Via Brattia, 135km of Hiking Trails Across Brac

A great new addition for lovers of the Great Outdoors on one of Croatia’s most scenic islands – meet Via Brattia on the island of Brac.

Now you can be connected and explore the island in its entirety with this new 135 km hiking trail which visits almost every corner of the island, starting and ending in the capital of Supetar.

Via Brattia will pass through the centres of Supetar, Mirac, Sutivan, Bobovisca na moru, Lozisce, Milna, Murvice, Bol, Sumartin, Povalje, Pucisca, Postir, Skrip, and along the parish churches, reaching some of the most beautiful bays on Brac, such as Farska, Rasotica, Lovrecina, and Smrka. The trail is expected to be active from spring 2020.

“With the support of all local self-government units on the island of Brac and the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, this trail around Brac is a joint project of all the tourist boards on our island and the municipalities of Pucisca and Nerezisca. The maps are nearly finished, and the markings have been taken over by the Mountaineering Association Profunda. After the areas are marked and the maps are printed, Brac will finally receive a beautiful hiking and tourist trail they have long dreamed of. Movement, learning and sustainability are new tourism trends that enrich travelers with invaluable experience, and the sun and the sea are just a bonus in this story,” said Ivan Cvitanic, director of the Supetar Tourist Board, where Via Brattia begins and ends.

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Croatia and Central Dalmatia a Hit at New York Times Travel Show

There was a strong Central Dalmatian official tourism presence at this month’s New York Times Travel Show, with both Central Dalmatia director Josko Stella and Split Tourist Board director Alijana Vuksic in attendance to build on the impressive gains already made in this lucrative market for Croatia.

And the sunny Adriatic coast was a total hit.

“The presentation of the Croatian tourism offer at the New York Times Travel Show is of strategic importance, especially if we know that the US market for Croatia is one of the most important far-reaching markets from which we generate the largest tourist traffic. The continuation of American Airlines flights from Philadelphia to Dubrovnik will further boost US tourist traffic this year, and the ultimate goal we are intensively working on is stronger US-Croatia air connectivity,” said national tourist board director Kristijan Stanicic, who also explained that last year over 655 thousand arrivals and more than 1.8 million overnight stays were created by American tourists, 12 percent up on 2019.

A significant number of these high-spending American tourists came to Central Dalmatia, with 105,000 in Split alone, the largest number of foreign tourists from one country. With the success of the New York Travel Show, that number looks set to increase in 2020.

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More Split Records: More Than 5.6 Million Passengers on Ferries in 2019

Central Dalmatia’s booming tourist season in 2019 is breaking records all over the place.

Aided by the new terminal, Split Airport welcomed more than 3 million passengers in 2019, with the city itself almost registering one million arrivals for the first time.

And the records were being broken at sea as well, with more than 5.6 million passengers passing through Split Ferry Port for the first time.

“The total traffic of 5,616,000 passengers at the Split Ferry Port in 2019 is up four percent from a year earlier and is a record annual turnover,” said Vjekoslav Grgic of the Port Authority of Split.

“Throughout 2020, we expect a further increase in passenger and vehicle traffic of about three percent compared to last year’s traffic.”

The increase in traffic also coincides with an upgrading of the Jadrolinija fleet, and the State ferry company has recently taken delivery of a brand new ship from Greece, which will be put into service on the popular Split to Stari Grad route on the island of Hvar. 
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Meet the Second Most Unusual Football Pitch in Imotski

Did you ever wonder where Croatia’s World Cup heroes learned their skills on the football pitch?

Captain Luka Modric is well known for learning his close control and excellent distribution on the streets of Zadar, but Ante Rebic had an altogether different experience – with not one but two of the most unusual football pitches in Europe in his native Imotski.

Looking from the air, you can see the Imotski stadium built into the rock, so unusual that it regularly features in the top ten weirdest stadia in the world. But the real story is in the lake behind.

The Red Lake and the Blue Lake are the top attractions in Imotski, and the level of both varies according to the time of year. Once every few years, the Blue Lake dries out completely, and on those occasions, a traditional game of football is played between the Elves and the Werewolves.

Check it out in the video below – have you ever seen a more unusual football pitch?

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A Record Year: Almost 1 Million Tourists in Split in 2019

It was not so many years ago that Split was better known as the Gateway to the Dalmatian Islands.

How things have changed!

Tourism in the Dalmatian capital is booming, and the city is now one of the hottest destinations in Europe. And the numbers are in to prove it!

Last December was the strongest end of year ever, with a 19% increase in December arrivals on the previous year, with 17,000 tourists contributing to 37,800 overnights, statistics which pleased the Split Tourist Board:

“Advent events, numerous exhibitions, manifestations, entertainment and cultural events and the spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration, which has been the most popular in Croatia for a decade, are the reasons for visitors to Split in December, which brought excellent tourist results. We are particularly pleased with the significant increase in the number of foreign guests in Split this year, which was two thousand more than last year. Also, 6,500 Croatians chose to visit Split in the last month of the year, which is a thousand more than last year, and confirms the popularity of Split and its offer among citizens from all parts of Croatia,” said the Split Tourist Board.

It capped an incredible year for Split, which almost broke through the 1 million tourist arrivals barrier for the first time. In all, some 943,907 tourists contributed 2.75 million overnight stays, with the largest number coming from the important United States market (105,000).

Will 2020 see the million barrier broken? Learn more about Split here