Friday, 29 April 2022

Eco Action: Cleaning Our Lady of Sinj Trail from Dugopolje - Dicmo - Sinj

April 29, 2022 - The Our Lady of Sinj trail will be cleaned on Saturday, April 30, along the Dugopolje - Dicmo - Sinj section. 

Celebrating World Earth Day, April 22, the Sinj Tourist Board, with the support of the City of Sinj, Dicmo Municipality, Dugopolje Tourist Board, Cetina Krajina, Croatian Forests - Sinj Branch, ŽC, HGSS - Sinj Branch, and in cooperation with NOPD Koćari, organizes an eco-action to clean and arrange part of the Our Lady of Sinj trail on the section Dugopolje - Dicmo - Sinj.

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Namely, after last year's action cleaning a part of the Trail (Sinj), unfortunately, illegal waste disposal continued along a large part of the Trail. Therefore, after successfully cleaning and arranging the existing trails on Sutina, the Sinj Tourist Board decided on an additional action to clean and arrange the Trail, which will take place on April 30 (Saturday).

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"We invite volunteers to join us because without your help and participation such actions would not be possible. Together, we awaken awareness of the impact of man on the environment and awareness of the importance of preserving it as our common good. All interested citizens, nature lovers, can join this action of cleaning and landscaping," said the Sinj Tourist Board. 

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In order to carry out this action well, please send your application to e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., stating the name of the action: Trail to Our Lady of Sinj - cleaning and landscaping action, as well as the name and surname of the participant.

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Participants will gather and divide tasks at 9 am, at the location Kukuzovac (industrial zone). 

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Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Easter Monday Breakfast Held in Sinj (PHOTOS)

April 19, 2022- On April 18, Easter Monday, the Sinj Tourist Board, with the support of the City of Sinj and the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, held an outdoor Easter Monday breakfast. 

"The event was organized to present traditional Easter dishes and customs. During the pre-season, our goal is to provide all guests with an insight into our rich tradition of preparing Easter meals and special customs, and thus bring them closer to the destination they are visiting," said the Sinj Tourist Board.

After the welcoming speeches of Miro Bulj, Mayor of Sinj, and Monika Vrgoč, Director of the Sinj Tourist Board, the holiday table was blessed by Fr. Perica Maslać, pastor of the Shrine of Our Miraculous Lady of Sinj.

All visitors could enjoy a richly prepared holiday table consisting of traditional dishes prepared for Easter breakfast, such as boiled eggs, ham, Dalmatian prosciutto, baked bread, sirnica, donuts, and other special desserts. The Sinj majorettes performed in the entertainment part of the program with new choreography, followed by performances by the City Mixed Choir and Sinj musicians Mirna Alfirević and Mislav Norac. Members of the Association for the Preservation of Cetina Region Heritage, KUD Cetina, and the associations Sinjski ferali and Stari zanati decorated the holiday table. The youngest visitors were able to enjoy the Easter magic this year as well, which was prepared this year by members of the Sinjski Ferali Association.

"We thank Ms. Branka Marinović and Mrs. Bader who helped us with the decorations, then the faithful sponsor of the largest poultry farm Mostina d.o.o. from Obrovac Sinj, and special thanks to the Shrine of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj, the Sinj Mixed Choir, employees of KUS, KUD Cetina, the Association for the Preservation of Heritage of the Cetina region and Sinj majorettes," added the Sinj Tourist Board. 

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Monday, 4 April 2022

Sutina Area Cleanup Successfully held by Sinj Tourist Board (PHOTOS)

April 4, 2022 - The Sutina area cleanup was held by the Sinj Tourist Board on Sunday, April 3. 

To mark World Water Day, the Sinj Tourist Board, in cooperation with NOPD Koćari and with the support of the City of Sinj, the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, and the participation of many volunteers and members of mountaineering societies Svilaja and Vukovi - Sinj, Cetina adventure club, Croatian Mountain Service Rescue Sinj, JU More i Krš, cycling club Vlaji -Sinj, and DVD Sinj, held an ecological action on April 3 to clean, arrange, and mark the existing trails in the Sutina area.

