Calling All Athletes: Discover Central Dalmatia with the Cetina Adventure Race

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Are you ready for the ultimate challenge?

You will have heard about the beauty of inland Dalamtia, of the mountains, the lakes and the rivers, but are you ready to truly experience its magic?

This year’s Cetina Adventure Race will take place on June 7, and it will open up the region to you like never before? A 100 kilometre race, which includes, cycling, trekking, canyoning and kayaking will test you to the limit, but also reward you with some of the most breathtaking nature you will ever sea.

Check out a previous race for a taster of what is on offer, and then contact the Sinj Tourist Board for more information.

Largest Aquarium in Croatia to Open This Weekend in Vranjic

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The tourist attractions in Central Dalmatia are getting more diverse, and from Saturday evening, there will be one more great attraction, which is certain to be of interest to the younger ones, especially on a rainy day (not that it ever rains in Central Dalmatia!), with the opening of the largest aquarium in Croatia in Vranjic, near Solin, and just outside Split.

The aquarium has 800m2 of internal space and 400m2 of external. More importantly, there are some 400,000m3 of water for the fish to swim around in. On show will be a wide variety of the Adriatic’s rich marine life, including 20 types of shark.

The opening party is at 19:00, and there will be grilled sardines and various musical accompaniments. For more information, contact the Solin Tourist Board.

 

Tourism in Central Dalmatia Up 30% in April

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It has been a great start to the season, with many events taking place all over Central Dalmatia, and the latest official figures – released today – show a sharp increase over last year, which is great news so early in the season.

Compared to the corresponding period in 2013, April’s figures showed a 25% increase in tourist arrivals, and an encouraging 30% in overnight stays. While some of these numbers may be attributed to the ‘Easter Effect’ coming in April this year and March last year, tourist arrivals for March 2014 were only down 2%, so there is a clear trend of growth.

It is worth paying tribute to particular growth areas – Markarska (53%), Kastela (52%) and Split (46%).

It all bodes well for the season. Central Dalmatia is waiting for your visit.

Thomson Holidays to Return to Central Dalmatia after 24 Years

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More good news for tourism in Central Dalmatia, as leading British tour operatorThomson has announced it will once more feature the Central Dalmatian coast in its 2015 offer, for the first time since 1991. From next summer, two flights a week will operate from Manchester and Gatwick, with British tourists accommodated in the Adriatic Beach Hotel near Igrane.

Product director Mark Hall said: “Demand for Croatia is increasing. The Dalmatian Coast is a less explored region of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea, but we needed to find the right hotel in order to offer it. This is the right hotel and the right time to go back.”

The region stretches from Trogir in the north to the islands of Brac and Hvar in the south along the coastline known as the Makarska Riviera. The city of Split, also part of the Dalmatian Coast, is home to the UNESCO-protected Roman ruins, Diocletian’s Palace.

The announcment is the latest piece of good news concerning British tourists on the Dalmatian coast, which experienced a sharp rise in UK arrivals in 2013.

The Oxford, Split and Cambridge Boat Race

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The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race may be the most famous international rowing competition in the world, but it is a measure of the repuatation and success of Split’s sporting heritage that the Dalmatian capital is the only city in the world which hosts a rematch of the famous university race.
The International Rowing Regatta Sv. Duje 2014 will take place in Split on May 4, and it will be quite a show of sporting prowess. Last year there were no less than 12 Olmpic medal winners in three boats. In the words of event organisers:
International rowing regatta Sveti Duje is an event featuring eights from Croatian and international universities.
The competition consists of two parts:
1. Race of the university eights from Croatia and abroad
2. Legends’ Race between the legends of Oxford, Cambridge and Split
The regatta has traditionally been taking place on St Domnius Day.
University Eights Races take place at the 1000m long racing course in Spinut, with an increasing number of participating teams every year. The increase culminated in the past four years due to the participation of the best known names in university rowing, the Oxford and Cambridge Blue Boats.
Legends Race takes place in the city harbour on a 220m long course, whereby the legends of Split are competing against the legends of Oxford and Cambridge – the alumni that have rowed in the legendary Boat Race on river Thames in the past 10 years and that have won the brightest Olympic and World Championships medals.