Tag

Featured

Browsing

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

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

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

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

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

2. Omiš Pirates

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

3. Pirate Battle

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

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

4.Makarska Battle

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

5. Arsenal in Hvar

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

6. Vis Battle

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

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

More: www.dalmatia.hr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More: www.dalmatia.hr

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

Split-Dalmatia Tourist Board is very active in supporting projects that lead to continuous development and strengthening of tourist offer, especially that of pre- and post-season.

Wise consideration and design of numerous manifestations and quality events are becoming a precondition for development of year-round tourism. Importance of investing in important themes that are to enhance this kind of offer has been recognized this year as well by Expert Committee of the Tourist Board.

Therefore, 400 thousand kunas of non-refundable funds have been given in 2019 as a strong boost and a mighty financial support to several top events and manifestations. Great number of participants, praises of foreign and national media and great feedback have shown that these assets reached good cause. And the most important thing, the focus of tourist offer has been widened outside the prime season. Furthermore, it also ensured an excellent path for positioning Split-Dalmatia County as one of the main subjects of destination tourism.

  1. Dalmatia Ultra-Trail 2019

    4th edition of this event has presented Dalmatia to the world as a hit destination of sports tourism, and gave to Omiš town, since it is a central place of the event, a nickname of Cradle of Croatian trekking and trail.

More than 900 runners from 30 countries participated in this international race, who brought back to their homes the best possible postcard from Croatia encompassing even 5 mountains, three rivers and numerous historical and cultural localities on the area between Kaštela and Tučepi.

2. Thrill Blues Festival After only three years of this festival Trilj has become a centre of blues, transforming Cetina region into a mecca of excellent music.

This exceptional cultural manifestation each year gets more and more accompanying events, like blues workshops for children, book presentations and concerts of national and foreign renowned blues masters.

3. In honour of Croatian music

Weeks after it was held, concert To je moja zemlja (It’s my country) on Split’s Poljud was the main topic. Praises kept coming, not only for performances of the greatest national names and legends of Croatian music scene, but also because of charity for Split hospital. It was a gathering of the greatest Croatian music performers, but also an eruption of emotions that shook the entire Poljud stadium.

 4. WTA Croatia Bol Open
Tennis tournament in Bol on Brač has crossed Croatian borders long time ago, thus introducing Bol as a destination with multi-profile contents.

This year also, a place famous for one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, has been visited by numerous guests, who were welcomed by a tourist message – that the entire place lives for tennis. Same as the tournament and tennis live with the entire community.

5. 53rd Festival of Dalmatian A-Capella Singing Groups Every year on a small Omiš square same thing happens – the song. True, original, Dalmatian, a-capella, polyphonic and unique, recognized as an ultra-cultural event and a tourist treat.

Omiš festival of a-capella singing groups is a recognizable manifestation with its loyal audience and music that promotes the spirit of Dalmatia in a genuine music genre.

6. Split half Marathon

Sunny streets of Split hosted 2810 runners; 2450 in races of half marathon and relay race half marathon, and 360 in “Trophy of Slobodna Dalmacija” race.

In this popular sports event numerous famous people have participated, amongst them respectable politicians, athletes, persons from cultural and public life. This year’s edition will be remembered by co-operation with Moscow marathon, whose representatives participated both in the race and the fair.

7. Sinj Alka 

A battle of chivalry, strength, skills, a demonstration of a steady hand, eagle eye, a folk celebration, a not-to-miss event: all this is Sinj Alka, whose this year’s winner is Frano Ivković from Brnaze.

He will be remembered for two scores in the centre and his statement that he has to thank his Luna and steady gallop for his victory.

8. CRO Race 2019

Cycling world has excitedly kept track of this year’s edition of international professional cycling stage race, which brought to our roads top names of this sports discipline.

Also, it sent fabulous postcards from beautiful localities of Croatian continental and coastal area.

9. Pirate Battle Omiš 2019

Over the years Omiš pirate battle has been transformed into a unique tourist attraction, with over ten thousand spectators.

