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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrSplit, the largest city on the Adriatic coast and the second-largest city in Croatia, is a popular holiday destination. The city beholds a 1,700-year old tradition, and holds a wealth of archaeological, historical, and cultural monuments.
The Old City, defined by the harbor and Diocletian’s Palace, is filled with stores selling clothing, souvenirs, and trinkets and has various cafés, bars, and restaurants.
If you fancy a dip, head to Split's favorite beach, Bacvice, which is extremely popular at weekends. The city is also a perfect base for exploring the beautiful beaches of the Makarska Riviera and for visiting the islands of Šolta, Hvar, and Brač as well as the more distant Vis, Korčula, and Lastovo.
Split has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with long hot summers and mild winters. The highlight of the cultural calendar is the Split Summer Festival which takes place from mid-July to mid-August, featuring evening performances of music, ballet, and drama at various open-air locations in the Old Town.
Diocletian’s PalaceDiocletian’s Palace is one of the most famous city landmarks, built by the Roman Emperor, Diocletian, who lived there for only eight years until his death in 313. It isn't a stand-alone building, but a walled neighborhood and a wonderful place to walk around, especially during the day when the shade protects you from the sun. A UNESCO World Heritage Site is the city's living heart and home to narrow winding streets filled with shops, museums, churches, and cafés. Several notable attractions within the Palace of Diocletian are the Temple of Jupiter, Cathedral of St. Dominius, and the Peristyle.
City MuseumThe City Museum is housed in the Papalić palace; a late Gothic style building with a pleasant courtyard and fountain. The well presented and interesting museum does a wonderful job of explaining local history. Exhibits show Roman, Venetian French and Austro-Hungarian influences on the city. The collections include documents, weaponry , furniture, coins and photographs. The exhibits are captioned in Croatian but in each room there are wall panels in several languages.
RivaThe waterfront promenade, also known as ‘the Riva’, is officially named the ‘Obala hrvatskog narodnog preporoda’. Riva is a fantastic and very wide avenue that stretches from the Diocletian’s Palace to the harbor. The palm trees give it a distinct Mediterranean touch. Enjoy a seaside stroll along the promenade or simply sit on one of the benches and watch the world go by.
Cathedral of St. DomniusThe Cathedral of St. Domnius is located within the original ancient area of the Diocletian’s Palace. The church was originally built as Diocletian’s mausoleum and it was converted into a cathedral in the 7th century by refugees from Salona. The 60 m high bell tower can be climbed and offers amazing views of the Palace of Diocletian and the sea. Taking more than 300 years to finish, the bell tower is certainly worth the climb.
Archaeological MuseumThe Archaeological Museum, founded in 1820, is an easy walk north from the Old Town and it is well worth to see. The museum is well laid out, interestingly presented and full of marvelous artifacts, ranging from the Bronze Age to the arrival of the Slavs in the 7th century. The absolute highlight is the courtyard area outside the museum, as the quality and quantity of the sarcophagi, mosaics and thumbs is simply amazing. Mostly garnered from Salona, they are well worth the time to study closely. For anyone fascinated with the ancient world, the vast collection of artifacts inside will also amaze.
Mešterović GalleryThe Mešterović Gallery is located on the outskirts of Split, set up on a hill overlooking the sea. The gallery boast a comprehensive, well-arranged collection of works by Ivan Meštrović, one of the most important Croatian modern sculptors. The impressive villa houses over 200 of Mešterović's sculptures, paintings, and drawings. One of the highlights are the grounds with a sculpture garden outside and a gorgeous cafe, where you can have a drink and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Adriatic beyond. Be sure not to miss the nearby Kaštelet with his wooden carved reliefs. If you have a ticket to the gallery, there is no extra charge to enter.
Marjan HillMarjan Hill with pine forests and ancient chapels is a perfect place for a short escape from the city buzz. Rising up west of the Old Town, it provides amazing views over the city and its surroundings. There are plenty of steps to climb to the top of this 178 m high hill.
Where to stayAccommodation varies to suit every taste and budget, from luxurious hotels and guesthouses to budget hostels, self-catered apartments, and family-friendly campsites. Staying inside Diocletian’s Palace is the best possible location in the city. Everything is at your fingertips, including the harbor. It’s a bit on the pricey side for the city, but the location alone makes it very much worth it.
Food & DrinkSplit offers a wide variety of cuisine, from international pizzas and salads to the authentic Croatian dishes. As the city is located beside the sea, expect to find a lot of seafood on menus across town. Most restaurants that serve great local food are called ‘konoba’. Specialties include black risotto, octopus salad, and grilled lobster. Beyond seafood, ‘Pašticada’, a traditional Dalmatian beef stew, should also not be missed. Have a drink in the sun and enjoy the laid-back city life on one of the many outdoor terraces on the Riva.
ShoppingMost of the high street fashion names are located on Marmontova Street, which runs from the sea to the National Theater. In the Palace of Diocletian you'll find several small, exclusive boutiques and shoe shops. If you are looking for souvenirs and jewelry, the Old Town is the place to look. You can find dozens of low-cost clothing and souvenir stalls on the east wall outside the palace, through the Silver Gate. There are also two shopping centers - City Center One and Joker. Shops are generally open from Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 1 PM, and from 5 PM to 8 PM, on Saturday it is open from 9 AM to 1 PM.
Getting AroundIf you're staying in Split, a car really isn't necessary and could be more trouble than it's worth because parking is in very short supply. The best way to get around the city is to walk. The public transport system in the city is limited to buses which run frequently on the major lines. Each waiting kiosk has bus numbers, routes, and schedule times clearly posted. The main bus station is located at Tržnica. Taxis can be pricey, so be sure to ask in advance what the cost is.
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Author: Ayda. Last updated: Apr 05, 2015