Saturday, 6 June 2020

VIDEO: Vranjaca Cave Reopens to Public

June 6, 2020 - Good news for Inland Dalmatia - Vranjaca Cave is open again!

A gem of the Dalmatian hinterland since it first opened to the public in 1929, the Vranjaca Cave has officially reopened for all tourists, caving enthusiasts, and nature lovers to see. 

Just 30 minutes from Split and only 10 minutes away from Dugopolje by car, the easily accessible Vranjaca Cave is situated in the heart of Inland Dalmatia, in the village of Kotlenice.

The cave is located at the foot of the central part of the Mosor mountain, on its north-facing slope, and consists of two parts. The entrance has been known to locals since ancient times, while the other part was discovered in 1903 by Stipe Punda, the owner of the land where the cave is located. 

A small natural passage leads from the entrance chamber to a chamber composed of 9 smaller parts full of cave decorations in all shapes, sizes and colors. A specific feature of the cave is that its interior maintains a constant year-round temperature of about 15⁰C. Full of stalactites and stalagmites, pillars and arcades, Vranjaca is a true pearl of the karst landscape that was declared a protected geomorphological natural monument in 1963.

Check out a video of Vranjaca Cave by the Dugopolje Tourist Board below:

Today, the Punda family from Kotlenice manages the organization of visits to the Vranjaca cave and is responsible for all maintenance.

If you're interested in exploring this masterpiece of nature, contact Marko Punda at +385 (0)98 749 000. Ticket Prices for adults are  HRK 50.00, and children HRK 25.00. Vranjaca Cave is open throughout the year, from 9 am to 7 pm, and the last tour enters the cave one hour before the end of the opening hours!

To read more about Inland Dalmatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

 

Monday, 18 May 2020

Sinj Tourist Board Joins Ecological Action Held to Clean Waste from Pit in Vrdovo Area

May 18, 2020 - The speleological section of the Mountaineering Society Sv. Jakov - Bitelić, with the support of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service - Sinj Branch, Civic Initiative Clean Underground, Hrvace Municipality, Sinj Tourist Board and numerous mountaineering associations, cleaned the waste from a pit in the Vrdovo area.

Croatian karst is known in the world for its deep pits. In Croatia, 54 pits deeper than 250 m have been explored so far, of which three pits are deeper than 1000 m.

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Every year, speleologists find a large number of hitherto unexplored caves and pits. Exploration in large caves and pits takes years. Unfortunately, speleologists often find an increasing number of ecologically endangered caves and pits. Apart from polluted waters and geotechnical interventions in the environment, caves and pits are mostly endangered by waste that is intentionally thrown into them. Numerous such cases are also in the Cetina region.

Therefore, on May 16, the Speleological Section of the Mountaineering Society Sv. Jakov - Bitelić decided to host an environmental action to clean a pit about 60 m deep in the area of Vrdovo in the locality at the foot of Kondžomanovog umca, which unscrupulous citizens have been filling with waste for years. The action had the support of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service - Sinj Branch, Civic Initiative Clean Underground, Hrvace Municipality, numerous mountaineering associations: Velebit, Svilaja, Mosor, Kočari, Jelinak, Željezničar and the Sinj Tourist Board and the Cetina Region.

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The purpose of the whole action was to develop environmental awareness, but also appeal to all tourists who visit the natural beauties of Inland Dalmatia to be environmentally responsible and not leave waste in nature.

The Sinj Tourist Board said they are pleased that the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy has sent the Croatian Parliament a Bill on the proclamation of the Dinara Nature Park. Namely, the new law will protect the Dinara massif (Dinara, Troglav and Kamešnica), the source part and the upper course of the river Cetina and karst fields (Hrvatačko, Paško and Vrličko) along the Cetina.

The protection of the Dinara massif in the category of a nature park is of special interest to the Republic of Croatia due to the preservation of original natural values, rich geodiversity, wild species and endemics and the overall diversity of natural habitats of the Krka and Cetina rivers with their tributaries, wetlands, rocks, forest and cave habitats. and other natural values derived from the centuries-old tradition of the use of space and the rich cultural and historical heritage preserved in numerous archaeological finds and cultural and historical heritage.

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The organizers of the action thank everyone who selflessly helped in this demanding environmental action.

 

Friday, 10 April 2020

Trilj Region Museum Needs Your Help for International Museum Day!

April 10, 2020 - A message from the Trilj Region Museum for International Museum Day, held on May 18.

"Although museums have been forced to close their doors for visitors in order to preserve public health, we also strive to develop museum activity in these difficult circumstances. To the best of our ability, the museum community utilizes smart technologies and modern technological solutions; virtual walks and exhibitions, mobile apps, social networks, podcasts, and various other channels to successfully communicate with your audience. Many cultural events have been delayed and canceled, but some of them go on in a slightly modified form.

