EDEN finalist 2007/2008
Sinj - town of Alkars
Town of courage and tradition!
The town of Sinj is located in the heart of the Dalmatian hinterland, on the edge of the fertile valley of Sinjsko Polje through which the crystal clear Cetina River flows.
The Cetina region is surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Kamešnica, Dinara and Svilaja. Life in this area dates back to prehistoric times. It was first inhabited by the Delmatae who were then conquered by the Romans. In the 7th century the Croats arrived. The region’s turbulent history is evident in so much material and written evidence, especially in its famous victory over the far more numerous Ottoman army at the Battle of Sinj in 1715. In memory of this great battle a traditional chivalric tournament called Alka, which is included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Heritage, takes place every year. Besides the tournament, there is also The Shrine of Our Lady of Sinj, who, according to folktale, saved the town from the Turks. Sinj is full of tourist attractions and sports facilities such as the sports airport, horse track, Olympic swimming pool, tennis courts, athletic, cycling, hiking and equestrian trails, numerous playgrounds, as well as a rich gastronomic offer that leaves no one indifferent.