Every kind of holidaymaker will find something in Dalmatia´s capital Split. Those who are looking for beaches will find wonderful areas to go for a swim, vacationers who are looking for a cultural adventure will find remnants of the past, Partymaker will be satisfied with the vivid night life of the city and more active holidaymakers can discover the beautiful mountains and rivers Split is surrounded by. So Split can really be seen as the heart of Dalmatia…
With about 200.000 habitant Split is the second largest town in croatia and the capital of the region Dalmatia. Most of the postcards will show you the city´s promenade called “Riva” and the Diocletian´s palace which became part of the Word Heritage UNESCO in 1979. Therefore these two places seem to be most important to watch when visiting Split. You actually can´t miss the “Riva” anyway, since it is the very first street crossing your way when entering the city. On the left side along the shore you can see one boat after another inviting you to daytrips to the islands close by. In the shadow of the alley of palms you can have a rest on some benches and enjoy the view.
On the right side you will find numerous cafés and restaurants. The main activity while sitting on the “Riva” is (besides drinking coffee) to watch the people passing by. On the vivid street you can see the latest fashion collection which you usually find in the shop windows wihout moving.
The Republic Square
Once you arrived at the end of the promenade you will find the republic square (as well known as prokurative). Here you can (what else) sit as well in cafés or restaurants.
To get into the city´s inner part it is best to just turn into the big street on the right side. From this street you can now enter all the little and narrow lanes which are guiding you through the old city.
Many small places, streets and lanes are hiding inside of the centre. Most of the times you will always discover something new as soon as you think that you already saw everything. Not just the buildings and places are impressive, but also the floor on which you are walking! The whole city looks like somebody is cleaning it every hour and polishing the surface beneath to a high gloss!
The People´s Place
One of the more famous places is the people´s place. It is situated in actually the middle of everything and therefore a nice point of reference when doing a sightseeing tour. Here you will find the ancient town hall, the antic palace and some old city buildings which were once owned by rich traders.
The Diocletian Palace
How I already meantioned you have to visit two places when coming to Split: the “Riva” and the palace of Diocletian. Since we´ve already been now to the first aim we are now going to see the next one. The 215 x 180 meters big complex was used as a place of retirement for the roman emperor Diocletian, who was the first that voluntarily resigned from office in 305. Over time (too much to tell) the complex were adjusted and rebuild. Multiple buildings as well as structural changes from different epochs are nowadays telling the story of the city´s vivid past.
Walking along the cafés and restaurants which are integrated into the city´s remains you will pass the silver gate. Behind you will find one temptation after another: clothes, jewelry, souvenirs, accessoirs, fruits, vegetables, self-made products and even gamling are trying to attract visitors.
Gregor of Nin Statue
Walking around the wall of Split you can´t miss the impressive statue of Gregor of Nin (Grgur Ninski). The 8 meters tall statue were built in 1929 and designed by Ivan Mestrovic. When you put your hand on the statues foot, you can make a wish… at least it is worth a try…
Well, it is summer and it is hot… so where are the beaches? I can recommend the Bačvice beach and the bit outside (Marjan) situated Kašjuni beach. At Bačvice beach you will find everything you need and more to enjoy your stay: cold drinks, food, pedal boats, play facilities, beach mats and much more. In the evenings this area turns into a popular night life area since some clubs as well as many bars are situated here. Furthermore the Bačvice beach is famous for its sand and the fact that you have to walk a loooong way to get into the water. After 20 meters the sea doesn´t even touch your knees…
Since Bačvice became very famous and therefore touristic you will find much more natural elements at the Kašjuni beach. There you can choose between pebble stones or a beach mat (you can rent of from the lounge). Since the beach is surrounded by big rock faces it feels almost like entering a picture…
Sunset in Split
The beautiful sunset light, palms and the polished streets of the city are just amazing to watch…
Do you wanna go there? Or have you already been?