The Tunnel Effect on Imotski Tourism from Makarska

There has been a significant improvement in infrastructure in Central Dalmatia in recent years, making it easier for tourists to get around. The main change of course has been the opening of the motorway between Split and Ploce, opening up inland Dalmatia, and allowing tourists much easier access to the treasures of the hinterland.

And there is one particular improvement which has had a significant effect on the tourism and lifestyle fortunes of one inland town in particular.

Imotski is perhaps one of the most intriguing destinations in the region, with its famous Red and Blue Lakes, its fortress and unusual football stadium, as well as its historic centre. Prior to the motorway, it was quite a trek to get there, and even though it was geographically close to the fabled Makarska Riviera, the might of Mount Biokovo meant that access was a challenge.

A tunnel connecting Imotski and the coast opened a couple of years ago, bringing the journey time from Imotski to the coast to just 30 minutes, which had an obviously positive effect on local life. As well as for its tourism. With such a short commute to the beach, tourists were able to take advantage of cheaper prices and a more authentic accommodation experience away from the crowds, while still being able to hit the beach with a short drive.

There have been other benefits too, such as a steady rise in day trips from Makarska and other coastal destinations. With the opening of the tunnel, tourists on the beach now have a chance to experience a quite different aspect of Dalmatia – the hinterland – in a comfortable day trip. Apart from the main sights mentioned above, another rapid growth area has been in wine tourism, with many day trippers coming to sample the wines of the very organised Imotski Wine Association, and their signature white grape variery, Kujundzusa.

To learn more about why it makes sense to visit Imotksi, click here.

Participants Encouraged for the Trilj Christmas Fair

Advent in Split is not the only event on the Christmas calendar in Dalmatia, and the more you travel around the region, the more festive celebrations you will encounter. There has been a significant increase in Christmas markets in recent years, and Trilj, for example, will be holding its annual Christmas Fair on December 17 from 10:00 – 17:00 next to Hotel Sv. Mihovil in the centre of the town.

Anyone wishing to take part in the fair is encouraged to contact the Trilj Tourist Board on [email protected]

To learn more about Trilj as a destination, click here

The Healthy Mediterranean Diet: Solta Olive Oil Officially EU Protected

One of the great attractions to a visit to Central Dalmatia of course is the food, and it is not a coincidence that the Mediterranean Diet on Hvar and Brac was recently inscribed into intangible UNESCO heritage. At the heart of any good meal in Dalmatia is the local liquid gold, the delicious extra virgin olive oil which is produced from numeous family olive groves all over the region.

One island with an outstanding reputation for quality olive oil is the island of Solta, just a short ferry ride from Split. As well as offering exceptional honey, Solta is growing in popularity in day trips from Split as tourists search for healthy and alternative tours away from the crowds.

And Solta olive oil recently got an important endorsement – official EU protection under protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications, as of October 21, 2016.

“Soltanska olive oil” is oil produced from the fruits of indigenous varieties of Levantinka olives and forms. The Levantinka variety must be represented by at least 50% of shares, and the share of Levantinka and Oblica varieties together must make up at least 95% of the olive oil.

One more reason to visit charming Solta. Find out many other reasons here

Hvar Featured in Irish Examiner

Very nice article in today’s Irish Examiner about our favourite sunshine island. And with direct flights from Dublin to Split having just been announced by Aer Lingus (the only error in the article), are we about to see a small influx of Irish tourists in 2017?
“The chirp of crickets, the sweet smell of figs ripened to bursting in the heavy midday heat, a glimpse of the azure Adriatic Sea through pine trees: the island of Hvar is a microcosm of the best that Croatia has to offer, from remote villages slumbering through siesta time to trendy bars frequented by golden-skinned jetsetters.
It’s been a popular holiday destination since the mid-19th century, when the establishment of the “Hygienic society of Hvar” made it a genteel spa location for a recuperative rest-cure, and inhabitants of the 68km-long island are justifiably proud of its illustrious, Venetian-influenced past and reputation as one of the most beautiful Croatian islands.
Watching the throng of tourists disperse from the evening ferry into Hvar town from Split is quite the disappearing act; while some of the towns can feel inundated, and some of the beaches have busy neighbouring resorts, there are still plenty of quiet spots and isolated rural areas and the island’s pristine environment and 10,000 residents cope admirably with an annual influx of over 150,000 foreign visitors each year.”

Trogir, Split, Makarska, Hvar Featured in Gold Coast Bulletin

The international column inches about Central Dalmatia, with the Gold Coast Bulletin the latest publication to wax lyrical about one of Europe’s hottest tourist destinations.

Starting in historic Trogir, one of four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Central Dalmatia, and continuing through Split and along the Makarska Riviera before a ferry to Sucuraj and journey across Europe’s sunniest island to Hvar Town, it is a journey which takes in much of the magnificent coastal offerings of Central Dalmatia.

Read the article here.