The nature of tourism in Central Dalmatia is changing, aided in part by improvements in infrastructure.
The opening of the stretch of motorway from Dugopolje near Split to the coast at Ploce has made the Dalmatian hinterland a lot more accessible, but it is the opening of a tunnel which is helping to really improve the fortunes of the town of Imotski.
Home to the famous Red and Blue Lakes, Imotski has always had plenty to offer tourists, but there was never a convenient connection to the town from the coast until the opening of the tunnel in June last year.
Suddenly, travel times were slashed, and the prospect of a 30-minute drive for coffee in Makarska became a reality, with the nearest beach from the town just 26 km away.
Tourists on the coast have also benefitted from the improvement, and some 1 million cars have passed through the tunnel since it opened. Tourists can now experience the magic of the interior on special organised tours from Makarska. In addition to the lakes, Imotski is an emerging wine region, and wine tourism figures for 2014 have shown a marked increase.
The tunnel apart, Imotski is shown a steady growth in its tourism numbers. Since opening the tourism office in 2007 when there were just two registered private accommodations and 2,000 overnight stays, now there are 35 places licenced to offer accommodation, with more than 10,000 overnight stays so far this year.
Learn more about the magic of Imotski from the local tourist board.