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The action was originally planned for April 2, but due to bad weather conditions, it was postponed and held on April 3.

The Sinj Tourist Board thanks all nature lovers who selflessly joined this event! 

Photos by Željko Zrnčić, Marko Glavinić, Nikica Ugrin and Monika Vrgoč.

 

Monday, 7 March 2022

Sinj Tourist Board Successfully Holds 'Tourist in Your Town' (PHOTOS)

March 7, 2022 - On March 5, the jubilee, tenth educational 'Tourist in Your Town' event was held under the expert guidance of members of the Sinj Osinium Association of Tourist Guides and curator of the Franciscan Monastery Collection. The outing was organized by the Sinj Tourist Board. 

Citizens of Sinj, as well as numerous guests from Split, Trogir, Kaštela, Solin, and Omiš, had the opportunity to get to know the city's sights and invaluable cultural treasures inside the Miraculous Lady of Sinj and in the Collections of the Franciscan Monastery.

The aim of this free educational action is to popularize the historical and cultural heritage as one of the main factors for the development of tourism in Sinj, but also to raise awareness of its importance in society as a whole. It is important to emphasize the important role of local tour guides in the interpretation of cultural and historical heritage, traditional customs, and specifics of the region.

Thus, many participants enjoyed sightseeing and learned more about the Knight's Game Alka, Franciscan Classical Gymnasium, Palace, and Villa Tripalo, Stations of the Cross, Grad and Kamičak fortresses, all under the expert guidance of tourist guide Ivan Vuleta.

The curator, Fr. Mirko Marić, guided them through the impressive exhibits of the Franciscan Monastery Collection. Edo and Mirna Crljen took care of the flavors of Sinj's delicacies.

The Sinj Tourist Board thanks all the participants and all those who helped them bring this to life! 

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Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Sinj Tourist Board Organizes 'Tourist in Your Town' Event on March 5

March 2, 2022 - After last year's break caused by the pandemic, the Sinj Tourist Board is organizing the educational action 'Tourist in Your Town' for the 10th time!

Namely, since 1990, at the initiative of the World Federation of the Tourist Guides Association based in Vienna, February 21 has been marked as the International Day of Tourist Guides.

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On this occasion, the Sinj Tourist Board invites all esteemed fellow citizens and their guests to join in on Saturday, March 5 at 10 am at the Alkar Racecourse (next to the Alkar Monument), from where you will visit the Archaeological Collection of the Franciscan Monastery and have a tour of the Church of Our Miraculous Lady of Sinj, numerous cultural and historical monuments, and the Kamičak and Grad fortresses (planned tour duration - 2.30 hours).

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The goal of this free educational action is to popularize the historical and cultural heritage as an important factor for the development of tourism in Sinj, but also to raise awareness of its importance in society as a whole.

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Do not miss the opportunity to see many city sights with expert guidance, but also the impressive exhibition of the Archaeological Collection of the Franciscan Monastery.

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In order to properly organize, please confirm your arrival by phone at 099 4500305 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monday, 14 February 2022

Ancient Wells of Rajčica Valley, Inland Dalmatia's Hidden Wonder

February 14th, 2022 - While most tourists tend to gravitate towards the coastline, there are many hidden gems to discover in inland Dalmatia. Meet the wells of Rajčica valley, a magical place that looks as if it came straight out of a fantasy novel

Less than an hour’s drive from Split, in the rugged karst landscape of the Klis hinterland, you’ll stumble upon an extraordinary site. Known as Rajčica, the valley near Nisko village is home to a cluster of 10 ancient wells.

And when we say ancient, it’s actually a bit hard to pinpoint the moment in time when the wells were built. They are commonly referred to as Roman wells, some believe they're from the Illyrian times, and it’s also said they date to late Middle ages, namely the 13th or 14th centuries.

Whatever the case, there’s a certain mystical quality to the picturesque site; it appears to be timeless. The wells are all alike in size and design; they’re closely spaced, each encircled by a dry stone wall and fitted with stone steps descending to the water surface.

Three of the ten wells are shrouded by greenery and have a lower water level, making them somewhat harder to spot. Since the site is located in a valley, heavy rain will often leave the area flooded; during summer droughts, the water level drops.

