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DASH OF WORLD’S GLAMOR IN DREAMY COURT OF SPLIT’S PERIVOJ

Designers, models, photographers, fashion icons, world-famous bloggers, an entire pleiad of publicly  famous names will shine on the one & only red carpet in Croatia on June 05th in the fairy-tale court of Split’s Perivoj, where the second prestigious presentation of  My Global Fashion Awards will be held.

Who will take the title of best designer of men’s or women’s clothing, who will be the “best model 2018” and who be celebrated as fashion icon – we will find out  in less than a week, at the biggest fashion event.

There are five categories of nominees, yet the number of nominated people was significantly higher so  the expert jury members –  Nenad Korkut, Zvona Vučković, Neda Makjanić-Kunić, Josip Grabovac, Marco Consoli and Vanja Ljubić had not an easy task to pick the best ones.

The categories in which we already know the new owners of the award statuettes are  “Life Achievement and Contribution to Fashion” , which will be awarded to Tihana Harapin Zalepugin and the “Fashion Icon” category, which will be awarded to Judita Franković,  by the jury’s direct decision.

The other nominees in five categories , will be kept on tenterhooks  for a few more days, says Gianna Apostolski, organizer and founder of My Global Fashion Awards.

There are reasons for that too, as the names of  nominees were carefully selected, so in the category “Men’s Fashion Designer“, Toni Rico, Anthony Avangard and Tomislav Bahorić will compete, and in the women’s version of the award, the competitors are Twins, Loredana Bahorić and Arileo.

The competition is strong in other categories as well, in the one for best designer of fashion accessories – Sovilj, Grubić Design and Tamara Bombardeli, and int he category of  “Fashion photographer 2018” the race will be decided between Mare Milin, our local force from Split – Bruna Kazinoti and Filip Koludrović.

Gordana Dude, Ana Lea Janžić and Drago Pezić are competing for the title “Model 2018” and the main prize of the MGF Award will be kept as the biggest secret till the award ceremony, which is also the highest award of this event.

Like last year,  this year’s event as well includes guests from different countries of the world, and some of them will receive direct awards in certain categories.

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We must point out that the award for “MGF blogger 2018” will be awarded  to the world-renowned blogger Tamara Kalinić, who works with world-famous designers and brands and has just launched her own sunglasses line named So Shady, worn by Camila Coelho, Janice Joostema, Sophia Smith and many others.
This year, a special MGFs Master Tailor 2018 Award  will be appointed to the hands of the famous Italian Luca Moritto, a junior member of the old academy founded in 1575 in Rome.

The Oscar-styled program will be hosted  by actor Slavko Sobin and tv columnist, comedian and radio host Andrea Andrassy, ​​while the famous radio host Ines Nosić, will be reporting from the red carpet.

All those who will have the honor of attending the awards ceremony, will be able to treat their taste buds with delicious dishes of our chefs Hrvoje Zirojević, Braco Sanjin and Ivan Pažanin, supported by the gastro-partner Tommy.

Let’s not forget that the fun continues even on the next day, during the fabulous MGF Party on Palmižana at Laganini Lounge Bar, where only selected guests will enjoy in the sea, sun, top quality food, drinks and good entertainment.

“I lived in direct contact with the history tailoring  thanks to the  Marchesini brothers and I want that this connection remains a guideline for my professionalism. I will follow my own style, support my creativity, but from the roots of trade born from the hands of great people, I will draw out the beauty that knows how to overcome  time, “said the young talented Italian.


The Oscar-styled program will be hosted  by actor Slavko Sobin and tv columnist, comedian and radio host Andrea Andrassy, ​​while the famous radio host Ines Nosić, will be reporting from the red carpet.


All those who will have the honor of attending the awards ceremony, will be able to treat their taste buds with delicious dishes of our chefs Hrvoje Zirojević, Braco Sanjin and Ivan Pažanin, supported by the gastro-partner Tommy.


