There has been a significant improvement in infrastructure in Central Dalmatia in recent years, making it easier for tourists to get around. The main change of course has been the opening of the motorway between Split and Ploce, opening up inland Dalmatia, and allowing tourists much easier access to the treasures of the hinterland.
And there is one particular improvement which has had a significant effect on the tourism and lifestyle fortunes of one inland town in particular.
Imotski is perhaps one of the most intriguing destinations in the region, with its famous Red and Blue Lakes, its fortress and unusual football stadium, as well as its historic centre. Prior to the motorway, it was quite a trek to get there, and even though it was geographically close to the fabled Makarska Riviera, the might of Mount Biokovo meant that access was a challenge.
A tunnel connecting Imotski and the coast opened a couple of years ago, bringing the journey time from Imotski to the coast to just 30 minutes, which had an obviously positive effect on local life. As well as for its tourism. With such a short commute to the beach, tourists were able to take advantage of cheaper prices and a more authentic accommodation experience away from the crowds, while still being able to hit the beach with a short drive.
There have been other benefits too, such as a steady rise in day trips from Makarska and other coastal destinations. With the opening of the tunnel, tourists on the beach now have a chance to experience a quite different aspect of Dalmatia – the hinterland – in a comfortable day trip. Apart from the main sights mentioned above, another rapid growth area has been in wine tourism, with many day trippers coming to sample the wines of the very organised Imotski Wine Association, and their signature white grape variery, Kujundzusa.
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