the sculpture of an Angel with one wing by the academic sculptor Lovro Jakšić, and in response to the question “where is the other wing”, the last photo was taken in a quarry where I have a stone wing. This completes my story from Brač this year.

The experience of the island from a completely different angle and the view from the perspective of a man who knows it very well, have completely changed my previous image of this, the largest Dalmatian island. I can’t wait for my first free moment, when I will have the opportunity to get off the ferry in Supetar. Now I know that I am not coming to Brač, but entering a magical interspace that is somewhere between the sea and the stars,’’ Ana told us with enthusiasm.

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The best thing would be to sing the Dalmatian song ‘’no one can do anything to us’’, alas, in our Dalmatian paradise, the coronavirus crisis struck. The new normal posed a challenge, and we, aware of our potential, reciprocated with imagination and creativity, as a recipe for attracting tourists to our area.

And here are our excellent numbers, the announced and expected 30 percent of traffic when compared to last year’s tourist figures was achieved. And in some destinations, that figure was well exceeded. And all this is thanks to the advice of the epidemiological profession, people’s adherence to the protection measures, and the hard work of everyone. This is how we managed to make ourselves stand out in Europe as the only country with significant tourist traffic.

And now comes the race to Croatia’s gems, to our most beautiful turquoise bays, to the attractions of the Dalmatian hinterland, to adrenaline tours, to the sights of Bol.

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Magic island Pag is summer Hot Spot destination!

We’ll take you to Pag, which has established itself as an island whose destinations are chosen by the world’s most luxurious fashion magazines. We’ll reveal to you the secret of their tourist success and the reasons why they are achieving fantastic results this year.

We’ll then head to Central Dalmatia to show you the pearls you absolutely must visit this summer.

Then we’ll quickly transfer you to Jelsa on the island of Hvar, which has achieved some fascinating tourist figures. We will show you their model of traditional accommodation, sustainable tourism, in which a guest becomes a member of the family.

We will take you ashore, and head inland to the hinterland of Split, to the heart of the Dalmatian hinterland and show you a fresh attraction in the shape of an Indian village. Green valley retreat zone.

We will also recommend one of the most beautiful excursions in Dalmatia, the one which takes you to the incredible Blue Lagoon on Drvenik Veliki, where Max Nautika will be your guide.

On top of all of that, we’ll also reveal to you the excellent initiative of the Student Centre in Split, which has created a platform for attractive and never more affordable accommodation.

We will show you where this summer, despite the coronavirus crisis, you can celebrate, but also teach you how nothing can go without the golden drops of Dalmatia, the best Athena olive oil from Stari Grad.

.. embark on yet another adventure with us.

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THE FUTURE OF OUR TOURISM AS SEEN BY AN EXPERT – COMPETENCE AND KNOWLEDGE AS GUIDE MARKS IN DIFFICULT TIMES

In these seriously difficult and uncertain times, when coronavirus has redefined our reality in all its aspects, competence and knowledge have never been more significant. In these times of uncertainty, we have turned to people whose expertise and knowledge instil confidence and a sense of security.

We met with an expert of such kind, associate professor Domagoj Bebić, the holder of the chair on New Media and the head of the Department for Strategic Communication on Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb, and the coordinator and representative of all IPSA research committees – the greatest international association of political scientists. We talked about the interrelation of coronavirus and tourism, one of the most complex social-economical phenomena that has been significantly affected by the pandemic.

1. Lately, we have been witnesses of the dramatic effect of the pandemic on global travel – in which way has coronavirus particularly altered its dynamics?

I would like to point out that, at the moment, the most important thing for everyone is to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. On the other hand, some people are pessimistic. If we take a look at the numbers, it all does seem a bit negative – air traffic is practically non-existent, there’re a sense of fear among the world’s travellers, and I think we are close to a point when we have to redefine the term zero point and start with some new processes, and this will happen when we gain some more insight into the nature of this virus.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has definitely postponed the beginning of the tourist season, we have witnessed many reservation cancellations just several days before the tourist season as we know it should have started. I believe that uncertainty is one of the things that has affected this delay the most. The whole situation and its uncertainty as far as epidemiological measures are concerned have brought caution in terms of the booking of accommodation, as well as a decrease in the number of guests.

