Central Dalmatia has some of the finest gastronomy in the world, as well as some rather unique dishes.
The combination of the two brought the popular gastro show Bizarre Foods, hosted by Andrew Zimmern, to Central Dalmatia recently, where Andrew spent a few days investigating the culinary delicacies of the region. During his stay, he visited the island of Brac, Split, the mills of Grab, Trilj and Strmendolac, and as you can see from his Instagram account, he managed to seek out some of the finest Dalmatian cuisine.
We look forward to seeing the show. For more information on gastronomy in Central Dalmatia, click here.
There can be few cultural events more important on the 2015 Croatian calendar than this year’s Sinj Alka, the historic knight’s tournament which has taken place every year since the Siege of Sinj in 1715.
This year of course marks the 300th anniversary, and the promotion of what was named Croatia’s best cultural event in 2012 is going global indeed.
Sinj Tourist Board director Jelena Bilic will be heading to New York next month, as part of a presentation of Sinj tourism and the Alka tradition, an excellent chance to promote Central Dalmatia in the increasingly important North American market.
See the programme below. In addition, there will be a photo exhibition in Columbia College in Chicago, called ‘300 Years of Sinj Alka.” To learn more about Sinj as a destination, click here.
The Dalmatian wine story has made great progress in recent years, as more international wine experts and writers discover what one Master of Wine called ‘the most exciting wine-growing region in the world right now.’
With 130 indigenous varieties in Croatia, there is plenty of variety for wine drinkers who have been accustomed to international varieties, and the slow but steady stream of exports of Dalmatian wine is gathering pace, with wines from the region now exported as far away as China, California, Russia and Singapore.
An important part of that wine promotion are of course wine fairs, and the 6th Dalmacija Wine Expo will take place later this month in Split.
Increasingly important in the Croatian wine scene, Dalmacija Wine Expo moved from its initial headquarters to the Radisson Blu in Split last year, where it will once again take place on April 24/25, before a subsequent and more fun event in the hometown of Makarska on May 1/2. Follow all the news on the official Dalmacija Wine Expo Facebook page.
There is no denying the potential of the Game of Thrones effect on tourism in Central Dalmatia. The popular HBO series has a wide global appeal, and the tourism that it brings from dedicated fans has the potential to do for Croatia what Lord of the Rings did for New Zealand.
Interest in the Game of Thrones tourism phenomenon is attracting more column inches in the international media, with the latest high-profile piece written by the illustrious Forbes Magazine, which features Split in an interesting article called Game of Thrones is Transforming Croatia into a ‘Kingdom of Tourism’ and Set-Jetting. Check it out here.
To learn more about Split as a destination, visit our guide to Split.
Looking for a party this summer?
There is no bigger one in Central Dalmatia than the Ultra Europe Music Festival, now in its third year, which has put Croatia on the world festival map like perhaps no other festival.
Ultra 2015 is going to be the biggest yet, with events stretching a full week from July 9-16, and with various locations added to the Split Poljud stadium and Hotel Amfora on Hvar. Zlatni Rat on Bol is due to host an Ultra Yacht Regatta on July 13, and Fort George on the island of Vis will host the closing party on July 15.
To get a flavour of where Ultra Dalmatia fits into the global Ultra family, check out the recently released Destination Ultra video below – Memories of Ultra Worldwide 2014.