Tuesday, 29 June 2021

7th Horse Caravan in Sinj - Summer '95 (PHOTOS)

June 29, 2021 - Organized by the Association of Split-Dalmatia County Homeland War Juvenile Volunteers, with the support of Split-Dalmatia County, Ministry of Croatian Veterans, Sinj Tourist Board, City of Sinj, and Hrvace Municipality, the 7th Horse Caravan - Summer '95 was held on June 26.

In memory of the significant liberation military-police operation of the Croatian Army in the Summer of '95, the 7th Horse Caravan - Summer '95 was held on Saturday, June 26.

The caravan, in which over 30 participants took part, moved across Sinjsko polje towards the Cetina river, then to Vojskova in Hrvatačko polje and over the bridge on Panj to Bitelić, Vučipolje, Zasiok and finally to the BZ Patriot training ground in Dabar. The entire route passed through important historical sites along which nature has richly spread its beauties.


The caravan was designed so that the entire route was joined by horsemen from the settlement through which the procession was moving. This symbolically represented the community from the military police operation Summer of '95 and Croatian veterans throughout the Homeland War.


Representatives of numerous associations, equestrian clubs, and family farms were present at this caravan. The caravan was led by flag bearers who, in addition to the state flag, carried the flags of the Croatian Army Guards Brigades and the flags of several associations from the Homeland War.

The organizer of the 7th Horse Caravan, the Association of Minor Volunteers of the Homeland War of Split-Dalmatia County, is extremely satisfied with the response and the number of registered participants.

The seventh Caravan took place following the current epidemiological measures.

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Saturday, 19 June 2021

Thrill Blues Festival Returns with 4th Edition on July 2!

June 19, 2021 - Organized by the Trilj Tourist Board and the City of Trilj, the "4th Thrill Blues Festival" will be held on July 2 and 3 in the Trilj City Park.

With its program, the festival complements the Trilj summer event and enriches the cultural and tourist offer of Trilj and the entire Split-Dalmatia County. In the heart of the season, on July 2, 2021, Trilj becomes the capital of blues music. The "Thrill Blues Festival" starts on that day, and the biggest names in the international blues scene arrive in the Cetina region. In addition to enjoying good music, all guests who arrive in this city on the Cetina will have something to see.


On the first day, Friday, July 2, blues fans will be able to visit the workshop "Blues at School", an educational blues class in which children and those interested will be given a lecture on the beginnings and development of blues, chocolate bar presentation in the afternoon and evening "Welcome jam" in the City Park Trilj is planned for hours.

On Saturday, July 3, in Trilj City Park, the main program will be held starting at 6 pm.

The entire event will be held in compliance with the epidemiological measures, and all information and notifications related to the protocol of registration of participants can be found on the official website of the Tourist Board of Trilj www.visittrilj.com

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Tuesday, 1 June 2021

National Prosciutto Fair in Sinj Returns on June 4 and 5!

June 2, 2021 - The National Prosciutto Fair in Sinj returns on June 4 and 5! 

The National Prosciutto and Cured Meats Fair with International Participation in Sinj promotes the traditional way of producing cured meat products in cooperation with the new standards. Thanks to the constant engagement of all associates, manufacturers, institutions, and experts, the fair is being held for the sixteenth year in a row.

This year's National Prosciutto Fair sponsors are the Ministry of Agriculture, with co-organizers the City of Sinj and Split-Dalmatia County.


In recent years, the National Prosciutto Fair in Sinj was held in March or April and took on an international character due to the participation of exhibitors from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, and Italy. The number of exhibitors ranges around 70 (assuming from previous years) with several thousand visitors. The exhibition part of the Fair is planned for the outer part of the Alkar Hotel, where, in addition to cured meat products, premium cheese, wines, and olive oil will be exhibited, as well as traditional useful products produced in rural Dalmatia, Lika and Slavonia, and from the area of islands in Split-Dalmatia County. The grand opening, workshops, and expert evaluation are planned for the interior of the Alkar Hotel in compliance with all prescribed epidemiological measures. 