One such event is the International Museum Day, which is celebrated on May 18. A common theme of International Museum Day 2020 is "Museums for Diversity and Inclusiveness", which emphasizes the active role of museums in establishing a dialogue between different cultures, promoting social sensibility and building a tolerant and inclusive society.

Since we highly value the individuality, needs, and desires of each of our existing and future visitors, and view diversity as an inexhaustible source of knowledge, creative ideas and experiences, we invite you to create the contents of the upcoming International Museum Day, to be more involved in creating a joint “collage of diversity” that we will present in virtual form on International Museum Day on May 18.

Send us your favorite memories from the Trilj Region Museum: photos, videos, observations, comments, and insights, as well as any other experiences you have gained at the museum, and if you have not visited us yet, let us know why you would like to! From your photos and comments, we will create a kind of virtual book of visitors in the form of videos, and present it on our website and social networks on International Museum Day. In this way, we will mark our day and theme in the best possible way - celebrate diversity and involve everyone who wants to participate.

Thanks in advance and we look forward to hearing from you!

You can send us your contents and information (name, place of residence) by May 15 by:
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
Facebook inbox https://web.facebook.com/TriljskoKraj Museum /
Instagram DM https://www.instagram.com/museum_triljsko_kraja/?hl=en"

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Thursday, 9 April 2020

An Easter Message from Sinj Tourist Board

April 9, 2020 - The Sinj Tourist Board wishes all a Happy Holy Week and Easter Sunday. 

"After forty days of Lent, after suffering and death, a new life is born. Spring inevitably awakens nature, decorates trees in floral dresses, and coats winter greyness with green meadows. Up next is Easter, which will be celebrated differently this year due to the current coronavirus crisis, but at the very core, everything is unchanged - it is a victory of faith and hope, of life over death.

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Every Friday, during Lent, believers participate in the Way of the Cross in the Old Town. In the meditative environment of the centennial conifers, just a few steps from the city center, an oasis of peace and tranquility and an ideal setting for this ceremony. The monumental 14 stations of Christ's suffering on the path to Golgotha were erected on the road leading to the fort and the covenant church. Each work is one of the eminent Croatian sculptors and a true masterpiece. The Way of the Cross is devotion in which all generations are glad to participate.

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With Palm Sunday, believers prepare for the Holy Week, the week of the Passion of the Lord. The blessed olive branches remind us of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, and as a symbol and reminder, they will be present in our homes as well as in the graves of the dear deceased. The rites of the Holy Week, like Palm Sunday, will take place this year without the presence of the faithful, but certainly, no one will be absent in spirit.

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Known for its exceptional and unique culinary specialties, the Alkar city prides itself on offering holiday meals where no one's table is scarce, from traditional lamb and cabbage on Good Thursday to cod, trout, and frogs on Good Friday, when "wine is blood". 

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On Easter itself, the celebration culminates - on early Sunday morning, Easter breakfast is served, both in homes and with fellow citizens. In the last few years, thanks to the efforts of the Sinj Tourist Board and active associations, to the joy of the locals and their guests, an Easter breakfast was organized outdoors, an initiative that has received numerous positive reactions. The greatest Christian holiday is thus celebrated truly solemnly, in the spirit of communion and prosperity. The afternoon is usually reserved for family gatherings in nature, as the Cetina region is truly a piece of paradise on Earth.

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We must believe that the present circumstances will soon be over and that the light of the risen Christ will dispel the darkness and bring us salvation. Until then, a Happy Easter to all!"

To read more about Inland Dalmatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Traveling after Corona: Why Sinj Should Top Your List

April 8, 2020 - Why should Sinj be on the top of your travel list after the corona crisis? A closer look.

CNTraveler (USA) conducted a survey in March on luxury travel trends for 2020, the year that will be remembered for the coronavirus crisis, reports HotSpots.hr.

A total of 565 respondents participated in the study of CNT readers who travel at leisure, at least once a year. This online survey was conducted between March 18 and March 19, 2020.

Luxury travel lovers are following the news and look forward to the situation changing, and are planning their trips accordingly

As many as 56% of travelers have canceled their trips due to the impact of the coronavirus in the selected destination.

32% of travelers said it was not yet certain whether the coronavirus would affect their travels or future travel plans.

Short trips are on the rise, as well as trips to domestic destinations

There was a significant increase (+ 20%) in interest towards domestic destinations and travelers who mentioned that they would replace their travels with a few shorter trips. 

Interestingly, travel to the Caribbean, an area not yet threatened by the coronavirus and still considered safe for travel, has seen only a small number of cancellations.

