Friday, 10 July 2020

Sinj Summer Music School 2020 Kicks Off!

July 10, 2020 - The opening of the Sinj Summer Music School 2020 was opened with a concert by a professor lecturer, and followed by the first of three student concerts. In the beautiful ambiance of the summer terrace of the Alkar Hotel, on July 9, 22 participants performed.

The Sinj Summer Music School is held from July 6 to 18, 2020. The project is designed for musicians of all ages who want to improve existing and adopt new artistic skills in a friendly and stimulating atmosphere. It is intended for teachers, students and pupils: violins, violas, cellos, flutes, clarinets, pianos, trombones, trumpets, trumpets, horns, guitars, saxophones, solo singing and chamber music. This summer school offers the possibility of musical training in working with internationally renowned professors.

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Namely, renowned professors participate in the work of the Summer Music School, offering a variety of professional approaches and educational methods. The first week of the summer school features prof. dr. Karolina Šantl Zupan - flute, prof. Bruno Philipp - clarinet, prof. Boštjan Lipovšek - horn, prof. Gordan Tudor - saxophone, prof. Dušan Kranjc - trombone and prof. Dario Teskera - trumpet.

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The second week features prof. Đorđe Stanetti - piano, prof. Anđelko Krpan - violin and prof. Wladimir Kossjanenko - viola. Classes are held in the morning and early afternoon at several locations in the city center (Alkarski dvori, Sikirica Gallery, Galiotović Gallery, OGŠ Jakov Gotovac). Evening hours are provided for joint music and sports activities and socializing.

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After the opening of the first and second week of the summer music school, there will be concerts by professors, while at the end of each week, there will be concerts by students. The organizer of the Sinj Summer Music School 2020 is the Sinjska Alka Cluster.

Respecting the epidemiological guidelines, the Sinj Tourist Board invites you to join them at tonight’s concert of the attendees, which takes place on the summer terrace of the Alkar Hotel starting at 7 pm.

Monday, 6 July 2020

PHOTOS: Split Association of Blind and Visually Impaired Pilgrimaged to Miraculous Lady of Sinj

July 6, 2020 - After medical staff, firefighters, historical units and others, members of the Split Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired pilgrimaged to Our Lady of Sinj on Saturday, accompanied by friends, family members and priests.

Let us remind you that the occasional pilgrimages were initiated to popularize the Our Lady of Sinj Trail through the Revitalization of the Our Lady of Sinj Trail project. On Saturday, the pilgrims left at 7 am from Dicmo from the church of St. Jakov and Ana, and arrived in Sinj around 12 pm.

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Upon arrival in Sinj, the pilgrims visited the Sinjska Alka Museum, where they were welcomed by the head of the museum Boris Filipović Grčić, and guided through the museum by curator Tomislav Barhanović. After that, they walked the streets of the city and arrived at the Church of Miraculous Lady of Sinj, where a Mass was celebrated.

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These pilgrimages are conceived as a novena on the Saturday before the celebration of the Assumption of Mary. Therefore, the Sinj Tourist Board continues to invite all those interested in joining them in this unique and noble journey with reflection and meditation towards the largest Mary shrine in southern Croatia, the shrine of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Pilgrimage to Miraculous Lady of Sinj Held Over Weekend

June 29,  2020 - After the medical staff, firefighters and historical units, many prominent citizens of various professions were led by priests on a pilgrimage to the Our Lady of Sinj Trail on Saturday.

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Let us remind you that the occasional pilgrimages were initiated to popularize the Our Lady of Sinj Trail through the Revitalization of the Our Lady of Sinj Trail project. The starting point on Saturday was from Solin, at 5 am, in front of the Church of Our Lady of Otok, and the arrival of pilgrims in Sinj was around 3 pm. At that time, a Mass was celebrated in the church of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj.

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Pilgrimages are conceived as a novena on the Saturday before the celebration of the Feast of the Assumption. Therefore, the Sinj Tourist Board invites all interested to join them in the future in this unique and noble path with reflection and meditation.

