Imotski is an old town, located in the south of the Republic of Croatia, at the intersection of Dalmatian Zagore and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is mentioned for the first time in 950 in the De administra Imperial Byzantine Emperor and Constantine Porphyrogenet historian.
Imotski has all the features of the coastal town, thanks to the climatic and urban architecture of the old city core. Stone houses, steep narrow streets with rocky stairs are witness to the former look of this place whose old core is protected. Several buildings with beautiful facades and fences from the period of the Secession speak of the style flows that did not pass through this environment as well.
The town is dominated by the Topana fortress, built in the 10th century, which has historically been of great strategic importance, and today is interesting for visitors because of the preserved looks and gazebo on the city, the “Gospin dolac” stadium and the Modro lake. Within the fortress there is a venerable church dedicated to Our Lady of Anđela, patron of Imotski. There are several manifestations in the midsummer’s wall, and below the fort there is also a monument to Croatian defenders, the work of the academic sculptor Kruna Bošnjaka. With Topane, descending down the 92 stone Imotski scales, built in the 18th century, we come to Imotski Square, where it is also a monument to the great poet, Imočin Tin Ujevic.
Below Topane is Modro Lake, a favorite promenade, and in the summer months and the main bathing place in Imotski. Its dimensions are 800 * 400 meters, and the depth varies, so in the winter and in the spring about one hundred meters, and early fall knows and dry. Its crisp surface is covered by stone serpentines built in 1907.
In the immediate vicinity (1.5 km) there is Red Lake, the deepest karst lake in Europe whose depth of depression is 528 meters and the depth of water reaches more than 300 meters with a bottom below sea level.
Along with these lakes, as well as the rest of the Imotski kraj, which is the result of the collapse of underwater caves, there are many legends and stories, such as the proud Gavan or Asanaginica, which is scattered in folk ballads and translated into most of the world’s languages. According to this story, the grave of Asanaginica is located on the edge of Modrog Lake, exactly where the theme park is dedicated to this ballad today.
Historical artifacts from prehistory to this day are kept in the Native Museum and museum collection of the Franciscan monastery and testify to the long and burning past of this area that has always been on the windmill of historical turmoil.
Imotski is also interesting for its location and traffic connections, making it an ideal holiday base. One hour drive away from Medjugorje and Mostar in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, an hour from ancient Split, and thanks to the tunnel Sv. Elijah, only half an hour from Makarska, the Vepric shrine and other places of the Makarska Riviera.
Also in the whole of Imotski kraj there is a place worthy of attention and admiration such as three lakes in Lokvicici, Prološko mud, Badnjevica, Green Lake, stećci, wells and marked archaeological site Crkvina in Cisti, basilica in Zmijavci, Biokovo mountain and at the foot of Zagvozd , river Vrljika with its springs and abysses, etc.
The Imotski region is known for its tradition and culture as well as by gang – traditional singing.
In addition to natural and cultural beauty and diversity, Imotski offers quality hotel and apartment accommodation today, dozens of holiday houses with swimming pools and a great gastronomic offer. There are wine roads where you can enjoy tasting of high quality and award-winning wines or tasting the first Dalmatian sparkling wine. Those who want to get closer to their former life can visit our eco village. During the year, especially in the summer, Imotski, Zagvozda and other places host a number of events worth visiting.
Imotski has all the prerequisites to become one of the most interesting land destinations in Croatia, as evidenced by the steady rise of guest arrivals and overnight stays, and the most beautiful invitation to visit Imotski was written by the great Tin Ujević in the poem:
Pilgrimage by Zagora
… here are gorgeous colors,
Pictures are offered in a pewter.
Life flashes in the list
Now the hoarse nature is clean
and my heart is still.
There I will curb the ice river,
sit on the edge of the old mill.
The turf will approach silence,
it’ll take me a hand.
Here are holy lakes
strange as a story,
and the winds that spin the feathers
bird from the top spheres.
The memories resemble the walls:
this horizon is my measure …