The Battle of Omis Pirates: In Photos

Central Dalmatia has a rich maritime history, and it is heartening to see sailing tourism on the rise, as modern tourists enjoy the beauty of this spectacular region and its numerous islands and pristine waters.

One of the great legendary aspects of its maritime history revolves around the many pirates who operated in Central Dalmatian waters over the centuries, and none were more famous than the fearsome pirates of Omis.

With their ability to hide in various caverns of the Cetina River, the Omis pirates built up a lucrative trade. It is a history full of folklore, and one which is reenacted every August in the town of Omis, as the town’s tourist season highlight attracts more than 10,000 visitors for the annual Battle of Omis. Stunning pictures from Gray Goats Photography capture some of the highlights of this year’s battle.

To learn more about Omis, click here.

French Diver to Return to the Bottom of Red Lake in Imotski

It may seem incredible to imagine, but in 2017, there are still some parts of Central Dalmatia which are completely undiscovered by man.

One of those is the depths of the mysterious Red Lake in Imotski which, along with its Blue Lake counterpart, form the most important tourist attractions to the town.

Earlier this year, a French diver made history by becoming the first person ever to dive to the bottom of the Red Lake, some 245m in all. Having found the water initially cloudy, it then became very clear, and there were plenty of fish to be found in the lake’s depths, including a local species called gaovica, which have not been harvested in recent years.

The French diver, Frederic Swierczynski, will return this month for another scientific exhibition, during which he will be taking samples of the flora and fauna of the lake, which will then be passed on to experts. After analysis, at least some of the Red Lake’s secrets should become known.

One more fascinating aspect of Central Dalmatia being discovered.

For more information on Imotski, click here.  

Nights of Diocletian: A Spectacle Fit for an Emperor

How to celebrate a palace built for a Roman Emperor?

Split’s premier tourist attraction, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Diocletian’s Palace, was built as a retirement home for Roman Emperor Diocletian some 1700 years ago. The magic of the palace continues to ignite imagination, and the city has found a spectacular way to celebrate the traditions of Diocletian with a three-day Days of Diocletian spectacle in the heart of the palace every August.

Split then returns to Roman times. The opening night this year was very well-attended, and the dress code was very strict – toga and Roman head dress only. Some pictures from the opening night, courtesy of Gray Goats Photography – a Roman feast of food and entertainment, if ever there was one!

To learn more about Split as a destination, click here.

Ultra Europe 2018: Tickets on Sale

There is no doubting which was the biggest party in Central Dalmatia this summer, as the Ultra Europe Festival rocked the Poljud Stadium in Split for three days before continuing on to smaller gigs on Hvar, Brac and Vis.

This summer marked the end of the initial five-year contract with local authorities. So successful was it that the Miami-based festival has decided to extend the relationship for a few more years, starting with 2018, where the dates for next’s years Ultra have already been announced, and tickets are on sale.

The main event will take place slightly earlier next summer, and Hajduk will lend its stadium to the musical spectacular from July 6-8. Tickets are selling quickly – find out how to get yours on the official Ultra Europe Facebook page.

Managing Tourism Growth: Study Begins on Capacity of Split-Dalmatia County

It has been a record year for tourism in Central Dalmatia, and the season is still going strong. Record numbers of destinations connected via Split Airport, which is experiencing its best year ever, and equally impressive arrivals by sea. Split, in particular, has seen an explosion of tourism, and destinations up and down the coast are all posting highly commendable numbers.

With growth comes responsibility and while it is tempting to sit back and enjoy the positive spreadsheets, it is more important to prepare adequately for that growth, and to ensure that growth is manageable and does not upset the current tourism equilibrium.

With this in mind, the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board has contacted and commissioned the Institute of Tourism to prepare a scientific study on the capacities of tourism in the region, including infrastructure and accommodation. The study will focus on six clusters in the county – the Makarska Riviera, the Split Riviera (with particular focus on Split), inland Dalmatia, and the islands of Brac, Hvar and Vis.

“It is necessary to determine the maximum number of accommodation capacities in certain parts of the county given its spatial specificity. From the study, we expect to find that for each of the tourist clusters of our county, the tourist numbers and space can be withstood and the figures will not compromise the balance in the supply of electricity, water and energy. Additionally, we hope to find that the areas are not spatially endangered by overbuilding, and do not significantly impair the quality of life of the local population. These are legitimate issues after years of great growth in the popularity and arrivals of tourists to our county. All of this will be the basis for the work of destination management that will manage the development of the county’s tourism,” says Joško Stella, Director of the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board.

The study should be completed by Spring 2018.