New Split Metro Comes into Operation – Just 4 Minutes!

One more transportation upgrade for Split! The new Split metro system took off on June 9, with the city’s mayor Andro Krstulovic Opara and other officials on board for the inaugural journey from Kopilica Bus Station to the main port by Diocletian’s Palace. The journey takes just 4 minutes, costs 11 kuna and will run every 20 minutes.

One of the key aims of the new service is to encourage tour buses to use the facilities of the metro by parking at Kopilica, rather than the congested downtown area by the palace, and financial incentives have been put in place to that effect.

“The organisation of the Main Railway Station in Kopilica and the introduction of the city metro in the service of public transport is expected to reduce the pressure of vehicles, especially tourist buses at the centre of the city. Passengers can get to the center in just four minutes with the new metro and by using a single ticket that is valid for the train and bus, issued by the hour. City trains on the route from Kopilica – Ferry Port and vice versa will travel every 20 minutes,” reads the correspondence sent to travel agencies and signed by Deputy Mayor Nino Vela.

You can check out the first journey in the video above.

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Aromatic Hvar: Programme for 11th Lavender Festival Announced

Known as one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world, Hvar is stunning at any time of year, but there is something special about late June and July.

For this is lavender season, and the time of year when the aromatic lavender bushes are in full bloom. Don’t be surprised to see cars parked randomly by the side of the road, as tourists head into the field to take selfies.

For the last 11 years, the village of Velo Grablje has been the focal point of the lavender harvest. Once the centre of lavender production for all Dalmatia, the village fell on hard times due to emigration and forest fires destroying much of the lavender crop.

Things are much better these days, and the village is undergoing something of a revival. At the heart of everything is the annual lavender festival, where a number of lavender-based activities and recipes come together. Included in the festival is the chance to harvest lavender and take part in the production of the precious lavender oil.

It is a lovely event, and this year it will take place on June 28 and 29. The full proramme is below.

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Popular CBS Show ‘The Amazing Race’ Showcases Split

Some more great promotion for Central Dalmatia, and Split in particular, as the Dalmatian capital starred in its own episode of the popular CBS show, The Amazing Race, with a 45-minute special from various parts of the city. A little about The Amazing Race:
The Emmy Award-winning “The Amazing Race” returns for Season 31, with some of the most memorable and competitive players from “The Amazing Race,” “Survivor” and “Big Brother.” Eleven globe-traveling teams compete on the 25,000-plus mile journey around the world to be crowned winners of the $1 million prize. Each location along their route includes new challenges — some physical and some mental — and as each task is completed, the next destination is revealed. The teams that fall the farthest behind are eliminated, and the first team to make it to the final destination wins the game
Included in the episode are various challenges the participants have to undertake in different parts of the city, including Kasjuni and Bacvice beaches, Marjan and Diocletian’s Palace. 
You can watch the episode in full below. 
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Gljevstock Festival Celebrating 10 Years of Music, Nature and Peace

Ultra Europe may be the biggest music festival on the Central Dalmatian festival calendar each year, but it is certainly not the only one.

One of the lesser known festivals – for tourists at least – is the annual Gljevstock music festival, which takes place each in beautiful nature on the edge of the village of Gljev near Sinj.

All types of music are welcome, with the only stipulation being that the artists must come from the Sinj area. This year’s festival with take place on June 22 and will be the 10th anniversary of Inland Dalmatia’s very own mini-Woodstock. And there will be plenty to do for all the family in addition to the music.

The Mandala workshop or God’s Eye: (according to God’s eye or Ojo de Dios on Quemado Mountain, San Luis Potosi, Mexico) is a spiritual and votive object made of weaving yarn on a wooden cross. A few colors are often used. They are most often found in Mexican communities, among the indigenous and Catholic peoples. The ritual is a tool that is believed to protect those who pray, a magic object and the ancient cultural symbol. There is a limited number of entries (20 people).

For children aged 5 to 14, a creative workshop “Make Me Real” will be held. The youngest students will be able to learn about the birds in the Cetina region and how important they are for nature. The BIOM Association, in cooperation with the Gljevstok Association, will provide participants with all the necessary materials for making a three-dimensional model of a bird species you can find or create a butterfly model that will be a wonderful gift to mothers, granddaughters or festival visitors. Early applications are not required and a maximum of 15 participants can partake. Željko Ćurković will lead the workshop.

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Which Central Dalmatia Destinations are Most Popular with Which Countries?

Central Dalmatia is visited by tourists from every corner of the planet each year, but which countries are the biggest visitors, and which destinations are most popular with tourists from which countries?

A look at the official statistics from 2018 through the numbers of the top 20 countries who visited Central Dalmatia, and their favourite places.

1. Germany (332,086)
Split
Omis
Makarska
2. Poland (304,523)
Omis
Makarska
Baska Voda
3. Croatia (246,455)
Split
Seget
Makarska
4. UK (218.421)
Split
Hvar
Trogir
5. Czechia (220,345)
Baska Voda
Gradac
Omis
6. BiH (170,805)
Makarska
Baska Voda
Gradac
7. USA (138,951)
Split
Hvar
Trogir
8. France (138,957)
Split
Bol
Trogir
9. Sweden (132, 154)
Split
Makarska
Baska Voda
10. Slovakia (95,025)
Baska Voda
Makarska
Tucepi
11. Slovenia (93,551)
Split
Jelsa
Baska Voda
12. Austria (82,025)
Split
Bol
Makarska
13. Norway (81,813)
Split
Makarska
Tucepi
14. Italy (71,216)
Split
Hvar 
Makarska
15. Hungary (72,443)
Makarska
Omis
Trogir
16. Holland (53,380)
Split
Seget
Trogir
17. Australia (53,215)
Split
Hvar
18. Spain (50,078)
Split
Dugopolje 
Hvar
19. South Korea (37,123)
Split 
Seget
20. Switzerland (23,094)
Split
Mararksa
Hvar
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