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Mary 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. The path to Our Lady of Sinj is a pilgrimage route which, from several directions, has been walked for centuries to the largest Mary shrine in southern Croatia, the shrine of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj.

The Sinj Tourist Board thanks you in advance for your announcement and warmly welcomes you!

 

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Swimming Season Opens at Sinj City Pool!

June 27, 2020 - On Saturday, June 27, a new swimming season opens at the City Pool in Sinj.

As the director of the ‘Kamičak’ company Marina Cvitković revealed, all preparations have been made, and the pool is ready for use. From this year, and thanks to City Councilor Ante Šušnjari, who managed to secure an additional 100 thousand kuna from the City of Sinj with an amendment for preparatory work on the pool, in a colorful and visually more appealing environment, the people of Sinj will be able to drink coffee, enjoy ice cream and swim in one of the cleanest swimming pools in Croatia.

"We have updated and painted the space a bit, we finished the work in the engine room, and it is worth mentioning that we have one of the cleanest pool waters in Croatia, which is regularly inspected. The purchase of a new robot for cleaning the pool shell is in progress, and we have changed all the lighting fixtures in the pool so that our pool will be pleasing to the eye in the evening as well," says director Cvitković.

The new swimming season will take place according to new epidemiological standards, which means respecting physical distance and mandatory disinfection. The head of the city pool, Stipe Blajić, claims that the water in the pool, given the constant disinfection and sampling, is safer this year than the sea.

The working hours of the pool will be from 9 am to 9 pm, and ticket prices will remain the same as last year.

"The price of using the pool for the first hour is 10 kuna, and every hour after that 5 kuna, with the condition that swimmers will pay 10 kuna between 9 am and 12 noon, or three hours of swimming. The price of a monthly ticket for everyday users will be 200 kuna, and we have other monthly tickets depending on the day of arrival in the week," said Blajić.

The swimming school will start operating in July.

Source: Ferata

Thursday, 11 June 2020

CycleCroatia E-Bikes Presented in Sinj this Weekend

June 11, 2020 - The beginning of June in Sinj has always been full of sports events. Unfortunately, due to the corona crisis, many sports and other events were canceled because of the epidemiological situation. To justify the name and sports spirit of the city, this Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, CycleCroatia, in cooperation with the Sinj Tourist Board and Aeroclub Sinj, organizes a presentation and training of MTB and racing bikes, both electric and classic, along with a lecture and workshop for the youngest participants.

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The company CycleCroatia has been engaged in cycling tourism for many years, and two years ago, they also had a branch office in Kaštel Stari, where they launched their new Bike Point. They believe that cycling is one of the most beautiful ways to discover not only new landscapes but also your surroundings. Accordingly, the essence of their business is cycling tours. Cycling is generally beneficial to health, certainly faster than walking, and yet allows you to stay in touch with nature and the environment.

With this goal, CycleCroatia presents the benefits of cycling in Sinj, introducing curious people to e-bikes, but also to promote the Cetina region as an excellent destination for cycling, which is also one of the main goals of the Sinj Tourist Board.

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During these two days from 9:00 to 17:30, with a free presentation, you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with a wide selection of different types of bicycles, master the basic skills of repair and maintenance of bicycles, and the youngest participants, through many interesting workshops and games, can learn proper traffic behavior and how to provide the most basic first aid. Respecting all the recommended measures of the CNIPH, a sufficient number of bicycles will be provided for all interested participants, so early applications are required.

All registered participants will have the opportunity to cycle in two organized groups. The departure time is at 10 am and 3 pm from Piket Sports Airport. You will ride with trained bicycle guides along the path through Sinjsko polje on a total length of 21 km.

The most beautiful possible way to spend a weekend, actively and in nature, don’t forget to save the date!