Producers of prosciutto, cured meat, and other autochthonous products from Croatia, the regional meat industry, producers' associations, family farms engaged in pig breeding and prosciutto production, and representatives of the tourism sector are expected to participate in the Fair this year, in compliance with all epidemiological measures. and caterers.


They plan to evaluate the quality and specificity of prosciutto from individual producers on June 4, 2021.

Professional quality assessment of prosciutto, as before, will be performed based on the "Ordinance on the quality assessment of prosciutto." The evaluation of the quality of prosciutto is public in the presence of members of the expert committee and the media. The products of the Fair's participants will be evaluated.


As in previous years, in addition to the exhibition part of the fair, there are plans to organize professional-educational panels where producers and visitors could be informed about topics related to financing through tenders and programs of Rural Development, which finances investment in small and large farms, i.e., economic entities engaged in the production and processing of indigenous products, such as Dalmatian prosciutto. In addition, they will look at the protection of indigenous products and quality labels, the introduction of standards, models of association, trends, opportunities for cooperation, new opportunities for young people, and other programs encouraged and funded by the government and other institutions.


Day 1 - June 4, 2021, FRIDAY
08:30 -11: 00 Panel workshop - Sensory analytics - professional evaluation
09:00 ARRIVAL OF EXHIBITORS / Exhibition of prosciutto and cured meat products / Presentation of cheese, Presentation of indigenous food products and wines
11:00 Cultural and artistic program of the Fair
12:00 Tour of exhibitors, press statements, and tastings
As part of the Fair, round tables, lectures, and presentations will be organized with the following topics:

Presentation of the program: Government and other institutions, associations and chambers, banks, development programs of the Split-Dalmatia County, development programs of the city of Sinj, Promotion of Quality Labels - "Croatian Quality" and "Originally Croatian" - HGK - Split County Chamber

12:45 News in 2021 from the Rural Development Program - Towards sub-measure 6.3.1- "support for the development of small farms."

14:00 Round table - Models of entrepreneurship development (youth, women, beginners),
Presentation of traditional products, Cultural and artistic program
Promotion of products with the label "Croatian island product"
- Cultural and entertainment program for visitors and exhibitors

Day 2 - June 5, 2021, SATURDAY
10:00 Workshop - training for young people in the field of agriculture, tourism, and entrepreneurship
News in 2021 from the Rural Development Program
Self-employment programs
Gastronomy (traditional products - In Zemane)
Clusters as a model of association - examples of good practice,
Sensory analytics: Importance of prosciutto quality assessment
-13: 00 Announcement of competition results
Winner announcement

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Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Virtual Walk along Our Lady of Sinj Trail (PHOTOS)

May 26, 2021 - The tourist boards of Sinj, Solin, and the municipalities of Klis and Dugopolje, in cooperation with Split-Dalmatia County, the Shrine of Our Lady of Sinj, and the tourist agency Cogitolab, are beginning the first phase of a virtual Our Lady of Sinj Trail and a new website www.stazagospisinjskoj.hr.

After last year's announcement that the Our Lady of Sinj project would be revitalized, initiated by Split-Dalmatia County in cooperation with the Shrine of Our Miraculous Lady of Sinj in Sinj, HGSS Split branch, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, Sinj and Solin, Dicmo, Dugopolje and Klis municipalities, the Tourist Boards of Sinj and Solin and the municipalities of Dugopolje and Klis, the project of renovation and upgrade of the Our Lady of Sinj Trail is currently being implemented through the creation of a Virtual Walk and the creation of a new website.


Željko Zrnčić

The Our Lady of Sinj Trail stretches on the Solin - Sinj - Livno - Tomislavgrad - Rama route and is 148 kilometers long. It is a pilgrimage route that has been used for centuries to walk from several directions to the largest Marian shrine in southern Croatia. The Our Lady of Sinj Trail project has been approved under the IPA Croatia - Bosnia and Herzegovina program and relies on traditional hiking and equestrian trails and the abandoned Rera route, the former Sinj railway.


