A 30 min drive from Split is the small rural town of Sinj, known as the bread basket of the Dalmatian Coast. In 1715 it was a David vs Goliath scene where a few of hundred local soldiers miraculously fought off 60,000 Ottoman troops. In commemoration to this victory an equestrian competition named the Alka Knights Tournament is run every year and allocated horsemen ride at full gallop aiming their lances at a hanging metal ring.
The Alka tournament has been inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists and the town museum proudly exhibits everything www.alka.hr
The original 17th century crowned picture of Our Lady of Sinj is displayed in the town church and is the site of a huge pilgrimage on the Assumption of Mary on August 15.
Sinj is a cozy town as all the older building are made of limestone blocks and there are squares, a Franciscan monastery, the Kamicak clock tower (older than London’s Big Ben), the remains of the original fort overlooking the town, a local farmers’ market and lots of cafes perfect for mingling and people watching.
Encircling the Sinj field are loads of villages which still cherish local customs and other hidden gems.
There are several authentic places for lunch, one of which is a 500 year old water mill. The proud owner explains the whole milling process and in preparing the dough you’re invited to mold your own bread buns and they’re baked under the traditional dome.
A local village meal is organic polenta which is cooked 3 hours and served with either liver or river trout.
Other meals like traditional roasts, various grills, freshly picked season vegetables, home made beverages are on offer.
It’s a short walk to a water source situated at the foot holds of the Dinaric Mountain Range and you see it bubbling from the ground and are more than welcome to drink from it.
The whole setting is not far from the coast although the experience is worlds away.