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On this little peaceful island time runs slow, relaxed Dalmatian style is so contagious that you won’t be able to resist it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Officially the most beautiful beach in Europe, active vacation, the most beautiful hotels, apartments and vacation houses – Makarska Riviera is one of the most desirable destinations and an excellent choice for vacation throughout the year.

What a view! That’s the first thing that crosses your mind when you climb up one of numerous Biokovo peaks and take a look at the sea. There’s nothing more beautiful, Brela and Gradac locals will say, who have this mountain encrypted in their DNA; than recognizable image of Makarska Riviera. It used to enrich holiday albums and postcards, now it lures Facebook and Instagram likes. Its beauty is hardy resistible, so you will want to take long a walk along one of its arranged roads or take a ride in a bus as long as the road goes.

It is a challenge for free climbers, mountaineers, paragliders and speleologists, unavoidable destination of hunting tourism, irresistible oasis of nature enthusiasts and a favourite polygon for cyclists.

There are six marked cycling roads that go through Makarska Riviera. The most demanding of them all is Biokovo tour, which leads along Biokovo road to Makarska and Tučepi; usually chosen by professionals and recreationists with high level of fitness. Although the road is asphalted in all its length (61,2 km), what makes it difficult are high climbs, so it takes you about 3 hours to get to St. Jure, 1762 metres high, the highest peak on Biokovo and second highest in Croatia. There is Amphore nearby, which was with its 790 m the deepest pit on Biokovo,  until 10 years ago when Mokre noge were discovered with almost 840 m.

More than hundred species of songbirds, chamois, mouflons, wolves and around 40 endemic plants, subterranean waters and karst springs, unique net-like karst that resembles Moon craters and a beautiful botanical garden Kotišina – there is no end to the richness of this place so Biokovo was pronounced, in 1981 a nature park.

The most beautiful legends  

In botanical garden in Kotišina above Makarska, founded by famous Makarska Franciscan Jure Radić, rises the Great Kaštel. According to a legged, during Turkish siege one lady who lived in a fort hit a Turkish soldier with a large piece of cheese, so Turks retreated very quickly, believing the fort is full of food supplies. There are several more preserved forts from the times of Ottoman intrusions, among which the most attractive are Zalina fort in Igrane, remains of a fort in Podaca and smaller fort on Gradina hill above Drvenik. After construction of famous Neretva bridge, in 1568, famous Mimar Hajrudin came to Makarska, student of the greatest Ottoman architect Sinan, but his buildings, unfortunately, were not preserved.

If we go further back in past, well known legend of this region says that picturesque place with beautiful beaches, Igrane was named after Igraynea, mother of Roman general Arthorius Lucius Castus, who owned large estates near Podstrana. There his grave was found, and British historian John Matthews, to the astonishment of the Britons, thinks that it is actually the great king Arthur, the leader of Round Table, ruler of Camelot and the owner of Excalibur sword.  

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Legends do not necessarily have to come from the far past, and this is confirmed by one that originated around 10 years ago in Makarska. Authors are tourists who claim that a statue of a seagull depicting a local lad with a foreign lady in a hug, brings luck.

Since it was created in 2006, on 100th anniversary of Makarska tourism, it is believed that happiness in love will follow those who touch the breast of lad’s girlfriend, so even the most sceptic ones cannot resist the temptation.

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For culture tourism enthusiasts

A visit to Franciscan monastery in Makarska is a not-to-miss destination for culture lovers. Monastery’s library keeps over five thousand books, 24 incunabula and manuscripts, and in archive there are even 369 Turkish documents. Tourists in Makarska Riviera do not miss to visit Malacological museum with rich collection of sea snails and shellfish of the Adriatic and the entire world, founded in 1963 by a famous Franciscan monk of this area, Jure Radić, the very same one who founded the botanical garden on Biokovo from the beginning of our story.

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Picturesque landscape with hills, a stream and a cave, very near Makarska, reminded bishop Juraj Carić of Lourdes, so he founded a sanctuary in Vepric dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes. A chapel was erected there with sacristy, altar on a square, a confessional, Way of the Cross stations, a home for spiritual exercises, procession path, and due to the beauty and peace it offers, it is visited throughout the year, especially during the pilgrimage time, on 11 February, 25 March, 15 August and 7 and 8 September.

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We haven’t forgotten the gourmets

This part of heaven lures with scents of Dalmatian cuisine. For an appetizer you will be served cheese and irresistible Dalmatian prosciutto. Traditional Dalmatian pašticada, the finest specialty made of young beef marinated for days to become tasty and tender, will be hard to resist. And if it’s served with tasty traditional gnocchi… Try also meat and potatoes under the lid or just caught fish and seafood. As a great finale of this gourmet experience there are Makarska’s rafioli, traditional cake made of dough and walnut mixture and unavoidable “Makarana” almond cake. Fingerlicking!

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From Vruja to Gradac

From Vruja to Jakiruša, from Stomarica across Pćit to Podrače – beautiful beaches are the strongest advantage of Brela. There is also Punta rata, the most famous beach of Makarska Riviera, chosen by Forbes magazine as the sixth most beautiful beach in the world, but the most beautiful in Europe. Neighbouring Baška Voda also has nice pebble beach Nikolina, watched over by a statue of Baška Voda’s patron St. Nicholas. Ever since at the beginning of the 20th century Sikavica brothers built hotel Slavia, which got awards and a golden medal for comfort, cuisine and wines on World fair in London, Baška Voda has been an attractive tourist destination.

Caffe bars and clubs in the centre of the town, good restaurants, hotels, sports terrains, extreme sports, pools, beautiful beaches  – Makarska is a great choice at any time of the year. the biggest town on Riviera with a long tourist tradition attracts with the perfect balance of urban rhythm and typical Dalmatian ambience.

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After the earthquake in 1962, residents of villages above today’s Tučepi have descended to the shore and so the new settlement was formed, an attractive tourist destination with beautiful beach, bays, hotels and apartments.

Podgora has been known since ever as a famous fisherman centre with a nice picturesque port and attractive waterfront, favourite walking area of numerous tourists. A monument Seagull’s Wings, located on a hill, is recognizable symbol of this place.

Those who like peace and quiet will choose to spend their vacation in Bratuš, Drašnice or Podaca, typical little Dalmatian places. Igrane will enchant you with their beaches, but also with ancient olive groves in the centre of which is a small church of St. Michael from 11th century, the most significant medieval monument in Makarska Primorje.

After the earthquake in 1962, residents of villages above today’s Tučepi have descended to the shore and so the new settlement was formed, an attractive tourist destination with beautiful beach, bays, hotels and apartments.

Podgora has been known since ever as a famous fisherman centre with a nice picturesque port and attractive waterfront, favourite walking area of numerous tourists. A monument Seagull’s Wings, located on a hill, is recognizable symbol of this place.

Those who like peace and quiet will choose to spend their vacation in Bratuš, Drašnice or Podaca, typical little Dalmatian places. Igrane will enchant you with their beaches, but also with ancient olive groves in the centre of which is a small church of St. Michael from 11th century, the most significant medieval monument in Makarska Primorje.

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In Živogošće visit monastery of St. Cross built in 17th century in a place of former villae rusticae. In its vicinity, on a stone cliff, an ode to a spring of cold water was engraved, one of the most beautiful monuments from Roman period.

Lovely wooded beaches with spring of fresh water give a special touch to Drvenik, which stretches along two bays – Gornja and Donja vala. In the place there is a ferry port that connects mainland with islands Hvar and Korčula. 

