Split Travel Guide, Croatia
Split is Dalmatia county’s economic, administrative and educational centre, a meeting point for all those who want to get to the neighboring islands of Hvar, Vis, Brac and Solta. It has around 200,000 inhabitants some of which work in the chemical, metallurgy, tourist industry, agriculture or work in workshops. Besides the working class there are plenty of intellectuals as there is a big university and numerous scientific institutions.
It is the biggest tourist destination in the area with a lot of satellite resorts around. It is Split that sets the tone for the other resorts.
Being kind of crowded it is a good idea to settle in Trogir for example if you not necessarily want to be in the middle of the action and prefer quieter places.
Located in the center of Middle Dalmatia not far from Trogir, Split is the second largest city in Croatia, a renowned Croatian resort with a rich historical heritage. One of which is the Diocletian Palace is one of the most visited sights. It is the proof of Roman presence in the area that stands till this day and it is in very well preserved. Diocletian made up his mind to build this palace around 298 with the intention to spend his last years or ruling here but there are findings that date back to the Neolithic and Eneolithic.
The palace is the very hearth of the town and it bears a great importance for the history of the place and its people. There are many buildings built inside its walls dating later periods and they are also well preserved. The City Museum founded in 1946 right here in northeastern part of the palace. It has a lot of Medieval buildings of which the most important being the Gothic palace of the Papalic family, an architectural masterpiece.
And there are the lovely ruins of Solin outside the city, the place that was destroyed in the 7th century making its inhabitants find refuge in Split.
With so many historical sites, the National Theatre and old churches, Split is without doubt a great cultural attraction. The museums found here are among the most visited ones. There is the oldest museum in Croatia: the Archaeological Museum dating 1820 boasting archaeological objects from prehistoric times till Medieval ages
Split attracted many throughout the years whether they were emperors or simple visitors. Those who decided to settle here are lucky to call such a place home. The setting is beautiful, a bay backed with buildings, old and new, palm trees and the sea is dotted with all kind of boats.
You can see more boats than cars as there is little space for parking, most of the streets are narrow and it is really no use, and sometimes impossible really, to drive your car when visiting the city.
Getting here is easy; any means of transport will get you here: plane, car, train, boat… It has an international airport and regular ferry services with the nearby islands, the north and south Adriatic, Italy and Greece.
The town is really charming, a combination of old monuments, narrow cobbled streets with old houses, museums and galleries, it is very similar to an Italian historic place and the Italian influence can be immediately depicted by those who have seen Italy.
There is a lot to do here and visitors can choose to have a cultural visit that includes visiting the old monuments, museums, galleries and if you happen to be in town in summer you will be able to take part in the cultural summer festival called Splitsko ljeto that lasts from 15th July till 15th October. But there are plenty of other festivals. On the 7th May there is Saint Dominus fest or Sudamja, the international theater festival, International flower fair and the festival of Dalmatian songs
If you are not a culture buff than you can roam the bars, discotheques, go to a concert, lie around on the beach or go for a boat trip as Split is a busy port with a lot of ships departing all over the world
Accommodation is Split is various from clay hotels to private accommodation, from camping sites to yacht accommodation.
As for the food, you can imagine the variety of sea food served in restaurants! They are all fresh and delicious served with a good portion of fresh vegetables. It is all cooked with the healthiest oil, the olive oil so the combination of the healthiest food is complete. Add to this some high quality wines like cabernet, merlot, pinot or malvazija and your menu can’t get any better.
The best souvenirs are some historical sites in miniature and of course olive oil and a bouquet of rosemary to remind you of Dalmatia!
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- Ancient palace of the roman emperor Diocletian
travel tip by Wazling posted more then 30 days ago
If you are at Split, the ancient Spalato, you should take a look at the palace of the emperor Diocletian, reigning in the late 3rd century a.c. It´s ver well preserved and you can spend at least one day, looking at all the preserved...
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