Let’s not forget that the fun continues even on the next day, during the fabulous MGF Party on Palmižana at Laganini Lounge Bar, where only selected guests will enjoy in the sea, sun, top quality food, drinks and good entertainment.

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The ninth annual Cetina Adventure Race does not need a special introduction for true adventurists. Year after year it becomes more attractive to adrenaline junkies, as well as those who enjoy breath-taking natural beauty. The Race tests one’s physical and mental abilities and teamwork, while the backdrops of Visoka, Visošnica, Kamešnica, Dinara and Svilaja mountains and the Sutina and Cetina river canyons reward all competitors participating in the race. 

Date: Sinj, June 8 2019. at 7 a.m. i 5 p.m.

The race consists of 3 disciplines

One of them is trekking, which also contains canyoning. While the point of trekking is to find the shortest possible route, canyoning requires the competitors to exclusively use the canyon from the entry to the exit point, which is determined by the organizer. 

Besides trekking and canyoning, the participants will compete in kayaking and mountain biking. The layout of the track and the control points is kept in secret until the technical meeting, which will take place a day before the race. The organizers only hinted at one detail: the mountain biking part of the race will be over 50 km long (out of the total 100 km length of the race).

The start is at 7:00 (handing over of equipment will be between 5:30 and 6:30 at the starting line). The organizer retains the right to change the starting hour if necessary. 
The technical meeting will take place the day before the race from 17:10 until 19:00 (included in the meeting will be the handing out of starting packages) and the location is to be announced to all participants in an email.

The race will take place on 7 June 2018. The start and finish line are in front of the Youth Center (Piccadilly disco club). Men’s, women’s and mixed teams can participate in the race. The maximum number of teams is the first 30 ones to apply.

The teams that do not make the cut are put as reserves in case some of those applied cancel their participation. The time limit to complete the race is 14 hours.

For all additional information contact  Cetina AdventureFacebook page.

City Challenge Cetina Adventure

Apart from the Cetina Adventure Race popular among the physically ready adrenaline junkies, the “Cetina Adventure” adventure sports club also organizes the City Challenge Cetina Adventure, open for participation for all, regardless of age and fitness condition.

The challenge is designed so that the participants have to discover certain points around the town of Sinj with the help of a map and directions. The city challenge can be completed in 30 minutes, or at walking pace with children, within the timeframe of 2 hours. The recipe is simple: you are all invited to have fun and discover the hidden nooks of the town under Kamičak. A good time in good company is guaranteed!

The city challenge will take place on 8 June. The starting and finish line will be in front of the Youth Center (Piccadilly disco club). The track is 8 kilometers long and there are a number of categories for participating – the adult categories (male and female) and children categories. Maximum number of participants is 500 and the time limit to complete the race is 2 hours. 

The start of the race is at 17:00. The organizer retains the right to change the starting schedule if necessary. A technical meeting will take place an hour before the start, at 16:00.

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IF IN AN AFTERNOON WALK THROUGH STUNNING SPLIT’S CITY CORE you find groups of tourists gazing at Papalićeva street and Diocletian Cellars as if they are looking for something, there’s a great chance you bumped into ardent fans of the most watched series of all times – Game of Thrones!

LOOK FOR ATTRACTIVE LOCATIONS – IT’S WORTH THE EFFORT! These mega popular TV series have put our Dalmatia on a map of attractive film locations of the world; although it has always been attractive for sharp artistic eyes (just remember Winnetou and a mastermind enchanted by Zadar – Hitchcock!).

And while emblematic Dubrovnik Walls and baroque stairway, which act as King’s Landing in fantasy world of Game of Thrones are easily recognizable, just like cellars of Diocletian Palace – the center of Queen Daenerys’ power with dragons and a throne; stone alley in Split where slave mutiny occurred, Klis – conquered town of Meereen and locations on the area of Kašte Gomilica and Žrnovnica are somewhat more difficult to recognize as filming sets.

