Imotski is a city located in the Split and Dalmatia Region, 65 kilometers from the popular coastal city of Makarska. Situated behind the majestic Biokovo Mountains this town boasts stunning lakes, ancient churches, beautiful Roman ruins and tasty culinary specialties. The population of the actual town of Imotski is just under 5000 inhabitants however the municipal population is over 10 000. Hot summers and mostly mild winters grant this region the ideal climate conditions for the harvesting of numerous crops including the renowned vineyards of Imotski and numerous tobacco fields.
Red Lake and Blue Lake are two of Imotski's famous tourist hotspots. Red Lake is documented as the deepest lake in Europe and also the third laregst sinkhole in the world. It is also only four meters above sea level. Blue Lake is as beautiful as it is fascinating after long dry summers the lake completely dries out. During the summer months it is a great place to cool off and enjoy the refreshing crystal clear waters. The path leading down to the lake was originally built in 1907 for the Emperor Franz Joesph I. This stunning karst formation is a fantastic place to watch an entertaining soccer spectacle when the lake dries out and the local soccer teams Vilenjaci and Vukodlaci go head to head.
Imotski is the main settlement in Imotski Krajina and it is also the only urban city of the municipality which is made up of the following rural settlements - Vinjani Donji, Vinjani Gornji, Glavina Donja, Glavina Gornja and Medvidovića Draga. Once known as Emona, later Imota it became Imotski in the early part of the 10th century. The town was divided into Lower Town and Upper Town. Lower Town, today is the main city hub of Imotski dotted with 18th century houses, the famous Imotski stairs, city hall, post office, various small businesses and primary and secodnary schools. The Upper Town was notable for the Topana Fortress which lies on the edge of the cliff overlooking the city of Imotski below. First ruled by the Turks, followed by the overrule of the Venetians and after 80 years Imotski was taken over by Austrian rule in 1797. WWI and WWII changed things enourmously as the formation of Yugoslavia occured. Soon after the fall of the communist regime and the war of 1991, Imotski was finallly a part of Croatia. This 900 year long battle shaped the city into what it is today, a hidden gem of Croatia.
Summer concerts and festivals, fall wine making events, Christmas traditional celebrations in the winter and the Easter procession marking the beginning of Spring make this inland destination an ideal place to visit all year round. Imotski offers history, culture, nature and gastronomical specialties. Come and see for yourself.