It is an incredible manifestation in which a great number of costumed people participate, offering the spectators a vivid presentation of strength, courage and chivalry of Omiš ancestors and a victory over superior Venetian enemies.

More: www.dalmatia.hr

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

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

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

The first 5 star hotel on Hvar

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

Gallery image of this property

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ova slika ima prazan alt atribut ; naziv datoteke je slika14_1.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

More: www.suncanihvar.com

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

stari-grad_1_1
  1. Late summer and early autumn is the best time for sailing – the time that we feel more and more air, the darkness falls more quickly, the sun continues to shine during the day, but the nights are much fresher and slowly starting to spread from the households are the tempting scents of the winter that is in the making!
Related image

The experienced sea wolves know very well that this, alongside late spring, is the most enjoyable time for their favourite activity – sailing!

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

Image result for uskršnja regata

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

_dsf9203_1

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

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

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

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

Image result for Vinogradišće

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

Image result for SVETA NEDELJA RESTORAN HVAR

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

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

Stari Grad

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

Fotografija Visit Jelsa.

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

Image result for jelsa vina

More: www.dalmatia.hr

Photo: www.dalmatia.hr, croatia.hr, archive of tourist boards of island Hvar, Pointers Travel 

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

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

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

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

juzna-strana-solte-u-blizini-uvale-jorja_1

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

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

uvala-senjska_1

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

leomar-diving-center-1_1

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

Image result for brač ronjenje

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

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

Image result for brač ronjenje

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

Image result for vis ronjenje

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

Image result for vis ronjenje

More: www.dalmatia.hr

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

DISCOVER ADRENALINE ACTIVITIES WITH SPLIT MARK – MARJAN HILL IS A HIDDEN JEWEL OF ACTIVE VACATION!

DID YOU KNOW THAT EMBLEMATIC MARJAN HILL IN SPLIT – favourite locals’ destination for pleasant relaxation, swimming or a nice family walk – has its wild side as well?

Before you even begin to imagine wild beasts wandering around – the word wild is used to depict its great options for those in love with extreme sports!

If you fall into this category, allow us to present 5 top activities you can engage in on favourite Split’s hill – unavoidable part of almost every of the town’s panoramic image!

Marjan Park Forest

1. SET OUT ON SEVERAL HOURS LONG HIKING TOUR. Apart from comfy clothes and shoes and much required refreshment, for this adventure you’ll have to be in a pretty good shape!

Marjan Park Forest

You will enjoy in sightseeing of picturesque medieval churches and former hermit’s dwellings – not to mention an enchanting view of the entire town and its surroundings (from Vidilica belvedere) and of nearby islands (from a bit higher view points)!

We especially like church of St. Jeronim under steep cliffs. It is believed that praying in front of it will make your wishes come true, while nearby there is hermit’s cave where St. Jere used to stay, a patron saint of theologians, students, translators and Dalmatia!

Split sea kayaking

2. SAIL AROUND MARJAN – IN A KAYAK! A view (from the sea!) of recognizable Split panorama and imposing images of Kozjak and Mosor mountains is what awaits you if you set out on a kayak tour!

SEA KAYAKINGS SPLIT CROATIA

According to one’s preferences, paddling can be enriched by exploring great diving locations, or jumping into the sea from a chosen cliff. An extra tip: it would be a shame not to capture these great moments, so ask your friends to take a couple of shots – perfect for your social media news feed!

Sea Kayaking in Split
Rock climbing Split

3. TRY ROCK CLIMBING. For those who rather stick to the land, Marjan Hill has great climbing locations, suitable both for beginners and somewhat more experienced climbers.