Today an attractive destination, Zaostrog is a former base of medieval Neretva’s princes. You mustn’t miss a visit to Franciscan monastery of St. Marry with a botanical garden, rich library and memorial gallery of Mladen Veža. Painter Mladen Veža was born in neighbouring Brist, same as Andrija Kačić Miošić, one of the most famous Dalmatian poets.

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Gornja vala is the longest beach on Makarska Riviera, located in Gradac, a tourist centre where first hotel was built in 1919. This place is the final destination of Riviera if you come from Split. 

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EXPERIENCE OUR SUNNIEST ISLAND THE WAY UNESCO SEES IT!

THE SUNNIEST ISLAND WITH THE OLDEST THEATRE IN EUROPE, as if it’s used to be spoken of in superlatives. But, it suits it well, as it has abundance of contents and rich history and culture. Also, it is the island with the biggest amount of UNESCO protected heritage in the entire world!

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Our Hvar has proudly established itself on a list that includes total of 936 monuments in 153 countries, of which there are 725 cultural monuments, 183 nature monuments and 28 monuments on both kind .

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Some of Hvar’s symbols made it to the list, so make them an inevitable point of your itinerary – experience our sunniest island as UNESCO sees it!

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EXPLORE IMPRESSIVE LANDSCAPE THAT RESISTS THE RAVAGES OF TIME. Starigrad field, which was 7th location in Croatia to be included in UNESCO list, in 2008, together with old city core Of Stari Grad has the best-preserved cadastral division on the Mediterranean. Namely, it is basic architecture that stayed more or less untouched for no less than – 24 centuries

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It is characterised by rectangular fields framed with drywalls, where in ancient times even wheat used to be grown! Enjoy the view of olive groves on low slopes, fragrant round bushes of lavender, green branchy rosemary bushes, and of course, sweet and healthy grapes, which give the best red wines in Dalmatia! This impressive landscape is best to be explored within one of theme tours – we like the cycling ones with attractive tastings included.

TREAT YOURSELVES WITH A TRULY UNIQUE SOVENIER, a fruit of dedicated and long labour of Hvar’s Benedictine nuns – agave lace!

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The process of making this lace is truly very demanding – from a fresh agave leaf threads are being taken and processed in a specific way until ready for use. Since there is no pattern to be followed, each lace is completely unique, a result of imagination and creativity of the lace-maker.

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It is so appreciated that it often serves as a gift in state visits (for example, it was given to Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis). Usually it is kept framed like an art piece, as it actually is! Agave lace mustn’t be wet, ironed or washed, but if kept carefully it can last for a very long time – there are even 100 years old specimens – buy, or at least see specimens of this gentle, magic handicraft!

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ENJOY IN MEDITERRANEAN DIET…AND KLAPA PERFORMANCES. This will especially gladden gastronomads – is there a better way to ‘round up’ healthy and tasty Mediterraean dinne than enjoying in harmonious sounds of klapa (a cappela group) singing? Idyllic Hvar’s restaurants are aware of this beautiful synergy, so not rarely will your attractive fish menu, together with olive oil and aromatic herbs, be spiced up with performances of local klapa groups!

Skills, knowledge and customs tied to healthy and tasty Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes values of hospitality, intercultural dialogue and creativity, made it a part of UNESCO list of intangible world heritage in 2013; while klapa multipart singing, recognizable for its characteristic harmony, melody and internal musical structure, was included on the very same list a year earlier. To the joy of all gourmets, these two items that nurture body and soul blend perfectly – reach out for a dose of Hvar’s hedonism with UNESCO mark!

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JOIN PROCESSION “ZA KRIŽEN” (FOLLOWING THE CROSS) – TRUE EXPRESSION OF HVAR’S AUTHENTICITY. The extent to which Hvar is a specific island can be experienced in pre-Easter time, and if you ask us, it is Hvar that is one of the most interesting locations for spending the biggest Christian holiday.

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Apart from great Easter food (from sirnice and all sorts of Easter cakes decorated with colourful eggs in local homes, to cooked ham and eggs Benedict in luxurious offer of the restaurants), great motivation for a visit is procession “Za križen”, which has been held constantly for 5 centuries, and as such was included on UNESCO list of intangible heritage in 2009.

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Being a part of the procession is a unique spiritual experience that will please the hearts of religious tourism enthusiasts, but also of all believers who want to celebrate the biggest Christian holiday in a very specific way. The procession starts at the same time in six different places (Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik, Svirče, Vrbanj and Vrboska), with a mass of believers, cross-holder who sometimes has to wait to get that honour for even 20 years and chosen singers that perform the most important part of the procession – passion text from 15th century – Our Lady’s Weep.

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IMPOSSIBLE TO RESIST. What could be the connection between the father of Croatian literature, Marko Marulić, famous emperor Diocletian and Illyric queen Teuta?

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An irresistible pearl on a salty surface of Split waters – the island of Šolta! Queen Teuta of divine beauty hid in its bays and allegedly built her court; Diocletian had a fish pond there; Marko Marulić wrote some of his most significant works there, enjoying in soft humming of the sea and silence of Nečujam, where he gladly gathered with his friends.

But, to have an imperial holiday on this island – you do not have to be of royal blood or an artistic soul – although the peace and untouched nature will be truly pleasant and inspiring there!

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THEY SAY THAT A WAY TO SOMEONE’S HEART IS THROGH THE STOMACH, so we recommend starting with an adventure – for your palates! What about a portion of fresh, just caught grilled fish, seasoned with olive oil and wild aromatic herbs like marjoram or rosemary? This is the way to explore the island through your plate, for this emblematic, recognizable Mediterranean dish unites all the best of Šolta – fresh fish, awarded olive oil made of autochthonous varieties oblica and levatinka, wild herbs and of course, a glass of magic dobričić, homemade Šolta’s wine, which is one of the ‘parents’ of famous plavac mali!

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This wine is a true gastronomic treasure – like plavac, but more elegant. Discover its deep dark red colour and aromas of dry fruit, blueberry and a dry tobacco leaf! Together with wine, Šolta’s brands include olive oil made of aforementioned varieties, and a result of years-long tradition of beekeeping – wild rosemary honey locally called Olintio; they are worth finding, buying and even taking home.

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If you visit local beekeepers or oil refineries like Olynthie-nature in Gornje Selo, you can get familiar even with the process of production of these great gifts of nature, olive oil being even in the register of protected marks of originality and geographic origin of the European Commission.

HIKE, CYCLE, DIVE, SAIL…DISCOVER BEAUTIFUL BAYS AND BEACHES. You’re wondering where to spend tasty and healthy Mediterranean food calories? There are numerous possibilities!

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From seaside resorts like Maslenica, Stomorska, Nečujam or Rogač set out to explore the island’s inland or set out towards the shore from southern inland villages like Grohote, Gornje Selo, Srednje Selo or Donje Selo.

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Depending on your preferences, in this beautiful ambience you can hike or cycle, all roads are charted on a map available in all tourist info centres.

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If you prefer water activities, set out on an unforgettable kayaking adventure – if your starting point is beach in Maslinica, you can expect a romantic adventure of discovering nearby islets and the most amazing sunset you have ever seen. If you choose main Nečujam beach, you will enjoy in heavenly beauty of Velika uvala and unique acoustic features – Vallis surda or deaf bay will turn every sound into just a silent whisper!