2. In your opinion, is it likely that this situation will have long-term consequences and permanently alter the travel market? Can you single out some of the specific segments where long-term changes are to be expected?

I believe that this should only be a kind of setback, but once the danger disappears, things will slowly fall back into their place and within a reasonable amount of time, the numbers will reach those of pre-pandemic times. I also believe that all of us will somehow change the way we act. Most likely with time we’re going to acquire some new habits, but we’ll certainly need some time to adjust and get used to the “new normal”. It is to be expected that after this storm the tourist market, the situation will start to stabilise and a new balance will be reached. I don’t think that this is the time for pessimism, but for an opportunity to learn a lesson and try to adapt to these new circumstances.

3. What about mass tourism? Is it, in the light of new events, a finished story?

Out there in the world, including here in Croatia as well, some new models of tourism have started to be encouraged such as sustainable tourism, green tourism, the growing and enjoying of organic food… The coronavirus situation only brought them up to surface and I think that it’s the right time for tourist workers to start to invest in them. As soon as the pandemic is over, sustainable tourism and the green economy will become the new normal. This new situation has prevented mass tourism from rising. As I previously pointed out, I believe we will, meaning all of us together, acquire some new habits and adapt to new trends. This situation will most certainly bring about some new trends and habits, but I believe that the tourist sector will soon recognise and adjust to the needs of guests. The Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board has proved to be very successful in adapting to new situations on many occasions, which is the most important characteristic for successfully doing business in tourism.

4. What are your predictions about the nature of “new” tourists, or perhaps it’s better to say, the tourist of the future? 

They are completely networked, the primary way of communication being social networks and new media. I believe this situation will encourage guests to be more open to different tourist offers, to explore new possibilities. The new type of tourist will be more open to somewhat different, specific offers and vacation models.

5. How do you envision Croatia on the world tourist map? Is there a segment in which our country as a destination can look for an opportunity or do we have some special advantage?

Croatia is one of the leaders in exclusive and expensive tourism. In this segment we are very creative, developed and expensive – which I don’t think is bad. In my opinion, this sector attracts global emissive markets, although there is a dose of public criticism on the exclusive part of tourism, but this is the branch in which we can offer the most.

I’ve already singled out the Tourist Board of Split-Dalmatia County as a leader when it comes to adapting to new situations, new trends and novel needs of tourists. We should also keep in mind that the advantage of Croatia is its natural resources that enable guests to try numerous possibilities in just a few minutes’ ride. From secluded beaches, programmes in city centres to being able to enjoy themselves in isolated locations full of unexplored natural beauty.

6. What would you recommend to the leading people in Croatian tourism – what should be the base of their marketing strategy?

Creativity. This is the key to success. We are definitely not that creative, and we have every right and freedom to be. The audience’s span of attention has decreased, their hectic lifestyle has changed their habits, so it’s important to emphasise the creativity of the content to attract the attention of the target audience. Also, all discussions on global markets point out the importance of providing tourists with information about security, which has to be specially emphasised during this period.

Domagoj Bebić is author of the book -Cybertourist, new media in tourism.
Cybertourism stands for the change in tourist communication patterns and tourist promotion. Due to the change that was introduced with the rise and popularisation of new media today we
deal with completely new communication rules and practices. The development and popularisation of social media has redefined core media practices.

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.

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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.

Pet razloga zašto je Bol kulturno odredište - Croatian Hot Spots

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.

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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)

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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

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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!

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Considering the amount of cultural heritage that our country cherishes, the list is expected to expand in times to come.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sometimes it is danced accompanied by rera, ganga, ojkavica or bagpipes, but in Dalmatia Zagora, almost exclusively without any musical background.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

Unique 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.

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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.

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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.