Rock climbing Split

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

Rock climbing Split

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

Deep Water Solo and Cliff Jumping Split Croatia

4. DISCOVER DEEP WATER SOLO. Friendly Adriatic Sea enables you to engage carelessly in this activity. For those who are not familiar with this relatively new and extremely exciting climbing discipline – you are climbing on vertical and hanging cliffs above the sea,

Deep Water Solo and Cliff Jumping Split Croatia

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

Stand up paddling Split

5. TRY SURFING WITH A PADDLE! Connoisseurs say that it is the fastest growing sport today – not surprisingly! Jump onto your SUP board and enjoy in a view of numerous sights – Bene and Kašjuni beach, Tito’s villa or even impressive cliffs on the south side of  Marjan Hill.

Stand up paddling Split

More: www.dalmatia.hr

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

They went any length even against the Pope, their fast boats were a thorn in Venetian’s side, and not one ship could pass without paying them fee

Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting and outdoor

Not much is needed for happiness, a saying familiar to the owner of a house where even today stays a writing Thank you Lord for my presence on this world. Locals especially like it, tourists find it attractive, so the house got a name The House of a Happy Man.

Image result for Kuća sretnog čovjeka

Relaxed lifestyle, perfect climate and beautiful landscape shaped by the Cetina canyon, the sea and Dinara mountain make Omiš people truly fortunate. Their town is not just another attractive holiday destination on the Adriatic, but also a place of rich cultural heritage.

Pirates, Omiš

The Nemesis of Split and Dubrovnik Historians would probably start from the beginning – two thousand years ago when Cetina mouth was being inhabited. But, we’ll skip all those centuries of long and turbulent past and take you to 12th and 13th century, in time of Kačić princes who had the most famous pirate fleet on the Adriatic. Striking everyone with fear, Omiš’s pirates charged free sailing to everyone who passed their town.

For almost two centuries they ruled this part of the Adriatic while attacking merchant ships of great maritime cities of Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor and Venice. They didn’t even flinch before Pope’s galleys sailing to Palestine. It was pope Honorius III who lost the First Crusade against Omiš people in 1221. 60 years later, in the Second Crusade, fought by Venetians on behalf of the Pope, Omiš pirates weren’t so lucky. Not long after the lost battle Kačičs retrieved from the town, defeated and weakened, but not giving up piracy for a long time.

Image result for mirabella omiš

It resisted the battles, but not a thunderstroke

As a permanent reminder of famous history above the old town stands fortress Mirabela– former pirate lookout from which entire Brač channel is visible, ensuring that no ship passes unspotted. Thanks to Byzantine coin found in its foundations its construction is dated back to the 13th century.

Image result for mirabella omiš

Those foundations resisted numerous battles and wars, but not a thunderstorm 30 years ago, when a thunder stroke at the top of the fortress and demolished it completely. Today it is restored into its original shape and is a favourite tourist site. It is most easily reached by steps that start at Omiš’s largest church – St. Michael’s.

Image result for omiš gusari

The biggest summer manifestation in Dalmatia

Although they’ve given up piracy centuries ago, Omiš people still keep their sea agility, which is confirmed every 18 August. On this day more than ten thousand visitors from all over the world come to Omiš to enjoy in history revived and reconstruction of Pirate Battle between Omiš people and Venetians. Apart from Omiš’s pirates many historical groups take part in this manifestation: Dubrovnik Trombunjeri, Klis Uskoks, Knight’s society Kumpanija from Blato on Korčula, Župski Gospari, Pirates from Župa Dubrovačka and Cultural Society St. Juraj, Poljica.

More: www.dalmatia.hr

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

Bike&hike, big game fishing, sailing, diving, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horse-riding, paintball, zip line – possibilities are endless and only one life to live!  In Central Dalmatia they live it up to the hilt!

Beauty is in the movement – claim recreationists, sportsmen and active vacation enthusiasts. It offers a sense of freedom, makes you push the boundaries, open new vistas, feel pleasure, fulfilment and bursts of energy.

Image result for visit split marjan

All it takes to experience real adventure is to get out of your comfort zone – Split-Dalmatia County is one of the rare places that offers extremely wide range of possibilities for this.

