On Wednesday 20th April, 2017, TCN attended a press-conference for Bluegrass Band “Sleepy Man” before the opening of the 8th Edition of the Omiš Guitar Fest.
The Omiš Guitar Festival begins a day early due to an unprecedented number of applications, and so, is gearing up to be another record-breaking year!
The Sun, a popular daily tabloid published in the UK and Ireland, names 7 reasons you should visit the Dalmatian coast.
Dalmacija News reports that the project for the Dalmacija Ultra Trail race has entered its final week of preparations which have lasted lasted over a year - tracing more than 300 kilometers of tracks, more than 2000 hours of work, and over 200 volunteers.
An adventure event across Dalmatia will take place for the first time this year. Meet “Dalmacija Ultra Trail” premiering this October from October 21-23.
TCN's popular series, 25 Things to Know about Croatia, continues on June 1, 2016 with a look at what there is on offer for that growing tourism sector - millennials.
Area around Split is one of the most interesting hiking destinations in Dalmatia. It's mostly because of mountains surrounding city, like Mosor or Kozjak, or further south Biokovo. Recently, dozens of new trails were set, excellently marked, with different difficulty categories. This Sunday we tried one of them, recently created as part of Split-Dalmatia county project EU-Medpaths, aiming to revive inland Dalmatia's huge tourism potentials.
However, that's politics, or at least policy. What we are interested is a path like the one we would like to present, combined from two really great hikes called Educational Trail of Saint Leopold Mandic, and Illyrian River Trail.
Route begins in Omiš, small city about half an hour from Split, easily accessible even without car. Just take local bus number 60 from Split, and it will take you straight to center of Omiš. If you drive, it's even easier. There begins trail, full map is available here. Of course, you can always take some detours, or walk as long as you want.
First stop should be village Zakučac, with the pilgrimage site dedicated to Saint Leopold Mandic, whose family has origins here.
From there, it's very easy to follow info panels explaining natural and historical heritage of this area, known as Republic of Poljica. This first part is about 2.5 kilometres long, but it can also be a separate tour, in case you have doubt in your physical shape. What is great about whole route is that for large part it goes through woods, meaning even in summer there is a shade. Still, be careful, summer heat can be really dangerous in these mountains in the summer. Spring and early autumn, or any dry day in the winter - like this Sunday - are perfect for this kind of route. Summertime hiking is for those who are really in shape for it, or Mountain Rescue Service is about to intervene. However, never forget the main rule: don't ever go hiking unless properly equiped, with enough water, and appropriate clothing and shoes. And of course, never overestimate your abilities.
Route goes up-stream Cetina river, on its right bank, through one of the most beautiful river canyons in Croatia. This river is mostly known for rafting, kayaking or some other adventure activities, but believe me, hiking can be as much as spectacular.
Partly overlaping, route continues with Illyrian River Trail, which is one of the main parts of the EU-MedPaths project in Omiš area. This trail is known for centuries as the main path for inland population bringing their goods to the coast for selling it. About year ago, mountaineers from Omiš helped in marking and now it's really beautiful trail, with not so small altitude difference - more than 500 meters - but available even to hikers in more modest shape. It's about 9.5 kilometres long, and there are three view points, and ten info panels with major informations about ancient Illyric tribes which lived in this area, as well as natural treasures.
There are several detour paths, if feeling more adventurous, go to Cetina bank, when the weather is nice it's excellent point for rest. If not, continue toward small village of Ostrvica, to see what countryside life in Inland Dalmatia looked like in the past.
We found nice detail there - a house obviously built by three brothers back in 1938, financed with the money they probably sent to their family from USA. Dalmatia was one of the strongest emmigrating area before WW2, and many of those people wanted to show how they made in the New world, even with placing a plaque on a family house. In Ostrvica there is even an ancient Roman Villa Rustica, and remains of even older Illyric settlements.
How to go back? You can walk all the way back, or continue toward main road to catch a local bus number 68, either to Split or to Omiš.
What we kept for the end was incredible view of Biokovo mountain in the distance, making us feel like being somewhere near Alps.
Split vicinity offers countless oportunities for nice, not very extreme yet interesting hiking. One of those routes a part of Total Split crew - not the one who is advertising pints - experienced last weekend, on Imbertrek trekking race in and around Omis, a beautiful town just on the Cetina river mouth, some 25 kilometers from Split.
Of course, one doesn't need to participate in Imbertrek (Imber is the mountain overlooking Omis) to enjoy this route. It will take you uphill from Omis to village Naklice, just by the small creek called Lisicina. From Naklice, easy road will take you next two kilometers to Lisicina spring in the middle of incredible looking and maintained orchards.
After this point, the route sharply turns to the east, via pilgrimage route to the small church Our Lady of the Snow. Until then you already passed some six kilometers, but with the view from that 400 meters high hill is really breathtaking, when the weather is clear, the view goes for tens of kilometers around, to all the Central Dalmatian islands, and to inland parts of Omis area. A nice place for a rest, and taking photos.
Next stage is back to Naklice, down the hill, where you are supposed to be careful because of the rocks. At the hill foot, you will have to cross Lisicina creek, without a bridge, and then back to village.
The last part is one of the most beautiful sights to Omis, with Cetina canyon right in front of you, as a bait for another day trip, maybe even with rafting, canyoning or some other extreme fun included. And all this can be done in just a few hours of hiking, even for those not in really good shape.
The whole route can be seen and followed here.
Usually well-informed Split Portal reported that Ultra Europe, which turns into a Ultra Week next year, might change its camping site. After this year's site in Medena camp near Trogir, in 2015 about 3,000 Ultranauts will probably camp in even more attractive place, camp Galeb (Seagull) in Omis. This camp has excellent location by the main road, and has its own huge beach, and lot of natural shade.
This portal says that Split, Hvar and Vis were already confirmed by the Ultra Europe for a week-long party event, although it's not completely true, except off course Split's Poljud Stadium. Other mentioned locations are mostly in category "unofficial, but very likely". Omiš is exactly that - very probable solution. Split Portal checked, and found out that all booking between July 7 and 14 in this camp is blocked, which probably means that Ultra Europe bought complete venue. As we learned last year, during that week, beach will turn into a day version of the festival, with DJs entertaining crowd on the beach.
Travel2Ultra, as an official accommodation operator for the festival, already announced its camping packages, without mentioning location of the camp. Only available info about that is that it will be 25 kilometres from the stadium, which is exactly distance from Split to Omiš.
Another piece of news reported by Split Portal is also interesting. After 2014's fight over Zlatni Rat beach in Bol on island Brač, when local government banned beach party from their famous beach, one of the main Ultra Europe's partners, Sailing Week began advertising Zlatni Rat Beach Party during next year's festival. Knowing that one of the features announced for the next year's week of partying will be a party which will include more than 100 sailing boats in "one of the beautiful Central Dalmatia's coves", is that a new battle on a horizon?