Sinj, Dalmatinska Zagora region

Not far from Split lies town Sinj that has been writing its chivalrous history for centuries. The most important year for ancient Sinj and the Cetina region was 1715, when the brave people of Sinj, with the help of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj, repelled the attack of the Ottoman army, one of the world’s strongest military powers at that time, and thus prevented the invasion into the entire Cetina region. The people of Sinj especially worship the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as they consider her their helper in this historic victory. In memory of the victorious day, the people of Sinj have been holding the chivalric tournament called “Alka” in August for 300 years. The preparations for this important festivity take place all year round. Being a knight or ”alkar” is a special honor for every native of Sinj, and the traditional uniforms, folk costumes and weapons are unique examples of handicrafts. Alka is the pride and defiance of the Cetina region, the very root of the Croatian people and its living cultural monument. Therefore, if you are near Sinj in August, do not miss this unique spectacle.

Fans of active holidays can enjoy horseback riding, paragliding, hunting, hiking and cycling, and even try traditional hand-wheel pottery in the nearby village of Potravlje.

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