Slow down, what’s the hurry? Surprisingly, this well-known saying in Dalmatia depicts contemporary adventurers the best. They don’t rush around a destination, spending their vacation in superficial, fast-paced tours. On the contrary, they truly soak up the atmosphere of a destination, often taking two or three days for hanging out with locals to be shown places they otherwise would never visit.

They enjoy in wild beauty of Dalmatian Zagora, leisure island lifestyle, discover rich heritage of coastal towns – some even on a bike. With a total of 128 cycling roads Split-Dalmatia County is one of the most desired cycling destinations.

Visitors’ goals vary from conquering mountain peaks, testing one’s fitness on hilly terrains, riding along the Cetina valley or near Red and Blue Lake, discovering old churches and architecture; whatever your aim is, you’ll have a priceless experience!

Image result for hotspots.net.hr sutivan

For those not afraid to get off the beaten track Guests in search of active vacation are most often environmentally conscious so they avoid asphalt and prefer to move along macadam and country roads. True challenge present hiking and mountaineering roads, which Central Dalmatia abounds in.

Spending time in nature makes you environmentally conscious, develops sense for natural habitats and your own health and helps to reduce noise and pollution – claim those in favour of bike&hike tourism, who find Central Dalmatia an absolute hit!

Biokovo, Dinara, Vidova gora…are hikers’ and free climbers’ favourite destinations, while experienced riders enjoy in famous equestrian clubs in Dalmatian Zagora, often choosing extended tours that last for several days.

Image result for promajna

It’s easier in a team Calm sea is a unique experience if you choose kayaking, and they say that it’s best to do it on Brač, Hvar and Vis. For sailing some wind comes in handy – together with an experienced skipper to take you to most secret Dalmatian bays.

Those in love with big game fishing have discovered Dalmatia as well, while divers have been familiar with it for a while now, so there is an abundance of diving centres to take you to a dive of your life. Whoever visited the Cetina was breath-taken. From its spring in Zagora to its mouth in Omiš, it conquers with its beauty along all 104 kilometres.

Related image

For years it has been a number one destination for rafting and canoeing, equally enjoyed by the domestic and foreign visitors; don’t worry about your fitness level – all’s easier in a team!

Related image

Zip line – an experience to remember Those who are afraid of heights will miss one of the most beautiful views of the Cetina river. Descending along 2 100 metres long steel rope above the river in Omiš is really a thing anyone can do.

Believe us, you’re well-secured, you get a short training and as a bonus – a walk in beautiful nature.

Fear is to be overcome – say experienced adventurers who slide along Omiš’s zip line with the greatest ease. Listen to them and do not miss an experience to remember for the rest of your life!

More: www.dalmatia.hr

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

Do you believe in magic? If you come to Zagreb, you will see that we do. The old name of our city – Agram – says it all.

Wherever you go, there is a gram of Zagreb’s most beautiful stories waiting for you. So, let us take you for a “špancirancija” with your local storyteller – Purgerica (“lady from Zagreb”), a licenced tourist guide in our capital.

Now, what is a “špancirancija”? It is a sort of an old Zagreb slang word, derived from German, and it means a promenade-style, galant walk. And when we say galant, we mean Zagreb-in-the-Orient-Express-era-galant. Imagine this – the year is 1929, you have just stepped down from your train at Zagreb’s Central Rail Station, the first thing you see is a gorgeous green park, with neo-classic palaces embracing it, a fountain humming in its centre, and a golden-yellow Art Padillion at the top of the park, waiting for your visit.

First old cars are slowly driving by, a man in a top hat is offering you a carriage ride. But no, you must go – you have arranged to meet your friends at the decadent art-deco hotel, built for the guests of the Orient Express. As you enjoy on its terrace, shaded by unusual red-flowered chestnut trees, gossip stories come to your ears. The famous Josephine Baker is in Zagreb. Welcome to “Servus My Fair Zagreb”, a themed walking tour, inspired by Zagreb’s crazy, jazzy, decadent 1920s and 30s!

