Dalmatia - Split

Dalmatia - Split

If you want to cram as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as possible into your trip, your wish will be granted in central Dalmatia, in the county of Split-Dalmatia.

In fact in this leading tourist region of Croatia, within around thirty kilometres of each other are Diocletian’s Palace in Split itself, the largest city in Central Dalmatia, Stari Grad Plain on the island of Hvar and Trogir’s town centre, all sitting waiting for your visit.

 

And that is not the full extent of what the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture has included on its prestigious lists. UNESCO has also put the following ‘intangible cultural heritage’ under its protection from this part of Croatia: Hvar’s agave and aloe-lace-making and is procession Za križen (following the cross), and the Sinj Alka (a traditional knightly tournament originating in Sinj in the 18th century). The list also includes Nijemo kolo (a silent circle dance) from Vrlika and Klapa singing, which is a traditional style of unaccompanied polyphonic singing, recently spread to other Croatian regions from its cradle in Dalmatia.

 

There are numerous archaeological sites, including the well-known Solin. Solin is the biggest such site on the eastern Adriatic coast, and it is proof that there could have once been even more of these great historic monuments. It comprises the remains of the ancient town of Salona, the former capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia, and it is located about six kilometres north of Split. Away from the coast, sustainable tourism and a return to nature have been promoted by ever more popular eco-ethno villages, whereas on the coast, campsites have been promoting the same philosophy by using the plentiful sunlight to generate energy for heating, amongst other things. Campsites in Central Dalmatia are involved with and promote culinary specialities of this part of Croatia. Given the inevitable local fish and seafood, it would be worth tasting delicacies with recipes dating back to the time of Marko Marulić, the father of Croatian literature, who was born in Split. For example, gingerbread flavoured with lots of saffron. This spice, along with honey and coriander, was an exceptionally important product of the islands in the 16th century. Away from the sea, into the Dalmatian hinterland, Cetina trout is an indigenous dish, as is frog brujet (stew) on baškotin (crispy bread-roll): frogs’ legs are bathed in lemon juice and then cooked with other ingredients over a low heat and served with toasted bread.

A rarer drink to find is the ‘cocktail’ of young wine and goat’s milk, which is known by various names in this region: bikla is its name in Vrgorac, the home-town of Tin Ujević, the well-known Croatian poet. Today, Vrgorac also produces a quality wine and the best strawberries in Dalmatia.

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The Jewel of an Empire

In AD 305, the world’s most powerful man, Emperor Diocletian, was faced with the decision on where to spend the rest of his days. Of all of the known world, he chose to build his home in the heart of the region of Dalmatia, setting the first stones in place for the future city of Split.