An hour’s drive from Split is the beautiful Dalmatian seaside town of Sibenik, with it’s magnificent medieval heart and gleaming white limestone against the placid waters of the bay. It’s picturesque seaside promenade, stone paved squares, side streets, hill top fortresses, restaurants, cafes are a build up to the Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Over the centuries it’s been the home to acclaimed inventors, scientists, actors & sportspeople and the relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere adds to it’s overall charm.
A short drive inland is the charming rural town of Drnis overlooking the Petrovo field. Here, remnants from the Ottoman era are still present like the 16th century mosque converted into a church and the only remaining Turkish minaret in the country. Due to the favorable mix of coastal & mountain winds combined with the knowledge & skill of it’s makers, Drnis Prosciutto is labelled as an authentic Croatian product of certified geographic origin.
It’s long international prestige is demonstrated by the fact that it was served in the English court during the Coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II.
In a nearby village a local man runs a family run establishment making award winning prosciutto. He shows & explains the whole process and you’re invited to try your hand at cutting your own slice and complementing it with homemade cheese, bread, season vegetables and domestic Merlot wine.
There are a range of other local meals on offer, from traditional roasts, lamb on the spit and more.
This is one of the few remaining agrarian locations in the area where you mix with the locals and gain a first hand understanding of this lifestyle.
The drive back to Split is on local roads seeing ‘off the beaten track’ countryside.