It’s unknown whether there are any underground rivers in the area, or if the wells are mainly getting water from precipitation. Nestled among the wells is a small pond where the cattle roaming the area often comes to drink. 

 

The name of this wondrous site is another mystery that remains unsolved. Why Rajčica valley? The name literally translates to tomato in Croatian, but it’s believed to be more likely to refer to the place being a paradise in nature (raj = paradise, heaven). Finally, there are sources that claim the toponym originates from a family name that had a historical presence in the area (the valley of the Rajčić).

The wells of Rajčica used to be a seldom visited site, hidden away in a somewhat inaccessible location where one would have to fight their way through the thicket to get to the untouched clearing.

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These days, it’s more visitor-friendly. Backed by EU funding, Klis Municipality first had a forest road restored that connected the nearby villages of Brštanovo, Nisko and Matase, and which also doubles as an access road to Rajčica valley.

In a more recent part of the project, they had a picnic site built near the ancient wells. As of late 2021, there are seating areas, a grill, and even a balota rink as a nod to one of Dalmatia’s favourite pastimes. 

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Rajčica valley gained in popularity since it was touched up a bit, especially as the pandemic drove more people to forgo urban destinations and spend time in nature instead. It’s not overcrowded yet, so if you happen to be looking for trip ideas, it just might be the perfect moment to visit the mystical wells before they become too popular among the locals and tourists alike. 

 

Saturday, 27 November 2021

2021 Sinj Advent Program is Here!

November 27, 2021 - The 2021 Sinj Advent program is here, with many festive things to enjoy this year, from an ice skating rink to gramophone records fair! 

The sweet anticipation of Christmas is slowly approaching. Socializing with the enticing aromas of mulled wine and delicious snacks guarantees a good time for all those who want to feel the Christmas magic through a handful of fun and unique events in a festive atmosphere.

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Many different events have been prepared for the youngest. They even have their own Children's Week called "Days of Joy, Games, and Peace" organized by the association Whole Life, which begins on the feast of St. Nicholas and lasts until the feast of St. Lucia. The Cetina Region Museum brings an edition of an exciting publication, and on the eve of St. Lucia, the customs and traditions associated with its feast. After polishing their boots well, the little ones will enjoy (but also perform) plays, music and dance performances, choir performances! The Sinj Tourist Board, organized by the Association Prokultura and in cooperation with the City of Sinj, the Sikirica Gallery, and the Cultural and Artistic Center, is setting up an exhibition of photographs "Angels" by the famous photographer Ivo Pervan.

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Numerous valuable and active associations from Sinj and Cetina region have taken several exciting events and actions. Visitors will enjoy concerts by Adastra, Piroman, Vocal Ensemble Jedinstvo, Ana Malovan, Sinj City Music and Mixed Choir, KUD Osinium, Vrilo, and in Disk pod Zvijezda, and the Sinj Majorettes Christmas show. KUD Cetina will take us back in time with its staging of Christmas Eve in the Cetina region, Sinj ferali will delight with an invitation to an evening of poetry and prose with music, and Sinj Folk Theater will contribute to the festive atmosphere with performances. Associations SRMA and Sinjski ferali will decorate the city. The commendable humanitarian action Santa's Equestrian Caravan will delight many children in this most magical time. On the eve of the Advent candle lighting, pilgrimages will be organized along the Path to Our Lady of Sinj from Dugopolje, Dicmo to Sinj. After prayers and blessings, pilgrims will join in the Advent candle lighting. There will be a gramophone records fair for the first time and, after many years, a skating rink!

The New Year's Eve celebration will begin with style: the youngest will be given a children's New Year's Eve organized by Sinj ferali, followed by Sinj culinary specialties, and finally, everyone will welcome the New Year.

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The Sinj Advent is organized by the City of Sinj, the Sinj Tourist Board, the Shrine of Our Miraculous Lady of Sinj, and numerous institutions and associations from the Sinj area.

The Advent program in Sinj will take place following the recommendations of the Civil Protection Headquarters and the current measures of the CNIPH.

