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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, Suellen and I wish to express our gratitude to you and your staff for making our recent trip to Croatia a most memorable experience. We have traveled a lot, and this was the most perfect trip we have ever had. There is not one thing that wasn't perfect. We will certainly recommend you… Read more...
    Wayne and Suellen Buckley, USA
  • Dear Natasa I must thank you for the wonderful arrangements. Everything worked well.The guides and the drivers were courteous and professional. I will recommend Secret Dalmatia to all my friends who wish to travel to Croatia. Warm regards Amit Khanna Read more...
    Mr Amit Khanna, India
  • Dear Vlasta, Thank you! What a great trip and first class service. The hotels you selected were excellent, clean and perfectly located. The drivers and representatives were professional, informative and friendly (hats off to Toni, our guide in Korčula, whose vast knowledge of history is only rivalled by his kindness!). Needless to say, all logistics… Read more...
    Phillipe & Nadim, Lebanon
  •   Diana,thank you so much for guiding and helping us plan a spectacular two week vacation in Croatia. there are so many highlights we experienced but the consistent theme of the trip is that you made it so seamless and easy for us to do all the moving about that we did to every fantastic… Read more...
    Daniel Hyman, USA
  • Hello Mirna, It was such a pleasure to meet you last night. Thank you for taking the time to come to the restaurant. Our trip was once again amazing and even more special to share with my parents! I meant to tell you yesterday how much we loved our guide in Dubrovnik, Maris. She was… Read more...
    Grisham Family, USA
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