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Split, Croatia

City is a stage

Split is the largest city on the Adriatic coast and a second Croatian largest city. It is a touristic capital which attracts more and more visitors from all over the world each year. It is famous for its old Roman palace, beautiful sea and islands in the proximity that surround it. Although relatively small city compared to other European truistic destinations, it doesn’t lack interesting spots and content. Its rich history, gastronomy and vibe are just few reasons why Split is a must-see summer destination.

Split is the largest city on the Adriatic coast and a second Croatian largest city. Famous for its old Roman palace, beautiful sea and islands in the proximity that surround it.

Diocletian’s Palace and Perystile Square
Diocletian’s Palace, built in 305 AD by the Roman emperor Diocletian, is the largest and best-preserved late antique palace in the world. Over time, Split developed within and around the Palace, surrounded by baroque fortifications in the 17th century, forming a unique architectural phenomenon. The Palace is remarkably well-preserved today, representing one of the best-preserved ancient palaces of the Roman Empire. Moreover, all architectural layers from antiquity to the present day have been excellently preserved within the Palace and the surrounding city. In recognition of its outstanding universal value, Diocletian’s Palace, together with the historic core of Split, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979, preceding Rome and Venice.
Peristil Square, located within the historic Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Croatia, offers a fascinating blend of ancient architecture and vibrant atmosphere. Visitors are drawn to the impressive colonnades that once served as the entrance to the emperor’s quarters, providing a fascinating glimpse of Roman imperial glory. Today, Peristil Square is a lively meeting place, hosting cultural events and street performances, and is the perfect place to soak up the city’s rich history and ambience.

Catedral of St Dominus

Among European cathedrals, the one in Split is located in the oldest building in the world used as a cathedral – the Mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian. It blends history, from the ancient to the Christian medieval heritage. In the 7th century, it became a cathedral with altars and relics of Saint Domnius and Saint Anastasius. It is known for its wooden doors crafted by local master Andrija Buvina, carving 28 scenes of Jesus’ life into walnut wood. The cathedral also features the masterpiece of Juraj Dalmatinac – the altar of Saint Anastasius.

Riva – Split Waterfront Promenade

Split’s waterfront, known as “Riva”, is a bustling promenade along the Adriatic Sea, offering panoramic views of the nearby islands. Its palm-lined boulevard is a hub of activity, attracting locals and tourists alike with its charming cafes, lively bars and restaurants. As well as being a place for scenic strolls, Riva also serves as a cultural centre, hosting open-air concerts, art exhibitions and festivals throughout the year. It’s the top location where you can spot locals, sipping coffee or cocktail on a weekend day.

Marjan Forest Park

Marjan is a must-visit destination for many reasons. Its elevated position offers breathtaking panoramic views of the entire city of Split, making it a perfect spot for photographers and nature lovers alike. The greenery and well-maintained paths provide an ideal setting for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling and picnicking. Marjan is also steeped in history, with ancient Greek settlements and seven churches dotting the landscape, offering a glimpse of the area’s rich cultural heritage. Whether you’re looking for peace and quiet in nature or want to explore historical sites, Marjan has something for everyone.

Varoš

Varoš is one of Split’s oldest neighbourhoods, full of history and character. Once a rural area inhabited mainly by farmers and fishermen, today it retains its traditional charm of stone farmhouses and narrow, winding streets – a testament to its humble origins. Exploring these streets offers a glimpse into the past and the resilience of its people. To the west of the city, Varoš is nestled at the foot of the iconic Marjan Hill. Strolling through Varoš, visitors can soak up the authentic Dalmatian atmosphere and sample local delicacies in charming cafes and restaurants. Varoš has a vibrant café culture, inviting tourists to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine while soaking up the bustling atmosphere of the old town.

Grgur Ninski Statue
Don’t miss the chance to visit the iconic monument “Grgur Ninski”, sculpted by renowned Croatian artist Ivan Meštrović. Standing an impressive six feet tall, the statue holds a special significance for locals and visitors alike. Legend has it that touching the statue’s thumb brings good fortune and the fulfilment of wishes, making it a must-see attraction for the superstitious and the curious alike.

What to do in Split

  • Explore Diocletian’s Palace: Wander through the ancient ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and immerse yourself in the rich history of this impressive Roman monument.
  • Visit Marjan Hill: Hike or bike to the top of Marjan Hill for panoramic views of Split and the surrounding coastline, then explore the park and hidden chapels scattered throughout the area.
  • Enjoy a stroll along Riva promenade and the old town streets: Take a leisurely walk along the bustling waterfront promenade known as the Riva, lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of this lively gathering spot.
  • Discover Croatian cuisine: Make sure to try the local flavors of Dalmatian cuisine by sampling traditional dishes like seafood risotto, grilled fish, and savory pastries at one of Split’s many charming restaurants or konobas.
  • Visit the Archaeological Museum: Dive into Split’s ancient past at the Archaeological Museum, home to a vast collection of artifacts, sculptures, and exhibits spanning centuries of Dalmatian history.
  • Climb the Bell Tower of St. Domnius Cathedral: Ascend the spiral staircase of St. Domnius Cathedral’s bell tower for breathtaking views of Split’s Old Town and beyond, offering a unique perspective of the city’s iconic landmarks.
  • Explore the Green Market: Experience the lively atmosphere of Split’s Green Market, where vendors sell fresh produce, local delicacies, and handmade crafts, offering a taste of everyday life in the city.
  • Attend Ultra Music Festival: If you are an electronic music fan, make sure to visit Split during Ultra Music Festival. Usually each summer in July, Split is hosting the Ultra Music Festival, one of the most popular festivals in electronic music. Drawing in music enthusiasts from around the globe, this world-renowned festival transforms Split into a vibrant hub of beats and rhythms.

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