is settlement and municipality situated at the entrance to Dalmatian
Inland, on half way from Split to
It stretches on a slightly elevated terrain at the northern edge of a long karst field after which it was named. Dugo polje translates as 'Long Field'.
The field extends for 3,5 km along the northern slopes of mount Mosor that separates it from the coastal Dalmatia.
The municipality of Dugopolje also consists of settlements: Koprivno, Kotlenice and Liska.
IN THE PAST...
Although some remains from the neolithic prove that Dugopolje was already populated in the late stone age it was first mentioned in the 13th century in a sales contract between its feudal lords.
Throughout the history it shared the same events as the others villages linked to nearby Klis and Sinj.
Transformation of Dugopolje from a small rural area to a modern enterprise-business zone started in the 80's and is still continuing.
...THE HISTORY REPEATS
After the construction of the freeway A1 Split-Zagreb and the highway D1 Split-Sinj, Dugopolje has become again the important intersection point as it had already been during the Roman times.
Vrnjaca cave, with its geomorphologic features so characteristic for the dalmatian karst is protected as a monument of nature. The cave consists of two chambers linked with a small natural corridor.
The entrance hall without stalactites has been known to the locals since ancient times.
The second, larger hall was discovered in 1903. Composed of a system of nine smaller chambers and full of stalactites and stalagmites, it has more cave formations of different shapes and colours,
The cave is about 1200 feet long, 213 feet deep with a year-round temperature of 60°F.
This 65-70 million years old cave created by an underground river was also inhabited by a Neolithic man. Nowadays, parts of the river Jadro are running about 33 feet below the lower parts of the cave.
The cave is located in the village of Kotlenice on the land of Punda family just 10 minutes' drive from Dugopolje.
After leaving the Split exit at freeway A1 there is a guidepost for Vranjaca Cave.
If you are coming from Split that is 24 km from the cavetake the paved road through Dugopolje to the village Kotlenica. When you arrives in the hamlet Punde follow a 300m path to the entrance of the cave.
The owner, Mr Punda organises guided tour, maintains and manages the site. Visits are available every day during the season, last about 1 hour and are available in English.
01/05 – 31/05 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
01/06 – 30/09 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
April – October 10:00 – 18:00
November – March by prior arrangement
Mob: 00 385 (0) 98 749 000
Open on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Ticket prices: Adults: 40 kn Children: 20 kn
The ethnographic collection in the Municipal library in Dugopolje exposes the traditional costumes of Dalmatian inland.
CHURCH OF ST. MICHAEL (MIHOVIL) ARCHANGEL
New parish church was built in 1938.
OLD PARISH CHURCH OF ST. MIHOVIL
The old parish church is first mentioned in the 17th century, but it got its actual appearance in the 19th century.
It is an example of the provincial baroque architecture.
Today is hosts various cultural events.
CHAPELL OF MARTYRS
The chapel dedicated to Croatian Martyrs is built at the locality of Satorak (750) on the path leading to Ljubljan vrh summit.
The chapel is open and serves as a shelter for those that are surprised by a storm and the night in the mountain.
King's cave or Balica peć is located in the hamlet of Balići (Džakići).
The cave is large enough to accommodate few hundred people, the entrance is over 50 meters wide and it is about 20 -30 meters high.
Mosor, the Dalmatia's most popular mountain, is also reachable by its northern slopes from Dugopolje.
The Vickov stup summit (1325 m) is reachable by hiking trail from the Punde hamlet in Kotlenice, in the vicinity of the Vranjaca cave.
The Ljubljan vrh peak (1262 m) is accessible by hiking trail from the locality of Plitaca.
In a case you are surprised by a storm or a night on your way to Lubljan peak you'll find the shelter in a small chapel of the Martyrs that is always open. It is located on 750 m above the sea level in the locality of Satorak.
The remains of the Illyrian fort Gradina or Gradenica (480 m) are reachable by a trail leading from the hamlet of Balici (Dzakici) that passes nearby a neolithic King's cave.
WALKING ON THE ROMAN ROADS
The first 2 km section of an ancient Roman road between Dugopolje and Klis (Kurtovići-Klapavice) has been reconstructed recently.
The remains of the road leading from Salona and parting into two directions; Aequum (near Sinj) and Tilurium (Trilj) will be also restored.
By visiting these thematic roads, one will learn about the Roman past of Dalmatia.
Numerous dirt paths used by the local population for their work and cattle are now transforming into cycling trails.
Dugopolje with Sinj, Trilj and Vrlika has 21 cycling routes.
MALI PUT – hiking, jogging, cycling
“Mali put“, the 3, 5 km long dirt road running along the Dugopolje field from hamlet Križani to the hamlet Smodlake is now used for walking, jogging and cycling.
Public hunting area of Dugopolje Donje and Gornje with 12 hectares, under the direction of “Ljubljan” hunting association is at the disposal of the hunters.
Trg Franje Tuđmana 1
21 204 Dugopolje
00 385 (0) 21 655 545
095 940 40 85
ACCOMMODATION – SPORT – HEALTH
A four star Katarina with a wellness and a conference hall is located next to the "Croatian Knights" Sports Centre and the Medical Centre Analiza. www.hotelkatarina.hr www.poliklinika-analiza.hr.
From a couple of restaurants and pizzerias we recommend the rural households situated in the old part of Dugopolje, Dodoja and Zmajevi, that offer specialties of Dalmatian Hinterland.
"Top Outlet Park" in the business zone Podi.
PROOF of LOVE!
The football stadium that seats 5200 in a town of 3500 inhabitants testifies without any doubt about a great love of Dugopolje people for the “sacred game“.
The stadium is home to the football club Dugopolje. Its pitches are available for rent. www.nkdugopolje.hr
INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE ENCOUNTERS
''The beauty of the stone'' (Ljepota kamena) held every year on the 3rd weekend of July is organized by Folklore Society “Pleter” from Dugopolje.
HIKING at MOSOR MOUNTAIN
Hiking at Mosor to the Chapel of Croatian Martyrs held every year on the 2nd weekend of September is organized by Hiking Society HPD ‘’Ljubljan’’ Dugopolje.
DAYS of the MUNICIPALITY of DUGOPOLJE
The feast days of St. Michael and St. Jerome (Mihovil and Jerolim), Dugopolje's patron saints, are celebrated on 29th and 30th of September.
GETTING to DUGOPOLJE?
From Split and Sinj that are less than 20 minutes' drive by a highway D1.
From Zagreb by a freeway A1 as Dugopolje exit is located next to the town.
Tourist Board Dugopolje
Matice Hrvatske 11
00 385 (0) 21/ 656 189