Nevertheless, they’re worth searching for, while recently opened Game of Thrones Museum in the centre of Split, with over 300 realistic exhibits on 100 m2 will make every true fan tremble with excitement!

DO NOT MISS A THING. To stop you from aimless wandering about, Tourist Board of Split-Dalmatia County has prepared an attractive map of shooting locations of Game of Thrones.

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Leading man of County’s tourism, Joško Stella, proudly points out that the region is advertised on numerous tourist fairs as an attractive Game of Thrones destination and that the arrival of great number of tourists was motivated exactly by this series. .

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“In the last two years, Tourist Board of Split-Dalmatia County has presented itself as an exceptional location for enjoying in filming sets – first of all of Game of Thrones, but also other series and films that were filmed on its area, like Mamma Mia – says director Stella, pleased with the non-declining interest for visits to significant locations, regardless of the end of the last season.

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If you do not want to explore by yourselves, choose attractive theme tours offered by local agencies, which will make sure you don’t miss any important detail! Tours include visits to Diocletian’s Cellars, Klis fort, Kaštel Gomilica (which became city on the sea Braavos in the series) and idyllic mills of Žrnovnica that perfectly blended in the scene of Missandei’s bathing in green oasis.

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Each tour, depending on the price and duration, includes at least two attractive locations, while we especially like the one that includes – all four of them – with a truly royal treatment! Apart from covering Diocletian’s Palace, Žrnovnica, Kaštel Gomilica and Klis, it ends in the tastiest way ever – with traditional Dalmatian dish under the baking lid in real Game of Thrones ambience!

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VISIT A MUSEUM THAT TURNS FAN’S HEADS! But, to get a great insight into the characters (in natural size!) and attractive props and clothes – you don’t have to go too far!

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Emblematic Split’s Bosanska Street, at the very heart of Split, together with souvenir shops, small charming jewelry shops and typical Mediterranean ambience, since May also has fantastic Game of Thrones Museum, which has completely attracted the attention of fans!

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This is not surprising since at the very entrance you will be welcomed by one of Daenerys’ dragons, while the entire space smells like cedar, jasmine and lavender; with dark painted walls that perfectly evoke a bit of a gloomy atmosphere of the series!

But, not to reveal just everything, set out to this fan ‘gold mine’ in 9 Bosanska Street, and don’t forget to take a few wacky photos and collect piles of likes on social media!

More: www.dalmatia.hr

Photo: www.dalmatia.hr , Game of Thrones promo photos


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.

More:  www.dalmatia.hr

Photo: www.dalmatia.hr

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?

More: www.dalmatia.hr

Photo: www.dalmatia.hr , archive TB Central Dalmatia

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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Vrijeme održavanja: 6. i 7. travnja 2019.

THE 2019 SWIMRUN SEASON STARTS ON APRIL 6 & 7

On April 6 & 7 the 2019 Swimrun season will start with a blast. ÖTILLÖ Hvar in Croatia will have the biggest starting field until date and with many of the absolute best teams in the world.

The last five months have been long and it seems as if the start of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series has been longed for.

ÖTILLÖ Hvar, off the Croatian coast is the ideal setting to start the season. Spring weather, crystal- clear waters and beautiful race courses over the whole weekend. More than 400 racers from more than 20 nations will travel to participate and to get the season started.

THE 2019 ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN WORLD SERIES

The following races are the confirmed 2019 World Series races. One more might be added towards the end of the season.

Each of these races act as qualifiers and also generate ranking points towards ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship; which is always held on the first Monday of September in the Stockholm Archipelago.

The races:


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The World Championship

  • ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship (14th edition) 2 September 2019 Images from 2018
  • 75 km over and between 26 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago
  • Renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world (CNN 2012)

AN ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN WEEKEND

An ÖTILLÖ Swimrun weekend is a full immersion into the sport of swimrun and its community. You can now be either a beginner or elite and find the right race for you.

We usually have around 20 nations participating over the weekend with 400+ racers.