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Thursday, 25 November 2021

Alka Knights Society Invited to Macron Meeting at in Zagreb!

November 25, 2021 - The Alka Knights Society will attend a gala lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Esplanade in Zagreb!

Hajduk is not the only association from Dalmatia that received an invitation to a gala lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron. Representatives of the Alka Knights Society received an invitation on Wednesday to join the French president at the Esplanade table in Zagreb! 

"We are extremely honored by the invitation, and we will gladly respond. As urgent obligations personally prevented me, I decided that Dr. Ivan Nasić, secretary of the Alka Knights Society, would go to the festive lunch. In the ceremonial uniform, President Macron would be greeted by Alkar Andrija Hrgović and Alkar boy Ivan Vučković. We hope to welcome President Macron's birthday in France as well," the president of the Alka Knights Society, Dr. Stipe Jukić, said for Slobodna Dalmacija

Jukić's hope of meeting with President Macron in France is about the expected presentation of the Sinj Alka in Versailles. The Alka's first visit to France was agreed in detail before the Croatian presidency of the EU, as part of Croatia's cultural and historical presentation to Europe. In addition to the ceremonial parade of the entire Alka procession in the area of the historic French castle, the Alkars were to demonstrate the course of their knightly game.

Unfortunately, this did not happen due to epidemiological measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, as the French hosts liked the idea, the invitation remained open as soon as the conditions were created. In Sinj, they reckon that if the pandemic subsides, the Alkars could parade through Versailles in the spring of next year, and then, they believe, they would undoubtedly be able to greet the main host, President Macron.

"The Alka Knights Society was founded in 1715, and today it acts as an association of citizens.

The main activity of the Society is to organize the Alka Tournament of Sinj. A great number of volunteers care about the work of the Society (Assembly, Governing Board, Supervisory Board, Court of Honour). The members of the Society are exclusively of local origin. The Alka Knights Society is the owner of two trading companies – Alka marketing d.o.o. and Alkarska ergela d.o.o.

In 1979 the Alka Knights Society collection of uniforms, equipment and weapons was declared a monument of the highest category. In 2007 the Alka of Sinj was entered in the Register of Croatian Cultural Monuments, and on 16th of November, 2010 it was included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity," reads the Alka website.

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Inland Sinj to Island Hvar - Collaboratively Celebrating Croatia’s Cultural Riches and Natural Diversity

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 - We can’t say enough about the amazing hospitality, divine local cuisine, wines, prosciutto, and bread that we experienced at Peškafondo and Big Game Fishing Competition held on the 5-7 November 2021. It is definitely an experience we look forward to attending again in the future, telling others about it and shouting it out to the world, in our endeavour to promote Croatia as an all-year-round destination.

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What was also apparent over the weekend was the willingness for all to contribute to the success of this post-season event and to draw more attention to Croatia as a whole, not just Hvar. Arriving on Friday we were thrilled to meet Monika Vrgoč from the Sinj Tourist Board. We were also curious to know how and why Sinj was involved in the event as it is an inland area of Dalmatia in our minds not terribly associated with the islands or to Hvar.

Lucky for us it didn’t take long to figure the how they were involved as lunch for the first day of celebrations was a Sinj specialty, arambaši. This was served alongside cured meat products and traditional music, all providing a very homely heartwarming feel to the event, despite the weather and rain. 

Tucking into the arambaši, we wanted to know more. We were thrilled to learn that the Peškafondo isn’t just to promote the island, seafood, and activities. It’s also to showcase the amazing culture of Croatia from inland to the coast, to the islands, and everything in between.

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Sinj Traditional Specialities 

- Arambaši

Coming to Hvar the chefs from Sinj turned out their traditional specialty: arambaši, a most important festival dish.  The arambaši of Sinj consists of chopped beef, smoked bacon wrapped up in pickled cabbage leaves together with a special and traditional blend of spices, including onion, red onion, parsley, pepper, and salt.  These cabbage rolls are arranged in a pot along with a beef bone, covered with finely cut pickled cabbage, adding a piece of prosciutto and a few homemade sausages, locally known as sudžuk. This is then left to cook for several hours with no mixing. The aroma that wafted around the event as everyone was arriving, kept everyone on alert clear that there was going to be a great feast for lunch. And we were not disappointed.