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If you would like to explore underwaters of these stunning turquoise bays, you will be delighted by more than rich flora and fauna hidden by caves and vertical rocks of the south side of the island – and even by a few sunken ships or remains of Diocletian’s fish pond! Our warmest recommendation is a tour with a licenced guide, with whose help you can even dive at night – for a specially spectacular experience! If you are a true sailor, Šolta won’t disappoint you – yachtsmen have at their disposal two mooring places in Stomorska and Rogač, and modern equipped marina in front of Martinis Marchi Hotel in Maslinica.

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ŠOLTA’S JACKSON POLLOCK. Did you know that Šolta has given some excellent artists, like Eugen Buktenica Đenko, the most significant representative of Dalmatian naïve art? His artistic tradition was continued by Vicko Buktenica, who followed the footsteps of his famous uncle.

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To naïve art he also added abstraction, so many have compared him to one of the most prominent figures of abstract expressionism, Jackson Pollock. It would be a shame not to visit Grohote and Gallery of Naïve art with permanent exhibition of paintings by Eugen and Vicko Buktenica, depicting  charming donkeys with golden crowns, emblematic owls, idyllic churches and wooden boats, and – Mate Mišo Kovač, all bursting with joyful colours and positive artistic energy.? The name Grohote actually means come on up – so what are you waiting for?

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The hit book series and HBO adaptation Game Of Thrones has changed the nature of tourism in Croatia. Because the series is wildly popular around the world, and many of its most significant locations are filmed in Croatia, the country has seen a measurable uptick in visitors throughout the show’s run on HBO.

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This is something you’ve undoubtedly heard about by now with particular regard to the capital city of Dubrovnik (which is the basis for the fictional capital of King’s Landing). However, it’s spread around the country as well; Hot Spots previously profiled a Game Of Thrones tour in Split, for instance.

It’s still Dubrovnik that’s experienced a legitimate tourism phenomenon though. Long recognized as a gorgeous Mediterranean city teeming with history, and a nice alternative to better-known destinations in Italy and Greece, it’s now one of the hottest places in the world to visit. Some simply want a glimpse of the closest thing to a real King’s Landing; some want to do specific tours and sightseeing related to the show; and some, in all likelihood, simply want to appreciate it for what it is, even if it came to their attention through Game Of Thrones.

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It’s all quite exciting, though it certainly has its downsides as well. Dubrovnik has become susceptible to annoying crowds, and could be said to have lost a touch of its innocence or authenticity along the way. The Thrones-driven throngs of tourists have landed the city on lists of places being ruined by tourism, and it’s not a stretch to understand why, even if the word “ruined” may be somewhat harsh. Now, however, the city faces an interesting crossroads. Game Of Thrones will wrap up this spring with its finale season, bringing an almost decade-long cultural phenomenon to an end, and potentially changing things for this wonderful Croatian city.

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In the immediate future there probably won’t be much of a change. It’s not as if the finale of Thrones will simply sever the public’s interest in it. In fact, one could even imagine tourism to spike immediately following the finale, both because it will coincide with the beginning of the summer season and because this is going to be one of the biggest fictional events in recent history, and will cause lasting, lingering excitement.

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On top of the carryover effect, it’s also worth noting that Game Of Thrones is likely to endure in several ways:

  • HBO has already ordered a spinoff of the series, delving into the vast fantasy world and/or history created by author George R.R. Martin. Reports have been somewhat all over the place as to what precise topics the spinoff will concern, as well as whether it will be a one-off or one of many projects. It is fairly safe to assume that Thrones will live on through a second show though, and this could conceivably extend Dubrovnik’s relevance to fans – particularly if King’s Landing is part of the future project(s).
  • Game Of Thrones will also likely enjoy sustained popularity through gaming. To date, the show has been surprisingly weak on this front. Telltale had a decent but short-lived series revolving around the show, and a few disappointing mobile games have come out as well. Additionally, some of the online casino networks known for their inventive and alluring bonus structures as well as their vast collections of games have hosted a Thrones-based slot machine, which has actually been consistently entertaining. The slot game may be the most likely to endure, but the end of the show could also bring brand new games, which could conceivably keep people excited about the series for years more to come.
  • There may also be books still to come, though this is increasingly in doubt. Martin had originally planned two more large, jam-packed novels to complete his written series, and may still adhere to this plan. He’s a notoriously meticulous writer who’s been very slow about penning these final works, but if he does – and if they’re released over the course of several more years – it will keep people interested, keep people engaged in re-watching the HBO series, and potentially keep Dubrovnik crowded.

These three factors – spinoffs, games, and books – will all, together, keep Game Of Thrones relevant long after the spring of 2019. They may also mean that things remain unchanged in Dubrovnik. At the same time though, interest in the fantasy may not always translate to such massive interest in tourism.

It could simply be that as the story endures and extends in various forms, King’s Landing is emphasized less, and thus the Dubrovnik connection starts to lessen. It may be that other filming locations move to the forefront via the planned spinoff, or spinoffs. And it may simply be that interest naturally ebbs after a while, as Thrones remains popular but not as popular as it’s been.

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In time, the tourism boom will likely subside one way or another. It may even be that when all is said and done, and the crowds dissipate some, the show will simply become yet another fascinating aspect of the city’s history.

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The first 5 star hotel on Hvar Island

As one of the most beautiful buildings in this area, next to the town Loggia, the Palace Elisabeth is considered one of the symbols of Hvar Town.

44 million-kuna-investments done in 2018 

2018 was the best year in the business history of Sunčani Hvar. Total business revenue for company amounted to 288.5 million kuna, representing a growth of 37%.

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Hotel Amfora

Thanks to large investments in the portfolio, done in  the past years, as well as the investments in 2018, worth 44 million kuna, including renovations of hotels Amfora and Adriana, the most successful and the longest tourist season has been recorded.

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Glorious history of Hvar’s most beautiful hotel 

The hotel will be rated with 5 stars  and will be the first heritage hotel on the sunniest island of the Mediterranean, opening its doors in season 2019. The hotel history dates back to the 13th centur, and in 1899, it was officially introduced under the name of “Elisabeth of Austria’s Spa Hotel”, as the Austrian empress Elisabeth was the patron and co-financer of its construction. Therefore, the soon-to-be-opened Hotel Palace will bear her name – Palace Elisabeth, Hvar Heritage Hotel. Re-embracing the original name of the hotel further emphasizes its rich heritage, which is characterized by numerous historical elements from the era of empress Sisi.

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Member of the prestigious group of The Leading Hotels of the World

In 2019 Sunčani Hvar continues with the most significant investment in the portfolio, which is the renovation of Hotel Palace, worth 100 million kuna. Even before its opening, this most luxurious hotel on the island became a member of the elite hotel association of luxury hotels – The Leading Hotels of the World.

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It is surely due to its location in the very heart of the Hvar Town, and the impressive Venetian and Austrian architecture, which blends perfectly with the unique architectural ensemble of the old town Loggia and the Clock Tower.

Upon completion of the renovation, the hotel will have gone from the present number of 73 rooms to a smaller number of 45 luxury rooms and suites, which will be of larger square-size.

With the goal to position the product further into the luxury segment, the hotel will get an indoor swimming pool, a luxury spa and two outdoor terraces, one of which is the terrace of the new San Marco Restaurant, overlooking the central square and historic core of Hvar Town, creating an ideal place for tasting selected dishes and local delicacies.

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View from San Marco’s Terrace 


“It is a great honor for us to become members of the prestigious group The Leading Hotels of the World, which has over 400 luxury hotels and resorts in its consortium. Hotel Palace combines the highest standards of luxury with the vision to provide guests with top service and a unique experience, ” said Gordana Tomičić, president of the Management Board.

