Surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Kamešnica, Svilaja and Dinara, Sinj is situated at the edge of the fertile Sinjsko Polje Valley, which is invigorated by the crystal clear and cold Cetina River.
Sinj is near Split in the Cetinska Krajina Region. In an administrative sense, Sinj forms part of the Split-Dalmatia County. The area of the Town is 194 km². According to the latest census taken in 2011, the population size of Sinj and its immediate surrounding area is 24,832, while the town itself has a population of 11,448 inhabitants. The outlying housing developments that form part of Sinj in administrative sense include: Bajagić, Brnaze, Čitluk, Glavice, Gljev, Jasensko, Karakašica, Lučane, Obrovac Sinjski, Radošić, Sinj, Suhač, Turjaci, Zelovo.
by motorway to the exit at Dugopolje, from Dugopolje to Sinj (20 km distant, 20 min journey), from Split to Sinj (35 km, a 35 min journey)
from Split Bus Station it's a 50 min journey to Sinj Bus Station, 15 Put Ferate ☎ +385 21 826936
by train to Split and then by car or bus.
Split Airport's 25 km away.
Remnants of the old fortress, that the people of Sinj simply call the Town, have been faithful to watch over Sinj even today, after the passage of centuries. It harboured the people and soldiers during Turkish invasions, guarded and protected the weak, resisted invaders. In the centre of the fortress there was St Michael’s church in which, on the altar of St Barbara, the Franciscans from Rama laid the precious and miraculous image of the Mother of Mercy. In 1699, through the advocacy of Father Pavao Vučković, in the town at the foot of the old fortress the building of St Mary’s church began. The church was completed in 1712.
One of the most scenic and memorable symbols of Sinj, located in the very town centre, opposite the Church of the Miraculous Madonna of Sinj. Kamičak is a star-shaped fort, built in 1712 on the hill of the same name. In the south-west, it is joined to the pertaining kvartir (the cavalry barracks), the today's Alka Knights Court (Alkarski dvori). Kamičak’s present-day layout dates back to 1890 when the walls were built and the pine trees planted.
A tombstone of a seven-year-old Roman boy Gaius Laberius holding a ball with hexagons joined in the manner of a net-like ornament. The symbol of a real leather ball, it is considered firm evidence that football in Europe was first played in the Cetinska Krajina Region. It was found in the Tilurium site, in the locality of Gardun, and dates back to the 2nd century.
The first public sculpture by Stipe Sikirica (1957), the statue of a girl drinking water from the spring. The people of Sinj call it Luca. It is set in the centre of a round fountain which symbolises the alka ring. The statue is placed in a green space in the town centre, near the Church of the Miraculous Madonna of Sinj.
One of the most representative symbols of Sinj, a bright sculpture of an Alkar is a work of the academic sculptor Stipe Sikirica. It was set in 1965 at the very beginning of the Alka Tournament Course (Alkarsko trkalište), called Biljeg, a place from which the Alkari start to gallop.
The fountain, placed in front of the building of Sinj Municipal Court, was raised by Mayor Petar Tripalo in 1878, and it bears his name. It is supplied with water from the Miletin spring, located in the south-west of the old fortress of Sinj.
The monument to a famous Franciscan is a work of the academic sculptor Kuzma Kovačić. The statue is 2.8 metres high and is placed at the eastern Town gates. Father Pavao is known as the leader of the people of Rama and the Franciscans, for whom Sinj and the Cetinska Krajina Region became a new home in 1687 after they had fled the Ottoman danger, accompanied by the intercession of the image of the Mother of Mercy. He further founded both the monastery and the sanctuary of the Miraculous Madonna of Sinj.
The piazza fountain (popularly known as funtana) was raised by Mayor Antonio Buglian in 1852. A year later the piazza was paved, and street lamps (ferali), the iron lamp-posts, were also placed there.
The name of the Kvartiri (Fr. quartier – lodging, military camp) is indicative of the fort’s original purpose, that is, the barracks for the Croatian cavalry (Cavalleria croata, Croati a cavallo). It was built in 1760 as a square fort with a two-building complex. Each complex includes two square towers and two inner courtyards separated by the stables. A complex could house four companies of horsemen, together with their horses. Throughout history the fort was used by all the armies present in Sinj, particularly by the French Army in the early 19th century, and the Austrian Army. It was the time when Home Guard three-storey barracks was added to the fort.
A large bridge over the Gorućica stream was built by Sinj Governor Paolo Emilio Canalis in 1784. The bridge’s tablet bears a Latin inscription reading “An ornament of Sinj, comfort to passengers and to the trade benefit”.