We also learnt that while to the foreign/untrained eye, arambaši may look like regular sarma. But sarma IT IS NOT! It differs from sarma in three distinct ways: the meat is chopped, not minced, there is no rice added to the chopped meat mixture and the spice blend is different from the spices used in sarma, creating a unique and traditional taste.tcn arambasi

- Uštipci

Along with the arambaši, we were also treated to another speciality of Sinj cuisine called uštipci, a long flat deep-fried bread that was served with a smooth flavoured young cheese. Another delicious specialty of Sinj. Huge thanks to the Sinj Tourist Board in Cooperation with the Secondary School Vocational and the Red Cross for putting on such a great spread!

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If you, like us, had no idea where Sinj is or what it has to offer, here is a quick overview:

  • According to the 2011 census, the town itself has a population of 11448 inhabitants, with the immediate surrounding area having a population of 24,832.
  • Located in the heart of the Dalmatian hinterland, Sinj is 30km from the Adriatic Sea.
  • The town is surrounded by beautiful mountains of Kamešnica, Svilaja, and Dinara.
  • It is situated at the edge of the fertile Sinjsko Polje Valley and invigorated by the amazing crisp, clear Cetina River.

And it’s not just the location that makes Sinj such a great place to visit. We were pretty impressed to hear about the activities and offerings that Sinj has available throughout the year. From the history contained both in the museums as well as the living history demonstrated at the festivals, to more active pursuits like hiking, skydiving... The list goes on!

 

The Alka tournament sounds amazing! So much so that we have put it into our diary next year.  Learn more about this global festival here.

Cooperation and Collaboration

Now we can’t just leave this story here because on the second day there was another amazing collaboration, with chefs and friends from Skradin outdoing themselves with serving their famous Skradin risotto and of course famous oysters for lunch. Find out more about this amazing slow-cooked dish in an article written by Expat In Croatia.

Again, the food was delicious, amazing smells and tastes, and very interesting for us to learn about the cooperations that were going on to create this festival.

The squid was like the second event, the main event being the people altogether, celebrating the great atmosphere from the sea from the culture, and from the people.

If this is anything to go by combining resources and creative efforts means increased reach and exposure while spending more efficiently. Together, we will elevate Croatia’s platform, enabling Croatian culture to thrive as an all-year-round tourism destination.

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Read some history to the Peškafondo event here: Celebrating Ten Years of Peškafondo

 

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Sinj Culinary Offer Presented at 2021 Peskafondo & Big Game Fishing Event on Hvar

November 9, 2021 - On Friday, November 5, 2021, the Sinj culinary offer was presented as part of the 2021 Peškafondo & Big Game Fishing event on Hvar.

The Sinj culinary offer was presented thanks to the City of Sinj and the Sinj Tourist Board and in cooperation with the Ban Josip Jelačić Secondary Vocational School and the Sinj Red Cross. 

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Namely, after a short break, and in accordance with epidemiological measures, the 10th international fishing and tourist event "Peškafondo & Big Game Fishing" was successfully held from November 5 to 7 on the island of Hvar. It is an attractive post-season event traditionally organized by the association "365 Gariful Hvar", in cooperation with several Hvar restaurants. The event was attended by 48 teams from all over the Croatian coast, as well as from Slovenia and Serbia (Vojvodina).

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At the invitation of the organizers, and at the initiative of Ivica Bilandžić, Mladen Šimac, Svemir Šimac, Damir Mandac, Damir Alebić, Teo Rako, and Mario Bilandžić, who have been participating in this event for many years, the Sinj culinary offer was presented at the event, through local dishes: Sinj arambaša, fry bread with young cheese and Sinj gingerbread, which were prepared by students and professors of the Ban Josip Jelačić Secondary School, OPG Edo Crljen, and OPG Župić.

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"The presentation and offer of our specialties, despite the unfavorable weather conditions, delighted the hospitable organizers and numerous visitors of this event. We truly thank everyone who helped us in the realization of this project," concluded the Sinj Tourist Board. 

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