Most numerous arrivals from the US and British market

The unique structure of guests within Sunčani Hvar is still dominated by the emissive markets of the United States and Great Britain. The growth in arrivals from the US is at 26%, while from the UK is at 14%, compared to the previous business year. Other developed markets that have shown growth in arrivals are Australia, Brazil, Scandinavian and Western European countries.

Hvar’s Tourist Board confirms that the predictions and first numbers for the current season are very good, and the rich program of sports events in April, such as the traditional Easter Regatta, Otillo Swimrun and Mountain Madness Croatia, mark an excellent start of the season on the sunniest island of the Adriatic.

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The 2019 ÖTILLÖ swimrun season kicked off with a very tough race. It ended up being a hard fought battle for the 3rd edition ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series event on the island of Hvar, Croatia.

The Mediterranean setting had all the ingredients to make for a spectacular yet very tough swimrun race. The original  40,4 kilometres long course had to be changed as the currents made it to a true test, alternating technical trail running with long, challenging stretches of open-water swimming.

The Winners Jonas Ekman Fischer and Lars Ekman (SWE), Sailfish Team Bröderna Bäver, managed to pull away from the leading pack and cross the finish line as the first team after 4:51:51, almost 7 minutes ahead of Julien Pousson and Nicolas Remires (FRA), Team Envol.

The very strong Martin Flinta (SWE) & Helena Karaskova Erbenova (CZE) Team Thule Crew/Wolffwear Head SR team finished as first mixed team and 6th overall with the time of 5:01:50! The first women’s team Fanny Danckwardt & Desirée Andersson (SWE) Team Envol Fanny/Desirée completed an impressive race and finished after 5:24:12 and 10th Overall.

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Hvar representatives at ÖTILLÖ Sprint Hvar and ÖTILLÖ Experience Hvar race

The day before the main race was organized shorter races: ÖTILLÖ Sprint Hvar and ÖTILLÖ Experience Hvar, offering the same experience as the longer and more demanding main race, just in a smaller format. These races had 150 competitors registered in 20 countries, and Hvar also had two representatives.

A representative of the Tourist Board of Hvar, Georges Buj and Marzia Marti, the marketing representative of the Sunčani Hvar hotels, a longtime partner of the event. Both of them have successfully finished the race.


“There were a lot of good teams in the front today, especially in the swim sections. Before the long run we just felt let`s go for it and we managed to gain a couple of minutes on the rest of the field in the uphill. We are very happy with the win and the good start into the season.”, said Jonas Ekam Fischer after finishing as overall winner with Lars Ekman (SWE), Sailfish Team Bröderna Bäver.

The island of Hvar, part of the Croatian Dalmatian islands, is considered one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world. With its rich cultural and historic heritage, ancient olive trees and vineyards, crystal clear waters, limestone rock and varied terrain, surrounded by the fabulous Pakleni islands, Hvar is the perfect destination for a ÖTILLÖ swimrun race. There is no doubt that Hvar lives up to ÖTILLÖ’s claim of having unique races in unique places!

The original 40,4 km race course of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar had to be changed due to strong currents in the channel between Hvar and the Pakleni Islands. The crystal blue sea was at around 15 degrees and the longest swim crossing of 2 950 metres was shortened to about 2 700 metres. Still a true test for all competitors. The rainy weather made the conditions different for all the racers depending on where you were in the pack, it became a big challenge. A big part of the trail running was on technical trails, with a few tough climbs spicing up the challenge.

Several teams had to struggle to make it in time for the two cut offs. Some had to abandon after the long swim. The top teams pushed each other hard, chasing each other in a tight group all the way to the last swims before the finish line. The level of competition is mind blowing!

At all ÖTILLÖ swimrun World Series events teams race in pairs. Working wisely with your partner is decisive. Using each other’s strengths will push boundaries. The team experience is incomparable and can only be fully understood by those who have practiced it, and is part of why swimrun is growing so fast in popularity.

142 teams of two from 23 different nations travelled to Hvar to compete in the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar, a qualifier to the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship in the Swedish archipelago. The day prior to the race two shorter more accessible race were organised, the ÖTILLÖ Sprint Hvar and the ÖTILLÖ Experience Hvar, offering the same flavours as the longer more challenging race but in a smaller format.These races had close to 150 racers registered from a total of 20 nations.

Eight top teams at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar qualify to the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship 2019, on 2 September 2019 in the Stockholm Archipelago; top 3 men, top 3 mixed, top 2 women.

Top 3 results ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar, 7 April 2019

Men
1. Jonas Ekman Fischer & Lars Ekman (SWE) Sailfish Team Bröderna Bäver
2. Julien Pousson & Nicolas Remires (FRA) Team Envol
3. Franck Martin & Guillaume Heneman (FRA) HEAD – GRAVELINES TRI

Mixed
1. Martin Flinta (SWE) & Helena Karaskova Erbenova (CZE), Thule Crew/Wolffwear Head SR
2. Sampo Hyppölä & Saara Grönholm (FIN), Kuopio Swimrun Team
3. Andre Hook & Dörte Zimmermann (GER), Team Envol_Head powered by Campz

Women
1. Fanny Danckwardt & Desirée Andersson (SWE), Team Envol Fanny/Desirée – winner
2. Anna Hellström & Susie Moonan (SWE), Team Envol Susie Anna
3. Helen Wikmar & Isabella Hedberg (SWE), Team ARKsouls

FAST FACTS ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN HVAR 2019

·         Hvar, Croatia

·         Total race distance: 40,4 km

·         Trail running: 31,6 km

·         Swimming: 8,8 km

·         Swim sections: 9

·         Longest swim: 2 950 m

·         Longest run: 13 600 m

·         Teams of two; for safety reasons and for the unique experience

·         142 registered teams

·         20 nations

ABOUT SWIMRUN AND ÖTILLÖ

Swimrun is one of the fastest growing endurance sport where you in teams of two alternate trail running and open water swimming along a marked course. You run in your wetsuit and swim in your shoes! It is a unique sport and experience as you often race with a partner and the race courses are in wild nature. The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship (ÖTILLÖ meaning island to island in Swedish) is the original swimrun race, renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world (CNN 2012).ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN WORLD SERIES 2019

There are six qualifying races to ÖTILLÖ. At each World Series event a Sprint and Experience race is organised the same weekend.

·         ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar, Croatia, April 7, 2019

·         ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö, Sweden, May 19, 2019

·         ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly, UK, June 9, 2019

·         ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin, Switzerland, July 7, 2019

·         ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes, Germany, September 22, 2019 (Qualifier for ÖTILLÖ 2020)

·         ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes, France, October 20, 2019 (Qualifier for ÖTILLÖ 2020)

ÖTILLÖ THE SWIMRUN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

·         14th edition on September 2nd, 2019

·         75 km over and between 26 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago

·         Renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world

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WHAT WOULD YOU SAY about a cuisine that combines sweet and sour, Greek and Roman, Byzantine and Venetian, all linked by a truly special ingredient – a quantum of stubborn, originally Dalmatian spite?

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Dalmatian cuisine will spoil your palates with homemade prosciutto and cheese, traditional fish stew (brodet) and thick fish soups, risottos and gnocchi seasoned with tasty dips, sea food stews; all rounded up with homemade olive oil, Mediterranean aromatic herbs and matched with wide range of exquisite homemade wines. If you want to give your palates a true adventure, it’s high time to taste these sensual dishes – true gastronomic ambassadors of Dalmatian cuisine!