In Zagreb, it is always a good time to stop time. And then travel through it, by the magic of words, paired with the fine craft of storytelling and some of Zagreb’s most famous Down Town sites. Let Purgerica tell you how time stopped at the very end of the 19th century, when the Grand Earthquake hit our capital, and forever changed its image, to a Viennese-like city, which will simply steal your heart with its hidden old-school charm. This tour will take you from the Grand Central Station, along Zagreb’s most famous park – Zrinjevac, which turned from a muddy farmers market into the most wanted zone for to “see, and to be seen”.

The mix of historical facts, interesting details from the lives of old Zagrebians, gossip and legends, will tell you how we built the first cafeteria and hotel, why does coffee in modern-day Zagreb have to last at least one hour, where did we enjoy Sunday matinee concerts on the open, dressed up elegantly for the occasion, and what kind of a huge scandal was brought on by a “mushroom” which was waisting too much water. Did you write something with a pen today? Great.

Purgerica will take you to see where  Slavoljub Penkala, the famous inventor of the first mechanical pencil, lived and what exactly did he eat for breakfast every single morning at 10 am. Following the rails of the old-horse tram, you might hear about the elegant, first-ever department store in Zagreb, taste some authentic, vintage candy, wrapped in red velvet, and hopelessly fall in love with Zagreb’s Green Horseshoe, as it once was. 

If we sparked interest and you would like to take the “Servus My Fair Zagreb” tour, visit Purgerica’s  Facebook and Instagram page or contact her via email purgerica@yahoo.com or via text, Whatsapp, Viber or call the number: +385 91 6363 661.

Welcome to the city with a storytelling spirit!

End your day in the best possible way with the combination of swimming, snorkeling, cliff jumping and amazing views of the sun setting behind the mountain while you paddle around the Marjan
Park peninsula.

Your tour starts with a safety briefing and some basic paddling instructions before launching into the Adriatic Sea for the best summer activity in Split.

This amazing small group adventure will take you around Marjan Park peninsula where you will enjoy amazing views of Kaštela bay and the surrounding mountains while your guide shares lots of
fun local facts about Split and Dalmatia.

After reaching the stop point of your tour you will be able to enjoy some cliff jumping, snorkeling and take a lot of photos with the underwater camera supplied by the guide.

Refreshed from the swim, you will paddle back to your starting point listening to music while the sun sets behind the mountains, creating an amazing and breathtaking view for your everlasting memory from this tour.

Price per person: 36 € / 270 kn

Minimum number of persons: 2

Location: Split / Marjan park

Duration: 3-4 h

Trail length: 10 km

Difficulty: easy / moderate

Previous experience: not necessary

Kids on tour: please let us know if there will be children on the tour as they must be accompanied by the adults

Minimum age: 12

Availability: May at 15:00, June, July and August at 16:00 and September at 15:00. This tour can be booked as private on request.

What to bring: a towel, bathing suit, hat, sunglasses, spare t-shirt, wet shoes, sunscreen, refreshing drink (min.1,5 l ) and underwater camera

Price includes: Kayaking and snorkeling gear, licensed tour guide,education on safety and basics of paddling,watertight barrel for your belongings, insurance, transfer from and to the meeting point ( Split city center ), photos from the tour, music.

Given2Fly Adventures
Pujanke 65, 21000 Split
M: +385 98 408 123

Webgiven2flyadventures.com

You’ve probably heard about the famous Imotski lakes – the red one and the blue one, which will be listed on the UNESCO Geoparks list in 2020. But did you know that this area is generally full of lakes, which don’t have roads leading to them, but are great locations for active holidays, hiking and sightseeing?

Image result for tz imotski
Blue Lake

And best of all, they are surrounded by many sinkholes, hillforts, dry lakes, hills, cascading vineyards and archeological sites – in other words, a lot of content for nature lovers and historical heritage! Therefore, why not explore the magical world of the Dalmatian hinterland? If you are looking for a great idea for an interesting trip, let our text serve as an inspiration for you!

