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