June 13 and 14, 2020, arrive at 9:00 am at Piket Sports Airport.
For more information and registration contact:
CycleCroatia (Via Tempora d.o.o.)
+385 91 602 2215
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Monday, 8 June 2020

Alka Knights Society President on 305th Edition of Sinjska Alka

June 8, 2020 - The 305th Sinjska Alka will be traditionally held in Sinj this year on Sunday, August 9. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, countless planned events that would gather people en masse have been canceled all over the world, including Croatia. In order to protect human health, all power is delegated to epidemiologists who have been given the authority to prescribe measures and determine behavior in areas under their jurisdiction.

Croatia has somewhat returned to normalcy, but with the recommendation to continue maintaining distance, the main question in Sinj was when and under what conditions the 305th Sinjska Alka would be held. It has run consecutively since 1715, after all. 

This issue troubled members of the Alka Knights Society and the Alka Administration, led by President Dr. Stipe Jukić, who are most responsible for nurturing this segment of cultural heritage that makes Sinj, the Alka region, but also the whole of Croatia, proud. 

Slobodna Dalmacija interviewed Stipe Jukić to find out more.

Due to the favorable movement of the coronavirus epidemic, there are no doubts that this year's Alka will be held. 

"This year's 305th Sinjska Alka will be held according to ancient customs, as required by the written regulations of the Alka Knights Society and oral tradition. We will hold the Alka on August 9, according to the statutory provision that the Alka be held on the first Sunday in August, with Bara and Coja having to be held in the same month. We removed all doubts about the maintenance of this year's Alka, which was especially at the peak of the coronavirus epidemic, when the cancellation of various events began, so we worked out different scenarios for maintaining the continuity of our knightly game," says Dr. Jukić.

Preparations for Alka candidates and flag bearers in the Alka procession usually begin in the second half of May. Have they started yet?

"It is true that the coronavirus pandemic affected the usual movement of things. All Alkar candidates, or at least most, practice riding regularly throughout the year. So it was at the height of the pandemic. Alkars would announce themselves, come to the barn, saddle a horse that is, conditionally speaking, "theirs", and go individually or in a group to ride at the hippodrome, on the nearby Piket or through Sinjsko polje. Every Alkar who truly lives for the Alka trains regularly, as far as his work commitments allow.

Therefore, this year's delay in the start of joint preparations will not affect the training of the Alkars and their horses. That the shortened preparations do not mean an omission, we were convinced during the Ceremonial Sinjska Alka in Vukovar, for which the Alkars prepared for about twenty days, and which, according to the general assessment, was superbly performed in every respect."

When will the candidates gather for the 305th Sinjska Alka?

"Over the next few days, I will hold talks with the Duke of Alkar, Boško Ramljak, and Ivica Filipović Grčić, and then I will convene a session of the Board of Directors of VAD. The first gathering and the start of joint preparations for the Alkar candidates will begin next week."

During the prescribed epidemiological measures, most of the VAD's activities were dormant?

"The Board of Directors did not meet physically for almost two months, but we were in contact almost daily by phone or e-mail, we held telephone sessions and made the necessary decisions. The Sinjska Alka Museum was closed to visitors because visitors could not be expected due to the movement ban. In our Alka stables, activity took place every day because the horses have to eat, drink, be cleaned, new hay has to be put in... We managed to renew some of the horse equipment. During this time, we acquired a dozen new saddles and harness parts. Our phones rang daily. We were called by friends from all parts of Croatia who inquired about holding this year's Alka. Among them was a large number of our sponsors and donors who have already introduced the practice of bringing their business partners from the country and the world to the final Alka festival. We told everyone that we would strive to maintain the Alka under any circumstances, expressing hope that the pandemic would pass and that we would maintain the Alka in the usual atmosphere, with heightened precautions."

In the peak of the pandemic, were different variants of maintaining the Alka worked out just to maintain the continuity of tradition?

