More Expansion for Brac Airport

2018 has been another record year for the airports of Croatia, with more than 10 million passengers expected to pass through its terminals by the end of the year. And while most of the headlines have been reserved for the record numbers in Split, Dubrovnik and Zagreb, one little island airport has quite a success story of its own – Brac.

Almost closed just a few years ago due to financial problems and too few flights, Brac Airport, which sits high above Bol, has undergone a total transformation in the last few years. New investment led to a lengthening of the runway, allowing direct flights this summer from no less than seven European countries. Passenger traffic was up 34% in the first 8 months of 2018 as a result.

The future is looking even more promising, with more investment announced. This will include upgrading the terminal, expanding the width of the runway from 30m to 45m and increasing its length once more, this time from 1,760m to 2,400m, thereby allowing a significant increase in the size of planes able to land on Brac. The latest phase of investment is expected to be completed by 2021.

To learn more about Brac, click here

Central Dalmatia, Where Ferries are Guided by Dolphins

The romance of a ferry ride on the Adriatic is a holiday highlight for many. Perfect sunsets, the wind in your hair, picturesque coastline and islands to admire, sailing boats enjoying a timeless holiday – highlights all.
But for many boat travellers, there is an additional attraction to travelling the pristine waters of the Adriatic – the chance to see dolphins up close and personal. 

Such is the story of six bottlenose dolphins spotted by the Blue World Institute last month. The playful dolphins were seen at the front of Jadrolinija’s ‘Petar Hektorović’ ferry, riding the bow pressure waves of the boat. The ferry was just approaching the Vis bay.

“Our last sighting of a group of six bottlenose dolphins happened yesterday just at the entrance to Vis bay. We finished with photographing, the sun just went down and the “Petar Hektorović“ ferry was running with 12 knots towards Vis. Both us and the dolphins were literally on our way. We decided to move aside. The dolphins obviously had another plan,” wrote the Blue World Institute on their Facebook page.

Where to Find Authentic Dalmatian Dishes?

Dalmatian food is delicious. And healthy. So delicious and healthy in fact that UNESCO inscribed the Mediterranean Diet of Brac and Hvar in its list of intangible heritage back in 2013. With its fabulous olive oil, freshest ingredients and abundant Adriatic for the freshest catch of the day, it is no wonder that tourists are as charmed by Dalmatian cuisine as they are by its coastline and islands.

Stay a little longer and you will learn that the variety of Dalmatian cuisine is rich, and most areas have their own cuisine and dishes for which they are rightly famous. From Hvar gregada and Brac vitalac to the arambasi of Sinj and prsut of Dugopolje, Central Dalmatia is rich in indigenous dishes, which are stuffed with the finest and freshest local ingredients.

In an age where TripAdvisor reviews rule, it can be hard to find the best local dishes, and even harder to find the best places to try them, but help is at hand with the first global atlas of local dishes, which not only give in-depth information about the local dishes themselves, but also the best places to try them. These recommendations are given not by visiting tourists but an algorithm based on the opinions of food critics.

Central Dalmatian cuisine is fantastic – get to know it through the new TasteAtlas map of Dalmatia

From Ancient Greece to Stari Grad: Paros to Pharos by Bike After 2400 Years

It is just over 2,400 years since the Ancient Greeks sailed into the deep bay of Stari Grad on Hvar and established a settlement called Pharos. The Greeks had come from the island of Paros, and they brought – among other things – vines and olive trees, which they planted in a fertile field close to their new settlement. Little has changed in that 80 hectare field since then, and it is better known today as UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Stari Grad Plain, and its modern olives and grapes are the basis for Hvar’s outstanding gourmet offer.

Back in 2002, a journey was made from the original Pharos, modern-day Stari Grad – to the island of Paros, with men from Hvar making the journey in reverse, bringing with them olive trees and vines from Hvar – returning them home to the land of their ancestors. It was quite a journey which you can see in the video below.

A second version connecting Paros and Pharos will take place next week, as a team of Hvar cycling enthusiasts will connect the two islands by bicycle, starting on October 10, with the Paros 2 Pharos race:

Day 1. PAROS – circle ride ( 48 km, +450/-440m)
Day 2. Megara – Aigio ( 138,2 km, +600/-570m)
Day 3. Aigio – Palairos ( 163,7 km, +1410/-1450m)
Day 4. Palairos – Igoumenítsa ( 124,5 km, + 1040/-1050m)
Day 5. Igoumenitsa – Vlora /AL (186,7 km, +2470/-2490m)
Day 6. Vlora – Tirana ( around 136,8 km, +820/-710 m)
Day 7. Tirana – Shkoder ( 109,2 km, +50/-140 m
Day 8. Shkoder – Kotor/ MNE ( 110,4 km, +1520/-1520 m)
Day 9. Kotor – Ston ( 139,2 km, +2040/-2030m)
Day 10. Ston – PHAROS /Stari Grad (144,1 km, +1600/-1610m)

We wish them all the best in recreating history! To learn more about Stari Grad, click here.

Central Dalmatia, a Spectacular Film Set for a Century

Game of Thrones, Mamma Mia 2 and more – the film industry is discovering something we all know – Central Dalmatia is gorgeous and the perfect backdrop to a Hollywood blockbuster. The island of Vis played home to the Mamma Mia 2 filming last year, while the hit HBO series Game of Thrones has been shot in various locations all over the region, such as Zrnovnica, Klis, Split and Kastela.

Central Dalmatia’s filming tradition goes back much further, however… Take a look at Split, for example. A gorgeous city very popular with tourists today, but perhaps even more appealing before the crowds way back in 1924, when the Dalmatian capital was used in the filming of the film, The Grand Duke’s Finances. The plot, courtesy of IMDB:

The Grand Duke’s Finances (1924)

The likeable and carefree Grand Duke of Abacco is in dire straits. There is no money left to service the State’s debt; the main creditor is looking forward to expropriating the entire Duchy. The marriage with Olga, Grand Duchess of Russia, would solve everything, but a crucial letter of hers about the engagement has been stolen. Besides, a bunch of revolutionaries and a dubious businessman have other plans regarding the Grand Duke. With the intrusion of adventurer Philipp Collins into the Grand Duke’s affairs, a series of frantic chases, plots and counter-plots begins…

Take a look at the beauty of Split almost a century ago in the video below. To learn more about Split today, click here.