A monumental sculpture with a fountain, by Ivo Filipović Grčić from Sinj, is placed in the centre of the town park. Strongly symbolic, it represents the three men of Sinj holding the alka ring with their arms lifted. They are dressed in men’s folk costumes of Sinj. SINJ FRANCISCAN GRAMMAR SCHOOL WITH THE PUBLIC WORK RIGHT As the oldest secondary school in the Dalmatian hinterland, it started work in the academic year of 1838/39, after monastic schools in the three monasteries of the Franciscan Province of the Most Holy Redeemer had been joined. Through the 1854 reorganisation it acquired the right of public work. Sinj Franciscan Grammar School is also the first secondary school in southern Croatia which introduced the Croatian language as a language of instruction.
It was owned by the wealthy Danek family. The building is remarkable for its architectural design, a large surrounding balcony and the splendid statues of Adam and Eve.
It was built in the 19th century, in the very centre of Sinj, near the Church of the Miraculous Madonna of Sinj. It was owned by the Tripalo family, a reputable Sinj family. Due to its historical value, the Palace has been given the landmark status. The building bears a tablet on which there is an inscription reading ″The stone from Glavica of St Nicholas near Selci on the island of Brač, the stone-cutter Nikola A. Štambuk. Friendship I cherish more than gold, the door open to a friend in 1883.″
It was sculptured by Ivan Meštrović in 1932, honouring the special edition of Šimunović’s narration Alkar. At that time, Šimunović was seriously ill and lacking in money so that a group of prominent artists initiated a reissue of his Alkar.
From the foothill to the votive church at the Old Town the Way of the Cross is built. Stations were sculptured by the most prominent Croatian sculptors.
The railway, also known as both rera and ferata, joined Sinj to Klis and Split from 1903 to 1962. It was very significant for Sinj cultural and economic development.
It was raised in southern Sinj in 1920 in Art Nouveau style. The entire property is surrounded by a stone wall. In the north-east part of the villa there is the entrance gate with forged doorframes, dating back to the time when the building was under construction. Although raised in the town, it is a country-style building and is quite exceptional in Sinj, but also in greater Dalmatia.
It bears the name of the owner. The house was bought by the Tripalo family from the then landowner and lawyer Ramagnolo, for their daughter Vjera on the occasion of her marriage. Sinj Tax Administration office is at present located in the restored villa.
Peaceful and majestic, framed with the bronze door in relief made by the academic sculptor Stipe Sikirica, the Church of the Miraculous Madonna of Sinj dominates the town main square. Built during the 1699-1712 period, it has preserved its original appearance, though many times damaged resisting wars and earthquakes.
The Image of the Miraculous Madonna of Sinj takes the central place, both in the Church and in the hearts of the people of Sinj. It is a work of an unknown painter, dating back to the 15th or 16th century. With her head slightly tilted and eyes lowered, she has devotedly watched over her people, ever since they, driven off by the Turks, brought her along from Rama as the greatest treasure and hope to the Cetinska Krajina Region.
Founded in 1956, it represents the central place of both research and exhibition of splendid cultural and historical heritage of the Cetinska Krajina Region. The Museum includes the following collections: archaeological, numismatic, cultural-historical, ethnographic and natural-science collection, but also the collection of arms, orders, medals and medallions, photographs and photographic equipment, documents, postcards and posters as well as an art collection in which artists from the Cetinska Krajina Region are included for the most part.
The archaeological collection of Sinj Franciscan monastery is considered to be one of the oldest and most valuable collections in Croatia. It was founded in 1860 by diligent and ardent Father Ante Konstantin Matas, a great humanist and reformer, the headmaster of the Franciscan Grammar School in Sinj. The Collection’s foundation was prompted by the find of the head of Heracles at Čitluk, ant. Aequum, an exceptionally rich archaeological site.
The name Alka (Tur./Arab. halqa: ring, hoop) is derived from the details of the stirrup bottom from the saddle of a horse, seized from the Ottoman serascher-pasha Čelić. In the Alka ceremony two men lead a horse by the reins, which symbolises the Pasha’s horse, the edek.
The ring, alka, consists of two concentric iron circles joined by three bars, so that the distance between the circles is divided into three equal parts. The central circle, which is the smallest one, is worth three points (punat), the upper field two points, and two lower fields one point each. The knight – the Alkar – aims at full gallop at the alka with an iron-topped wooden lance. The winner of the Alka is the one who wins the highest number of points (punti) in the three races. In the event that more contestants have the same number of points, they gallop again until one of them collects more points than other(s), and this is called pripetavanje
The ceremony of Alka lasts for three days. The contest starts on Friday for the Bara, whereas the Saturday contest is called the Čoja. The solemn Sunday Alka Knights procession is led by the harambaša and the selected Alka squires (alkarski momci).
