Dalmatian Hinterland

Still not widely known in the world, Dalmatian Hinterland and its scenic wonders and varied cultural heritage are a true uncut diamond. Discovering its treasures and beauties is a special and unforgettable experience.

The primeval beauty, traditional spirit and authenticity preserved over centuries of isolation have started attracting increasing numbers of visitors to Dalmatian Hinterland throughout the year. Its rivers, mountains and caves, together with its entwined cycling, climbing and hiking trails, are a perfect place for active vacation of adventurers as well as for those who merely want to enjoy beautiful views, clean air and pristine nature. 

As the fertile soil of the hinterland is optimal for grape-growing, wine lovers can taste some of the best autochthonous grape varieties such as kujundžuša, debit, pinot, maraština, trnjak and plavac mali. And where’s wine, there’s good food – the Hinterland is well known by its numerous traditional specialties such as Cetina eel and trout, frogs, Sinj arambaši, Vrlika doughnuts, prosciutto, soparnik, bread made under making lid…

Although the world has only begun to discover it, Dalmatian Hinterland boasts eventful history and rich cultural heritage. Stone fortresses and archeological remains scattered throughout it can be seen as evidence of the pivotal events of its history and the authentic customs have been fostered for generations. Nowhere else but here can you see the last European knights who have been performing the Alka of Sinj for 300 years, see the unique silent circle dance and hear ojkanje, the oldest type of singing in Croatia.

Unlike other similar intact destinations, Dalmatian Hinterland is very accessible – urban areas are only half an hour away, a state highway passes through the region and an airport is near, too. In short, there are no reasons for not visiting this magical place and experience it yourself.

Top 10 destinations

These are the must-see places in Dalmatian Hinterland:

River Cetina canyon

Radmanove mlinice

Blue Lake and Red Lake

Source of the Cetina

Museum of Alka of Sinj (UNESCO)

Church of Our Lady of Sinj

Republic of Poljica

Klis and Prozor fortresses

Ancient Roman roads and Tilurium – where football was played more than two millennia ago

Family wineries with centuries-old tradition of winemaking

Top 10 recommendations

OMNIVIA offers great ways of getting to know the beauty and customs od Dalmatian Hinterland. You can enjoy:

Cycling, climbing or hiking numerous trails

Tasting wines made of autochthonous grape varieties and drinking them from bukara (traditional wooden wine cup)

Tasting Dalmatian prosciutto and cheese from sheepskin sack

Electing the knez of Poljica or playing Poljica games

Rafting, kayaking or zip lining down the Cetina canyon

Discovering culinary heritage of Dalmatian Hinterland

Learning how to make bread under baking lid or soparnik

Meeting local people and earning their customs

Horse riding in Sinj

Listening to ojkanje singing (UNESCO) or seeing silent circle dance (UNESCO)

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