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Via Dinarica HR-W-26 Source of the Cetina River - Peruča - Sinjsko polje

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  • Brana Peruča
    / Brana Peruča
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  • / Crkva svetog Spasa u Cetini
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  • / Crkva svetog Spasa u Cetini
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  • / Jezero Peruča s vrha Svilaje
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  • / Rijeka Cetina
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  • / Troglav
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  • / Vrelo Cetine
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  • / Vrelo Cetine
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The area of the Cetina River – the longest river flowing only in the territory of Croatia without either crossing or serving as a state border – represents a genuine treasure trove of historical and cultural heritage. The river has several sources. Already at the main source – the largest source in the village of Cetina – there are two valuable historical church monuments: ancient Croatian church of the Holy Salvation with the largest ancient burial ground in the country, and an Orthodox Christian chapel, an endowment of one family, located above the lake that represents the source of the river. On its path to the sea, the Cetina River flows under intriguing old stone bridges; powers ancient mill wheels and turbines of hydroelectric plants Peruča, Orlovac, Đale, Kraljevac and Zakučac; flows into the largest artificial lake in Croatia, filling it with water; finds its way between the rocks, creating impressive canyons; finally, the river enters the magnificent area between the steep vertical cliffs near the city of Omiš, concluding its flow by entering the sea. This particular trail section enables hikers to get acquainted with the Cetina River in its source area and in the area along the lake of Peruča.
easy
Distance 47.1 km
4:00 h
385 m
453 m
The region of Cetinska krajina is known for various historical events from the times of fights against the Ottoman Empire, for the heroism of its inhabitants, but also for the strong tendency of its people to cherish the memory of turbulent past of their grandfathers and ancestors.

On the way from Glavaš to the source of the Cetina River, there are no hiking trail markings. However, the route takes us along a field, and orientation is not difficult. We reach the source of the Cetina River in one hour and thirty minutes of hiking. In continuation of this trail section, the White Line of Via Dinarica follows the course of the Cetina River downstream, along the shores of the Peruča Lake, to the edge of the field of Sinjsko polje. A more demanding hiking alternative is available too, by hiking across Troglav. However, this mountaineering option entails challenges such as finding overnight accommodation facilities or supplies, and water shortage is an issue as well. In addition, orientation in the terrain is demanding, and hikers must also cross the state border, so taking the alternative lowland route that follows the Cetina River is better and advised option. Another possibility is to take a hiking tour of one part of Svilaja. However, in this case we need to take into account the fact that a longitudinal tour is not possible, since the northern part of Svilaja was affected by war, and it is still not safe due to the consequences of military activities. 

The route from the source of the Cetina River downstream towards the Peruča Lake and Sinjsko polje takes us along local roads (without much traffic on them). Therefore, we can take these roads on foot, or – even better – by bicycle. Peruča Lake is worth exploring along a little-known road leading along the lake on the eastern side (one section of that road is covered in gravel). From Rumin, we continue in the same direction towards Otok kod Sinja, where we reach the pilgrimage Route of Our Lady of Sinj.

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Alan Čaplar
Update: August 03, 2016
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Highest point
478 m
Lowest point
295 m
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Start

Mountain hut Glavaš (386 m)
Coordinates:
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43.976677, 16.429944
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43°58'36.0"N 16°25'47.8"E
UTM
33T 614689 4870276
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Destination

Izvor Cetine

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Coordinates

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43.976677, 16.429944
DMS
43°58'36.0"N 16°25'47.8"E
UTM
33T 614689 4870276
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Maxo Pl.
June 29, 2021 · Community
That had a little bit of desert road walking, never ending but with some music it was ok. Saw a few signs for apartments along the road and a lot of camp spots. I made my covid Test for the Bosnian border in Sinj at the poliklinika Babić but you should call previously because the testing times change day per day
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Maruša Orel
June 27, 2021 · Community
As Eva wrote, that wasn't so bad actually. Yah, you are hiking all the time on the road (not busy ones), but you can swim in Peručko jezero, which has really clean water. I found a nice place to swim and also sleep (you need to search for a flat place a little bit) - if you take a trail to the lake at 13,8km. Locals told me that many trails lead to the lake from the beginning of the lake to Dabar. In Dabar as it was already written, nice place to swim and sleep (quite many locals on Saturday afternoon). Shops in Rumin, Obrovac Sinjski and Otok. Covid test 20€ in Sinj (Mon-Sat, 7am-10am).
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When did you do this route? June 27, 2021
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Thomas Furter
September 14, 2020 · Community
* this is not a trail, just street walk until Obrovac Sinjski, horrible section and it can be very hot. Almost no sight to the lake **** great camping spot and lake access at Dabar, a fresh bath in the lake will recover you ***** Change the river side at Obrovac Sinjski and follow the bike trail along the river until Otok, several possibilities for resting and having a refreshment in the Cetina river
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Difficulty
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Distance
47.1 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
385 m
Descent
453 m
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