The Tournament of Alka originated at the time when there were many similar knightly tournaments throughout Europe. All of them have now fell into oblivion, except the Alka Tournament of Sinj, which is at the dawn of its tercentenary and under protection of UNESCO as world intangible heritage. The Alka Tournament is a symbol of the struggle for freedom, peace and hearth, for faith and hope. It unites the past and the future, praises the honour and integrity, the customs of our ancestors, heroism and bravery.
Bara 2 Aug 2013 17:00.
Čoja 3 Aug 2013 17:00
Alka Alka 4 Aug 2013 16:30
In memory of their ancestors Father Pavao, Bože, Tadija and Zec, whose heroism and bravery made them become prominent in the decisive battle against the Ottomans in 1715, the people in the hamlet of Vučkovići (Brnaze near Sinj) instituted in 1955 their Alka Tournament in which only children can participate. The Children’s Alka was naturally instituted following the example of the famous Alka of Sinj.
Bara 16 Aug 2013 18:00
Čoja 17 Aug 2013 18:00
Alka 18 Aug 2013 17:30
Adventure sport enthusiasts are given an opportunity to discover the unique and hitherto insufficiently explored natural beauty of the Dalmatian hinterland. The Cetina Adventure Race is organised by Vitezovi Scout Squad from Sinj, in cooperation with Patriot Combatant Association. Their joint aim is to promote sports activities as well as beautiful scenic areas of the Cetinska Krajina Region. The route of the race goes down the Cetina River and through the wild scenery in the part of the Kamešnica and Dinara mountains, with the winning post in Sinj. Contestants are expected to take part in canoeing, swimming, MTB, climbing, abseiling, sports jumping from boulders into waters, rope crossing, with many other surprises waiting for them. Not only that the Cetina Adventure Race includes conquering natural obstacles and enforced challenges as well as facing unforeseeable weather conditions, but as a team contest it also fosters and reinforces team spirit, giving a boost to a healthy spirit in a healthy body.
The race serves as a test of the limits of human endurance and will power, proving that winning does not equal to reaching the winning post first.
Date: 08 Jun 2013
Over past few years and under cover of August night, authentic locations of the Old Town and Sinj Town (varoš) have staged the events having taken place prior to the glorious victory over the Ottomans on 15 August 1715.
By the script written by Prof Velimir Borković, the start of the performance is the announcement of the coming of more than 40 000 of Ottoman soldiers from Bosnia over Prolog, the pass in the Kamešnica Mountain, at the end of July 1715. Led by Mehmed Pasha Ćelić, their aim was to conquer the people in the valley of the Cetina River, and above all, to impose their rule on Sinj. The people of Sinj, however, led by Father Ivan Grčić, rejected an ultimatum and preparations were under way by 700 of them for the defence of the Town, both from Kamičak fort and the Old Town fortress.
The seven-day siege of enemy troops on the nearby hills and at the foot of Sinj walls bore no fruit whatsoever. The defenders put up strong resistance, praying to the Mother of Mercy, the Miraculous Madonna of Sinj. Having been once and for all defeated, the Ottomans finally left Sinj and the Cetinska Krajina Region at dawn on 15 August.
The 1715 Siege of Sinj Performance: 10 Aug 2013
For seven years now Sinj has hosted the Rural Products Fair.
Small and medium-sized agricultural holdings of Sinj rural area are given an advantageous opportunity to acquaint consumers with traditional homemade products which can hardly be found in any other place. Visitors can taste and buy from assorted high quality food products: a selection of homemade cheeses, honey and other bee products, homemade smoked and cured meats, wines, brandies (rakija), liqueurs, oils, eco products, etc.
A wide variety of traditional souvenirs, different types of hand embroidery, utensils and decorative items as well as natural material jewellery are also exhibited.
Cultural clubs and Sinj majorettes further enrich the whole programme.
Date: 1st - 3rd August 2013
The idea of a match review between the Delmates and the Romans is based on the historical facts related to the tombstone of Gaius Laberius.
In order to promote the theory about the origins of football in this area, the freelance artist Dean Poljak made a replica of the tombstone and created a game adapted to the time the original stele dates from.
The match is in fact a theatrical performance of comic character, played by the invented rules which are inspired by the spirit of ancient times. The leading roles belong to Emperor Diocletian and Empress Prisca with their advisers, surrounded by guards and soldiers and in this way separated from the field, where there are bandsmen, a referee and players, ten of them in both teams, that of the Delmates and of the Romans, all of them dressed in authentic costumes.