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A QUEEN CALLED PAŠTICADA. A true example of sweet-sour dish (see how Dalmatian cuisine is always a blend of extremes of some sort, unmatched by anyone?) is luxurious pašticada, gastro heritage of Venetia ad Byzantium, made even today for special occasions (due to its complex preparation) of beef aitchbone in wine, prosecco, vinegar, spices and vegetables. It is often accompanied by homemade gnocchi. Pašticada is so characteristic for this region that almost every household has its own way of preparing it; and it shares the throne with exquisite fish or meat dishes made under the baking lid!

Namely, if you haven’t tried veal, lamb or octopus under the iron lid, which enables food to be cooked and roasted at the same time, from a gastronomic point of view, you haven’t even been to Dalmatia, so do not miss it! If you visit the islands, let the magic of small family restaurants overwhelms you.

There, apart form aforementioned Dalmatian classics, you can indulge in carefully prepared specialties like mutton baked on a juniper spear, which stimulates with resin wood aroma, or for example – crunchy vitalac – ancient dish made of lamb offal served in the “lamb capital”, the island of Brač, which is also a gastro connection to Greeks.

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Of course, if you prefer somewhat more modern gastronomic interpretations, there is a wide choice of modern gourmet oases – make yourself infatuated with octopus stew or burgers, monkfish medallions, cuttlefish with broad beans, shrimps carpaccio with olive dust and fig pearls, or an entire pot of shells, shrimps and pasta!

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WINES WITH CHARACTER. True gastronomads and wine enthusiasts could draw you a map of Split-Dalmatia County in a second – according to areas where the best autochthonous wines are made! It’s a common knowledge for all who ever tried Kaštela’s crljenak – the darkest of all Dalmatia wines, or bogdanuša and plavac from Hvar and vugava from Vis – that in an elegant glass of wine one can discover a whole new world!

With its classy barrique touch and mild tastes of blackberry, blueberry and cherry crljenak will most certainly comply with those in favor of fruity, bold wines. Although it was tied to Italian primitivo and Californian zinfandel, it has nothing of their sweetness and softness, it is a true – wine with a character!

Even Vienna Court could not resist Hvar’s bogdanuša, which was served only for holidays due to its elegance; while Vis’ vugava overwhelms with discrete aromas of peach, almond and orange! If you prefer red wines, enjoy in full, rounded, delicate woody taste of Hvar’s plavac mali, captivating like a nicely dressed girl walking along Hvar’s waterfront!

SOMETHING SWEET FOR THE END. What kind of a meal would it be without a good, tasty dessert?

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Beautiful rožata dates back to Venetian times, and it was considered a pride of Dalmatian desserts! It is cooked in a caramel coat, while a magic addition to a simple recipe that contains milk, eggs, vanilla and sugar is a scented rose liqueur! Split Cake will enchant you with rhapsodies of figs, almonds, walnuts, dates, raisins and rum, and eager Dalmatian housewives discovered that the dough and cream are made of even 10 eggs!

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Simple and delicious paradižet is made throughout Dalmatia, just as omnipresent fritule, kroštule and doughnuts, most commonly served in Dalmatian hinterland. Islands have their own trumps as well, just look at the list of Croatian intangible heritage goods and you will find there Dol’s hrapošćuša cake resembling the very Brač’s karst and famous Starigrad’s paprenjak! Combine them with a few drops of tempting lavender or carob liqueurs and you have finalized one great (and very tasty!) Dalmatian adventure!

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The area of ​​Cetina Region is of ​​unique natural beauty, known for its beautiful mountain landscapes, meadows, lush vegetation and amazing water springs.

Although relatively small in size, it is characterized by exceptional geographic diversity, making it an attractive area for bird populations.

Birdwatching involves observing and studying birds with the naked eye or with the help of optical aids such as binoculars, telescopes and photographic equipment.

Birds can be found everywhere around us and are often the largest group of animals which a citizen can come across. From the initial assumption, that only a few bird species, such as pigeons, sparrows and blackbirds, actually live in the city, observation can easily lead you to a conclusion that birdlife of mountain species is significantly more varied.

In the Cetina Region, there is a growing popularity of birdwatching (or birding), and it trully has great potentials thanks to the rich bird fauna that inhabits this area. More and more often, foreign travel agencies bring tourists birdwatchers to Croatia to show them the distinctive natural heritage of this beautiful region.

Pavića nebesa – Sinj’s favorite promenade

Since Pavića nebesa (in Croatian: Pavić’s Skies) is one of the favorite promenades among the locals of Sinj, the Tourist Board of Sinj, supported by the Tourist Board of the Split-Dalmatia County, has given it a special touch by setting a bird watchtower, benches, kennels.

Nicely redecorated, Pavića nebesa promenade will serve as a natural attraction for tourists visiting the Cetina Region, through the evermore popular hiking, as well as bridwatching – observing birds in the forests, as their natural habitats.

Only half-an-hour-away from the center of the town, Pavića nebesa is a place for educating children about the importance of preserving nature as well as its biodiversity, and a place where birdwatchers, in its peace and silence, can observe numerous species such as wood pigeons, orioles or woodcocks, and listen to the silent roars of larks, forest owls or love calls of blackbirds.

The best time for this form of tourism? Spring!

Birdwatching takes place primarily in spring, during the nesting season of most bird species. The most favorable months are May and June when all the nesting birds are present. It’s the period when the birds are most active due to their singing, wooing, coupling and territorial flights. The fact that birdwatching travel activities take place in the pre-season, increases the utilization of existing local capacities which are fully sold out in summer, during July and August. In this way, birdwatching tourism contributes to the lenghtening of the tourist season, which is in line with the Croatian tourism strategy.

The wider area around Sinj includes two vegetation zones: the Submediterranean area of ​​deciduous vegetation and the mountainous zone. The highest parts of Svilaja and Dinara mountains belong to the mountainous zone, while the rest is included in the Submediterranean area of ​​deciduous vegetation.

A true treasure is hidden in the rich flora and fauna that nature has generously spread all over the Cetina Region.

In almost surreal landscapes, boosted by clean air and inspired by the karst subterranean labyrinths of River Cetina, numerous plant species grow. In addition to the rich flora, the Cetina Region is abundant with numerous animal species.

A diverse plant layer, bushes, pits and rocks provide perfect nesting places to numerous species of birds. On the cliffs of the canyon you can find nests of mountain pasture birds. Look into the thick canyon forest, in the habitat of black woodpeckers. On the rocky plateau of the protected belt, in the tall grass, you will come across the nests of crown larks and rock partridges. Take your binoculars and sit back comfortably, looking towards the tall pine trees, where you will be able to spot nests of buzzards and hawks.

The Significant Landscape of Sutina was protected in 2000, on an area of ​​426.80 hectares, and it covers the upper canyon of Sutina stream, Cetina’s tributary. The canyon of mountain stream Sutina, with its unusual setting of the plant layer, is a typical example of botanical inversion.

The dense forests of the canyon are the habitat of black woodpeckers. On the rocky plateau of the protected belt, deep in the grass, you will be able to find nests of crown larks and rock partridges. On tall pine trees, there are the nests of buzzards and hawks. At the exit from the canyon, where erosive effects are strong and sandy slopes are formed, you will find canals of bee eaters, in which this species raises its young ones.

The Significant landscape Rumin includes Mali and Veliki Rumin, on a surface of 33.5 hectares, and its status was confirmed in year 2000. Mali and Veliki Rumin represent the core part of Rumina, the second largest of Cetina’s tributaries.

