Truly a vision and sight every tourist should witness off the Dalmatian coast, the city of Split happens to not only be the second largest city in Croatia but one of its finest. It is a place constantly buzzing with life and exudes the perfect balance of rich tradition and modernism.
Here I bring you just a few of countless things to see and do in this gorgeous Mediterranean jewel.
Things to See
In a place that is so loaded with history, there's much to see and do. One of the most significant is the ruins of Diocletian’s Palace. Because of it’s stoic, Roman appearance, it continues to captivate any person who visits Split. The structure was built in the Middle Ages and with its sandy white stones and its authentic Egyptian influences, it makes for a great stop while you are in town.
(Inside the palace: the Mausoleum of Diocletian)
(The remains of peristyle and single columns inside the palace)
(Silver Gate (Porta Argentea), one of four gates of the palace)
The Cathedral of St. Domnius
A beautiful cathedral which was built as the mausoleum for Diocletian, the Cathedral of St. Domnius (known as Sv. Duje in Croatian) is still in wonderful shape due to the great care it has received over the years. It is filled with monuments which pay tribute to Christ, full of decorated murals and 13th century artistry that perpetually beckons the imagination.
(View from the bottom of bell tower of St. Domnius' Cathedral,
one of main symbols of the city)
The old town core of Split is a truly genuine portrait of a quintessential, historical European town. Its old Roman vibe is impossible to ignore. The sights of vintage, dank basements, labyrinth of halls and staircases and locations which were created for making wine and olive oil, impress the seekers of grandiose history.
(Split from the air: Diocletian's palace, harbor and part of the old town)
(credit: E.coli from Wikimedia.org)
Things to do
Walk the Riva of Split
The very the heart of Split is the Riva promenade and it happens to be the very lifeblood of the city’s entertainment scene. The area is full of fantastic restaurants, bars and music-filled night clubs which always never fail to impress anybody looking for a great time.
(A green oasis with palm trees and benches separated by wide promenade
from numerous restaurants and bars on the Riva of Split)
Relax and enjoy at Bacvice beach
Considered one of the most active tourist sites in the entire region of Split, Bacvice beach is beloved for its art-deco style and undeniable old world charm. The beach is also widely known as the home of the “picigin” - a ball game that is only ever played in-and-around the area of Split. Spectacular sunbathing, great restaurants and unique places where people love to get together and drink after sunset make for a poignant stop while in town.
(Beautiful, sunny day at Bacvice beach)
Climb up the Marjan hill
A green oasis of enchantment, enjoyed by tourist and locals alike, is Marjan hill which numerous people consider to be the “lungs of the city”. Landscapes that are designed with superiority, vista points, ancient temples and beaches which zig-zag around, the location is likened to that of New York’s Central Park.
Experience the islands of Brac and Solta
The Dalmatian Coast would not be the same without the presence of the two islands of Brac and Solta. Both are covered with dolomite and limestone and are primarily known for their old, historic homes which were built of stone. According to the local Croatia sailing experts, many tourists, but also folks from Croatia's mainland, love to visit the islands as often as they can in the summer season because of what a spectral and enchanting atmosphere they consistently impose.
Dock in port village Maslinica at the island of Solta
(credit: Joadl from Wikimedia.org)
Solta is a several times smaller island than Brac and its known for the charming old villages, hidden bays and the moments of serenity it offers visitors. On the other hand, Brac is labelled as one of the most popular islands in Dalmatia and the whole Croatian coast, widely recognizable for its famous, pebble beach called Zlatni Rat. The island offers many sorts of entertainment to tourists: from the adventurous outdoor activities, such as cycling, climbing (Brac is the highest Adriatic island!), sailing, diving and other to vibrant, wild nightlife in restaurants, clubs and bars for which the town of Bol is the perfect spot.
(One of the numerous pebble beaches on Brac)
After visiting it, talking to local folks and reading about this magnificent city, I've figured out that Split has always been a significant presence on the Dalmatian Coast and obviously throughout Croatia. But due to the constant positive feedback of visitors from around the globe, the city is quickly becoming a one of the favorite in the entire continent of Europe.