The Guardian Discovers Split on Foot

The British have rediscovered Central Dalmatia in large numbers in the last couple of years, one of the fastest growing sectors of the region’s booming tourism sector. Part of the explanation of course is the increased availability of flights, but there has also been plenty of positive media coverage in the UK press over this period. And it is continuing…

The Guardian journalist Kevin Rushby has just finished a rather different holiday in Croatia, choosing to travel from Motovun in Istria to Split on foot, over a 5-week period, taking in the coastline and some of the islands on the way. Here he is, saving the best until last, his majestic arrival and tour of Split:

My guide Dino is not a man to mince his words. “Coming here and not seeing the palace cellars is like going to Rome and missing the Colosseum.”

I keep quiet about my previous visit to Split. It was only a morning spent in transit, but I’m not sure Dino would forgive the omission. Actually, it’s a blessing that a lot of people do not visit the cellars. Upstairs, in the old town, the narrow lanes are packed with tourists – Split airport broke Croatian records for numbers this year, reflecting the massive and fast-growing popularity of the country. Down here, however, beneath the crowds, it’s cool and quiet. The truth is that the empty vaults of a Roman emperor’s palace do require a guide to bring them to life, and in particular, a Dino. He does it with extra zest. Read more from The Guardian…

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Forbes Finds Many Reasons to Be Smitten with Split

The international media love affair with Split continues, as the Dalmatian capital continues to enjoy a record tourist season, part of the Central Dalmatia success story which saw 5 million overnight stays in the region in August. And with all this media attention, and several more early flight announcements for next season, 2017 looks as though it might be even busier…

Here is what Forbes had to say in their article, A Love Letter to Croatia: 8 Reasons to Be Smitten with Split:

Some 20 years after the end of the Yugoslav War, Croatia, one of the prettiest and wealthiest countries to emerge from the fighting, has become a prime tourism destination. And why not? The country has spectacular coastline and islands, tremendous sailing opportunities, storybook villages, historic cities, excellent seafood-driven cuisine and a baked-in hospitality.

Dubrovnik, with its UNESCO-designated medieval glory and deep Game of Thrones connection, tends to get all the glory. While Dubrovnik is dreamy, it’s a shame that visitors overlook this larger city up the coast. While Split still fills with tourists (though its harbor holds only two massive cruise ships, compared to the six that disgorge passengers every day in Dubrovnik), it has a big enough local population—roughly a quarter of a million—to feel like a living city, albeit one whose city center is also a UNESCO site, the gorgeous, atmospheric remains of a massive 4th-century palace. Read more from Forbes…

To learn more about Split, click here.

Imotski, an Inland Dalmatia Success Story

During the first 8 months of this year in the Imotski region, throughout the 113 accommodation facilities intended for tourists, there were 34,433 overnight stays recorded. For comparison, in the same period last year, there were only 15,065 overnight stays. This represents a shift of 129%.

In the town of Imotski, there was a recorded 2,419 arrivals and 12,862 overnights. In the municipality of Podbablje there were 723 arrivals and 7115 overnights. In the municipality of Zmijavci there were 467 arrivals and 4274 overnights. In the municipality of Proložac there were 361 arrivals and 3712 overnights and so on.

The tourists that dominated the region this year came from Germany, Poland and Belgium.

The director of the Imotski Tourist Board, Luka Kolovrat, summed up his thoughts on the tourist season by saying: “And without these precise statistics, it is easy to perceive that it is a prime tourist season in Imotski.

One only needs to remember all those big crowds in the heart of the tourist season, when the Blue Lake was flooded with lots of tourists. I am convinced that this postseason will make some interesting statistics, but let’s wait a little longer for final impressions. It is obvious that the tourist orientation captures a real momentum in Imotski and the whole Imotski. For next season, I expect an even greater number of facilities on offer aimed at the tourism sector, for which we already have lots of inquiries. I also believe that entrepreneurs in the private sector can recognize their chance in tourist terms, with better offers, and diverse amenities.”

To learn more about Imotski, click here.

Are You Ready for the Vrlika Ustipak World Championships?

There are many World Cups around the world, but not many which take place in Central Dalmatia… Split is home to the annual Picigin World Championships a beach sport peculiar to the city, but if you venture a little further inland, you will find another World Cup about to be held.

This Saturday August 6, in the town square of Vrlika, the third World Cup in “Vrlika fry breads” (uštipak) will be held. The programme will begin at 19h, and all interested parties willing to take place in the competition must apply by August 4th.

The best of the competition, in addition to being honored as the 3rd “world champion”, will be rewarded with:

First place:1,000.00kn
Second place: 500.00kn
Third place: 300.00kn

To apply, you can call 021 / 827-460, or enter in person at the Tourist Board of Vrlika office at the fountain. Each team can have up to two people.

Need a few tips? Check out French chef Stefan Macchi’s visit and ustipak education below.

To learn more about Vrlika, click here.

Alka 301: The Pride Remains the Same

August is a very important month in Sinj, and the month kicks off with national attention focused on this gem of an inland Dalmatian town.

The last remaining knights tournament, commemorating the victorious repelling of the Siege of Sinj by the Ottoman Turks in 1715, got even more media coverage than the usual live national television coverage and visit of the President in 2015, with the 300th anniversary of this very important cultural event and tradition.

While 301 years may not have the same ring as 300, the town once more will come together to commemorate this special event. In order to get you in the mood, here is last year’s excellent video by Ana Rucner, as part of the 300 year celebrations.

To learn more about Sinj, click here.