If you find yourself in Dalmatia at the beginning of August, do not miss Sinjska alka, one of the most beautiful events that testify to the rich cultural and historical heritage of Croatia. Sinjska Alka is a knightly competition which is being held from the 18th century in memory of the victory against the Turkish army. It has been listed on UNESCO's list of intangible world heritage since 2010. It is being held in Sinj, a town in the Dalmatian hinterland, located about a half-hour drive from Split. Contestants on horses must hit the center of the Alka, a small iron circle divided into three parts and hung on a rope across the racetrack, with the spear. The event lasts for three days and the winner is the one who manages to collect the most points.
Bisevo is one of the most distant Croatian islands which hides many natural beauties at its small surface. It is rich with the beautiful beaches in the cove Porat and Mezoporat, ancient olive groves, vineyards and pine forests. Probably the greatest attraction on Bisevo is a magical Modra spilja (Blue Grotto) that is located on the eastern side of the island. The cave was opened to the public in the late 19th century and since then it counts the number of visitors. The cave has a natural entrance below the sea level through which sunlight reflects and illuminates the cave with silver blue paint. The cave is accessible through artificially created entry. During the summer, this unique phenomenon can be visited daily as many agencies organize trips to the Blue Cave, and to Bisevo you can go with the regular ferry boat from Komiza.
Croatia will, very soon, become even closer. In early July, first Croatian low cost airline Dalmatian starts with the flights. This news will make the journey lovers especially happy considering that they will be able to buy tickets at extremely low prices. Flights depart on July 1 and will initially connect Zagreb with as many as 11 European destinations to which they will fly several times a week, and those destinations are: Düsseldorf, Geneva, Hamburg, Larnaca, Milan, Prague, Rome, Sofia, Stuttgart, Warsaw and Zurich. Tickets are on sale from mid-June and can be purchased for 30 euros one way. If you still haven't, book your ticket and choose Croatia as a destination for summer vacation. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the Croatian capital, which is only a few hours drive from Istria and Dalmatia.