"The worst and only inadmissible would be no Alka. We peeked into the Alka’s history and found that the Alka was properly maintained even at the time of the Spanish flu pandemic. That is why we were united in the decision that the Alka must be maintained. At the same time, we knew that if the spread of coronavirus was not curbed, we would have to impose restrictions on performance. So we considered holding the Alka without an audience, raising tribunes only for the Court of Honor and the Duke, but not for spectators, and we also considered reducing the number of participants in the Alka procession to the statutory minimum of eleven spearmen. We worked out all these variants without compromising the ceremony and performance that make the Alka. Thank God, as things stand now, all those variants have gone away and we are preparing to maintain the Alka as usual."

Will there be a full crowd?

"Of course. We will still have contacts with the Civil Protection Headquarters, both local and national. If the pandemic continues to end in our area, Croatia and Europe, there will be no reason not to hold this year's Alka festival in its entirety, which means that the Alkars and Alkar boys will hold another commemorative event in front of a crowded audience and crowded streets of our city."

When, in that case, can we expect ticket sales for this year's Sinjska Alka?

"Along the dirt track of the Alkar racetrack, the assembly of grandstands for the auditorium with a capacity of 5,000 seats will begin in July. When epidemiologists definitely confirm to us that we can prepare for the maintenance of the Alka under normal conditions, we will announce ticket sales. We will put about 3500 of them on sale because we have to set aside about 1500 tickets for our sponsors, donors and guests. Last year, we sold tickets online for the first time and had a positive experience. Therefore, we will apply this practice this year as well. This year's Alka should be held in a calmer political atmosphere, as presidential elections were held at the end of last year, and parliamentary elections will be held in July."

For years, the most prominent state officials have appeared at the Alka. Are you expecting them on August 9 for the 305th edition?

"It is already a tradition for the Alka to be held under the auspices of the head of state. In this context, we asked the newly elected President of the Republic of Croatia, Zoran Milanović, to be the patron of the 305th Sinjska Alka, which he gladly accepted. The delegation of the Alka administration invited President Milanović to personally attend this year's Alka and we received a promise that he would come.

Of course, we also invited the Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and the President of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandroković, as well as numerous other high-ranking guests and guests from the political, public, cultural and economic life of Croatia.

The July elections will play the most crucial role in the composition of this year's guests. Regardless of everything, we will be happy to host them all on Alka Day, because we receive all well-wishers at the Alka Feast with an open heart."

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Friday, 5 June 2020

Our Lady of Sinj Trail to be Revitalized

June 5, 2020 - The Our Lady of Sinj trail stretches on the route Solin - Sinj - Livno - Tomislavgrad - Rama and is 148 kilometers long.

Split-Dalmatia County, in cooperation with the Shrine of Our Lady Sinj, HGSS branch Split, the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, the cities of Sinj, Solin, municipalities Dicmo, Dugopolje and Klis, the Tourist Boards of Sinj and Solin, and the municipalities of Dugopolje and Klis have joined forces to renovate and upgrade the Our Lady of Sinj trail, which will take place in three project phases.

The Our Lady of Sinj trail stretches on the route Solin - Sinj - Livno - Tomislavgrad - Rama and is 148 kilometers long. It is a pilgrimage route that, from several directions, has been walked for centuries to the largest Mary 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 horse trails and the abandoned route of the Rera, the former Sinj railway.

After the official completion of the project in 2015, there were numerous devastations on the track itself. Therefore, with the aim of further evaluation, Split-Dalmatia County initiated its renovation, but also a symbolic pilgrimage on the eve of the celebration of the Feast of the Assumption.

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Already this Saturday, June 6, the first organized pilgrimage of medical staff begins, as a vow and thanks for the successful fight against COVID-19. The starting point is from Solin at 5 am in front of the Church of Our Lady of Otok, and their arrival in Sinj is expected at around 3 pm. There will be a Mass in the church of Miraculous Lady of Sinj. Pilgrimages are conceived as a novena on the Saturday before the celebration of the Feast of the Assumption. The Sinj Tourist Board, therefore, invites all those interested to join them in this unique and noble journey with contemplation and meditation.

