Discover Dalmatia, a Sailing Paradise

There is no doubt that tourism on the Dalmatian coast, and Split is particular, is on the rise. This year’s statistics have been impressive for the Dalmatian capital, and there has been much written about the number of fligths coming into Split, which was the busiest airport in the country in the summer, with more than 80 destinations served by 43 airlines.

But there has also been a large increase in tourism from the sea. 114 cruiseliners so far this year have brought an estimated 200,000 tourists, a number which is set to rise considerably next year. But there has also been a noticeable increase in another source of sea tourism – sailing.

With its plethora of islands and stunning coast, Dalmatia is becoming ever more attractive as a sailing destination, with the central islands of Brac, Hvar and Vis particularly popular. Split is becoming increasingly important as a sailing base, and there are now some excellent sailing packages and schools to suit all skill levels and time frames.

Check out the video below for a taster of the freedom of a sailing holiday, and experience the freedom of island-hopping sailing on the Adriatic next summer.

Dalmatia from Mark Lancaster on Vimeo.

The Charms of Split Reach India

Is Central Dalmatia about to see another new tourism market?
After another great season in terms of tourism numbers, it seems that the message about the unique attractions of Split Dalmatia County are reaching new audiences…
India is not a country with a strong cultural tradition of visitors to Croatia, but could that be about to change with the some of the first tourism articles about the region appearing in the Indian press?
One of the most-read publications in English, The Hindu, featured Split earlier this week, a positive portrayal that could well be the start of increased interest from Indian tourists. Read the article here

Daily Mail Features Game of Thrones Filming in Central Dalmatia

Central Dalmatia has been returning to the past in recent days, with various locations in the region being used as the setting for the latest series of the ever popular Game of Thrones.

The hit series has already seen filming in Dubrovnik for the second year running, and now attention has turned further up the coast, with film locations including Diocletian’s Palace in Split and Klis Fortress. Prior to that, the huge cast and crew assembled in Zrnovnica, where Britain’s Daily Mail was on hand to report on the filming with some impressive pictures. Read the Daily Mail report here

Central Dalmatia Records Biggest Rise in Tourism Numbers for 2013

The beaches may be emptying now, but 2013 has been an excellent season for Central Dalmatia, and the first nine months’ statistics show that the region was second only to Istria in performance.

In total, there were some 2.05 million arrivals by September 30, which transposed into 12.3 million overnight stays.  These impressive numbers meant a 10% overall improvement on the corresponding numbers in 2012, the largest rise in all Croatia.

Central Dalmatia was the favourite destination of the Czechs, who came in the largest numbers, followed by the Poles in second and Germans in third. There were some other interesting statistics from the UK and Scandinavia – a whopping 27% rise in tourists from the previous year.

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Take Part in the Oldest Regatta in Croatia: Mrduja

The beaches of Central Dalmatia may be getting a little emptier as the end of the season approaches, but there is still plenty of action on the Adriatic, and one of the most eagerly anticipated sailing events of the year takes place in the traditional first week of October – the Mrduja regatta. Now in its 82nd year, the regatta is regarded as the oldest in Croatia.

It takes its name from the small island of the same name which has traditionally been a bone of ownership contention between the islands of Brač and Šolta, between which it lies, but in 1927, the small island achieved fame for a different reason, with the first Mrduja regatta. Count Toni Pavlović, a noble from Split, organised the regatta, a 22 mile race around the small island, which is clearly visible on the ferry through the two bigger islands, and whose coastline is just 500m.

The count himself won that day from a field of 11 vessels, and the event became an annual tradition – interrupted only by the Second World War – with several hundred boats expected at the 2013. It attracts serious sailors, as well those out for a fun day trip, and the eating and drinking is as important as the sailing for some. 
To register for this year’s event, click here