Travel guide to Split, Croatia

Europe / Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Split is one of the largest cities in Croatia, and certainly one of the most beautiful. The thing about Split is that it is a great combination of old and modern; it kept traces of culture and history hundreds of years old but it is also vibrant and buzzing as the most modern cities of the time. It’s popularity among tourists grows day by day, which is not a surprise, because the city has a beautiful landscape and numerous tourist attractions.

One of the most famous attractions of the city is Diocletian’s Palace, an amazing Roman monument that is actually an entire complex and will leave anyone impressed. It used to occupy about 30,000 square meters, which is actually the part of today’s Old Town of Split. In the Old Town are located cafes, promenades, apartments for tourists ( more info at ) and so on. Except for the Golden and Silver Gates, one of the most attractive and most preserved parts of Diocletian’s Palace are the underground chambers; they are considered the best preserved ancient complex of this kind in the world and the Palace itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today, the chambers are used for different exhibition.

In the heart of Diocletian’s Palace, another famous building of Split is rising; Cathedral of St.Domnius. It was originally Diocletian’s mausoleum, but it was turned into a church in the 7th century. The Diocletian’s sarcophagus that was inside was destroyed by the citizens, since he hated Christians and prosecuted them at the time. As he thought of himself as of a powerful ruler, he put a sphinx in front of the mausoleum, like Egyptian rulers did.

If you want to feel the real life of Split, you have to walk down the Riva, the main promenade of Split, an ideal place for relaxation and enjoying the Mediterranean sea and sun. Tourists also love it because of the amazing view that it gives to them; beside the hills above and the sea below, they can see some of the most interesting attractions of the city lie Franciscan Monastery, Prokurative, Descovic Palace and so on.

Besides the historical monuments that Split is rich with, there are also natural sites to be seen. There are, of course, the islands surrounding it (Island of Solta for instance) that can be visited by ferries, but there are also places nearby. One of the nearest is the Strossmayer Park or Jardin located north from the Golden Gate of Diocletian’s Palace. It dates from 19th century and beside the beautiful nature it treasure a monument to the bishop Grgur Ninski and a commemorative plate to Tin Ujevic, one of the famous Croatian poets. Above the town of Split, there is the Marjan hill, a perfect place for recreation and long walks, but also a place where you will encounter numerous little churches.

The town of Split is diverse and rich with numerous attractions that lure tourists to come back over and over again. Don’t miss a trip to this beautiful city and an opportunity to enjoy the charms of the Mediterranean.

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