According to Bloomberg, the Chinese government has spoken about the prospects for rapid economic recovery from the coronavirus in the coming months, and this is expected to be reflected worldwide. Travel will also experience increased booking expected in May and June.

30% of luxury travel lovers will monitor the coronavirus in the next three months, and 43% will monitor the coronavirus for the next 6 months.

Travelers are looking for security at their destination and facility

The decision to travel is related to a number of factors:

- information from reliable sources about when it is safe to travel (52%)

- how secure a property is, how safe it is/whether public transport is recommended (46%)

- details on how to filter air in an airplane (40%)

- marketing communications of tourism companies (3

Until then, luxury travel lovers plan and fantasize about traveling, and when this crisis passes, they will travel as normal.

When asked which destinations CNT readers want to visit most, there were various answers, both domestic and international. When travel restrictions are lifted, the luxury travel audience will be the first to book flights, rooms and plan sailing.

According to this research, luxury travel lovers never stop thinking about travel and it is obvious, according to the answers, that travel is a state of mind.

So, why should you travel to Sinj once all of this is over? Let the photos tempt you.

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To read more about Inland Dalmatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Vrgorac Promotes Local OPGs by Opening Digital Market

March 21, 2020 - The OPGs in the agricultural area of Vrgorac will now be promoted on a digital platform for buyers all around Croatia. 

Dalmacija Danas writes that the town of Vrgorac is an agricultural region with over 450 active farms. This area produces tons of strawberries, peaches, apples, plums, table grapes, various fruits and vegetables, and the region is famous for its honey and wine production. Vrgorac now wants to make information available on local OPGs.

“We will maximize our digital green market by agricultural season. Our application can bring domestic products closer to everyone in Croatia.

The "Buy Local - OPG Fruits and Vegetables" app is the result of work on the Think Global, Buy Local project, which we designed within the City and our Entrepreneurial Center to encourage the sale of local producers' agricultural products on the national market.

As part of the conference Smart Cities - Cities of the Future 2018, the City of Vrgorac was awarded the Smart City Award 2018 in the category - Smart Digitization for the android app Buy Local - OPG Fruits and Vegetables.

First, we created a website with a database of family farms, their products and the quantities available, and then an android application that easily connects producers and end-users in just three steps. This creates a direct connection between the buyer and the farmer.

The base will be filled by the agricultural season. I invite all farmers from the Vrgorac area to enroll and submit information on their quantities. This will enable every Croatian citizen who wants to buy local products so that they can reach you.

The contact person for information will be employee Goran Franić, mobile number: +385 99 3558 606,” said the Mayor of Vrgorac, Ante Pranić.

The Vrgorac digital market is available on the Buy Local website here.

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Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Croatian Wineries at Largest Wine Fair in North America

March 3, 2020 - Four Croatian wineries were among the 163 from 15 countries at this year's Vancouver International Wine Festival. Among them was Krolo Winery, the only representative from Split-Dalmatia County.

VanWineFest was held for the 42nd time and is considered the best international wine festival in North America.

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“We traveled to Canada this year, inspired by the great experience from last year's fair. It is one of the oldest food and wine fairs in the world, which makes it the right place to promote Croatian winemakers as well as our Dalmatian hinterland. The theme of this year's fair was rosé, so our brand was Šjora. Using Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Crvena kastelanski, three extremely powerful red varieties, we were able to produce one of the most impressive rosé wines on the Croatian market, whose quality has now been recognized by world experts,” said Drazan Krolo.

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Krolo’s vineyards are located in Strmendolec, in the Trilj region, a specific area for viticulture. Because the continental climate is blended with the Mediterranean, Krolo wines have one special spark that deserves many international accolades and awards. It is of particular curiosity that, a few years ago, they won a bronze medal for one of the biggest blind trials in the middle of Bordeaux for the Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, a product that has been admired by the French for decades.

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“The reactions of visitors from all over the world were excellent. We need to stand by the biggest ones to confirm our value and I can proudly say that we, together with other colleagues from Croatia, excellently presented our winemaking capabilities. Americans have been passionate about Zinfandel for many years, and our great advantage is the quality of the product we have and the fact that Croatia, or my Kastela, is where this variety comes from. And besides praise, we continue to ship our bottles to the Canadian market,” Drazan Krolo added, noting that after filling the capacity of 40,000 bottles, they do not plan on expanding because he wants to remain committed to every grape and every bottle.

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In addition to Krolo Winery, this year's Croatian representatives in Canada included Korta Katarina from Peljesac and Istrian wineries Franc Arman and Coronica.

