Rat is in Central Dalmatia, 20 km
south-east of Split. Its area once formed
the coastal part of the historic Republic of Poljica.
A new Municipality has recently been instituted with Dugi
Rat ai its administrative centre.
The three main centres of the Dugi Rat municipality are
Dugi Rat, Jesenice and Duće. These comprise
the individual communities of Bajnice, Krilo, Suhi Potok,
Sumpetar, Mali Rat, Orij, Luka, Rogac, Vavlje, Golubinka,
Glavica and Balota by the shore, and Zeljovici, Krug, and
Old Duce beneath the mountain of Mosor.
Nature and climatic features
Apart from enjoying typical Mediterranean
climatic features (warm, dry summers, soft and rainy winters),
Dugi Rat has significant special microclimates. The mountain
ridge and the exposed slopes towards the south protect the
area from the strong, cold north-easterly winds (the "bura")
and for the greater part of the winter provide a milder
climate than average for central Dalmatia.
Rich history of this area dates back to the Stone
Age. From the time and time of Greek colonisation and later
on Roman empire, Illyrians (Delmatians) tribes until inhabitation
of this area by Croats in 7th century, there are many ancient
remains, many of them have never been systematically investigated.
Republic of Poljica long time was autonomous
and independent region with its organisational autonomy
and self-sufficiency in political and economic matters.
However, Poljica lost its political independence during
the 19th century when French army invaded Dalmatia, but
it is re-established in beginning on 20th century and last
until the start of socialism period.
the river mouth of Cetina lie the remains
of the fort thought to be called "Oneum".
Oneum disappeared in the 7th century during the Great migrations,
but the natural route from the continent to the sea was
to important to be deserted for long.
Neretvan corsairs inhabit the area of Omis
and make it their stronghold for their raids on Byzantium,
Venetian and Croatian shipping on the Adriatic. Their threat
became so large and insufferable that plans for a crusade
against Omis were made, but never acted upon.
In 1498. the Turks launch their first
raid on Omis, which fails, but in 1537. they manage to conquer
it. Until 1684. when the Turks retreated, in Omis or its
vicinity there was continuous fighting, with Turks on one
side and Venetia, Hungarians, Croatians and other Christian
nations on another. It fell under the rule of Venice until
1797. when Venetian Republic collapses. After that came
the Austrians then Napoleon's French and then Austrians
again till the end of 1918.
Today two forts over the city
remain Mirabela (at the altitude of 245m)
built in 13th century and Starigrad. Pjaca
is the main city square that lies between the east and
west city gates, and it used to be the main setting for
all major city events until the avenue Fosal
Nowadays it is the tourist centre of a 35
km long Riviera of outstanding beauty.
Numerous monuments from its past are the witnesses of its history,
long and glorious; besides these one can find nowadays an interesting
and colourful market place, a large number of small restaurants,
coffee shops, bistros, various shops including duty free ones and
fashionable boutiques. All these will make your stay pleasant and
good communications with the nearby Split
and beautiful natural beaches of this part of the Riviera
have enabled the development of tourist trade whose traces
are to be seen even before the World War II. A number of
small fishermen's villages along the riviera have had a
long tourist tradition and culture.
The Cetina river and its magnificent canyon
are cut into the picturesque mountainous massif in the very
background of the town. On its way to the sea the river
has created numerous long sandy beaches that are characteristic
of this part of the coast and make it one of the most beautiful,
unusual and incomparable.
Why the Omis Riviera this time? Because
there are still places which are so close and yet so far
from the aggressive rythm of modern life and tourist industry.
Isolated coves where you can always find "your own"
beach, or auto camp at the very seaside
are waiting for you.
the Omis Riviera another time? Small fishermen's villages
preserved in their originality but at the same time offering
full comfort in the newly built premises and private pensions,
villas or apartments, make an extraordinary alternative.
If you have just made up your mind, be sure that the deprived
cold splendour of commercial hotels will be well made up
for by the warmth welcome of your host and his wish to make
Omis is known for all kinds of cultural
events during the summer, the most famous of which is the
Festival of traditional vocal music.
Split is the economic and administrative centre of Middle Dalmatia,
with about 300,000 inhabitants. It is also the jumping-off point for exploration of the coast
and islands of the beautiful Croatian Adriatic.
The site was first settled when, at the end of the third century
AD, the Roman Emperor Diocletian
built his palace here. The importance of Diocletian's Palace
far transcends local significance because of its level of preservation
and the buildings of succeeding historical periods built within
its walls, which today form the very heart of old Split.
Split's growth became particularly rapid in the 7th century,
when the inhabitants of the destroyed Greek and Roman metropolis
Salonae (present-day Solin)
took refuge within its walls. The lovely ruins of Solin outside
the city can still be explored today. In the Middle Ages, Split
was an autonomous commune. Many
of Split's historical and cultural buildings can be found within
the walls of Diocletian's Palace. In addition, numerous museums,
the National Theatre, and old churches and other archaeological
sites in the Split region make it an important cultural attraction.
Split is a busy port, with an international airport
and regular ferry services with the nearby islands, the north
and south Adriatic, Italy and Greece. The merchant and passenger
ships of the Split shipyards may be encountered in almost all
the seas of the world. The fertile fields around Split represent a good base for agriculture,
while cultural monuments, superb landscapes and unparalleled seascapes
make it a tourist's wonderland. Split is also a university seat
and host to numerous scientific institutions.
Trogir is situated in the center of Dalmatia, on the eastern coastline of Adriatic Sea. The heart of Trogir is small islet laying between the gentle hills on the mainland and the coast of the Island of Ciovo. Trogir is city with 2300 years of tradition. Its rich culture is created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, Venetians. Trogir with concentration of palaces, churches, towers, fortress on a small island in a every way deserves its nickname "the stone beauty".
Every year during the tourist season, in period from July 1 to August 31, in the very centre of the town, as the part of Trogir Summer Festival, concerts of classical and folklore music are held-in the open air or inside (the Rector's Palace, Museum Hall, Cathedral, Kamerlengo Fortress...), as well as the promenade concerts along the streets and in the town squares.
Medjugorje ("between the hills") has become well known in the world, because of six young people who claim to have seen visions of the Madonna. Beginning on June 24, 1981, the Blessed Mother appeared to, and later told the visionaries God sent her to our world to help us convert our hearts and lives back to Him. All essential and necessary information concerning the events of Medjugorje can be found on our web-pages www.medjugorje.hr, which is the 'official voice' from Medjugorje.
George Bernard Shaw was enchanted by this beautiful city: for him, it was paradise. And he is not only one. Millions of other people also take home happy memories from this "jewel of the Adriatic".
Dubrovnik has a remarkable history. An independent, merchant republic for 700 years (abolished by Napoleon in 1806), it traded with Turkey and India in the East (with a consul in Goa, India) and had trade representatives in Africa (Cape Verde Islands). It even had diplomatic relations with the English court in the middle ages. Its status was such that powerful and rich Venice was envious of this Croatian-Slav city.
Dubrovnik is the most southern city in Croatia, and the most practical way to reach the city is to do so by air. Dubrovnik is 200 km far to the south from Dugi Rat and Duce. The old town was completed in the 13th century and remains virtually unchanged to the present day. If you are visiting in the summer, do not miss the world-renowned Dubrovnik Summer Festival, with music, theatre and dance performances.