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Alan Mandić

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As the founder and managing director of Secret Dalmatia, Alan is personally dedicated to the vision of bringing the hidden beauties of Croatia to every Client. Alan has a deep connection to his country, so after finishing his university education at the New England School of Arts & Design in Boston, he decided to return to Croatia. The decision to found Secret Dalmatia followed an epiphany he had whilst wandering around Bribirska Glavica, one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. As the sunset settled in the distance, he stumbled upon two open sarcophagi and thought: "I must show this to the world!” Few months later, in 2005, he put together his passion, experience, and knowledge to create Secret Dalmatia and he has been dedicated to it full-time ever since.

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Secret Dalmatia is all about protection

Our passion for showing Croatia to the world stems from our immense respect for its known and unknown heritage, natural and cultural, material and immaterial. Croatian tourism relies greatly on this heritage, and as sustainable travel is of great importance to us, we find that remaining actively involved in its research and protection is both a way of giving back and investing into the future.

Every year, Secret Dalmatia partakes in regional projects intended to further preserve, research or promote Croatian heritage. We help both professionals and enthusiasts who care deeply about our land, wildlife and sea as well as about our historical and ethnological legacy. Our support is either through donations or simply through lending our voice to publicize threats to our heritage, like the lack of preservation and looting of archaeological sites, illegal bird and wildlife hunting...

To date, several projects funded from our donations resulted in extraordinary discoveries, such as the underwater Liburnian settlement dated to 3.500 years ago, discovered in collaboration with the University of Zadar.
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  • Dear Alan,Just a short note to thank you for a great trip in Croatia, we all had a wonderful time and enjoyed seeing the sites both in the cities and the country side.All your guides/drivers turned up on time, in nice vehicles and were all very personable. They were all with one exception very knowledgeable… Read more...
    The Franklin Family, UK
  • Hi Mirna, Now that I'm home and things have settled down a bit - I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the trip that you designed for us, your attention to detail, and the wonderful guides you provided for us - Nives and Mario's dad, Pero - EVERYTHING WAS SO FANTASTIC!!… Read more...
    Nina, Mary Tess & Andy Marinkovich, USA
  • Dear Natasha We are now home. It was a disappointment that there was no shiny, black Mercedes with a driver organised by Secret Dalmatia to pick us up on arrival at Heathrow!. We had to wheel our own cases and drive ourselves.......... I know that everyone in our party was delighted with everything you organised… Read more...
    Burridge group, UK
  • Dear Secret Dalmatia, Many thanks to Secret Dalmatia for making our trip to Croatia an amazing experience. From Mirna and Vlasta, to all the guides, drivers, and hosts everything was flawless. It exceeded all expectations! From information requested, initial planning, questions answered, and changes while on our trip, your attention and professionalism went above and… Read more...
    Waring family, USA
  • Hi Mirna, We are back safe and sound from one of the most memorable trips I have ever had! Of course Croatia is an easy country to visit and fall in love with - but your company, Secret Dalmatia, gave us some unique experiences that we would not have otherwise had the pleasure to experience.… Read more...
    Sandra Borling & Brenda Crumpler, USA
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