Split Dalmatia County Welcomes 58 Foreign Journalists

Tourism promotion comes in many forms, but there is no denying the power of the written word, especially when it comes from experienced journalists writing for major international publications.

The Central Dalmatia Tourist Board has a history of investing in press trips, but in the most ambitious initiative so far, some 58 international travel journalists, all representing relevant travel publications in countries where the Croatian National Tourist Board has representative offices.

The initiative is in partnership with local tourist boards from Split, Hvar, Brac, Solin, Klis, Trogir, Trilj, Vis and Omis.

“Although HTZ invites foreign journalists on study trips to Croatia, I wanted to do something different and invite influential foreign journalists to get acquainted with all the tourism values of our county. This is the first year we are doing this kind of travel where we have invited journalists to stay and tour our county exclusively, and we will cover all of the costs. The journalists will be in constant contact with our best guides and have a chance to experience Central Dalmatia,” said Joško Stella, director of the TZ Split-Dalmatia County.

“Tourist agents and journalists are coming to ‘inspect’ our region and share their impressions and recommendations in their media around the world. They are the first celebrities of the season who will create a picture of us as hosts which can significantly influence the course of the main part of the business year.”

A New Look for Znjan in Split this Summer (VIDEO)

The redevelopment of Split continues, adding the infrastructure and facilities necessary to make it into the quality tourism hotspot that it has become.

One major initiative in the last 12 months has been the complete redevelopment of the area of Znjan, a popular beach and entertainment centre. All structures have been removed and a much more coordinated development plan put in place.

Simple Minds took advantage of the open space last month, playing a free concert as part of the Sv. Duje celebrations, and this summer will see some temporary structures catering to the tourist demand, before works will continue after the season.

To take a look at how Znjan is looking at the moment, check out the video below of a drone flight last week.

Central Dalmatia Features in London’s Evening Standard

Move over Greece, Croatia is our new favourite go-to summer locale. Not our words, but those of London’s most popular newspaper, the Evening Standard, outlining why Croatia – and Central Dalmatia – is the place to be this summer. Here is what they had to say about our favourite region:

Croatia’s most popular point of departure for sailing holidays, Split (and nearby Trogir and Kaštela) takes you straight to the islands of Central Dalmatia. Begin with Brač, where Bol, on the south coast, is home to the country’s most photographed beach, the stunning Zlatni Rat, a 500-metre long pebble spit, which juts out into the sea, perpendicular to the coast.

It’s also Croatia’s top windsurfing destination. Nearby, the island of Hvar bears fertile vineyards and purple lavender fields. Here, trendy Hvar Town centres on a harbour hugged by elegant Venetian-era stone buildings, overlooked by a hilltop castle. Adored by the rich and famous, its glamorous nightlife venues include rustic-chic beach clubs and cocktail bars.
The waterfront does get very crowded in high season, with yachts mooring up several abreast. To dodge the crowds, drop anchor in a sheltered cove off the nearby pine-scented Pakleni islets.

Further out to sea, Vis rises on the horizon. Under Yugoslavia, it was a military naval based, and remained closed to foreigners until 1989. For centuries, locals have lived from fishing and growing grapes and olives — still today, much of Vis’s produce is organic.

New Weekly Catamaran Service Connecting Split, Milna and Komiza

Island hopping is a dream way of exploring Central Dalmatia. With four premier islands of Brac, Hvar, Solta and Vis to choose from, many tourists like the opportunity to sample the different delights of each island, while others enjoy the option of a day trip from Split.

Every new connection to the islands should be celebrated, therefore, and a new Thursday seasonal service will add an exciting new connections, allowing day trippers to travel from Split to Milna on Brac, before continuing to Komiza on Vis, allowing enough time to take in some of the fascinating tours, such as the Blue Cave or famous Vis military tour, before returning back to Milna and Split in time for dinner.

The Thursday service leaves Split at 09:00, calling in Milna before arriving in Komiza at 11:10. You have more than 6 hours to enjoy this special Vis town, or take an onward excursion before the catamaran departs at 17:30, arriving back in Split at 19:40. More information on the service here

Four Incredible Firsts You Would Not Expect to Find in Central Dalmatia

Central Dalmatia is a beautiful region, famous for its beaches, endless sunshine, history and culture, but it also has some rather surprising firsts. Did you know, for example:

1. That organised tourism in Europe began in Central Dalmatia, exactly 150 years ago last month? Organised tourism in Europe is now big business, but back in 1868, the founding of the Hvar Health Society in Hvar Town is credited as the very first example of organised tourism in Europe, as the aristocrats from the Austrian-Hungarian Empire visited the island known as the ‘Austrian Madeira’ for its temperate climate and recuperative powers.

2. Central Dalmatia is a region of history, tradition and heritage, including the oldest public theatre in all Europe. And on an island too! The public theatre on Hvar was opened in 1612 and recently celebrated its 400th birthday. Located on the top floor the Arsenal building guarding the entrance to Hvar’s historic main square, it is testament to Central Dalmatia’s rich cultural tradition.

3. England may be the home of cricket, but did you know that the island of Vis boasts the oldest cricket club in Europe outside the UK, dating as far back as 1809? The origins of the club date back to 1809 when Captain William Hoste was stationed on the island, and the tradition was renewed several years ago, and international cricket tournaments are now played on the airfield where Allied aircraft landed as they prepared for the successful invasion of Yugoslavia.

4. Croatia has 130 indigenous grape varieties, many of which are hard to pronounce for visitors, and most are unfamiliar to seasoned wine connoisseurs. And while you may not have heard of Tribidag or
Crljenak Kastelanski, the taste of this meaty red will be familiar to American wine drinkers in particular. For it was in the vineyards of Kastela back in 2001 that the University of Davis confirmed the 100% DNA match of the famous Zinandel grape – Central Dalmatia is the home of original Zin!