19 Truly Charming Places to See Before You Die: That Would Be Split

Something nice is happening with Split’s international image.
Not only is the perception of the city changing from ‘Gatewayt to the Islands’ and a transit route to destination proper, but more bloggers are recognising its charm and beauty, and then listing Split in various global ‘best of…’ lists.
The latest inclusion is on BuzzFeeds’s 19 Truly Charming Places to See Before You Die, in which Split is described thus:
This well-preserved Mediterranean getaway is home to more than 250,000, and has a winning combination of Roman ruins and gorgeous beaches, not to mention a lively nightlife scene.
To see the other 18, click here

Discover Sinj with Touristar TV

Award-winner producer Ashley Colburn’s journey through Central Dalmatia continues…

After the first in the new series about Croatia, which covered Makarska, Colburn – who won an Emmy for her Wow Croatia documentary – heads into the Dalmatian hinterland, where the Sinj Tourist Board was on hand to organise a tour of one of Croatia’s most fascinating town.

Discover it for yourself through the eyes of Ashley in the video below.


Vrboska Celebrates 400 Years of the ‘Crying Cross’

The year is 1614.

Over in Hvar Town, the oldest public theatre in Europe has been open just two years. It is exactly 100 years since the end of the Great Rebellion under Matej Ivanic in Vrboska and Vrbanj.

Vrboska and Vrbanj are once more the centre of attention on the island. The source of the tension revolves around religious differences between two communities, one of whom is grouped around the Church of St Mary and the other the Church of St Lawrence. One parish wants to continue under the control of Vrbanj, the other was for independence for Vrboska. The conflict of the two camps is threatening to destroy the community.

Young Katarina, the daughter of seaman Petar Ordinanovic notices tears coming from a small cross.
The tears were interpreted as an appeal for unity. The legacy of the Crying Cross of Vrboska has been an annual procession on the first Friday in March, and this year’s procession will mark the 400th anniversary of Katarina’s vision.

In order to mark the occasion, Vrboska will have a special programme from March 6-9 (see below in Croatian), and it represents a unique opportunity to take part in a landmark religious tradition.

To learn more (in Croatian), Slobodna Dalmacija journalist Mirko Crncevic recently featured a 91 year-old Vrboska resident and her recollections of the processions of the past. Click here.

otvaranje zavjetne svetkovine
17:30 Sv. MISA

koju predvodi
hvarsko-bračko-viški biskup
msgr. Slobodan Štambuk

znanstveni skup
18:30 u crkvi Sv. Lovre
Tema: Postanak i urbanistički razvitak Vrboske
dr.sc. Ambroz Tudor, Ministarstvo kulture, uprava za zaštitu kulturne baštine
Tema: Povijest župe
prof. Joško Bracanović, Hvar
Tema: Umjetnička oprema crkava u Vrboskoj
akademik Radoslav Tomić
Tema: Župna crkva sv. Lovre u Vrboskoj
dr. Darka Bilić, Institut za povijest umjetnosti
Tema: Tradicija štovanja Čudotvornog
sv. Križa
don Ivica Huljev, Vrboska

Završno slavlje
koju predvodi splitsko-makarski nadbiskup i metropolit msgr. Marin Barišić
Nakon mise:
svečana procesija sa zavjetnim Križem po mjestu
Završetak slavlja u župnoj crkvi

Brac and Hvar Promoted on Spanish National Television

In June last year, the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board assisted a Spanish film crew with logistics for a documentary they were making about islands in Croatia. Here they are filming in Vrboska, ably assisted by the Vrboska Tourist Board.

The one-hour programme, featuring six islands in Croatia – including the jewels of Hvar and Brac in Central Dalmatia – is now available online. And although it is in Spanish, you don’t really need to speak Spanish to enjoy the beauty of the islands as portrayed on Spanish television.