The Our Lady of Sinj route


30 km





About the route

The route of Our Lady of Sinj is a pilgrimage trail, used for thousands of years from several directions, to walk towards the largest Marian shrine in southern Croatia. Every year in the nights between August 8-15, just before the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, thousands of pilgrims, espe- cially young ones, start their traditional walk towards Sinj, while the main religious ceremony takes place on August 15. Pilgrims arrive from several directions, mostly from the south from Solin and from the north from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In the central pilgrimage site, the Marian shrine in Sinj, there is a painting of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj. Painted on canvas, it is 58 cm long and 44 cm wide. The painting does not depict the entire figure of the Madonna, only her bust coming out of the dark background. It is well preserved even though it had been folded in several places. These folds were most probably created by the monks who carried it in their bag while they were fleeing from Rama in 1687 when Christians had to leave their homes due to an imminent enemy threat.

Monks carried the painting from Rama to Sinj then later on to Split through Dugopolje and Klis where they temporarily found refuge in the old Benedictine abbey on Sustjepan in 1688. In 1691, monks finally brought the painting to the church in Sinj and placed in on the altair. This marks the beginning of the history of pilgrimage to Our Lady of Sinj.

Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia issues warnings for pilgrims every year, urging them to use the marked road routes and to walk in lines or groups on the left edge of the curb. Drivers are also re- minded on certain dates to be careful and to follow instructions and or- ders given by the traffic police. In spite of good traffic regulations during the pilgrimage periods, unfortunately, accidents were known to happen, even fatal ones, when pilgrims were ran over by reckless drivers.

Because of these accidents, and my own personal experience gath- ered on many pilgrimage routes across the globe, I had an idea to use the traditional walking and horse routes as well as the abandoned “Rera“ railroad route not only during the annual celebrations but throughout the year.

Walking along the marked trail is a unique experience, which makes you feel at one with nature. Most of the trail is isolated from the traffic jams and takes you through picturesque areas filled with historical heritage. Forts, medieval tombstones, old settlements, museums, sacral objects, remains of old paths and bridges, lookouts and cafes all represent rest- ing places and checkpoints where you can get a stamp imprinted on the last pages of this guidebook as a memory of this unforgettable journey you’ve undertaken with the strength of your muscles and your spirit.

The „Our lady of Sinj Route“ project has been approved within the scope of the IPA Croatia - Bosnia and Herzegovina programme and its development commenced on April 9th, 2013. The project development lasted a total of 24 months and it was implemented by partners from the Croatian and Bosnian side: the cities Sinj and Solin and the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service station Split along with municipalities Prozor Rama, Tomislavgrad and Livno. Implementation of the project was also helped by the Sinj Tourist Board, Franciscan monastery, Our Lady of Sinj, Franciscan monastery Rama-Šćit, Herzeg-Bosnia Canton Tourist Board and the Mountaineering Association Kamešnica Livno.

Stipe Božić

After the realization of the EU project in 2015, the path to Our Lady of Sinj remained neglected ... Therefore, in 2021, the Split-Dalmatia County, in cooperation with the Sinj Tourist Board, the Solin Tourist Board, the Dugopolje Tourist Board, and the Municipality of Klis, initiated the revitalization of the Our Lady of Sinj Trail project. The first steps were: the enabling of the trail for walking, gpx tracks recording by the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service at the section from Solin to Sinj, also new website and Virtual Guide in Croatian and English language have been created, in cooperation with CogitoLab company. The vision is for the Trail of Our Lady of Sinj to be gladly visited by pilgrims from Croatia and abroad, as well as by all lovers of nature, walking, hiking, and cultural and other heritage.



All sections


The length of the trail is 30 km - it can be walked in one or several days


Wealth of natural and cultural heritage


Warm welcome at the Shrine of Our Miraculous Lady of Sinj


It passes through 5 settlements and 5 parishes


Spirituality related to the beginnings of Christianity in Croatia


The trail follows the route of the old railway Ferata (Rera) of Sinj


Pilgrimage route older than 300 years


Openness and hospitality of the residents along the trail



All settlements