Split is an old Roman town developed in and around Diocletian palace build by the Roman emperor Diocletian 1700 years ago. Both Diocletian palace and numerous other monuments from the Roman period have been preserved until present day. Within the palace you can also visit a cathedral named after St. Duje, the patron saint of Split, built in the 7th century upon the mausoleum of emperor Diocletian. Many manifestations are organized in the basements, preserved parts of the palace, like Diocletian evenings and Evenings of regional music. Especially impressive is the opera Aida that is preformed as a part of Split Summer Plays festival. Diocletian palace is a unique example of a palace which is still inhabited today. Lives of Split residents have been passing through it for 1700 years.
Trogir, small town near Split, is famous for its old town center enlisted as UNESCO site of world heritage and a Romanic portal at the entrance into St. Ivan church. Trogir is also known for lively summer nights. Next to Trogir lies island of Čiovo with idyllic small villages, beaches, and hidden bays ideal for swimming.
- Geographical position: Middle Dalmatia
- Climate: Mediterranean
- Average summer temperature: 27° C
- Average winter temperature: 5° C
Where ever you go, there are good restaurants waiting for you, with an offer of fish specialties, prosciutto or cheese, and after a good meal you can taste sweet crispy Dalmatian cakes called kroštule, a typical Dalmatian sweet.
As an appetizer we recommend famous Dalmatian brandy "lozovača" and "travarica" which will open your appetite and prepare you for delicacies to follow. Traditional way of hosting guests in Dalmatia startS with one such appetizer, followed by prosciutto, fine most often oil dipped cheese. This is often eaten together with olives, black or green, as you prefer.
Other tasty dishes are fish soups with polenta, grilled fish or octopus under the baking lid. Dalmatian cuisine is simple and very healthy, and is prepared in a simple manner. You wouldn't believe what magic can be made with some olive oil, garlic, pepper and salt.
For dessert we suggest "fritule" or their smaller and crispier variant, "kroštule". You must be asking yourself, what to drink with all these delicacies? Dalmatian like to say that since fish swims in the sea, it must also swim in wine, which means that a glass of wine is necessary when preparing fish. Dessert wine "prošek" is usually drunk to desserts.to top
Marinas situated in Split, Trogir and Kaštel Sućurac are definitely worth mentioning. To those who have experienced the magic of sailing we don't have to explain too much, and to those who still have not, we heartily recommend giving it a chance.
We must not forget diving, since there are many diving locations on the riviera as well as many diving schools and centers in Split, Omiš and Trogir.
Moreover, those who love adventure and climbing can enjoy visiting canyons of the river Cetina, and rafting. For speleo-advanturists there are many caves, pits, and abysses near Split and Omiš.
Finally, there are many tennis courts where you can try your tennis skills. Maybe you'll run into Goran Ivanišević, most famous Croatian tennis player and one of the most famous Croatian sportsmen.to top
Fun and night life
We have already given some suggestions in the afore mentioned stories, but if you prefer not to leave town, and you don't want to stay on the beach the whole day, we suggest one of the favorite ways for Split people to spend their afternoon. Walk on the Split waterfront called Riva and drink coffee in one of the cafés on the waterfront. Take time and enjoy in long drinking of coffee, watch the people go by, relax. You will soon see the meaning of "fjaka", specific state of mind, when time stands still, problems seem far away and easily solvable.
The Riva is the popular place for gathering and nightlife and discotheques. Warm summer nights are ideal for good time to be remembered after the summer vacation. You know the scenario: colorful cocktails, music and dancing till dawn.
For those who prefer a more peaceful type of entertainment with cultural manifestation, we suggest visiting some of the shows on Split summer, a cultural festival where you can see good theater and recitals. There are also vocal singing concerts by vocal groups called "klape" or permanent exhibitions in town galleries.to top
How to get there?
- By car:
- Zagreb-Split 375 km highway
- Split-Zadar 160 km regional road
- Split-Šibenik 86 km
- By plane: www.croatiaairlines.hr
- By bus: www.akz.hr
- By train: www.hznet.hr
- Local and international ferry lines: www.jadrolinija.hr
There are beaches suitable for everybody on the riviera. In and around Split beaches are mostly pebbled, and around hotels there are concrete terraces. Famous Split beach Bačvice is sandy and located in the town itself.
Beaches in and around Trogir are pebbled. In front of hotel Medena, situated in the town, there is a beautiful pebbled beach suitable for families with small children.
Island of Čiovo also has pebbled beaches as well as rocky ones where you can enjoy and swim in crystal blue sea. There is a sandy beach in a small place Duće near Omiš.to top
What to see?
Grgur Ninski -Split
Cultural monuments in Split will tell you a tale of this millennial town. Walk to the impressive statue of Grgur Ninski and hold it by his big toe, it will bring you luck or fulfill your wish. On the very entrance to town lies Salona, the larges archeological locality on the Eastern coast of the Adriatic. In the very center of Split you can see the spa with its very own source of healing sulphur rich water.
You must also visit the Diocletian palace when you visit Split. The walls, three doors (Golden, Silver and Iron), mausoleum, main square, and Peristil have been preserved to these days. We must not forget the Jupiter temple or Vestibule, a square south of Peristil.
Fortress Klis is situated above Split. In the past Klis had a very important protective role especially during Turkish attacks which lasted 25 years in this area. Klis resisted the attacks successfully for some time but in 1537 Turks succeeded in conquering the fortress. Some traces from that period are still visible today and we recommend visiting them.
St. Ivan Cathedral-Trogir
The portal of his famous Dalmatian cathedral was made by master Radovan, one of the best Croatian sculptors. This famous Romanesque portal dates back to the 13th century. The cathedral changed its appearance several times during the past, and in the 16th century it was attached with a Mannerist bell tower. The cathedral, together with the whole Trogir town center was recognized as UNESCO site of world heritage.to top
Where to go on a trip?
Medieval town – Pearl of South Dalmatia is UNESCO world heritage site. This town with old tourist tradition is ready to fulfill even the most refined requirements of its visitors. Town of museums and festivals, taverns and restaurants, place of mild Mediterranean climate and beautiful countryside truly confirms the famous saying by Irish writer Bernard Shaw: "Those who search heaven on Earth must come to Dubrovnik".
Are those not reasons enough for you to come to Dubrovnik and see the truth for yourself?
Rafting on Cetina
You don't have to be adventurous in order to try rafting on the beautiful river Cetina that divides the karst countryside. More and more visitors raft on the river since rafting is rather dynamic and appealing with a touch of adventure, but it is also a way to get to know the karst and white rocks surrounded by greenery.
Pilgrimage to Međugorje
Međugorje has relatively recently become one of the most famous Marian sanctuaries in Europe. We suggest taking a trip to Međugorje even if you are not a religious person since the energy around this place is rather strong. Visitors and believers come to Međugorje from all over the world, and masses are served in many languages of the world.
Islands of Hvar, Brač and Vis
Each of these islands has a story of their own. Members of world jet set have been visiting Hvar, but there are also hidden places on the island where one can truly relax in peace and quiet. Brač is preferred by surfing lovers, and Zlatni Rat beach is very famous. Vis is now open to all visitors, as opposed to the past when it was a military base and unavailable to guests for a long time.to top