The Vancouver International Wine Festival was held from February 22 to March 1, and 57 different events were held as part of the fair - dinners, tastings, workshops, lectures and seminars. Numerous guests had the opportunity to enjoy the "Tastes of Croatia" dinner, where Croatian wines were served with delicious snacks.

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Saturday, 29 February 2020

Meeting Held to Join Tourist Boards of Inland Dalmatia

February 29, 2020 - A meeting was held in Sinj for the informal clusters association of the tourist boards of Inland Dalmatia.

Ferata.hr reports that the meeting was attended by State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Tonci Glavina, Mayor of Sinj Kristina Križanac, Mayor of Vrlika Jure Plazonic, Mayor of Dugopolje Perica Bosancic, Mayor of Klis Jakov Vetma, and directors of tourist boards of Vrlika, Trilj, Sinj and Dugopolje - Dijana Maras, Andriana Ivkovic, Monika Vrgoc, and Tomislav Balić.

The meeting discussed the model of merging the tourist boards of Inland Dalmatia into a single cluster, due to pulling funds from the Ministry of Tourism intended for underdeveloped tourist areas, as well as from funds intended for associated tourist boards through quality joint projects.

 The tourist boards of Inland Dalmatia have so far participated in a series of joint projects and would continue to do so in the official form with the new legislation. This is one of the first meetings on the informal association of Inland Dalmatia tourist boards.

To read more about Inland Dalmatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Be A Tourist in Your Town with Sinj Tourist Board this Weekend

February 25, 2020 - On February 29, 2020, the Sinj Tourist Board will hold the educational tour “Tourist in Your Town”.

For the ninth year in a row, the Sinj Tourist Board is organizing the educational tour “Tourist in Your Town”. Namely, since 1990, on the initiative of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Association based in Vienna, February 21 has been marked as the International Day of Tourist Guides.

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On this occasion, the Tourist Board invites all esteemed citizens and their guests to join them on Saturday, February 29, at 11 am, at the Alojzije Stepinac Promenade, from where you will visit the Franciscan Monastery Archeological Collection and the Sinjska Alka Museum, the Church of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj and the Kamičak Fortress, under the expert guidance of the members of the Sinj Osinium Tourist Guides Association (duration of the tour - 2 hours).

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

Do not miss out on the chance to visit the Church of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj, Kamičak fortress, as well as impressive exhibits of the Archaeological Collection of the Franciscan Monastery and the Sinjska Alka Museum.

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Please confirm your arrival by telephone at 826 352 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

PHOTOS: 6th Carnival of Cetina Region A Success!

February 18, 2020 - Behind us is another hugely successful Cetina region Carnival.

Organized by the City of Sinj, the Sinj Tourist Board and the Sinj Krnjeval Association, for the sixth consecutive year, we had the opportunity to experience an unusual, colorful, noisy and cheerful carnival procession. Nearly 400 participants from Glavice, Karakašica (Bukva), Vrpolje, Čačvina, Bajagić, Obrovac Sinjski, Gala, Gljev, Krenjaval Association of Sinj and Grobničko Donolaši (a traditional carnival group from Čavle near Rijeka), started from the hippodrome and continued through the streets of Sinj. The lively groups were led by Kristina Krizanac, Mayor of the City of Sinj, and Monika Vrgoc, Director of the Sinj Tourist Board.

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After a parade through the city streets, the carnival groups gathered in the Pjaca where the central event was staged. The splendid and inimitable didi vividly portrayed the long and unique tradition of carnival customs of the Cetina region.

The carnival groups didn’t fail to be comical either. For example, the Karakašica group demonstrated that local transport provides passengers with emergency services.

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The carnival crowd continued their colorful day at Dr. Franjo Tudjman's Square in Sinj with delicious beans, donuts and live music by Piromani.

It is worth noting that the 6th Cetina carnival was perpetuated by famous photographer Sime Strikoman with his 701 and 702nd-millennium photography at the Hippodrome in Sinj.

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On this occasion, the Sinj Tourist Board would like to thank all participants of the jubilee 6th Carnival of the Cetina Region who, through their participation, supplemented and refined this event, important both for the tourist promotion of Sinj and for the preservation of valuable traditions and carnival customs. 

They would also like to thank the SRMA and the Red Cross Sinj for their valuable assistance in organizing and preparing the Sinj Majorettes and Sinj City Music for their performances, as well as the employees of KUS-Sinj, JVD Sinj, PP Sinj, Cetinska Krajina Čistoća, Alkar Hotel, Alkar KK and Zagrebačka Brewery.

We hope that we have successfully driven away the evil spirits of winter and welcomed spring!

To read more about Inland Dalmatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Photos by Ivan Pavičić and Roko Pavlinušić

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