Dalmatia, the prominent Adriatic region of Croatia, is a major summer tourist destination thanks to its gorgeous coastal weather, beautiful beaches, imposing Romanesque architecture, and vibrant cultural festivals. If you are looking for a place with abundant sunshine and active fun, then take a look at what is happening in this region this summer.
Festival of Flowers: Definitely not your ordinary farmers market, this flower festival used to take place in the cellars of Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Now at its new location, this festival takes place in May each year and showcases gorgeous blooming flowers, rare species, stunning flower arrangements, and live competitions. The Festival of Flowers is an amazing backdrop for stunning photos.
Feast Day of St. Domnius: Each year on May 7, there is a big celebration in honor of St. Domnius, the patron saint of Split. Everyone partakes in a community feast, which is a wonderful opportunity for foodies and visitors to taste the region’s delicacies.
Vinistra Exhibition: The Vinistra Exhibition brings together wine lovers to taste the local specialties. The event will see about a hundred exhibitors showcasing their collection of wines, oils, and brandies. This is an absolute must-do exhibit for wine connoisseurs. If you’re in town from May 11-13, you won’t want to miss this!
Events on Korčula: In a tribute to the legend of Marco Polo, the island of Korčula turns into a 13th-century medieval town to recreate the magic of that era when Marco Polo returned from his famous expedition. At the International Marco Polo Festival of Song and Wine in Korčula in July, you will enjoy fun times, superb wine, food and great music.
Split Summer Festival: The much anticipated Split Summer Festival runs from mid-July to mid-August. It offers a rich tapestry of cultural events like open-air theater, dance, and music. These events take place daily at the many open-air venues including Diocletian’s Palace. We recommend watching one event at the Croatian National Theater, which is a beautiful venue that stands the test of time.
Festival of Dalmatian Klapa: Declared by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity, the beautiful and unique sounds of famous Klapa singing will touch the very core of your soul. A church-like harmony singing performed by small ensembles of five to eight singers is mesmerizing and is unique to the region. The festival takes place throughout July in Omiš, a town near Split.
Horseback tournament of Sinjska Alka: You can witness another intangible UNESCO World Heritage with the visually stunning tournament of Sinjska Alka. Sinjska Alka is an equestrian competition held every year where horsemen riding at full gallop aim lances at a hanging metal ring and get points according to which part of the ring they pierce. The event can be quite an adrenaline pumping one not only for participants but for spectators as well. Sinjska Alka has been held every first Sunday in August since 1717 to commemorate a Croatian-Venetian victory over the Ottomans.
You will feel the exuberance of summer months everywhere in Croatia this season. Take part in the festivals, experience local culture, or simply enjoy your carefully designed itinerary at your own pace. Looking for more events around Croatia this summer? Take a look at our Events Calendar!