Monika Vrgoč

After the official completion of the project in 2015, there were numerous devastations on the track itself. Therefore, to further evaluate, Split-Dalmatia County initiated its reconstruction.

Faced with a global pandemic, due to which we all have limited movements and new market conditions and modalities, we have embarked on the first phase of revitalizing the Our Lady of Sinj Trail project.

Using virtual tools, the project tries to bring all interested visitors closer to the entire offer on the trail (numerous sights, rich cultural and historical heritage, as well as tourist facilities) and interest them in future visits to the Our Lady of Sinj Trail and Marian shrines. The virtual walk is prepared by members of the experienced team of the Cogitolab agency in cooperation with the priests of Our Lady of Sinj priests, the Shrine of Our Lady of Otok, the Parish of St. Jakov and Ana in Dicmo, Parish of St. Michael the Archangel in Dugopolje and the Parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Klis, which will provide them with the necessary conditions and help in creating content for many pilgrims who arrive in our southern Croatian Marian shrines.


Ivan Alebić

Marian shrines have always had a special place in the hearts of believers. They worshiped the Blessed Virgin Mary and prayed to her for help in difficult times and troubles. They trusted in her heavenly intercession, honoring her out of gratitude as the queen of the Croats. She has been called the fidelissima advocata Croatiae (the most faithful lawyer of Croats) throughout history.


Ante Gaspar

Every year, before the Feast of the Assumption, between August 8 and 15, thousands of pilgrims, especially young people, go on a pilgrimage to the city of Sinj. On August 15, a central religious ceremony is held. Accompanied by the celebration of bells and fanfare, the image of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj is taken from the church in a solemn procession through the streets of the city. It is a great honor to carry the picture on your shoulders.



The historical connection between the faithful and Our Lady's shrines is also important on the eve of September 8, the feast of the Assumption, the celebration of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is especially solemnly celebrated in Solin, in the Shrine of Our Lady of Otok. Rivers of pilgrims will flow from Sinj to Solin and from many other places in Croatia. It is a special experience to set off on foot along the ancient paved paths on a spiritual journey, away from the city noise and commotion, and to find peace and refuge in the safe shelter of Our Lady. Pilgrims will take the votive step to the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, along marked paths through picturesque areas rich in historical heritage. On the spiritual journey to the Heavenly Mother, they will pass by the remains of old paths and bridges, along with the forts, forts, stećak tombstones, sacral buildings, and museums.


Branko Čović

By developing the accompanying infrastructure and raising awareness of the immense value of cultural and religious heritage, the Our Lady of Sinj Trail is active throughout the year, not only during the feasts of the Assumption.

The Our Lady of Sinj Trail is an excellent example of the functional coexistence of tourism and religion without disturbing the natural balance.

It is also a valuable contribution to the tourist offer of Sinj, Cetina region, and Split-Dalmatia County, proof of smart disposal of cultural and aesthetic values and natural resources, which certainly gives a positive boost to sustainable tourism, welfare, and well-being of society as a whole.

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Monday, 3 May 2021

Ancient Iron Mine in Dugopolje Discovered (VIDEO)

May 3, 2021 - An ancient iron mine in Dugopolje has been discovered near the settlement of Kotlenice! 

At the foot of the Mali Mosor hill near the settlement of Kotlenice (Dugopolje municipality), there is an underground mine in which iron was mined during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was likely mined for the needs of the Roman legion in Trilj's Tirulija, reports Dalmacija Danas.


Saša Sapa Stojanović

However, as the Romans forcibly occupied these areas, it is assumed that they took it from the Illyrians.


Saša Sapa Stojanović

The history of this mine is increased by three entrances and dozens of trenches. The lowest point of the mine is about 35 meters below ground level and branches almost a kilometer in all its directions.


"We urge you not to enter the mine without equipment or expert guidance due to the danger of getting lost or injured by the collapse of fragile material," says the author of the video "Ancient mine - secrets of the underground labyrinth in Kotelnice," Jurica Galić Juka.


