EDEN finalist 2007/2008

Sinj – Town of the Alka Knights

Town of courage and tradition!

The town of Sinj is the centre of the Cetina region which belongs to the Dalmatian hinterland, a place that is geographically and socially linked to the wonderful karst river of Cetina. For generations, its inhabitants have been telling the story of how Our Lady of Sinj saved the town from the Ottoman army in 1715. To commemorate this battle, the Sinjska Alka is held every first Sunday in August, and it is one of the most attractive events in Croatia. This equestrian competition, inscribed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, is not just your average tourist event with elements of folklore. It is much more. It simultaneously reflects the history, tradition, way of life, customs, courage and religion of the local population, presented in a lively manner at the Museum of Sinjska Alka in the renovated Court of the Alka Knights.


Apart from its rich cultural heritage, Sinj will also surprise you with its excellent culinary offer. You can try the various delicacies such as the exceptional prosciutto, cheese, sujuk (a dry spicy sausage) and uštipci (doughnut-like fried pastry) that are served with them. Lovers of river delicacies can pick meals made of crab, Cetina trout or frog, and proper gourmets will discover arambaši, a local meal from Sinj made of minced or chopped beef wrapped in sour cabbage leaves. You will not be able to resist the rich culinary offer from Sinj, but since this region is known for offering active vacations, you will burn those calories quickly with one of the many sports on offer: horse riding, cycling, hiking, canoeing, paragliding, skydiving, fly fishing...