More: www.dalmatia.hr

Photo: www.dalmatia.hr, croatia.hr, archive of tourist boards of Split – Dalmatia County

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.

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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.

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Game of Thrones filming locations in Split-Dalmatia County:

  1. 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.

5. Trogir

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.

6. Žrnovnica

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.

7. Biokovo

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

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Top 10 attractions of Central Dalmatia!

There is never enough time to visit all of the beauties of Split-Dalmatia County, its towns, imperial squares, palaces, caves, panoramas,  viewpoints, bays, fortresses. However, to make the choice easier for you, we recommend ten top destinations, which are simply perfect, special places to visit.

Visiting these ten sites will help you find out why they call the Split-Dalmatia County a paradise on Earth.

1.Zlatni rat (Golden Horn), Brač Island

It is a unique natural site, a 400-meters-long-cape which blends in with the crystal clear sea. It is a worldwide phenomenon due to the change of direction of the tip of the cape, depending on the seasons, wind and sea currents. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, sprinkled with perfect, soft white pebbles.

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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.

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3. Cetina River

Cetina River is the pearl of Split’s hinterland, with its stream that is both wild and lazily calm at points. It runs through untouched nature, offers loads of excursion areas and delivers top quality gastronomic offer in its zone. Make sure to visit Gubavica Waterfall and the navigable canyon of Omiš..

4.Trogir – Cathedral of St. Lawrence

The cathedral was built in the 13th century, and its perfect beauty stands for one of the most beautiful Renaissance monuments in Europe. Make sure to check out Radovan’s Portal, a true masterpiece of art carved in stone, as well as  the bell tower, with it 47 meters of hight – it holds the title of the most beautiful one on the entire Mediterranean coast.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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7.Sinj – Alka Tournament

It is the most famous old knight’s game or tournament from this area, which celebrates the victory over the Turks in 1715, performed every first Sunday in August. The tournament is played by “alkari” knights and spearmen, who must aim the center of two concentrically placed metal rings,  from the back of a horse in full gallop, with a spear 290 to 300 centimeters long.

8. Biševo – Blue Cave

Five kilometers from Komiža on Vis Island, the islet of Biševo is located, with its beautiful Blue Cave, which can be accessed only by small boats on oars. Sunlight penetrates the second opening hole int he cave, thus giving it its mesmerizimg characteristic blue color.

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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.

More: www.dalmatia.hr

Photo: www.dalmatia.hr, archive of TB of Split Dalmatia county,

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.

  1. 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.

3. In honour of Croatian music

Weeks after 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.

More: www.dalmatia.hr

Photo: www.dalmatia.hr, archive of TB of Split Dalmatia county,

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.

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Discover what it is all about with us, and catch a breath of inspiration for your dream wedding!

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1. Fortica Fortress, Hvar.

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.

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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!

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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?

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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!

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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 time.

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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.

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Within the monastery itself there is a rich medieval botanical garden. This unique location offers views of the sea and the island of Hvar.

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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.

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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.

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More: www.dalmatia.hr

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Rock climbing Split

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.

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We recommend hiring professional and licensed guides, who will make sure you’re safe every step of the way.

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Climbing routes are on 10 – 25 metres altitude, or to use climbing terminology – difficulty levels vary from 4c to 7a.

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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,

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So every climber starts and ends the climb – in the sea. Enjoy in summer climbing, without unnecessary sweating – above crystal clear sea!

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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.

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More: www.dalmatia.hr

Photo: www.dalmatia.hr, given2flyadventures.com, visitsplit.com

If we wanted to describe the beauty of Split-Dalmatia County with one word  – that word would certainly be diversity!

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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!

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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!

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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?

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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).

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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!

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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!

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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!

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More: www.dalmatia.hr

Photo: www.dalmatia.hr, archive of tourist boards of Split – Dalmatia County

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 purgerica@yahoo.com or via text, Whatsapp, Viber or call the number: +385 91 6363 661.

Welcome to the city with a storytelling spirit!