Saša Sapa Stojanović

At the end of this instructive and interesting video, speleologists gave a great example of how to protect the heritage of their homeland. Namely, the truck tire thrown into the mine was taken to the surface and then deposited in a container.

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Monday, 12 April 2021

Cycling Tourism Development in Inland Dalmatia - Split Hinterland Presented in Dugopolje

April 12, 2021 - The tourist boards of the Municipality of Dugopolje, the Municipality of Klis, Sinj, Trilj, and Vrlika have joined forces to launch a project for the developing a modern cycling tourism offer in their area. The Cycling tourism development in Inland Dalmatia - Split Hinterland project was presented in Dugopolje.

As a selective form of high value-added tourism, cycling tourism is one of the fastest-growing niches in the tourism industry. Simultaneously, cycling tourism is an extremely sustainable and valuable catalyst for the tourist and economic and social development of areas and regions that traditionally are not considered active in tourism. At the heart of its users' motivation lies the desire to enjoy the preserved spaces and get to know the authentic local cultures.


Bruno Radotić and Petar Čavlović

For tourist-developed destinations, cycling tourism provides much-needed diversification of the offer, the extension of the season, and guests with higher added value. To them, complementary to rural areas, it opens the door to tourist activity. The potential of cycling tourism is also recognized at the strategic level, so in the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia, it is stated as a strategically important product in which it is necessary to invest. Also, in the conditions of the "new normal," cycling tourism acquires an additional positive dimension as one of the most resilient forms of tourism in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Bruno Radotić and Petar Čavlović

Cycling requires a systematic approach to developing infrastructure and services and creating fresh promotional patterns. Collaborating with the brand "Trail - Full Cycling Experience," specializing in the development of cycling destinations, which in Dalmatia develops a cycling offer of Makarska Riviera and Zabiokovolje and the Neretva Valley, and created a unique micro-destination Polje Jezero between Vrgorac and Ploce, began in late 2020 is an extensive field and analytical work of assessing resources, potential, and the current situation in the area of Dugopolje, Klis, Sinj, Trilj, and Vrlika.

During November and December 2020, cycling tourism experts drove all existing and marked routes in the area of all cities and municipalities involved in the project. In total, they analyzed 21 routes with 656 kilometers of bike routes. They assessed the types of routes, their adaptation to market needs, safety status, coherence of marking, complementarity, connectivity, and equipment and tourist attractiveness.


Bruno Radotić and Petar Čavlović

Based on the collected data, a detailed analytical-reporting document was prepared, which was presented to the client's representatives at the meeting held in March in Dugopolje.

The document provides a picture of the current situation, assesses the quality of existing infrastructure, highlights the challenges and obstacles to positioning the area in the cycling market, and provides basic guidelines for the necessary interventions and modifications of existing resources. It recognizes the exceptional potential of Inland Dalmatia as a cycling tourist destination. Preserved nature, diverse landscape, an extensive network of roads and local roads with low traffic intensity, and accessibility from the most important European markets make this branch of sports and adventure tourism a logical step.

Accordingly, the tourist boards of Vrlika, Trilj, and Sinj and the municipalities of Klis and Dugopolje continue to focus on the development of cycling tourism with the aim of greater recognition of the destination in key markets and developing sustainable tourism.

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Saturday, 13 February 2021

Didi s Kamesnice and More Carnival Customs from the Dalmatian Hinterland

February 13, 2021 – Sinj and the Cetina region have long attracted attention with unique and exciting events. One of them is certainly their well-known masquerade festival with 'Didi s Kamesnice', masquerade group from the village of Gljev in the Dalmatian hinterland.

Cetina Region's Masquerade Festival should have been held for the seventh time this year, as well as the centuries-old gatherings of masquerade groups in the Podkamešnica villages, which were supposed to precede the festival and the usual final carnival events. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it was all postponed for the next year.


Millennial photo of the Sinj region masquerades - DIDI / Šime Strikoman

At the Festival, numerous masquerade groups present themselves to the general public in one place. The result is a lively, cheerful, colorful, and noisy procession that maintains a long tradition, according to carefully and strictly established rules.

