Imotski – Small Place with Great Charm
The city of Imotski is with quick steps locates on the tourist map of Croatia with top facilities. People of Imotski have transformed its heritage into a modern tourist offer that would not have shamed even glorified world known Tuscany or Provence. Imotski is a small city in Dalmatia hinterland with great charm, rich history and natural heritage, full of stone houses that are found their way to the heart of choosy guests.
Tourist Board of Imotski will offer weekly, free tourist guide through Imotski for all its guests and it will last until September. From Imotski for only one hour drive you can come in ten different attractive places in the environment.
Imotski is named after the early Croatian parish center Imota (Emotha). Imotski existed even in the time of the Illyrians and Romans, and it was first mentioned by the Byzantine emperor and historian Constantine Porphyrogenitus in 950 years. This is a small town with only about 10,000 inhabitants, but rich in historical and natural heritage.
Stone houses, steep narrow streets with stone steps are witnesses of former looks of this place, whose old core is protected. Several buildings with beautiful facades and wrought iron fences from the time of secession talk about stylistic streaming that did not miss this region, also.
What to see in Imotski
Fortress Topana and within it a Votive Church of Our Lady of the Angels
High above of today Imotski rises fortress Topana. The central and the highest part of the fortress was built during the 13th and 14th century when it was in authorities of the noble family Nelipic and later Kosaca. From that time until the 18th century experienced numerous reconstructions. The view from the fortress is magnificent, don’t miss them 🙂
The fortress is an irregular shape that follows the shape of the gorge where was built, the length is about 40 meters. It is naturally protected with three sides: from two sides with lake, and from the third with dry and deep carst valleys (Jelavic Dolac or Our Lady Dolac) where is today the city’s stadium.
Within the fortress is a votive church dedicated to Our Lady of the Angels, patron saint of Imotski. In the environment of the walls in summer is taking place and several events. From the fortress, Topana, goes down the 92 stone stairs, so-called skaline (Imotski stairs), built in the 18th century. With that stairs, you could come to the square and near is a monument to the great poet from Imotski, Tin Ujevic. The stairs end at the street of Stjepan Radic, which is known for avenue from 1933.
The Blue Lake
This lake during the summer months is transformed into a little sea and it is definitely worth seeing. You can approach the lake over constructed serpentines. A special attraction of the lake is jumping into the water, popular called “Imotske tice” (Imotski birds) from the surrounding cliffs high up to 20 meters and perform escapades.
The Red Lake
Red Lake is kilometer and a half away from the center of Imotski, and it was named after the reddish cliffs on its shores. Lake is a unique natural phenomenon with a diameter of 200 meters, while its depth is up to 300 meters making it also the deepest crater in Europe. The final depth of the lake has never been established, and the location is ideal for lovers of caving and diving, that their trips are organized privately. It is not suitable for swimming because it is difficult to come to him.
The Football Stadium
Be sure to visit the stadium in Imotski, which was built over the rocks and surrounded by them, making it unique. The stadium is right away below the fortress tower and was named “Gospin dolac” (Our Lady Dolac) because the Church of Our Lady of the Angels is in the vicinity.
Museum of Imotski
Museum of Imotski is known for its valuable archaeological – ethnographic collection with finds from all historical periods and the special part which testifies to the life and customs of Imotski and the surrounding of rural areas. The museum is open on weekdays from 7 am to 15 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays by appointment. The ticket costs 5 KN (less than 1 EUR) for the children and 10 KN (around 1, 5 EUR) for adults.
The Archaeological Site Crkvine – Cista Velika
Roman road went toward the Imotski field linking roadside antique and medieval village whose remains have been preserved in the present-day villages of the Cista Velika, Lovrec, Berinovac …
Besides the remains of buildings and various movable finds, their existence is confirmed by the cemetery, among which are those marked by the medieval tombstones.
What to do in Imotski
Enjoy the beauty of hidden paths, views of the coastal towns and islands, cultivated fields, olive groves, and vineyards, which will tirelessly talk you the history of the local people. The divine combination of sea and mountains, sunny islands and gentle hinterland will fill your hearts.
Kayaking on the river Vrljika
Refreshing rivers and chilly lake seem like promises paradise in comparison to the crowded beaches and traffic jams of Dalmatian coast – and even if you like that type of tourism still check why each eco-conscious tourists is crazy to staying at one of the exciting and so atypical locations like this is. After all, isn’t it nice to break up the routine at least with one day trip to a place of untouched beauty?
Mystic Imotski called you to explore Buggy safaris, and adventure called “seven lake tour”. In this arrangement, driving through the mysterious mountain trails, you’ll see seven beautiful lakes of Imotski region. Fresh air, unspoiled nature and adrenaline driving experience – is there a better way to break the predictable summer routine?
Imotski gastronomic offer ranges from simple dishes based on the preparation of the ingredients food from the gardens, fields, lakes, and rivers, or wild plants in nature, endemic freshwater fish and crabs, and wild and farmed animals. Foreign culinary influences are deeply rooted up, so the Oriental, French, Austrian and Italian dishes are well preserved in recipes and terminology. Among desserts, of course, don’t miss to eat Imotski cake and ravioli.
Wines Kujundzusa (white) and Trnjak (black) are the most known wines of this region. Kujundzusa occupies 90 percent of all wine-growing area in Imotski. This wine is a harmonious, light and airy and goes perfectly with fish, seafood, soft cheeses, and salads, as well as asparagus dishes, but because of its refreshing character is suitable for casual sipping in the hot summer months. Among the red varieties in the vineyards are the most widespread native varieties of Trnjak and Vranac. Red wines of Imotski vineyards are known for its freshness and elegance.
Sites where you have to take a photo:
Blue and Red Lake, Fortress Topana, Football Stadium, Stairs from the Fortress, Theme Park Asanaginica and Green Cathedral.
Various souvenirs made of ceramics, small jug, books about natural beauty of Imotski region and popular magnets and postcards. Most of the offers souvenirs you can see and buy in the souvenir shop at the Blue Lake and within the sales centre Park & Shop in Glavina.
Events in Imotski:
Carnival in February, “Passion of Jesus” on Palm Sunday, The International Festival “Mandolina Imota” in May, “Imotska sila” during July and August, Winemakers Festival “Cvit razgovora” on August 13, Actors in Zagvozd in July and August and others.