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article imagePhoto Essay: Wild and cultural gems of inland Dalmatia, Croatia Special

By Paul Bradbury     Nov 2, 2014 in Travel
Sinj - The Croatia National Tourist Board has launched a new initiative to extend the season. Digital Journal went to visit a lesser known region with a lot of year-round potential.
After a successful branding of 'The Mediterranean as It Once Was', the Croatia National Tourist Board is officially retiring the slogan and moving its focus to extending the season by concentrating on activities away from the beach with a new initiative called Croatia 365; Digital Journal spent some time on October 31, 2014 in one of the lesser discovered but fascinating parts of the country, with plenty to offer the adventurous traveller - inland Dalmatia.
While the beaches and islands of Dalmatia have long been magnets for foreign tourists, the region of Zagora in inland Dalmatia, which is just thirty minutes from the Dalmatian capital of Split, has largely been ignored, despite its rich offer of nature, adventure sports, gastronomy, culture and heritage.
Things are beginning to change, however, and pioneer agencies, such as Domagoj Burica of Dalmatia Explorer, are providing tours and packages for visitors to explore the lesser known treasures of inland Dalmatia. Burica, now in his second year with his agency, is typical of the small but dedicated breed of young tourism professional in the region, whose enthusiasm to show off the treasures of the region is reflected in very high customer satisfaction levels.
The infusion of EU funds on some development projects, the higher profile of adventure tourism options and the use of Klis Fortress as a Game of Thrones' filming location have all helped to bring this largely undeveloped region into sharper focus. A photographic tour with commentary:
Offroad Jeep safari tourism is in its infancy in inland Dalmatia  but agencies such as Dalmatia Expl...
Offroad Jeep safari tourism is in its infancy in inland Dalmatia, but agencies such as Dalmatia Explorer are slowly enticing visitors away from the beach into the wild and natural unknown.
Domagoj Burica
The source of the mighty River Cetina  the lifeblood of Dalmatia and named by Lonely Planet in Europ...
The source of the mighty River Cetina, the lifeblood of Dalmatia and named by Lonely Planet in Europe's top 40 attractions. The source goes down more than 100 metres and attracts many divers.
Domagoj Burica
The 9th century Church of the Holy Saviour is one of the many heritage treasures to be found in inla...
The 9th century Church of the Holy Saviour is one of the many heritage treasures to be found in inland Dalmatia.
Domagoj Burica
For those willing to make the effort  the rewards for hiking in the mountains of inland Dalmatia are...
For those willing to make the effort, the rewards for hiking in the mountains of inland Dalmatia are self-evident.
Domagoj Burica
The region has a proud equestrian tradition  and horse-riding tourism is on the rise.
The region has a proud equestrian tradition, and horse-riding tourism is on the rise.
Sinj Tourist Board
Vranjaca Cave  just 20 minutes from Split  and an astonishing cave going down some 360 metres  or 50...
Vranjaca Cave, just 20 minutes from Split, and an astonishing cave going down some 360 metres, or 500 steps.
Tomislav Balic
The mills of Grab  where flour production has continued in much the same way for over 600 years.
The mills of Grab, where flour production has continued in much the same way for over 600 years.
The impressive Roman military camp at Gardun near Trilj  where it is claimed football was first play...
The impressive Roman military camp at Gardun near Trilj, where it is claimed football was first played some 2,000 years ago.
Domagoj Burica
The town of Sinj is one of Croatia s most cultural destinations  and is at the very heart of inland ...
The town of Sinj is one of Croatia's most cultural destinations, and is at the very heart of inland Dalmatia.
Domagoj Burica
The rich is becoming increasingly popular for adventure sports  such as free climbing near Vrlika.
The rich is becoming increasingly popular for adventure sports, such as free climbing near Vrlika.
Domagoj Burica
The Sinj Alka knights  tournament is one of Croatia s most important cultural events  celebrating th...
The Sinj Alka knights' tournament is one of Croatia's most important cultural events, celebrating the defeat of the Siege of Sinj in 1715.
Ilija Veselica
The mysterious Blue Lake of Imotski  whose varying waterlevels include an annual football match on t...
The mysterious Blue Lake of Imotski, whose varying waterlevels include an annual football match on the lake bed when the lake dries out completely each year.
Domagoj Burica
Cycling tourism has been targeted by the Croatian National Tourist Board as one of six key sectors t...
Cycling tourism has been targeted by the Croatian National Tourist Board as one of six key sectors to prolong the season, and the EU-funded MEDpaths project is adding bike routes and adding to the region's adventure tourism offer.
Domagoj Burica
Klis Fortress overlooking Split and the Gateway to Inland Dalmatia  has had its profile considerably...
Klis Fortress overlooking Split and the Gateway to Inland Dalmatia, has had its profile considerably enhanced with its use as a Game of Thrones location.
Vetus Itinera
Kayaking on Lake Peruca has grown in popularity since the EU-funded Lake2Lake project improved facil...
Kayaking on Lake Peruca has grown in popularity since the EU-funded Lake2Lake project improved facilities, and the lake now features in several competitive adventure races.
Domagoj Burica
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