The Sinj Meeting of Amateur Rock Groups (S.A.R.S.) is an alternative culture festival organised by the Sinj Cultural Urban Movement (S.K.U.P.) association. Held annually at the end of July, the festival has been running for over ten years now. It all started in 2003, with the original purpose of promoting amateur rock groups from all over Croatia.
Horse breeding and training has always been a distinctive characteristic of Sinj and the Cetinska Krajina Region. For almost three centuries now Sinj has been the town of the Alka Tournament. Besides that, Sinj has traditionally hosted a number of local and international hurdle and gallop tournaments. The development of Sinj equestrian sport was encouraged by the holding of the 1979 Mediterranean Games in Split. On that occasion Sinj racecourse, Hipodrom, was completed and put into use. Equestrian sport contests were held there. Sinj Hipodrom is the second largest in Croatia, following the Zagreb one. 
Cold depths of the Cetina River, the pearl of Dalmatia whose cleanness and crystal clearness make a true thrill, have sheltered a wealth of fish species. In particular, the brown trout (Salmo trutta m. fario) and the grayling (Thymallus thymallus) are targets for popular fly fishing (mušičarenje).
The ″Cetina″ Sports Fishing Club, with over 450 members currently, has been responsible for fish stocking and preserving cleanness and beauty of the Cetina River.
Find your source of sheer peace and pleasure in the enchanting atmosphere of untouched nature, enjoying the sound of the soothing gurgle. 
Sinj Air-Base was built in 1931.
The official name of Sinj Airport, known as Piket, used to be Sinj Air-Base – Split Airport. It connected Split with Zagreb, and Split with Dubrovnik. Passengers were transported by bus from Split to Sinj Airport.
Due to its complete infrastructure, Sinj Airport has been used by many glider pilots and small aircraft pilots. The Airport actually has on offer both the gliding section and the skydiving school.
The Airport is the liveliest and most crowded early in August, when the Alka Skydivers Cup is held. Skydivers from all over the world jump from different heights, using various parachutes and trying to land into the skydiving target, i. e. a landing site in the form of the alka ring. 
Airsoft is a team-based game and a hobby in which skirmishes of a military and police nature are simulated through the use of airsoft replicas of military weapons and other military equipment (garments, shoes, vests, radio operations, camouflage techniques). 
SVILAJA The mountain of Svilaja extends over the area of about 30 kilometres, from Sinjsko Polje Valley to Drniško Polje Valley near the town of Drniš. At an elevation of 1509 metres, the summit of Svilaja dominates this part of the Dalmatian hinterland. The mountain is mostly covered with woods, particularly on its northern side, as well as with grassy pastures and flowery meadows.
VISOKA Visoka (892 m) is a mountain rising above Sinj, more precisely, a south-eastern slope of the Svilaja Mountain, the canyon of Sutina dividing them. On the top of Visoka there is a concrete cross over 10 metres in height, a pilgrimage place of the people of the Dicmo village, Sinj and the Cetinska Krajina Region. There is a beautiful view from the top of Visoka: on Sinj, Sinjsko Polje Valley and surrounding mountains from the one side, and from the other side on the valley of Dicmo and further on the sea and islands.
On the Cetina River, a karst beauty of Dalmatia, you will also enjoy a fairy tale experience of canoe safari. Surrender yourself to the calm river, enjoy the fresh air in the unspoilt nature. Canoe safari is a recreational activity for all generations. 
