The coastal area, with its abundance of green islands, serene pebbly beaches and the clearest water in the entire Mediterranean, sheltered by the mountains, along with the green “heart” of Cetina and Jadro rivers’ valleys, is the area of central Adriatic coast from Marina in the north to Gradac in the south. It is a place where tourism has been living for over a century. Just as every visitor during the millennium-long history of Central Dalmatia has been mesmerized by a view of bays and islands, picturesque hills and mountains, this region continues to mesmerize its visitors not only with the same natural beauty but also with its rich historical heritage. This is a littoral region that houses as many as three UNESCO world cultural heritage sites in the area of only 20 miles: Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Stari Grad Plain on the island of Hvar and the City of Trogir’s historical centre. Salona is positioned in the middle of these sites, the largest archaeological site on eastern Adriatic coast today and a former capitol of the Roman province Dalmatia. Cultural heritage in Central Dalmatia has been created and left to future generations by inspired artists who carved their skills in wood, marble and stones of walls and palaces of Central Dalmatian cities.
It is no surprise that such picturesque locations of this region have been selected as filming sites for the fourth season of the popular TV series “Game of Thrones,” an adaptation of the third book from “A Song of Ice and Fire” cycles written by an American writer George R. R: Martin.
Cellars of antique Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace in Split, beautiful river landscapes of Žrnovnica and the green hinterland of Biokovo Nature Park overlooking Baška Voda and Klis Fort created natural sets for attractive fight scenes, intrigues, betrayals and revenges depicted in this adaptation of a modern fantasy novel that you will surely enjoy watching.
Places and locations of filming can be visited by coming to Central Dalmatia which, in its beautiful natural and historical environment, lives a modern life of attractive tourism region, one of the leading tourism regions in the Republic of Croatia. Great hotels, private apartments, camps and marinas, gastronomical specialties and warm-hearted hosts are waiting for you. It is easy to reach us via direct flights from Barcelona to Split, a city where lots of fun, songs and events will make your holidays unforgettable. Welcome to Central Dalmatia – the heart of the Adriatic!
Director of Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board
In the streets of this 17 century-old city, the second largest city in Croatia which has its historical centre in the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, and where its historical heritage is within a hand’s grasp, you can visit numerous museums and galleries that are rich in history, and lots of fun and interesting events await you in the streets and squares. It is worthwhile to venture under the vaults and listen to the bells of one of the world’s oldest cathedrals, to touch an Egyptian sphinx located at Imperial Square and rub a toe of a bronze statue dedicated to Bishop Gregory of Nin for good luck. What makes this city recognizable is its style and culture of living in open public areas since the City of Split has the fortune of offering its visitors the true experience of sunny and sheltered streets and squares, bays and walkways, regardless of the season. And when you decide to treat yourselves in one of the numerous restaurants, buffets and Dalmatian taverns, you will realize why Split is not only the place of exquisite gastronomical experiences but also of lively parties, clubs and festivals. A dynamic city that grew from a palace and turned into the heart of a modern Adriatic metropolis, this unique city will give you a reason to stay and live in it regardless of how little time you have to stay. Just give Split a chance and this city will surely win your heart.
Like a silent witness to centuries-old history on a stone cliff overlooking Split, the medieval Klis Fort, one of the most beautiful fortifications in Croatia, proudly stands. With a long history, this strongest Dalmatian fort has been a centre for the first Croatian rulers, noble families and royal protection, and it has also been a place where heroes fought and died defending its walls. This fort has been a symbol of Croatian resistance against Turkish invasion and those glory days are preserved to this day in a form of historical spectacles and “Kliški uskoci” unit.
At the southern approach to Split, under Mosor Mountain, there is a place where a picturesque Žrnonvica settlement is located with its nature, river and forests that attract visitors to come and enjoy unique beauty. Old water mills that have been for centuries the main economic driver for the local population and which today, sheltered by willows, serve as a reminder of days passed, are especially worth visiting.
Fresh water sources have attracted settlers to the area of Baška Voda as early as four thousand years before Christ. Today, Baška Voda is a modern tourism centre located at Makarska Riviera that has been nurturing a tourism tradition for over a century. Located on the green foothills of the Bikovo Nature Park, whose highest peak reaches 1,762 meters above sea level, Baška Voda offers archaeological and museum collections and numerous interesting attractions that attest to its rich history. Today, Baška Voda is most recognized for its pebbly beaches. It is one of the numerous beaches on the sixty kilometres long Makarska Riviera that is covered with picturesque tourist settlements. Especially interesting are stone settlements located at the foothills of the mountain which today are converted into ethnological villages with interesting tourist appeal.
Kaštela”s peculiarity lies in the fact that it developed around fortifications – citadels (kaštela), in seven villages (Kaštel Sućurac, Kaštel Gomilica, Kaštel Kambelovac, Kaštel Lukšić, Kaštel Stari, Kaštel Novi and Kaštel Štafilić), each of them with its own specific traits so typical of this Mediterranean area.
An interesting village is Kaštel Gomilica that developed around the historic fortification Kaštilac, which from the 16th century stands nearly intact on a small island, surrounded by sea and connected with the mainland by a stone bridge. The entrance to the citadel is protected by a high tower entered across a drawbridge.
This unique, romantic and mysterious fortification in Kaštel Gomilica was chosen as the setting for the fourth season of the popular television series Game of Thrones, based on the third book from the series A Song of Ice and Fire by American author George R. R. Martin.