Mary shrines have always had a special place in the hearts of believers. They worshiped and venerated 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. Throughout history, she was also called the fidelissima advocata Croatiae (the most faithful lawyer of Croats).

Every year, on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption, on the nights between August 8 and 15, thousands of pilgrims, especially young people, go on a pilgrimage to the town of Sinj, and on August 15, a central religious ceremony is held. Accompanied by the celebration of bells and the playing of fanfares, 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 this image on your shoulders.

The historical connection between the faithful and Our Lady's shrines is enhanced 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, as well as from many other places in Croatia.

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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 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 expedition to the Heavenly Mother, they will pass by the remains of old paths and bridges, along the forts, forts, stećak tombstones, sacral buildings and museums.

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

The trails to Our Lady of Sinj are an excellent example of the functional coexistence of tourism and religion without disturbing the natural balance.

A valuable contribution to the tourist offer of the city of Sinj, Cetina region and Split-Dalmatia County is 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.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

305th Sinjska Alka to be Held on August 9, 2020

May 28, 2020 -It's official - the 305th Sinjska Alka will be held on August 9, 2020. 

Dalmacija Danas reports that a meeting was held on Wednesday in the Croatian Parliament, where the President of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandroković received the Mayor of the City of Sinj Kristina Križanac and a delegation of the Knights of Alkar Society, led by the President of the VAD Stipe Jukić.

At the meeting, they informed President Jandroković about the preparations for the 305th Sinjska Alka, which will take place on August 9, 2020, thanked him for his many years of support, and sent him an invitation to this year's Alka festivities.

On the same day, a meeting was held in Banski dvori, where Prime Minister Andrej Plenković received the Mayor of Sinj Kristina Križanac and a delegation of the Knights of Alkar Society Sinj led by President Stipe Jukić and Alkar Duke Boško Ramljak. At the meeting, the Government was informed about the preparations for this year's 305th Sinj Alka.

The Mayor and the VAD delegation thanked the Government and Prime Minister Plenković for the financial support so far in the implementation of projects important for the functioning of the Alkar Society, as well as the continuous financial assistance related to the work of the Sinjska Alka Museum and Alkar Stud Farm.

Prime Minister Plenković expressed his gratitude to the City of Sinj and the Knights of Alka Society and emphasized that by supporting the Sinj Alka we jointly promote Croatian cultural heritage, values and national identity and that the Government will continue to support the City of Sinj and the Sinj Alka through the Ministry of Culture and other departments.

Along with the Mayor of Sinj Kristina Križanac and the President of the Knights of Alkar Society Stipe Jukić, both meetings with the President of the Parliament and the Prime Minister were attended by the Guardian of the Shrine of Our Lady of Sinj Fr. Ante Čovo, Deputy President of VAD Dinko Bošnjak, arambaša Ivo Vukasović, member of the Board of Directors of VAD Igor Vidalina and member of the Court of Honor Tomislav Župić, as well as the President of the Supervisory Board of VAD Hrvoje Markulin.

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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.

 

Monday, 27 April 2020

Tourism in the Corona Age: 10 Virtual Ways to Discover Sinj

April 22, 2020 - Tourism is on hold, but most of us have plenty of time. So let's look at the virtual resources available to explore Croatia virtually. We continue our new Virtual Croatia series with the tools to discover Sinj.

A few weeks ago I wrote that being a tourism blogger in the corona era was about as useful as being a cocktail barman in Saudi Arabia. I feel less useless now, a few weeks later, and I am encouraged by the number of Croatian tourism businesses who are contacting us wanting to start thinking of promoting post-corona tourism. 

One of the challenges of writing about tourism at the moment is that there is nothing positive to write about. With people confined to their homes and tourism in Croatia currently not possible, many have decided to go into hibernation until it is all over. 

I think that this is a mistake, and I have greatly enjoyed the TCN series by Zoran Pejovic of Paradox Hospitality on thinking ahead to tourism in a post-corona world.  You can find Zoran's articles here.

