Meet the Undiscovered Beauty of the Dalmatian Hinterland (VIDEO)

How much do you know about the undiscovered beauty of the Dalmatian hinterland?

Just half an hour from the beach lies a totally different tourism experience along the road less travelled, a road of history, heritage, tradition and some of the most spectacular nature in all Europe.

Take a tour with the official Central Dalmatia Tourist Board YouTube channel into the heart of inland Dalmatia, to discover rich traditions such as the Sinj Alka knights tournament, historic treasures such as the Roman garrison in Trilj, natural wonders such as the Red and Blue Lakes of Imotska, political curiosities such as the Poljica Republic in the hills high above Omis, a region of fortresses such as the one overlooking Vrlika, an adventure tourism playground which includes kayaking on Lake Peruca and white-water rafting on River Cetina, and of course, some of the fine traditional cuisine and indigenous wines of the region.

One of the last remaining truly outstanding and relatively unexplored tourism regions of Europe, inland Dalmatia has a surprise and a story at every turn. Take an introductory tour in the official video below, which has already been viewed more than 2 million times.

Another Record Year at the Airports of Central Dalmatia

It has been another bumper tourist season in Central Dalmatia, and we are not finished yet! The beaches are full, and towns such as Split are busier than ever.

One of the reasons for the increased tourism has been the gradual increase of direct routes to the region, which has enabled tourists from more than 100 destinations to fly directly into Central Dalmatia. And the numbers don’t lie…

In the first seven months of 2017, passenger traffic was up 12.2% at the main airport in Split, even more impressive when you consider that 2017 was a record year. Some1,176,134 passengers went through Split from January 1 to July 31, and that number is set to rise even further next year, with the scheduled opening of the new terminal at Split Airport in July 2019.

Special mention should also be made of the small airport on the island of Brac, which almost closed a couple of years ago, but which is now enjoying something of a renaissance and an extended runway. The first direct international flights took place last summer, and there are direct connections from no less than seven other countries in 2018, which has resulted in a very impressive 15.3% increase in passenger traffic, with 15,463 passengers taking the quicker route to this gorgeous island.

Take Part in the 2nd Olive Picking World Championships on Brac

Olives are at the very centre of the soul of Dalmatia, and it will not be long before you will be enjoying your first taste of the region’s special olive oil. The olive tradition dates back thousands of years, with the oldest olive tree dates at about 500 BC on the island of Hvar, and olive oil is at the heart of the healthy Mediterranean Diet which has been inscribed as UNESCO intangible heritage for the islands of Brac and Hvar.

And so what better place in the world to host the first World Championship of olive picking, which took place for the first time in Postira on Brac, attracting a very international field from as far away as New Zealand. So successful was it that the championship will be repeated once more this October. In the words of the organisers:

“The event is set to take place in beautiful small village Postira, from October 11th to 14th,  and will feature teams of 4 pickers (2 men and 2 women).

Different country’s olive oil traditions will be represented at what is being promoted as the 2nd World Championship in Olive Picking.

All equipment will be provided for the teams taking part, as well as tours of the island, dinners and other entertainment during the non-competitive part of the 4-day event.

Dive into the rich tradition of olive oil production on the island Brač, enjoy the fruits of your work and end up as a champion! This is truly a one of the kind event and we can’t wait to see it develop into a great tradition.”

Check out the video of the first year’s competition below, and learn more about the island of Brac here

THE 1st WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN OLIVE PICKING 2017 – POSTIRA – ISLAND BRAČ from Hani Salama on Vimeo.

Imotski, One of the Great Tourism Successes of Inland Croatia

Croatian tourism has changed a lot in the last decade, with new trends and attractions changing the way tourists enjoy their holiday, but few destinations can have changed as much as the inland town of Imotski, certainly not if one considers the incredible rise in tourism numbers over the last ten years.

Back in 2008, there were around 5,000 overnight stays throughout the year in Imotski, a record at the time. That number has been consistently been bettered over the ensuing years, with an impressive 57,950 overnight stays – an increase of more than ten times – recorded in 2017. That number was beaten this year as early as August 22, and local tourism chiefs are predicting that this year’s record may break the 70,000 mark for the first time.

Several factors have contributed to Imotski’s success, including the opening of the Zagreb motorway and tunnel to the Makarska Riviera. Better marketing of its wine story and several well- publicised adrenaline activities in the Red and Blue Lake have also helped, as has been the explosion of new villas with swimming pools in and around the town. There are now some 220 holiday homes in the area, 95% of which have pools, and with the drive to the coast now reduced to just half an hour, Imotski is an increasingly attractive option for those who want to combine a beach holiday with the peace and quiet of Dalmatia’s stunning nature.

To learn more about Imotski, click here

Split, a Movie Set and International Branding Hot Spot

It is regarded by many as the most beautiful city in the world, its people the most beautiful. And it is not hard to see why as you saunter down Split’s fabled riva and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Diocletian’s Palace.

Split has been used as a location in plenty of movies over the years most recently of course with the HBO blockbuster, Game of Thrones, but it seems that some of the world’s biggest brands are also becoming enamoured with the magic of the Dalmatian capital.

Take a look at the latest commercial for Johnnie Walker, for example, and see if you can spot some familiar waterfront scenes.

To learn more about Split and why it might be the perfect filming location for you, click here