Jelsa UNESCO Za Krizen Procession Promoted on Vatican TV 2000

One of the most important events on the Hvar calendar for local people takes place in six settlements on the Thursday before Easter. At 10pm that evening, a crossbearer from each of the towns and villags of Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik, Svirce, Vrbanj and Vrboska leads his acolytes and pilgrims on a 22km nighttime procession through the other five settlements, before returning to his point of origin at around 7am the next morning.

It is a deeply religious event, and one which has been taking place for over 500 years, and in 2009, it was inscribed as intangible UNESCO heritage. While not a tourist event, Holy Week and Easter is a fascinating time to visit Jelsa, as extended families return for the important religious weekend.

Being the sunniest island, the weather is often glorious, as was the case last year when Vatican TV 2000 came to film the event. The result? A wonderful general promotion of Hvar out of season, which you can see below. To learn more about Jelsa as a destination, click here

Inland Dalmatia – Finalist at Days of Croatian Tourism!

For many tourists, Central Dalmatia means the beach, the sun and the gorgeous islands of Hvar, Brac, Vis and Solta. Understandably, as there are few coasts in the world as enticing as this region.

But just a short ride away from the beach, and behind the mountains just behind Split, an altogether different tourism is being offered, a tourism which is achieving it own success.

Inland Dalmatia may not have the sexy appeal of the pristine Adriatic, but its combination of the authentic Dalmatian way of live, adventure playground, heritage and gourmet delights mean that more and more tourists are taking time away from the beach in search of the experience behind the mountains.

Game of Thrones fans, of course, know all about the fortress at Klis, but it is the other part of Zagora which has attracted a lot of column inches this year, as Imotski has been linked as the Croatian Provence by President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and is enjoying a record year. The Sinj Alka tournament, unique open air opera in Vrlika, the Roman heritage of Trilj, Vranjaca Cave in Dugopolje, and the timeless mills of Grab are just some of the attractions in this fascinating region.

The efforts of the local and regional tourist boards were rewarded at the recent Days of Croatian Tourism in Losinj, as inland Dalmatia was one of the three finalists as best continental destination, testimony both to the hard work put in and the improvement of the tourist offer.

Congratulations to inland Dalmatia. To learn more about the region, click here.

Inland Dalmatia – Finalist at Days of Croatian Tourism!

For many tourists, Central Dalmatia means the beach, the sun and the gorgeous islands of Hvar, Brac, Vis and Solta. Understandably, as there are few coasts in the world as enticing as this region.

But just a short ride away from the beach, and behind the mountains just behind Split, an altogether different tourism is being offered, a tourism which is achieving it own success.

Inland Dalmatia may not have the sexy appeal of the pristine Adriatic, but its combination of the authentic Dalmatian way of live, adventure playground, heritage and gourmet delights mean that more and more tourists are taking time away from the beach in search of the experience behind the mountains.

Game of Thrones fans, of course, know all about the fortress at Klis, but it is the other part of Zagora which has attracted a lot of column inches this year, as Imotski has been linked as the Croatian Provence by President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and is enjoying a record year. The Sinj Alka tournament, unique open air opera in Vrlika, the Roman heritage of Trilj, Vranjaca Cave in Dugopolje, and the timeless mills of Grab are just some of the attractions in this fascinating region.

The efforts of the local and regional tourist boards were rewarded at the recent Days of Croatian Tourism in Losinj, as inland Dalmatia was one of the three finalists as best continental destination, testimony both to the hard work put in and the improvement of the tourist offer.

Congratulations to inland Dalmatia. To learn more about the region, click here.

Some Changes for Advent in Split 2017

It is official, and something we have known for quite some time – Split is the absolute champion of Croatian tourism for 2017!

The annual awards at Days of Croatian Tourism in Losinj crowned Split as the best destination of all, a fitting crown as we end another bumper year for the Dalmatian capital.

Split Mayor Andro Krstulovic Opara and Split Tourist Board director Alijana Vuksic were on hand to collect the award from Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

“This award is an acknowledgement to everyone that is a part of Split’s tourist product. The most successful hotel managers, charterers, our guide Dino, the girls from the Tourist and Catering and Art School and the legendary Ante Mrvica, received awards confirming the excellence they have built into this championship title of Split.

This is an award for the thousands of valuable and creative Split people who built Split’s tourism success. It would not have been possible without the helpful receptionists, security guards, maidens, chefs and beach workers, cleaners, commuters, drivers, sailors, doctors and medical surgeons, and especially the police officers and firefighters who defended the city so that no guest left.

Our city is at a turning point, and the award comes at the right moment as confirmation of our effort to create a framework for new success by a strategic approach and decisive enforcement of order and legality. Split is an excellent city that, with its position in the development of Dalmatia and the south of Croatia, it has the role of the engine, which everyone recognizes today,” said the Split Mayor.

Congratulations to Split! To learn more about the champion of Croatian tourism, click here.

New Official Cycling Promo Video from Central Dalmatia Tourist Board

The beaches may be emptying (but some are still swimming in early November!) but tourism continues in Central Dalmatia.

One of the big growth areas in recent years has been in cycling tourism, and the two islands of Brac and Hvar in particular have been improving their offer to cycling tourists. With more than 3,000 km of bike routes added in the region in recent years, Central Dalmatia is becoming one of Croatia’s premier cycling destinations.

Hvar and Brac both have official cycling maps, and they also share a cycling promotional video, which was released last month. Check it out below, and learn more on the cycling possibilities in Central Dalmatia here.