Image result for imotski modro jezero
Blue Lake

Frenchman Frederic Swierczynski reached the bottom of one lake back in 2017 and provided Imotski locals with a historic moment – with a dive right down to the bottom of the mysterious Red Lake at a depth of 245 metres!

Image result for tz imotski
Red Lake

This venture was not at all without considerable danger, due to a number of significant factors – first of all, to reach a dive position, it requires considerable mountaineering skills and involves a number of potential dangers – among other things, gases which we don’t know the behaviour of at certain depths.

But the adrenaline lover from Jacques Cousteau’s home country didn’t want to give up – with the heartfelt help (and the thunderous applause!) of locals, a diving club and mountaineering company who also did a lion’s share of the work, he solved the mystery which was thousands of years old – we now know much more about the underwater world of this karst phenomenon, about the organisms living at great depths, sponges, sediment, water…

Image result for imotski modro jezero

By the way, the Red Lake is named after the colour of the steep cliffs that surround it, and the people around it are the subject of many legends, especially the one about Gavan’s castle (inquire about it with the hospitable locals!). The mysterious character of the Red Lake is also compounded by the fact that you simply can’t throw a pebble into it – give it a try and let us know if you succeeded!

Image result for modro jezero

The Imotski Tourist Board has posted a four-minute-long promotional video on their YouTube channel, showing the amazing beauty of Imotski’s lakes. In addition to the Imotski Tourist Board, the video is also promoted by the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Split – Dalmatia County Tourist Board, the promotional video will also be featured at several European tourist film festivals.

Image result for modro jezero
Blue Lake

The lakes are as if they have been divided – while the Red Lake is dark and inaccessible, and most admire it from afar, except for a few true lovers who have decided to tackle it (Frederic claims to have dived into many waters around the world, but the Red Lake completely fascinated him!), the Blue Lake is more ‘’gentle’’ and is also accessible for swimming.

Image result for GALIPOVAC
Galipovac

Treat yourself to a great break from the classic sea and beach package and bathe in this lake of a truly magical colour, and if you find yourself in Imotski when it dries up, play football with the locals at its very bottom!

Lesser known, but no less beautiful are Lokvičićko Lake (or Mamić Lake), Knezović Lake and Galipovac.

Image result for MAMIĆA JEZERO
Mamić lake

Together with the Imotski field (Imotsko polje) and the opposite Prološko lake, this trefoil of lakes makes a unique whole. In addition to the most famous and largest of them all, Galipovac, there are vistas and landing sites, while Mamić and Knezović are lakes, although they are much smaller in terms of their surface area, their inaccessibility and surrounding environment are similar to that of the Red Lake.

Image result for imotski zeleno jezero
Green lake

And the real star among the less developed lakes of the Imotski area is the Green Lake – because of its beautiful, icy turquoise green, it has attracted foreign filmmakers as well as numerous guests who agree on one thing: ‘’This is not a trendy trip, but it is worth the effort.’’

‘’A great environment and hiking opportunities!’’.

If you want to find out what the magic is all about, get the team together and head over to Imotski this weekend!

More: www.dalmatia.hr

Photo: www.dalmatia.hr, TB Imotski

Our lacework of a coastline is rich with pearly beaches with crystal clear water, the beauty of which simply leaves you breathless!

Don’t just document them. To help you choose the one that suits you best, we have prepared a list of the 6 most beautiful ones for you, and we have a tip – although these beauties will surely enhance your news feed on popular social networks, don’t just document them.

Make relaxation a priority – don’t forget to enjoy it!

Image result for zlatni rat hot spots
  1. Zlatni rat (Golden horn) beach

This pebbled beauty is also officially the most beautiful beach in the world – according to the travel gurus of the Big 7 travel portal, who are otherwise tireless searchers for the most attractive Instagram-friendly locations in the world. The beach is part of the distinctive view of Bol and a favourite place for surfers and swimmers from around the world!

Fine gold pebbles deposited around a submarine ridge, whose tip is constantly changing under the influence of the waves and the currents, like some sort of tongue extending almost half a kilometre out vertically into the sea.