Splitska 1 - Working time: mon. - sat. 7:30 am - 9:00 pm sun. 8:00 am - 1:00 pm - Phone: 021/660-792 Trg kralja Tomislava bb - Working time: mon. - sat. 7:00 am - 9:00 pm sun. 7:00 am - 12:00 pm - Phone: 021/821-072 Vrlička 27 - Working time: mon. - fri. 7:00 am - 8:00 pm, sat. 7:00 am - 13:40 sun. 7:00 am - 12:00 pm - Phone: 021/821-175 Bazana 2 - Working time: mon. - sat. 7:00 am - 8:00 pm sun. 7:00 am - 12:00 pm - Phone: 021/700-746 Brekin put 4 - Working time: mon. - sat. 7:00 am - 8:00 pm sun. closed - Phone: 021/821-549 Brnaze bb - Working time: mon. - sat. 7:00 am - 8:00 pm sun. 7:00 am - 12:00 pm - Phone: 021/701-344 Domovinskog rata 96 - Working time: mon. - sat. 7:00 am - 8:00 pm sun. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm - Phone: 021/822-660 Filipa Grabovca 118 - Working time: mon. - sat. 7:00 am - 8:00 pm sun. 7:00 am - 12:00 pm - Phone: 021/821-069
Splitska 37 - Working time: mon. - sat. 7:00 am - 9:00 pm sun. 7:00 am - 8:00 pm Brnaze bb - Working time: mon. - sat. 7:00 am - 9:00 pm sun. 7:00 am - 8:00 pm - Phone: 021/600-376
Miljenka Buljana 5 - Working time: mon. - sat. 7:00 am - 9:00 pm sun. 7:00 am - 8:00 pm -Phone: 021/668-510
Miljenka Buljana bb - Working time: mon. - sat. 7:00 am - 9:00 pm sun. 7:00 am - 3:00 pm - Phone: 021/708-640
Pavla Vučkovića 17 - Working time: mon. - sat. 8:00 am - 9:00 pm sun. closed
Pavla Vučkovića 17 - Working time: mon. - fri. 8:00 am - 8:00 pm sat.8:00 am - 14:00 sun. closed -Phone: 01/362-6111
Matićeva 2 - Working time: mon.-sat. 7:00 am - 8:30 pm, sun. 7:00 am - 1:00 pm -Phone: 021/660-429 Filipa Grabovca 120 - Working time: mon.-sat. 7:00 am - 8:00 pm, sun. 7:00 am - 1:00 pm -Phone: 021/822-707 Filipa Grabovca 23 - Working time: mon.-sat. 7:00 am - 8:30 pm, sun. 7:00 am - 7:00 pm -Phone: 021/660-923 Put frirovca bb - Working time: mon.-sat. 6:00 am - 8:00 pm, sun. 7:00 am - 1:00 pm -Phone: 021/660-661
Domovinskog rata 120 - Working time: mon.-sat. 6:00 am - 8:00 pm, sun. 7:00 am - 1:00 pm -Phone: 021/660-282 Filipa Grabovca 80 - Working time: mon.-sat. 6:00 am - 8:00 pm, sun. 7:00 am - 1:00 pm Vrlička 28 - Working time: mon.-sat. 6:00 am - 8:00 pm, sun. 7:00 am - 1:00 pm -Phone: 021/661-036 Brnaze 437 - Working time: mon.-sat. 6:00 am - 8:00 pm, sun. 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Glavička 11 - Working time: mon.–fri. 08:00 am – 9:00 pm, sat: 08:00 am – 9:00 pm sun: 08:00 am – 1:00 pm
Konoba Ispod ure Address: Istarska 2, 21230 Sinj Business hours: Mon-Fri: 07:00 - 23:00 Sun and holidays: 10:00 - 23:00 Tel: +385 (0)21 822 229
Dubrovnik restaurant Address: Domovinskog rata 65, 21230 Sinj Business hours: Mon-Sun: 10:00 - 24:00 Tel: +385 (0)21 822 136
Zorica restaurant Address: Brnaška 40, 21230 Sinj Business hours: Mon-Sun: 07:00 - 23:00 Tel: +385 (0)21 824 624
Hotel Alkar restaurant Address: Vrlička 50, 21230 Sinj Business hours: Mon-Sun: 10:00 - 23:00 Tel: +385 (0)21 824 474 Web: 
Pizzeria Kvartiri Address: Kvartiri 10, 21230 Sinj Business hours: Mon-Sun: 17:00 - 23:00 Tel: +385 (0)21 495 852
Pizzeria Malo misto Address: Vrlička 59, 21230 Sinj Business hours: Mon-Sat: 07:00 - 23:00 Sun and holidays: 16:30 - 23:00 Tel: +385 (0)21 826 033
Pizzeria Fantasia Address: Put Piketa 4, 21230 Sinj Business hours: Mon-Sun: 06:00 - 23:00 Tel: +385 (0)21 831 111 Web: 
Pizzeria i slastičarnica Pinjur Address: Splitska 37, 21230 Sinj Business hours: pon-ned: 07:00 - 23:00 Tel: +385 (0)21 661 312
Konoba Potkova Address: Alkarsko trkalište 22, 21230 Sinj Business hours: Mon-Fri: 07:00 - 23:00 Sun and holidays: 10:00 - 23:00 Tel: +385 (0)21 822 792
Hotel Alkar ***
Situated in the very centre of the Town of Sinj and sheltered by the Town Park oasis of greenery, the Alkar Hotel makes a place every guest is glad to visit again. Comfortably furnished rooms with telephone, Internet access and television, the charming summer terrace, the meeting and conference room and the restaurant which offers the fanciest dishes of traditional local cuisine, combined with well-known hospitality of the people of Sinj, all guarantee a pleasant stay in the Town of Sinj. Web:
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