Food travel in Croatia – modern taverns, Griblja, Sukošan

Lately, many local taverns have taken a turn towards much better service and polished interiors. Not only old, but there are several newly built that are stepping forward with their service and variety of meals that are rooted in our traditional cuisine but improved and, not always good, Italianized… One of the latest newly built…

Birdwatching in Croatia – Vransko Jezero lake

Vransko Jezero is the largest natural lake in Croatia. It is also one of the biggest marsh areas in the country and less than a kilometer away from the Adriatic sea. It is connected with the sea by a narrow channel Prosika dug in the early 1800s to regulate the level of the lake that…

Traditional food markets of Split

My favorite places in Dalmatia are food markets. Especially the traditional fish markets. Lively. Colorful. Noisy. The essential thing then visiting these places is to be there early but the crowds are here till early afternoon hours. Except on the fish market where arriving early means crucial advantage when picking the best pieces of last…

Hiking in Croatia – The Lost Towers of Dalmatia

I take particular pleasure in meeting clients and taking them to some remote, off the beaten path region or location. And if they are nice and pleasure to be around, than the adventure is quite memorable! That was the case with the Demiccos of Scarborough, Maine. Working on the itinerary with Mrs. Marie was great…

Wines of Dalmatia – Zadar area

This is the exclusive post! Few have heard of this and even less have been witnessing the re-birth of quality wine growing in Ravni Kotari region! Thanks to several people, Secret Dalmatia was at Benkovac winery on exclusive wine tasting that will shake the foundations of Croatian wine growing! The region was always known for…

The Sardines of May

It is common knowledge in Dalmatia that the best sardines are caught in May. They are also best for salting, the local tradition kept for centuries and probably dating from ancient times. The Dalmatian fishermen are specialists in salting sardines and it is known that the fishermen of Komiza on Vis island even taught Spanish…

The Dalmatian Sunsets

Very few things match the beauty of Dalmatian sunsets. And I am not talking about the summer sunsets when the sun slowly falls behind the horizon. The most impressive sunsets are in the winter. December to March. When, after the long days of rain, bura chases the clouds away. Combination of clouds and the sea…

Zadar Shore Excursions – Wine Tasting in Skradin

Busy week! The private shore excursions are at their peak and we are busy all over the coast with tours and shore excursions happening from Dubrovnik to Zadar. Only recently Zadar became an important stop for cruise ships and that is a pity since there is so much to see and do in Zadar area….

Traditional Architecture of North Dalmatia

There is something sad about old villages, abandoned houses and empty plains of Bukovica and Šibenik/Drniš hinterland. Product of a recent war, the abandoned spaces are turning into an open-air museum of traditional life and cultures dying. The worst situation is in the former Serbian villages since most of the people have left for good….