Few destinations in Croatia have developed as well in recent years as Imotski.
The famous inland Dalmatian town has long been a centre of wine and culture, but it is only relatively recently that its tourism has boomed. This has been the result of a combination of improved infrastructure, an expansion of luxury accommodation, and effective tourism promotion. As a result of all three, the tourism effect is spreading further into the countryside.
The opening of the A1 motorway several years ago, which was soon followed by an access tunnel to the Makarska Riviera (cutting journey times to the beach to less than 30 minutes) has enabled tourists to look at Imotski as a peaceful and authentic place to base themselves on holiday. In order to meet that demand, there has been an explosion of new villas with swimming pools in the Imotski region, and tourists have been able to enjoy the traditional Dalmatian lifestyle, including the fabulous wines of the Imotski region, while also having easy access to the beach.
Imotski is, of course, famous for its Blue and Red Lakes, but is another coloured lake about to be added to the Imotski tourism offer – the Green Lake of Ricice?
The Green Lake has excellent prerequisites for organising both small sailing regattas and rowing competitions. Its underwater world, which is home to indigenous carp, offers great opportunities for sport fishing, and finally, in the summer, swimming in clean water. The natural environment of the lake, surrounded by high gorges, green meadows, and hiking trails, is a real challenge for fans of walking, running, and family outings.
“We are aware of all the benefits of our jewel and we have seriously taken up the demanding work to finally embark on presenting it to he tourism market,” said Zeljko Tandara, President of the Ricice Native Ecological Association.
“We are aware that the whole lake is under the jurisdiction of the Croatian Water, and that, in cooperation with them, but also our Municipality of Prolozac, and finally the Imota Tourist Board, which covers the entire Imotski region, we need to find a way to revitalize the Green Lake, which can both irrigate our field and give much to the tourist offer,” Tandara added.