Dalmatia – Split
Dalmatia – Split: Ethno experience and a walk in the sky in the heart of Dalmatia
Explore central Dalmatia – some thirty ethnographic villages, Mediterranean cuisine with fine wines, a skywalk and the luxury of a holiday in the countryside in the heart of Dalmatia.
Organised tourism has been an important part of our economy for more than 150 years, so we know what we are doing! We have renovated about thirty ethnographic villages for you in order to bring to life the cultural heritage and tradition of our region. You will get to know the rural areas best in Sinj's hinterland, the region of Imotski and Vrgorac, in the hinterland of Omiš, and in the interior of our islands. Although we are best known for summer tourism, numerous luxury holiday homes with swimming pools and many other amenities make us a year-round destination.
What food to try?
It is difficult to come up with just a few recommendations among the many specialities we prepare from healthy produce from our gardens, orchards, pastures, rivers, and the sea. Dalmatian pršut and sheep cheese are indispensable as an appetiser or with our wines. In the hinterland, be sure to try the frog brudet, crayfish from the Cetina, Sinj arambašići, soparnik, pulestar – young rooster under the baking bell, and koštradina – cured mutton with collard greens or sauerkraut on cold days. It’s perfect with our warm bread baked under the baking bell!
We catch and prepare seafood in front of your eyes! And while dried fish used to be the staple, year-round food, today we salt and marinate fish so you can enjoy it with us or take it home. On the island of Vis, be sure to try the Komiža pogača made with locally grown tomatoes and salted anchovies or sardines. Olive oil is an ingredient that we use in almost all dishes, and you can experience traditional production and top-quality tasting at the Olive Oil Museum on the island of Brač.
Before meals, we recommend liqueurs made of myrtle, laurel, and sour cherry, or the home-made rakija brandies – travarica, orahovica, rogačica, or smokovača (with herbs, walnuts, carob, or figs respectively). Some of our wine varieties are either related to or served to develop world-famous wines, such as the Californian zinfandel. In numerous wineries and tasting rooms, you can taste wines from our native varieties such as tribidrag or crljenak kaštelanski, grk, plavac mali, pošip, and vugava.
And for dessert... Only here can you try sweet rafioli – from Imotski or Makarska, paprenjaci, the padišpanj cake of Trilj, or the hib made of figs and almonds with aromatic herbs. You can buy and take the products of our hard-working hands home, and when you run out – you can get more in many stores in Croatia and around the world.
What’s there to do?
Never a dull moment! Our mountains rise almost directly from the sea, with Kozjak, Mosor, Omiška Dinara, and the imposing Biokovo Mountain – a Nature Park with a newly opened skywalk. Be sure to visit the karst phenomena near Imotski - Blue and Red Lakes (believed to be one of the deepest lakes in Europe), Vidova Gora on Brač, the highest peak of all Adriatic islands, the source of the river Cetina near Vrlika, an attractive canyon and estuary near Omiš, and the Blaca desert on Brač. Despite its name, it is not actually a desert. It is named after the hermit way of life of the monks in the monastery.
We have almost 130 marked bike trails that display a wealth of diversity and difficulty levels for all types of cyclists, as well as more than 450 bike-friendly accommodation facilities. Do not miss canoe safaris or rafting on the Cetina and kayaking, canoeing or photo safaris on our islands or in the hinterland. The photos will be stunning!
Be sure to also visit the Vis Archipelago Geopark, the most geologically attractive area of the Adriatic composed of the oldest and youngest rock formations, which also contains the world-famous Blue Cave on Biševo. The Stari Grad Plain on Hvar (a UNESCO heritage site – the largest plain on all Adriatic islands) is just a small fragment of our cultural heritage dating back to the ancient Greeks and Romans – discover why!
The text was provided by Croatian Rural Tourism Association