Way back on March 14 - several lifetimes ago - I published an article called Tourism in the Corona Age: 10 Virtual Ways to Discover Zagreb. The way I saw things, now was an OUTSTANDING opportunity for tourism promotion. People have time, they yearn for their freedom and former lives, so give them the tools to thoroughly research and enjoy your destinations, and you will have then longing to be there. And when they do come, they will have a deeper understanding of the destination due to their research. 

South Africa and Portugal were the first to do their post-corona tourism promotion videos several weeks ago (Post-Corona Tourism Planning: Lessons from South Africa and Portugal), a trick which has been followed by other tourism countries, the latest being Croatia with the national tourist board campaign, #CroatiaLongDistanceLove, going live yesterday.

But while these campaigns create longing and market presence, they don't really educate. People now have time to really get into destinations. And dreams of escape to somewhere more exotic are high on the list of priorities of many. 

So TCN has decided to help with that education with a new series called Virtual Croatia, where we will be helping you discover many of Croatia's destinations with all the best virtual tools available on your self-isolating sofa at home. 

We started last week with Tourism in the Corona Age: 10 Virtual Tools to Discover Hvar.

After this, we put our a press release (which you can read here in English and Croatian) offering a free article to any local tourist board in Croatia who would like the free promotion in our Virtual Croatia series

And it was no surprise to me that the first response I received was from the Dalmatian town of Sinj, whose tourist board is a shining example of how to run a local tourist board, and it continues a tradition of proactive responses from the Sinj Tourist Board. 

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Back in 2013, I got the job as the official blogger for the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board. An email was sent out from the regional office to all the local tourist boards informing the local directors of this, and inviting them to contact me to discuss articles to write about the destination. Within an hour, then Sinj Tourist Board director Jelena Bilic had contacted me with an invitation to visit Sinj and discuss everything over a traditional Sinj arambasi lunch. It was a fascinating day, which I recorded on Canadian news portal Digital Journal, and it was part of Jelena's very successful campaign to put Sinj on the tourism map of Dalmatia. It was also the seed which started the launch of our Total Inland Dalmatia portal, which has helped to promote inland Dalmatia over the last few years. 

Jelena went on to be promoted to the Croatian National Tourist Board's director in Prague, and her successor Monika Vrgoc has been equally proactive, which is why we find ourselves in a position to Discover Sinj. 

Let's begin! 

Sinj, My Town and Sinj, Alkar Pride by Ana Rucner 

 

A lovely introduction from the Sinj Tourist Board website.

And a beautiful contribution from famed Croatian cellist, Ana Rucner.

And a charming overview of the town dating back to 2014.

UNESCO Heritage: the Sinj Alka Knights Tournament

It is the last knights' tournament in all Europe, and one which has been celebrated every year for 300 years since the Siege of Sinj by the Ottomans in 1715. If there is one thing which defines Sinj, it is this. Every year, Sinjska Alka attracts the Croatian President and other dignitaries and is broadcast live on national television.

You can learn more about the UNESCO intangible heritage above.

A journey back in time - Sinjska Alka in 1931.

Space is very limited for spectators for the Sinjska Alka itself, but in the days before the event in early August, you can enjoy the rehearsals.

And the Children's Alka event is a great event. Aren't those outfits cute!

Vela Gospa and Walking the Path of Our Lady of Sinj

Sinjska Alka might be the most famous event in this historic Dalmatian town in August, but it is not the most popular.

Up to 150,000 people take part in the annual pilgrimage from Split to Sinj on the Feast of the Assumption on August 15 each year.

The pilgrimage takes place each year to honour the Miraculous Madonna of Sinj, who helped repel the Ottoman Turks during the 1715 Siege of Sinj. 

The Siege of Sinj - a Spectacle Not to Be Missed.

The 1715 Siege of Sinj is part of the genetic makeup of the people of Sinj, and it is remembered in different ways. One of the most spectacular is the reenactment of the siege, which takes place several times during the season. Check with the tourist office for details. 

Discover Sinj traditions: Didi from Kamesnice.