Croatian protected intangible heritage

Masquerades are the best bearers and guardians of carnival customs in the Cetina region. After the Holy Three Kings' feast on January 6, they set out on visits to villages and hamlets. They are even included on the list of protected intangible cultural goods of the Republic of Croatia, which testifies how precious they are.

Podkamešnička villages are villages at the foot of Kamešnica mountain located on Croatia's border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, near Sinj in the Dalmatian hinterland.

In the villages of Gljev, Han, Obrovac Sinjski, Bajagić, and Gala, masquerade processions are a unique and original way of depicting ancient customs interwoven with the sound of masquerade bells and other accompanying rituals.


Masquerade procession in Obrovac Sinjski / Monika Vrgoč

In the municipality of Otok, each hamlet has its own masquerade group (Jelašce, Priblaće, Živinice, Gala, Ruda, Udovičići, and occasionally there are groups Glavičica-Priblaće, Strana with masquerades from Ovrlje and Korita). In the town of Trilj, masquerade processions take place in the villages of Grab, Jabuka, Košute, Vedrine, Vrpolje, Čačvina, and Velić.


Masquerade procession in Otok / Monika Vrgoč


Masquerade procession in Vrpolje / Monika Vrgoč

Driving away winter and bad spirits

The carnival procession's schedule is based on traditional rules, not subject to any changes, and only men participate in it. At the head is a group of white masquerades and wedding guests, then a group of comedies, and finally, with a certain distance, black masquerades.

The wedding party, which symbolizes the end of winter and spring arrival, was once led by the first grandfather (hrv. dida) and nowadays by the flag bearer (hrv. barjaktar).


Gljev / Monika Vrgoč

The masculine, pregnant bride, accompanied by a groomsman, is looking for the groom, which is the procession's main "task."

There are also married women, girls, and other wedding characters dressed in formal attire (folk costume).

Turk commands the masquerades, taking care not to mix white and black wedding guests, who must never be in the same place at the same time. The Turk and the aunt's characters are associated with the long presence of the Ottomans in this area.


Black wedding guests / Monika Vrgoč

Behind the wedding are comedies, a masquerade group that criticizes current social and political topics without sparing criticism.

Grandparents lead black weddings. They are bearers of the fertility cult who, by simulating sexual intercourse, invoke a better and more abundant annual harvest, another indispensable ritual element.


Grandparents in Gljev / Monika Vrgoč

There are also mourners in the procession, mourning widows who shout funny and comic slogans.

The most attractive and impressive part of the procession are the imposing "didi." They wear sheep's wool up to 1.5 m high on their heads and bells around their waists. They are dressed in old clothes sewn with colorful fringes.

They embody the age-old ritual struggle of good spirits with winter, which they drive away with noise and jumping. With the loud ringing of bells, they cast spells from cattle, which, along with fertility and spring arrival, testifies the most important preoccupations of our ancestors.


Monika Vrgoč


Monika Vrgoč


Ivana Pavičić


Nikola Belančić

Rich and inspiring carnival tradition

This long tradition of carnival customs, which preserves local identity, is nurtured and promoted by the association "Didi from Kamešnica" from the village of Gljev.


The Cetina region's carnival festival seeks to popularize the rich tradition of carnival customs, unique in Europe. Although carnival customs with similar themes exist in other parts of Croatia and Europe, they always embody the ritual struggle of good spirits with winter.

Therefore, "Didi" are welcome guests at festivals throughout Croatia and Europe and an inspiring motive for numerous scientific research, exhibitions, and lectures on the topic of intangible heritage. The famous magazine National Geographic brings the unique "Didi s Kamešnice" on one of its covers.

All photos © Sinj Tourist Board

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Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Sinj Tourist Board Presents New Brochure in Our Lady of Sinj's Honor

February 2, 2021 -The Sinj Tourist Board is proud to present a new brochure about the church and the Miraculous Lady of Sinj.

