Tamara Zidanšek Wins WTA Croatia Bol Open!

Did you know that Central Dalmatia boasts its very own ATP tennis event on a gorgeous island?

The region is well-known for its sporting prowess, including tennis – a certain Goran Ivanisevic is from Split after all – and the addition of the WTA Croatia Bol Open on Brac four years ago has helped lift the sport’s profile in the region further still. The ladies’ event took place once more in Bol, and there was a packed crowd for the final.

In front of packed stands at the Bluesun tennis centre, Slovenian tennis player Tamara Zidanšek won the third edition of WTA Croatia Bol Open. This was the fourth WTA tournament appearance for the 20-year-old player, her first final and the first WTA title in her career! In the final match with a score of 6:1, 6:3, Zidanšek defeated Polish player Magda Linette, who played an excellent tournament overall.

“We had the best tennis tournament so far. We have the smallest budget on the WTA Tour, but we are the best in this category. We saw the top tennis in the final, and these girls will be in the spotlight for a long time. I am proud of my team and everything they have done. Only 60 cities in the world have a WTA license, we are the only WTA125k series in this part of the world, in Southeast Europe. WTA is officially the world’s strongest brand in women’s sport and despite all the obstacles and the lack of support from state institutions responsible for developing sports in our country, there is the Dalmatian atmosphere that WTA will have in Bol,” said tournament director Feliks Lukas.

To learn more about the island of Brac, click here.

And They are Swimming in Inland Dalmatia: Sinj City Pool Opens for the Season

The people of Sinj are a very proud people, and with good reason. Due to their heroics at the Siege of Sinj, they halted the Ottoman advance, an event which is marked each year with the fantastic Sinj Alka, the last remaining knights’ tournament in all Europe.

Spend a little time in Sinj, and you will realise just how proud they are. For them, Sinj has the best of everything! Including swimming.

While the majority of tourists to Central Dalmatia head to the inviting Adriatic, the people of Sinj swear by the Sinj City Pool, which has just opened for the season and is already very busy.

Open until the beginning of September, the open air pool is an excellent way to cool off if you are staying in the interior, without having to drive all the way to the coast.

Ticket prices for the pool are the same as last year. Children and adults can swim from 9 am to 12 pm for 10 kuna and from 12 pm to 9 pm it is 10 kuna plus a surcharge of 5 kuna for each subsequent hour of swimming. Pensioners pay 5 kuna from 9 am to 12 pm, or 5 kuna per hour for swimming from 12 pm to 9 pm. Children up to 5 years are free of charge. You can also buy a monthly pass for 200 kuna, which allows you to swim every day for one hour.

This year, the swimming pool will have training for non-swimmers and swimming lessons for children who want to learn more about swimming techniques.

To learn more about Sinj, click here.

Ultra Europe Music Festival, the 6th Edition – Full Lineups

The countdown has begun… the biggest party of the year in Split is but a few days away.

Ultra Europe Music Festival returns to its adopted home of the Poljud Stadium for three more magical nights from July 6-8, and the full-lineups have finally been revealed.

The main stage on the Friday will be opened by the Croatian-Slovenian DJ duo Vanillaz, who also performed at the ULTRA Korea Festival ten days ago and thus entered history as the first musical name from this region to have that chance. Vanillaz will share the main stage on Friday with Afrojack, Axwell & Ingrosso, DJ Snake and Eric Prydz, a DJ whose arrival in Split is especially exciting for fans this year. Saturday announces Hardwell, Steve Angelo, Galantis, and megastars The Chainsmokers, while Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Alesso, Steve Aoki and the mysterious Marshmello will be in charge of closing the sixth edition of the festival on Sunday, July 8, 2018.

Nothing any less exciting will be on the ever spectacular RESISTANCE stage. For a hotspot that attracts more and more fans each year, this July will see the likes of Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Paco Osuna and Eats Everything on Friday, while Pero Fullhouse opens the party on Saturday followed by Jon Rundel, Marco Carola, and the legendary Carl Cox. On Sunday, fans will be delighted by the contagious sounds of Loco Dice and The Martinez Brothers, Seth Troxler, and Nic Fanciulli.

The ARCADIA Afterburner last year saw many musical surprises, and its recognizable appearance makes it one of the most attractive festival setups in the world. The first day will celebrate the famous publisher Jacked, who represents Merk & Kremont, Crankdat, Ravitez, NLW and many others. On Saturday, Blastoyzi, Ben Nicky, Cosmic Gate and Marlo will take the stage, and on Sunday the publishing house Revealed will present Dr. Phunka, Jewelz & Sparks, Julian Jordan, Kura, Sick Individuals and many others.

The names of performers on the UMF Stage are also known, which brings together the new faces of the world’s electronic scene including Jimmy Clash & MC Tricky, 7 Grams, Danny Farrell, Groove Amigos, Paul Jay C, Lorenzo, Frank Jez, Jimmy Clash & MC Tricky, Electro House, Main Room House, Deep, Underground and Progressive House Styles Woods, Dave Caffrey, Arizen, Kris Kaiden, Miss Faith, Jenil, Chris Willsman, Norii, Adam de Great, Iris Santo, Plastic Funk, Kryga, Khardiac, Busta Row of Kryoman. Six additional names will join this list of 24 through a competition for young, unlisted DJs which is currently in progress. The six best will get the chance to perform at one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world.

A Bumper Weekend: 70,000 Ferry Passengers in Split

Summer is officially here, and the tourists are coming! Central Dalmatia’s gorgeous quarter of islands – Brac, Hvar, Solta and Vis – are all ready for a new summer season, and this weekend has seen things get a little busy! With two public holidays on Friday June 22 and Monday June 25, many took it as the ideal time to travel, in addition to many others coming after the end of school. The result?

“The traffic has increased because of the holiday weekend. Over these four days, we expect about 70,000 passengers through Split’s ferry port and about 13,000 vehicles. Regardless of the great pressure on the harbour, we are reacting according to our resources and capabilities. I can say that the crowd is standard for this time of the year,” commented Jelena Ivulić, head of sales for Jadrolinija.

To get the latest timetables from Jadrolinija, click here. The Jadrolinija crew has plenty of experience dealing with large numbers of travellers, but you are advised to try and get there a little earlier during your peak season visit to Central Dalmatia when travelling to the islands.

Croatia’s Most Aromatic Festival: 10th Hvar Lavender Festival Next Week

Aromatic Hvar, the sunniest island on the Adriatic, but also perhaps the most fragrant, particularly at this time of year, when the famous lavender crop comes out in bloom.

Fields of lavender are not as plentiful as they used to be, but there is more than enough to celebrate, and nature lovers will once more be heading to the gorgeous inland village of Velo Grablje next weekend, to celebrate the 10th lavender festival.

Velo Grablje, once the capital of lavender production in all Dalmatia, is undergoing something of a revival in recent years. With a permanent population of just five just a few years ago, the village’s fortunes have changed due to the efforts of some young local enthusiasts, who were determined to restore the traditions and heritage of Velo Grablje, of which lavender, and its lavender festival, plays centre stage. See the full programme below. To learn more about Hvar, click here.