We start the Friday afternoon with a #cleantheocean activity where we spend an hour picking garbage from beaches and land in the vicinity of the start & finish area.

On Saturdays we have our Sprint Experience races. These you can either do as a team (two persons) or solo.

The Sprint is approx. 15 km and the Experience is approx. 7 km. These two races really make it possible for any one to participate. The courses are fun and the camraderie is great. If you want to be competitive the front of the Sprint moves quite fast.

On Sundays we have the World Series event which is approx. 42 km It serves as a qualifier for the World Championship. These events can only be done as a team.

This means that a weekend gives an opportunity for anyone to either try swimrun for the first time or to be extremely competitive all under a world- class organization.

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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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DID YOU KNOW that Omiš is a true source of sports adrenaline?

This picturesque town – as if engraved in rocks that rise mighty above it – is recorded in history as a pirate’s town. Omiš’s monarchs Kačići were famous for piracy, and so courageous that they used to reach even Boka Kotorska and Italy with their boats!

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This dynamic and energetic town’s spirit has been preserved even till today, and instead of pirate activity, it has been turned into an abundance of adrenaline contents. Therefore, if you wish to stride along the same steps where pirates would rush upon spotting Venetian ships, tackle the Cetina river rapids or take a tour of its canyon from a highly interesting point of view (bird’s view) stay with our lines!

FIND INSPIRATION IN – “A MILLION DOLLAR” – VIEW! One cannot tell a story of Omiš without mentioning forts Fortica and Mirabela, symbols of town and its rich history. Fortica fort, on the very top of Omiš’s Dinara, can be reached by excellently marked road starting at the centre of the town and leading through Baučići.

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About an hour long walk to the top will award you with a beautiful view of the entire town, the Cetina river canyon and the islands of Brač, Hvar and Šolta. No less impressive is a viewpoint of Mirabela fort, which dates back to 13th century and offers a view of Omiš and the entire Brač’s Channel! You can reach it by very narrow steps, so if you’re not in your top climbing shape, be extremely careful both while climbing and descending! And one more thing, do not forget your camera – ”million dollar” views offered by these stone beauties will be an excellent addition for your Facebook or Instagram timeline!

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TACKLE RIVER RAPIDS. Active vacation enthusiasts will not find it hard to set out to Omiš even from the most remoted places in order to enjoy in rafting on the Cetina, marked as the very best in the area by many! Tackle the river rapids – adrenaline rapid Z that brings your adventure to the fever pitch and Javornica through which you have to squeeze as through an eye of a needle!

Indulge yourself with an unforgettable experience of going thorough small, magic Studenci waterfall, and enjoy in wilderness sightseeing on calmer parts – crystal clear waters are swirling with fish, ducks are swimming calmly, and somewhat rarer but equally interesting guests can be turtles and sea dragonflies! With expert skippers you will tackle even the most demanding parts of the river, popularly called labyrinths; peek into a place called Tisne stine (Narrow rocks) where famous movie Winetou was filmed, and the whole adventure will be captured with a camera of a professional photographer. Besides rafting, both kayaking as canoeing will enable you to take a peek into the most hidden places, and we especially like bathing under Velika and Mala Gubavica waterfalls!

ZIP LINE – ADRENALINE BOMB FOR THE MOST DEARING! Wild beauty of the Cetina canyon can be enjoyed from a totally different perspective – for above! Zip line is an activity made popular several years ago, and it keeps attracting all the more visitors!

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Namely, it is a flight over the rocky Cetina landscape with the use of a steel rope. One of the most interesting reviews of this exciting activity was left by an elderly gentleman from Great Britain, who rated it with 5 stars, with a comment: ”You only live once!”

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He said that with this “venture” his grandchildren were immensely amused, and for the next couple of days all he did was relax, with a bear! If you’re not afraid of heights, and you would like a tour which is all but conventional, dare to try this adrenaline treat, hugely praised by satisfied users on numerous foreign travel portals.

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