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Split Dalmatia County

The arts, heritage and lifestyle, that's central Dalmatia in a nutshell. What makes it a place not to miss, for fun, rest and relaxation has a 1700-year-old tradition!

As far back as the year 305, the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who had practically the entire known world at his feet, chose the centre of Dalmatia as the place to build the country house in which he would enjoy the last ten years of his life. Today the former Imperial Palace is the settled historical core of Split, Croatia's second largest city and the eternally young, noisy and merry centre of the region's tourism and economy that sets the rhythm, style and cheer for its wider surroundings, the smaller tourist destinations, the islands off its shores and the green hinterland heart of Dalmatia.

Content from this section is from Croatia National tourist board press info

In Split-Dalmatia region you must...

- see – the view of the Adriatic isles from Biokovo
- visit – the Pustinja Blaca monastery on the island of Brač
- feel – the scent of lavender on the fields of Hvar
- taste – the "Arambašiće" of Sinj
- hear – the musical shows on the Split Peristyle

A heritage of culture and history

Both culture and history were generous to these parts in providing inspiration to artists who from as far back as the antiquity created their art in the stone, walls and palaces of its towns and urban centres, in buildings made of stone that are one of the most memorable characteristics of central Dalmatia.

Arts and Entertainment Events

The tradition of the arts is centuries old here. Not to be missed nowadays are the evenings of the "Split Summers", theatre events on the city squares, streets and venues that recall their roots in the antiquity with world-renowned opera players and conductors. Trogir every summer plays host to a global competition of young tenors. The "First Home of Dalmatian Music" is also located in Trogir, in the 15th century tower of St. Mark, a gathering place for all those wanting to become better acquainted with the legacy of culture that is the musical heritage of Dalmatia.

Natural heritage

Nature too was generous to central Dalmatia, creating a harmony of urban centres and a still exceptionally preserved environment, on a densely populated coastline and on a series of islands bedecked in greenery. Bol on the island of Brač is where you can find the well-known Zlatni rat (Golden Cape) beach whose shape changes depending on the direction of the wind and waves. Central Dalmatia is characterised by the longest natural mainland pebble beaches, overhung by a natural shield from the sun - Dalmatian pines that create shade, especially characteristic of the Makarska Riviera and in particular of Brela, an area held by many to be the home of the most beautiful natural beaches on the Adriatic, opening to a crystal clean sea.

Active tourism

Central Dalmatia is an ideal place to enjoy active tourism and sports. The coast offers great possibilities to enjoy water sports. Bol on the island of Brač is an internationally known destination for surfers and the best place for surfing on the Adriatic. A landward wind called the Maestral blows in the channel between the islands of Brač and Hvar every afternoon, ideal for surfing, while there is a lighter breeze in the morning appropriate for beginners, making Bol ideal for those who are just getting their start in the sport.

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