While in the summer Mali Rumin runs dry, Veliki Rumin, which runs under the gorge called Greda, never goes dry. The steep cliffs of Rumin are home to bird species such as ravens, kestrels and beaufitul long eared owls. On the karsty slopes at the foot of the cliffs, you can find nests of northern wheatears and rock partridges, and in the lowlands, on the fields and ploughed lands, you will encounter grey partridges, quails and crested larks.

Along the foothills of Rumin, the long-tailed tit creates its ball-shaped nests,  and on the oak branches, the basket-like nests of orioles hang. On the old oak trees, a large woodpecker is also easily found, while the wild ducks come to sip on the waters of Rumin.


Photo by:  Tourist Board – City of Sinj

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WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF OUR BIGGEST ISLAND? As a “capital” of the tastiest lamb, a place where you can have great cycling experience in idyllic Mediterranean ambience, an oasis of Robinson vacation or a perfect getaway for bathing, sunbathing and water sports? 

Perhaps you did not know that together with many various and attractive aspects, Brač has even 116 sacral buildings, thus being a true heaven for culturists! In order to preserve them and make them marketable, four years ago an attractive guide was published in which sights have been catalogued in 5 cultural itineraries. We have singled out some that are truly worth visiting!

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VISIT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BELL TOWER ON DALMATIAN ISLANDS. Whoever watched “Little place” by Miljenko Smoje, must remember emblematic opening scene where the “main role” is played by picturesque place on the west side of the island – Ložišća! 

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Image of an idyllic place of steep and narrow streets with houses spread out like someone tossed out some pearls is dominated by  the most beautiful bell tower of all – not only on Brač, but on all Dalmatian islands in general! Enjoy in sightseeing this magnificent, tall and decorated bell tower from 19th century, a work of the great Ivan Rendić. Do not forget to take a few photos, which will be a real treat for aesthetes and cultural enthusiasts on social networks.

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DISCOVER THE SPRINGS OF SACRAL TREASURES – BAROQUE AND MEDIEVAL CHURCHES. For those in love with sacral art we warmly recommend sightseeing parish churches all over the island (like the one in Selca!). 

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Enjoy in their mostly baroque features and worthy altarpieces, whose authors are Ridolfi, Bassano, Balestra, Diziani and even famous Tintoretto, whose great altarpiece is kept in Dominican Pinacoteca in Bol! 

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 If you want to visit medievalchurches, of characteristic hanging arches and bell towers which were several centuries later upgraded to the distaff, visit church of St. Peter in Dol with the oldest bell of that kind. The interior of these edifices usually keeps worthy altar reliefs, whose authors are famous artist slike JurajDalmatianac, Nikola Firentinac or Nikola Lazanić, a sculptor form Brač.

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VISIT A CRADLE OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY – AND A CAVE WITH DRAGONS! For those in love with cultural heritage, early – Christian churches and churches on places of pre-Christian cults are a true curiosity.

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It’s also worth visiting remains of basilica in Povlja and its baptistery preserved up to the roof, and a basilica in Lovrečina with preserved murals and renewed baptistery vessel; while a series of fragments of stone furniture from these churches can be seen in Museum of the island Brač in Škrip. Among the localities that date back to even earlier periods (like St. Vid on Vidova gora or St. Duh near Gornji Humac) Dragon’s Cave is especially interesting. It was named after a relief of a dragon, which presents a mixture of Slavic mythology and Christian iconography, thus fantastically depicting spirituality of the contemporary human – paganism reconciled with Christianity! Sightseeing of Dragon’s Cave is actually a great excursion, on which even the makers of “Game of Thrones” would envy you, since Bračhad its dragons for a while now!

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VISIT BLACA DESERT – A STONE JEWEL IN ROCKY WASTELAND! We’ve left one of the most striking locations for the end – for centuries upgraded monastery in Blacadesert! Once it was a world-famous astronomical observatory, it had its own printing office, while due to extensive book collection, unique furniture, old weapons and clockscollection, it is attractive even today. Staying in an authentic ambience of former monks’ and Glagolitic priests’ residence – who wrote pages of rich monastery’s library in one of the three variants of Croatian Cyrillic  – poljičica, for all those who truly enjoy in culture is a  – real treat!

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MYSTERIOUS AND SOMEWHAT MISTIQUE TRILJ, has embossed its gastro map with a similar print. It originated in the place of old Roman camp Tilurium, and not only did it intertwine the roads of ancient people, but also the most diverse culinary influences!

In Trilj’s cuisine karst and river blend, while dishes are refined with honey, dates, figs and old Roman condiments! Besides characteristic Dalmatian specialties, Trilj will spoil your palates with veal under the baking lid, frog stews, Cetina trout and crab stews, but with successfully interpreted dishes with ancient mark as well! If you are eager to find out which specialties awaken a true pride among Trilj people, which delicacies date back to ancient times, which you mustn’t miss – it’s worth reading on!

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A FEATURE OF IRRESISTABILITY. Favourite dishes renowned as true classics on Trilj area are by all means, veal and lamb on a spit or under the baking lid. Both ways of preparation give this food the same feature – you just can’t resist them! Namely, how else to describe tempting meat on a stick, which depending on a type of wood the stick is made of, captures sophisticated wood aromas that make your heart mellow? Or truly delicious, tender veal or lamb under the baking lid, heated with beechwood, cooked and roasted at the same time under the iron lid strewn with wine grape live coals?

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SWEETEN YOUR PALATES WITH MEAT – OR EVEN RIVER SPECIALTIES. When an important dinner for a special occasion is prepared in Trilj, there is a great chance that aforementioned dishes will be on a menu. Even though exquisite octopus can also be found under the baking lid, very special Trilj delicacy is polestar (young rooster)! Bread is also often baked under the lid, and they are especially proud of their traditional dish made of lamb meat – Trilj’s šiša – made of three times boiled lamb offal and intestines, with addition of bacon, home-grown onions and tomatoes! A particularly typical of Trilj is also baby beef tongue in sauce, followed by kaštradina (dried mutton), and game meat prepared in various ways. This being a region of wild and powerful the Cetina river, it’s not surprising that, besides meat you get to sweeten your palates with an abundance of river trout and crabs, or frog stew.

ENJOY IN MEALS PREPARED ACCORDINFG TO A COOKBOOK – FROM 1ST CENTURY! In Trilj you can taste the best sheep and goat cheese, fresh cow cheese, often accompanied by delicious doughnuts! Sacrificial bread Libum presents a true gastronomic sensation, and it’s still made in Trilj in ancient way!

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The most interesting fact is that this bread, besides flour ad eggs, contains also sheep cheese and laurel leaves, while there are versions when it’s made with 5 types of cheese, one egg, and no flour at all! To make this gastro story even more interesting: this is just one of the many ancient dishes made in Trilj on specific gastro points – there are trout with Roman dressings, Lukanijeve sausages that are a combination od meat and honey, and dumplings made of cow cheese, honey, olive oil and poppy seeds. Together with Trilj’s grandma’s recipes, jealously kept for generations, to gastronomads’ joy, there is also a cookbook from the 1st century – very much in use!

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DO NOT FORGET SMOOTH WINES AND AUTOCHTONOUS DELICACIES. We haven’t forgotten about those in love with a sophisticated wine drop – after all, tasty and distinctive meals need to be finalized in grand style! Let it be homemade Trij wines of harmonious, luxurious and velvety taste, grown on the slopes of Strmendolac and Čaporice, like ninčuša, glavinka, plavina and babić.