The new edition of the brochure, based on the previous two editions from 1998 and 2008, with the original text by Fr. Božo Vuleta, attracts attention with its unique design signed by esteemed and award-winning local designer Boris Ljubičić, a native of Sinj. The priests of the sanctuary and the designer himself took part in bringing this brochure to life. Selected photographs perfectly complement the text.


The themes of the new publication include the history of the Franciscans' arrival in this area, centuries of struggle for freedom, sketches of tireless construction, the literal - religious buildings that we know and admire today, and the spiritual - the creation of a community that is the heart of Sinj and Cetina region, but also much wider, like the Marian families; unwavering devotion to the Miraculous Lady of Sinj, artistic and spiritual uniqueness of the church and sanctuary, educational activities of the friars of Sinj, and the unbreakable connection of the Alka and Our Lady. 

The brochure was printed in 3,000 copies, and by the end of March, in addition to the Croatian version, there should be translations in German and English.

Sunday, 31 January 2021

PHOTOS: Environmental Cleanup of Illegal Landfills in Sinj Area

January 31, 2021 - The speleological section of the Sv. Jakov - Bitelić Mountaineering Society, members of HGSS, mountaineering associations, and adventure clubs, in cooperation with the City of Sinj, the Municipality of Hrvace, local and county utilities, and the support of the Sinj Tourist Board, successfully carried out an environmental cleanup of illegal landfills in Sinj (Zelovo) and the municipality of Hrvace.


At the initiative of the members of the speleological section of the Sv. Jakov - Bitelić Mountaineering Society, an ecological action of cleaning and fixing up 14 illegal landfills in the area of the municipality of Hrvace and the village of Zelovo in Sinj, was proposed. Namely, along the county road Hrvace-Zelovo ("old road"), along which several bicycle and pedestrian paths have been marked (through the Medpaths project), there are numerous illegal landfills where irresponsible individuals have disposed of large quantities of various waste for years. These are quantities that greatly endanger the existing infrastructure (Zelovski most), the natural environment, and aesthetically damage the area, which is increasingly used by many recreationists and tourists who stay in the area.



Respecting all valid epidemiological measures, this action was attended by numerous volunteers, nature lovers, members of local mountaineering associations: PD Sv. Jakov - Bitelić, PD Svilaja, NOPD Koćari, members of the Cycling Club Vlaji - Sinj and Cetina adventure - Club of Adventure Sports. The action was attended by members of HGSS station Split, members of DVD Sinj, Croatian Forests, and institutions without whose help this action would not be feasible: County Roads Split, County Road Administration, Cleanliness of Cetina region, and Water supply and drainage of Cetina region.




This action certainly wanted to contribute to environmental awareness and appeal to responsibility for the natural heritage.

The organizers would like to thank everyone who selflessly helped in this extremely demanding environmental action, with the announcement of a similar action soon.

All photos by Nikica Ugrin, Stanka Milošević, and Moniko Vrgoč. 

Thursday, 28 January 2021

Sinj Museum Night: Fully Virtual Program Announced

January 28, 2021 - This year's Sinj Museum Night event will be held on Friday, January 29!

The program at the Sinjska Alka Museum, which will be available from 6 to 11 pm, will be completely virtual. During its duration, two video games and a quiz will be promoted, a virtual walk around the Museum will be organized, as well as a quiz prize game, in which the winner will be chosen from those who answer most questions.

The information will be posted via Instagram and Facebook.

Museum Night Program 2021

The virtual game 'In the middle' is a simulation of the Alka competition. The player rides a horse and tries to hit "in the middle" and collect as many points as possible.

More info HERE

Battle of 1715 is a strategic game for several players, one of whom is on the side of the Ottomans, and the other on the side of Alkars. Through clever strategy, players try to incapacitate the enemy or conquer the Fortress.

More info HERE

Koliko punata? is an online quiz in which players can test their knowledge of the history and culture related to the Sinjska Alka with friends, acquaintances, and others on the Internet!

More info HERE

Virtual walk - On the www.alka.hr website, with a large number of photos and information about Sinjska Alka, the Alka Knights Society Sinj and the Sinjska Museum, you can take a virtual walk through the Museum.

More info HERE

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