Split, the second largest city in Croatia on the Dalmatian coast, is well known for its vast beaches and fortress like centre. The city was found by the Roman emperor in the fourth century, who constructed the Diocletian’s palace, which still stands to this day.
Once home to thousands, its remains include more than 200 buildings, within its white stone walls are courtyards, shops, bar, cafes, cathedrals, hotels and houses waiting to be explored. It’s captivating to stroll along the cobblestoned streets within the palace where shops and clubs alternate with crumbling roman pillars and medieval churches of the once ancient residents. The breath taking Cathedral of St Domnuis. built originally in Diocletian’s Mausoleum, is still almost completely preserved to this day. The cathedral is full of history ranging from mesmerizing carved doors and furniture from as early as 1427, to roman baths and the remains of the once imperial dining hall.
To the east of the old town, the pebbly Bacvice, awarded with a Blue Flag eco label, is the most popular beach in the resort of Split. Surrounded by beautiful seas for enjoyable swimming and a lively atmosphere, there are also showers and changing rooms available at both ends of the beach. Bacvice is also a popular destination for clubs and bars for the younger crowd and visitors wanting to enjoy Split’s night life. For those wanting to see the beautiful sites of Split, why not rent a bike at the foot of the woodsy Marjan hill, or climb it for breathe taking views of the city and its surroundings. Or wander along the harbours promenade and take a relaxing break in one of the cafes while looking out on the Adriatic sea.