Zaboravljene delicije

Forgotten delicacies

Those with a sweet tooth should try Trilj Cake, the so called Padišpanja.

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Can you imagine walking around the streets and areas where people used to pass by in the ancient times? To feel the spirit of  history, the beliefs, lifestyle and culture of these ancient peoples? The area of today’s Split-Dalmatia County has been interesting to people since ancient times, and the existing, preserved fortifications are witnesses of those past times.

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There are seven historical forts of Split-Dalmatia County, which have been awaken from their dream. In the next few lines, we will take you on a trip  and introduce you to the most beautiful Dalmatian fortresses, that offer stunning views of their surrounding areas…

Historical fortresses in travel agencies’ programs & offers

Whether you are going to Klis Fort, visiting the attractions of the ancient city of Salona, ​​or coming to Prozor Fortress in Vrlika, Nutjak in Trilj, Kamičak in Sinj or Topana in Imotski, you will actually take a trip back to the past and for a moment, get the feeling that once upon a time, they were fully inhabitated. Do come by Gradina in Vrgorac, which will round up your tour and complete the cultural and historical offer of the Dalmatian Zagora.

Sightseeing of the old forts is part of the programs offered by travel agencies in the area of ​​Split-Dalmatia County. This is the first county in Croatia with a complete Strategy for the Development of Cultural Tourism, and so far 69 historical buildings have been valorized, including forts, towers and fortresses, and this number is still not final. This is the first step in creating a new and attractive tourist product.

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KTo help you find what you are interested in, a cultural and tourist guide to the “Split-Dalmatia County Fortresses” was published, by author Ivan Alduk. This guide includes fortresses from the entire county, with emphasis on the best preserved historical buildings, especially the late medieval fortresses and the ones from te period of Otoman-Venet

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Klis Fortress – Must-see travel gem where “Game of Thrones” was filmed

The importance of Split and its surroundings, when it comes to their role  in cultural tourism, was well-recognized by the producers of the world-renowned “Game of Thrones” series, as they chose Klis, among many other locations, to film various scenes from this series, and thus, launched a type of film tourism. The historical stories of Klis Fortress have taken a tour around the world, surprising foreigners in many countries, with the fact that only a few kilometers away from Split, there is a monument which, with its appearance – on the very stone cliff between Mosor and Kozjak mountains, provokes such awe. If you want to see the fort, do get ready for a couple of hours of touring this large building, consisting of walls, passages, towers, stairs and streets. Do not be discouraged and stop halfway because, trust us, when you get to the top, your breath will be taken away by the views of Split and its archipelago. This gorgeous fort justifies all the reasons why it was named “Croatian Camelot”.

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Prozor Fortress – Populated from prehistoric times

One of the fortresses that will capture your attention is certainly Prozor Fortress in Vrlika, which was inhabited in prehistoric times. Today, it can be reached by pedestrian road in about 20 minutes of walking, starting from the Orthodox Church in Vrlika all the way to the top. There is also a longer road, leading from the Vrlika-Drniš road.

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Thanks to its level of preservation, it is one of the most important medieval fortresses in Dalmatian hinterland. The fortress offer an impressive panoramic point on Vrličko polje, Lake Peručko and on the city itself, and its surroundings.

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Nutjak near Trilj

Nutjak Fortress was built downstream from Trilj, at the edge of the lower rocky plateau rising high above the right bank of Cetina River. Just a simple look at this unusual fortress, located on the very edge of the cliff, causes a series of emotions – from awe to admiration.

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The fortress is reachable by a road starting from the village of Živaljići.

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Kamičak – Protected cultural heritage

One of the most important symbols of Sinj is Kamičak Fortres,  located in the center of the town, opposite the Church of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj. Kamičak, a protected cultural heritage, together  with the military horse baracks, is connected with today’s Alkarski Dvori (The Alkari Palace).  

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It was given its present appearance in 1980 when it was additionally surrounded by walls and afforested with pines. On the top of the fort, there is a bell with the inscription – Our Lord, set us free from thunder and evil times – which probably derives from the belief that the sound of the bells or the shooting from old “mužar” canons scares away the clouds and the thunder.

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Topana – Favorite panoramic point

Situated on the cliffs above Modro Jezero (Lake) is the Topana Fortress, one of the most important medieval fortification facilities in Dalmatian hinterland. It is interesting that the fortress was named after a special tower with a cannon platform, known in the local language as “topana”.

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Today, the fortress is in fact a panoramic point, with an unforgettable view of all four corners of the world. In the summer season, there are various cultural events held here.

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Vrgorac Gradina – Where roads meet

Gradina Fortress is situated at the intersection of the roads from the coastline to the hinerland.  Its oldest parts were built by medieval noblemen, who managed this area,  and was later upgraded by Muslim commanders. Visit this fortress and Vrgorac, the town where one of the greatest Croatian poets, Tin Ujević, was born.

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Visit the witnesses of the stormy historical times in the Dalmatian region and choose a rustic family agrotourism in Dalmatian Zagora, for your place of residence. Tourism is booming in Dalmatian Zagora, which is evident in the ever-increasing demand for luxury villas, which offer the charms of both comfort and elegance. The former stone houses of our ancestors today are luxurious villas, many of which have pools, to provide their guests with maximum cosiness during their holidays.

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TOP 5 NOT-TO-BE-MISSED ATTRACTIONS!

Natural beauty and historical heritage are just one part of the gorgeous repertoire along Split Riviera! Whether you choose to get acquainted with its cuisine, beaches or cultural and historical treasures, you are on the right track to have a fabulous experience as a tourist!

Judging by the growing interest in this region, on the world tourism stage, it seems that many share our opinion, so, in order to get inspired to have a vacation perfectly in sync with your wishes, keep on reading!

Truth to be told, when we know what awaits us, a few-hours-long ferry trip from Split, doesn’t come up nor as long, nor as difficult, and as Vis is also a well-known nautical destination, we recommend visits by motorboats and sailboats, as these means of transportation will allow you to have a peak into every single corner of this wonderful island!


The islands rather distant  location, separating it from the frenetic rythm of everyday life and its truly unspoilt nature, which is a real treat for fans of Robinson tourism, have not been missed by Hollywood producers, who have skilfully spotted that Vis will perfectly play the role of the Greek island, on which a very famous movie had been filmed. Vis has so played the home-role for the second part of one the most popular of Hollywood productions – the comedy “Mamma Mia!”, spiced up with the greatest hits by the legendary ABBA.

To get the best and the most exciting of Vis, keep up with our top 5 most enjoyable experiences that you should never miss. Let’s go!

1.USE THE ISOLATED LOCATION AS AN ADVANTAGE. Did you know that up untill 1995, Vis was a large military base? And while some claim that this is the exact reason why it seems that time has stopped here, guests who prefer Robinson-style of travel, as well as all those who want to escape from the noisy & busy everyday life, see this fact as a great benefit! Mysterious, abandoned military facilities (Tito’s cave, former RAF airport, Cape Stupišće with a former canon and rocket base…) embedded in beautiful, untouched nature will make you feel like in a James Bond movie – visit them all as part of exciting military tours!

2.GET READY FOR SOME SERIOUS SEA HEDONISM. What would you say about a bay enclosed by two high stone cliffs, between which there is a hidden pebble beach, only visible when you sail through the stone cliff gates? And when you do spot it, it looks like you have discovered a Roman amphiteatre int he middle of the water? This is the exact description of the stunning Stiniva Bay, which can be reached, besides by small motor boats and sailboats, only by climbing and walking on a slightly longer rocky route, much worth the effort – because when you overcome it, you will be visually impressed by this hedonistic seaside perfection, voted in 2016 as the most beautiful beach in Europe!

