Discover 76 Destinations in Central Dalmatia with the Official App Guide

Tourism is changing, and our visitors are demanding better access to information, according to new media trends. With this in mind, the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board has introduced a range of social media initiatives in recent months, including this blog. 
The official tourist board Youtube channel has proved to be especially popular, with almost half a million views on the three videos uploaded so far – see the most popular – Hvar Dynamic Postcard – below. 
Mobile applications are all the rage, as visitors want immediate access to information, and the Central Dalmatia Mobile Guide is available as a free download, a useful addition to your visit to the region. It is available in the iPhone App store, Google Play and Nokia store. More details below.
The official guide of Central Dalmatia features 76 destinations (Split, Makarska, Trogir, Hvar, Brac, Vis, Solta…) with hundreds of attractions, things to do, places to eat and stay and much more.
Discover the richness of Central Dalmatia, a Croatian region of sun and the Adriatic sea, explore the natural beauties of the Mediterranean and the continental area, as well as the cultural heritage of this area’s turbulent history, in a land of tireless land workers, scientists, sportsmen…

– offline content helps you save money on roaming
– direct contact with hotels and private accommodation
– explore things to do, rafting, kayaking…
– guide to restaurants, and local gastronomy
– local travel tips and service information
– city maps
– travel guides for 76 destinations in Central Dalmatia including: Split, Makarska, Trogir,Hvar,Brac, Vis, Solta, Omis….
– interactive maps with geolocation
– useful phone numbers
… and much, much more.
Discover it yourself with the guide of Central Dalmatia – a fully functional free-edition!

Central Dalmatia Featured on French Morning Televsion

A French film crew from morning television show was in Dalmatia earlier this month filming a piece about tourism in the region. During their stay, they visited Split, Brac, Hvar and Palmizana.

The report went live this morning, another positive piece about Dalmatia. With Split this summer connected to almost twenty regional airports in France, it is clear that French interest in the Dalmatian coast is increasing.
To watch the report, click here.

Discover Dalmatia’s Very Own Indigenous Water Sport – Picigin

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One of the more curious sights for first-time visitors to Split’s most popular beach resort at Bacvice is the sight of grown men in the sea lunging through the air in an attempt to keep a tiny ball from getting wet. The spectacle often causes comment from the uninitiated, unaware that they are watching a local sport older than famous football club Hajduk Split, and with its own World Championships – picigin (pronounced ‘pi-tsi-GEEN’)

Conceived in Split in 1908, the game has expanded elsewhere in the region, and picigin is played elsewhere on the coast, and in a more organised fashion in Medulin, Baska and Dubrovnik, as well as inland in the city of Osijek. Picigin has also extended beyond the Croatian borders, with clubs in Herceg Novi in Montenegro and Novi Sad in Serbia.

The aim of the game is to keep the ball in the air as long as possible and, as the game grows with intensity, passing tourists are treated to the spectacle of grown men flying the air in an often vain attempt to keep a small ball in the air. The ball (balun in local dialect) is a peeled tennis ball, and players make contact with the palm of the hand.

Picigin is a cross between volleyball and water polo, played in shallow water near the beach. It is not a competitive sport – there are no winners, points or opposing sides – but rather a relaxing way for friends to relax and exercise. Despite its non-competitive nature, the sport has hosted its own World Championships at Bacvice since 2005.

Why not introduce yourself and join in a game next time you see it played on the beach?