More than 500,000 more overnight stays in Central Dalmatia so far in 2014

While the endless beaches and gorgeous islands of Central Dalmatia make it a prime summer destination, there are plenty of other activities to keep tourists busy in one of Croatia’s most popular regions.

A quick look at the statistics would indicate that the season is getting longer in Central Dalmatia and, aided by some exceptional weather in October, overall figures were up for both tourist arrivals (93,182, up 10%) and overnight stays (368,794, up 11%).

The numbers for the whole season are also looking very positive, with some 2,203,153 tourists visiting in the first ten months of the year, up 8% and already considerably more than the 2,064,970 tourists for the whole of the 2013 season. while the 12,520,508 overnight stays from January to October this year is almost half a million more than the entire 2013 number of 12,042,326.

Booming Split passes one million overnight stays for 2014

2014 has been another extremely successful season in Split, and the statistics are bearing out what we all now know – the Dalmatian capital is being transformed from its former title of ‘Gateway to the Dalmatian islands’ into one of the hottest destinations in Europe.

One of the best ways to assess a destination’s progress is through its overnight stays, and the city passed a significant milestone in October, registering the one millionth overnight stay in 2014.

In total some 1,066,307 ovenight stays have been registered for the first 10 months of the year, a significant increase over the corresponding period last year, when some 882,122 were registered.

And with all the early flight announcements for 2015, it seems that next season could be even busier… 

Central Dalmatia Makes Modern European Aviation History: Watch the Video

Modern European aviation history was made last month in Central Dalmatia, as the first flight from the sea port near Split Airport, operated by European Coastal Airlines, took off for the town of Jelsa on Hvar, a short 13-minute flight that was the first of a scheduled hydroplane service in modern Europe.

The route is the first in what it is hoped will be a rapidly expanding network connecting mainland Croatia with many of its islands, offering choice and reducing travel times for tourists and local residents alike. The next route – from Split Airport to Rab Island – is scheduled to start a daily service this week.

There has been strong initial interest in the service, primarily from people eager to experience the thrill of the hydroplane experience, as it offers gorgeous views of the Adriatic and the islands of Brac and Hvar, before landing out at sea and taxi-ing into the harbour at Jelsa.

Why not sit back and get a flavour from this full flight video, taken by an early passenger?

Radio 1 DJ Discovers the Treasaures of Split and Brac

Central Dalmatia’s image as a young and hip tourist destination was give a further boost recently when popular BBC Radio 1 DJ Jameela Jamil visited the region, writing up her experience in popular daily The Daily Mail.

Having heard about how great Croatia was for years, she finally decided to check it out for herself, choosing a holiday based in Dubrovnik, Split and Brac. She is already booking her return visit. Read her account in The Daily Mail here.

We are glad you enjoyed your holiday, Jameela, and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. 

Flash Mob Split: New Tourist Board Promotional Video

Peristil in Diocletian’s Palace is one of the most vibrant and popular tourist spots in Split, and the sound of klapa from the nearby Vestibul is one of the most enduring memories for many visitors to the city.

The Split Tourist Board has just released its latest promotional video – Split Flash Mob – merging the magic of Peristil and the song of Dalmatia. Check it out below.