Although Stiniva took over the throne from many beaufitul Portuguese, Spanish and Greek beaches, other beaches on Vis could as easily enter the competition, for their beauty and location.

Numerous pebble beaches surrounded by crystal-clear open sea (Gusarica, Nova pošta, Velo žalo, Prirovo Town Beach in Vis), as well as sandy and pebble beaches in the coves of Vela Smokova, Milna, Zaglav and Stončica, are a real recipe for enjoying in your vacation,  and just like Stiniva, they are an enviously beautiful backgrouund for your next Instagram post!

3. EXPLORE THE GASTRO OASIS. Numerous world renowned travel magazines are recognizing Vis as a foodie heaven, a true paradise for gastronomy! Given that the island is adorned with a unique microclimate, rich and fertile plateau of Vis and the best fishing zone in the central Adriatic, it is no surprise that its gastro points are supplied with supertasty and healthy ingredients!

Choose between restaurants in idyllic gardens and yards, or harbor restaurants at the towns’ promenades, in the very heart of small-town life, and fill your plates with marinated grilled fish, fresh grilled squid, octopus dumplings…or some other modernly interpreted spectacle for the palate made by the hands of maestros of Vis’ cuisine!

4. MEET THE PRINCESS OF VIS. Speaking of food, it’s okay to wash all these delicacies with a quality drink, right? Do try vugava, the authentic wine sort,  which has been given such a tender Croatian name due to its fineness, quality and luxurious Mediterranean flavor! What can be better during summer heats, than a refreshing glass of wine that offers the aroma of ripe fruit? Although there are numerous discussions about this sort’s origins,

Vis is, as an island of great diffusion, enologically speaking, its gene pool, and it is really an authentic domestic sort, which profile does not match the one of any other sort in the world. The plavac mali sort, is also a very distinctive one, because, with the exception of a small area on Hvar Island, you can see vineyards of this sort only on Vis – and in the sand! Taste these wine treasures as part of the local family-owned agricultural businesses, where you can also try local liqueurs – Vis is famous for its fantastic lemon liquor limoncello, which, although it is originally an Italian product, greatly stands out by its quality from the very original!

5. REDEFINE YOUR PERCEPTION OF BLUE AND GREEEN!  Just one visit to the Blue Cave, at the neighboring islet of Biševo, and you will know exactly what we mean!

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This 16-meter-deep cave, located in the small Balun cove, is a natural phenomenon – due to its underwater vault on the south side, through which the sunlight reaches the underwater area, and then reflects right back from the sea bottom, it is bathed by this phenomenal blue light, which reaches its most beautiful shade, as the locals  will tell you, from  about 10 am to noon time.

This 16-meter-deep cave, located in the small Balun cove, is a natural phenomenon – due to its underwater vault on the south side, through which the sunlight reaches the underwater area, and then reflects right back from the sea bottom, it is bathed by this phenomenal blue light, which reaches its most beautiful shade, as the locals  will tell you, from  about 10 am to noon time.

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Natural beauty and historical heritage are just one part of the gorgeous repertoire along Split Riviera! Whether you choose to get acquainted with its cuisine, beaches or cultural and historical treasures, you are on the right track to have a fabulous experience as a tourist! Judging by the growing interest in this region, on the world tourism stage, it seems that many share our opinion, so, in order to get inspired to have a vacation perfectly in sync with your wishes, keep on reading!

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IF WE MENTIONED A SEASIDE LANDSCAPE very much alike to the one in the Portuguese Algarve region, but, from the period before it has become overcrowded with tourists? If this sentence has put a smile on your face, start your journey from the counties of Seget and Okrug, where you will find that Mediterranean charm in its most authentic form.

Friendly hosts, who mainly make their living from agriculture, fishing, shipbuilding and tourism, will accommodate you in polished-up luxury homes, designer apartments and in modernly equipped campsites, located just a few steps away from the beach, which are ideal if you travel with your family!

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For a chunk of cultural monuments that are on the must-see list, visit one of UNESCO’s pearl, the nearby-located Trogir, and enjoy discovering Master Radovan’s Portal, the Kamerlengo Tower, Ćipiko Palace and other cultural and historical gems that seem to have slipped out of an ancient a story, which is here to present a mix of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles! To grab a break and enjoy in true sea fun, visit Slatine – an idyllic fishermen’s village, and then, make sure, the next place on your travel bucket list are – Kaštela!

Get to know these 7 small towns in a somewhat unconventional way – by riding a chariot powered by two beautiful black horses! As this fabulous tour unites Kaštela’s gastronomy, wine and oil tastings, and the most attractive of the local historical and cultural heritage (such as the story of the true Romeo and Juliet from Kaštela, which, unlike the famous Shakesperean heroes, were not fictional), it will give you the perfect intro to the best of the best in these 7 charming places.

After a refreshing snack made of homemade prosciutto and cheese, olive oil, washed down with a glass of Kaštelan crljenak (authentic sort of red wine), treat yourself to a new dose of cultural treasures – go for a visit to ancient Salona, or relax all your senses in Our Lady’s Island in Solin – with its glorious greenery and idyllic vistas, along  with the murmuring of Jadro River, it will make you think of a scene straight out of paradise!

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The taste of paradise, ready to surprise your palate, awaits you in Solin’s restaurants – try the trout prepared in numerous ways, or grilled eels, and then, as you approach the heart of this region – the glorious “Flower of the Mediterranean“ – Split, your menu will be enriched by traditional dishes – pašticada, fish & meat grilled specialties (if you prefer lamb, as well as The Game of Thrones series – do not skip the neighboring Klis!), all rounded up with traditional sweet bites such as rožata, Split cake, fritule and kroštule, oh believe us – you are in for a real spectacle.

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These delicious calories need to be burned off, and the choices are many –  from a detailed  sightseeing of the old city center and the fascinating Diocletian’s Palace, which will surely be the source of some of your most popular Instagram posts, to the famous game of picigin at Bačvice Beach, or to a few laps around the most beloved green oasis in the city – Marjan Hill, or even an all-night partying at the famous Ultra Festival!

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Of course, do not forget to drink your cup of macchiato on the sun-kissed Promenade, or walk along famous Marmont’s Street – it’s all about the activities which have become sort of a non-written rule and the city’s real brand, so if you want to feel like a true citizen of Split – it’s inevitable to do all of the above!

If adrenaline activities are your favorite treat, then your next stop has to be Omiš – go on a hiking trip to its Fortica Citadel, on the top of Dinara of Omiš, and enjoy the beautiful view of the whole town, the islands of Brač, Hvar and Šolta, as well as the canyon of Cetina River, which you can get to know from another perspective – those of a bird!

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The zip line, in other words the possibility of flying on a steel rope over the glorious Cetina landscape, has become one of the most popular adrenaline activities.  If you would rather test your skills on the river rapids, try the best rafting around! However, if you want to be completely relaxed and also a bit lazy, look no further – this region unites the best of both worlds, so near these adrenaline activities sites, there are also attractive locations where you can spend your time on the beach! The coastal belt that connects Stobreč, Podstrana, Duće, Stanići, Mimice and Pisak, is the ideal getaway for guests looking for an alluring package combining tons of sun and crystal clear sea. Your only task? Reserve your spot on time!

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