The annual carnival pageants in the villages at the foot of the Kamešnica mountain, from the area of towns of Sinj and Trilj and the Municipality of Otok, have traditionally been held for a long time, handing down and preserving local carnival customs. In the villages of Gljev, Han, Bajagić and Gala carnival pageants have served as a unique and authentic way of presenting the age-old customs, interwoven with the sound of carnival pageant bells and other accompanying rituals.

Traditional hand-wheel pottery-making in Potravlje

Traditional hand-wheel pottery-making in Potravlje has been only preserved in this village near Sinj, in the Municipality of Hrvace, whereas in the last few centuries many other villages in the Cetinska Krajina Region were known for cultivating this ancient skill. Up to the Second World War, there were around fifty families involved in pottery-making in the Cetinska Krajina Region, out of which around twenty of them in Potravlje. The potters from Potravlje, or, as they are usually called in this region, bakrari (derived from a local name for a traditional earthen pot, bakra), used to supply the whole Cetinska Krajina Region and greater Dalmatia with their products. Up to the present day, they have sold their products at fairs in Sinj, Trilj, Zadvarje, Vrlika, Metković, Benkovac, Split and elsewhere. Apart from traditional pots, new types of pots are made nowadays, for instance, amphoras (for tourist purposes), flowerpots or pitari, and various miniature traditional pots sold as souvenirs. In ethnologic terms, a pottery-making tradition in Potravlje is categorised as hand-wheel pottery, where the hand wheel concerns a special kind of a small, low potters's wheel which the potter turns with one hand, unlike the foot wheel consisting of two wheels joined by a metal axle, where the potter turns the lower wheel with his foot. It is generally considered that hand-wheel pottery dates from prehistoric times, and in our region from the 4th century B. C. In most of Europe, this type of pottery disappeared a long time ago, having been replaced by foot-wheel pottery. Up to this day, the craft of pottery-making has been only preserved in two families in the village of Potravlje – the family of Jure Knezović (1933-2012), where his sons Ivan (b. 1962) and Pile (b. 1965) have carried on the tradition, and the family of Jure's brother Dušan Knezović. Source: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia

A vibrant music festival scene - from SARS to Gljevstock

Sinj has a VERY vibrant music scene, with not one but two main festivals each year - SARS...

... and Gljevstock, which I was fortunate enough to be I think the first foreigner ever to attend, and certainly the first to write about it for a Canadian news portal back in 2014. 

And for a very good overview of the Sinj music scene, complete with English subtitles, check out this documentary.

And there are plenty of other types of music to enjoy, including more classical, in the tranquil surroundings of Kamicak Fortress and its summer music programme. 

Sinj Aerodrom, the original Split Airport and fantastic sporting resource

 

Sinj has its own airfield. Indeed, it was the original airport for Split decades ago. And what a lovely flight from Brac, for example. 

 

It even has its own air show.

 

And parachute tournament.

 

And if you would like to organise a flight over Sinj, it could look like this. 

Sinj's gourmet treasure - arambasi 

There is one dish you simply have to try when you visit Sinj, the delicious stuffed cabbage rolls called aramasi, which are a local speciality.

Did you know Sinj was the birthplace of football?

And they celebrate it every year with a tradition game between the Delmates and the Romans.

An adventure tourism paradise.

An introduction to the treasures of adventure tourism in Sinj 

Cetina Adventure, one of its most successful events.

The annual bike race To the Source of the Cetina River. 

And it is perhaps no surprise to learn that a town with such a proud Alka equine tradition has its very own - and very active - hippodrome. 

A webcam to discover Sinj

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Keep in touch with the latest action live from downtown SinjKeep in touch with the latest action live from downtown Sinj.

Official Sinj Tourist Board, Virtual Tour, and downloadable guide.

Sinj Tourist Board website - in English, French, German, Italian and Croatian.

Take a virtual tour of the town.

And download the official guide for further reading.

THIS. IS. SINJ. When can we expect your visit? 

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