Image result for lovrečina

2. Lovrečina bay on the island of Brač

Tucked between Postira and Pučišća, this beach isn’t special only because of the fact that it is a large sandy beach, it’s also an archeological site! After swimming, culture lovers can cast their eyes on the remains of the former Basilica of St. Lawrence from 5th and 6th centuries!

Image result for palmižana

3. Palmižana – Discover the magic of the Pakleni islands. What would any top 10 be like without our sunniest island, Hvar?

Image result for palmižana

The island of Klement in the Hvar archipelago hides this sand and pebble beauty with crystal clear seawater, which is also accompanied by a fantastic hospitality offer!

Image result for palmižana

4. Baška Voda’s Nikolina, under the safe shield of Biokovo in the distance, this beach is the proud holder of the Blue Flag for excellence and the arrangement of the environment.

Image result for nikolina baška

It is also regarded by the renowned Daily Mail as one of the 10 most attractive beaches in the whole of the Mediterranean!

Image result for lovrečina hotspots

5. The fairytale Stiniva on Vis is worth a half-hour walk on the ‘’goat’s road’’ that leads to it, and because of its easier access from the sea, it is adored by boaters! Two high rocky cliffs between which is a pebble beach – like some sort of sea amphitheater! – This is a scene which leaves nobody feeling indifferent about it.

Image result for stiniva

6. Krknjaši beach on Drvenik Veli didn’t accidentally get its name – Blue Lagoon!

Related image

Just a glance at its white pebbles and the glittering, translucent turquoise sea will make you add it to the list of places you should never miss out on seeing!

More: www.dalmatia.hr

Photo: www.dalmatia.hr, Wellcome to Croatia

MJESTO ŠKRIP KULTURNA JE SENZACIJA NEDALEKO SUPETRA

Brač is mystical, intriguing, stratified and interesting – as craggy as the hrapoćuša cake from Dol, ancient and irresistible like a crunchy vitalac (a popular dish from Brač).

 While these dishes make the mouths of experienced gastronomists water, only ten kilometres away from Supetar, lie delicacies hidden for culture lovers! Get to know the most authentic place on the island of Brač – the ancient Skrip!

The Museum of the Island of Brač, located in the Radojković tower from the 16th century, is one of the most visited museums in all of Croatia. The foundations on which it is located date from about 1500 BC, and legend has it that in the lower part of the museum and the tower, which houses a Roman mausoleum, lie Valeria and Priska – the wife and daughter of Emperor Diocletian!

Enjoy viewing Roman reliefs and altars, as well as items from the more modern history of Brač – such as chests, paintings, newspaper clippings, antique furniture and antique farm tools.

However, this is not the end of this island’s gems of historical heritage – visit the Cerinić family’s castle on the main square with two Roman sarcophagi, and in the nearby cemetery, the picturesque little church of the Holy Spirit (Sveti Duh) from the 4th century!

If you’re a lover of valuable sacral heritage, you will also be delighted by two paintings by the skillful Venetian mannerist-style painter Palma Giovane of the Baptism of Christ, carefully guarded in the 18th century Church of St. Helen. According to legend, St. Helen (Jelena), mother of Emperor Constantine, was actually born in Škrip, and in her honour, on August the 18th, there is a fair!

Image result for dvorac obitelji Cerinić

Enjoy the Chakavian dialect. Do you know that Škrip also gave a real poetic virtuoso to the Croatian literature scene? Visit the Chakavian word festival “Štefe Pulišelić” in honour of the Chakavian poet, born in Škrip, who has provided us with as many as 14 fantastic collections of Chakavian poems!

316527_179645708792508_236010000_n

Discover the history of olive oil on Brač.

Image result for muzej uja Å¡krip

A must-visit station is the Uja Museum in Škrip, where you can get acquainted with the divine flavours and the process of making this liquid gold!

More: www.dalmatia.hr

Photo: www.supetar.hr , TB Supetar, author: Sanja Grgić Ćurić