Presentation of the destination
Split is the role model of Dalmatian life in Croatia. A city that has achieved a perfect blend of modern and traditional. There are beautiful bars and restaurants amidst the old walls of the ancient monuments. With a heritage of over 1000 years, Split is situated in a breathtaking setting of coastal mountains that give way to the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea. To impress the tourists and make them stop over, rather than just pass it to nearby islands, Split has renovated it's old Riva to a more modern looking cleaner marble pathways. Split enjoys a classic Mediterranean climate with warm sunshine throughout the summer months and mild weather in the winter. Summer sees temperatures of over 30ºC. Winters are mild, but Split has about 900 mm of rainfall during the winter. There is a cold northern wind called Bora that occurs during certain winters and temperatures could drop below 4°C. May to September are the off season months, and it is a good time to visit Split.
Points of interests / things to see
Diocletian's Palace is a Roman monument that was built by Emperor Diocletian, he was famous for his persecution of early Christians and built this retirement palace in Split. This has been called the living heart of this city. There are 220 buildings within this palace and it is home to over 3000 people. The narrow streets houses secret passageways and courtyards that are deserted, while others have bars, restaurants and shops that is buzzing with life. It is a novel sight to see clothes drying overhead and children playing football on ancient grounds that the Romans walked on. Pretty aged ladies sit at the windows like statues and watch the busy passageways below. The Palace was build with lustrous white stone from the island of Brac. The construction took over 10 years with sphinxes from Egypt, marble from Italy and Greece. Legend says Diocletian spared no expense to create this enchanted palace. The walls of this palace are named after a metal, walk around and notice the Golden gate, Bronze gate, Silver gate and the Iron gate. The Bronze and the Golden gate have the city's landmarks, the Mestrovic sculptures of the great literary scholar Marko Marulic and the medieval bishop Grgur Ninski. A beautiful ancient palace, thriving with life. It is best to walk and explore, but you could get lost in the alleys!
A majestic building, this cathedral was initially built to house Diocletian's mauseleum. It has an octagonal shape and is encircled by 24 columns. A beautiful piece of workmanship that is completely preserved till date. The oldest relics in this cathedral are the scenes from the life of Christ that has been carved on the wooden entrance door. This was carved by Andrija Buvina in the 13th century on 28 squares on both the sides. It resembles the Romanesque miniatures of that period. The round dome inside has two rows of Corinthian columns and a frieze depicting Emperor Diocletian with this wife, Prisca. The choir is fitted with 13th century Romanesque seats that are the oldest in Dalmatia. Walk past the altar and into the treasury. It is full of icons, church robes, reliquaries, illuminated manuscripts and documents written in Glagolitic script. At the foot of the Romanesque belfry, notice the two lions and the Egyptian black-granite sphinx from the 15th century BC. There are still remains of the Roman baths, an imperial dining hall and a Roman building that has been decorated with mosaic. Address: Street Svetog Duje 5 Entry fee: Cathedral: 15KN Treasurey:15 KN Belfry: 10 KN Timings: Monday-Saturday: 8:00am to 7:00 pm Sunday: 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm
A green paradise that overlooks the city of Split. The Marjan Forest Park has been called the lungs of the city. It covers a large area of this island and there are activities for the whole family here. Vehicles are not allowed inside this park, so it is advisable to either walk or rent a bicycle for 15 KN per hour from the northern entrance to move around. There are many paths through this park and at each turn, you will be treated to picturesque sights of ancient chapels, a zoo and vista points. When you walk along the coast, enjoy the cool winds from the sea with scenic sights of the beaches. You can jog to the peak of the Marjan hill, the Telegrin. This is at 178 mt with the Croatian flag fluttering in the wind. You will be treated to panoramic sights of the Adriatic sea. The adventurous can climb the Sustipan, a popular rock climbing cliff and visit the Sv. Jere Church that has been constructed into the rock face in 1500 AD. After a hike in the park, sit down for a coffee at the Vidilica Cafe. Getting to Marjan Walk: Varos neighborhood to Vidilica Bus: Bus12 Special Trains during summer months from the National Theatre . Cost 10 KN
The Peristyle is the heart of the Diocletian Palace. This allows access into the Diocletian's private chambers, mausoleum, and temples. This also served as an area, where the subjects of Diocletian could pay their respects to the emperor, who they treated as a god. A majestic structure, the Peristyle is spacious and grand. There are different architectural styles and an assortment of materials use. Notice the smooth Egyptian columns, no two are the same! They were originally meant for the palace, but they were later used here. This is a special place, a place of living history. After many centuries, people still continue to live in the medieval houses. At the Peristyle, you are surrounded by architectural buildings from the Roman, Medieval, Venetian, Renaissance and the Modern times. A place where in ancient times, the local peasants worshiped the Emperor, a place where later the Venetian merchants, built the tower of the cathedral and had attended mass regularly. The walls of this great peristyle have seen Romans fighting, the street artist singing traditional Croationa Capella music and the singing from the choirs in the cathedral. Get a drink, lean against the Egyptian columns and close your eyes to feel it!
This ancient Temple of Jupiter is located on the west of Peristil. In ancient times, there stood three temples, but Jupiter is the only one standing today. Jupiter was the name of Diocletian's father and Jupiter is also the name of the Roman god. An important god, who was worshiped during the imperial era, until Christian came to be accepted. According to historians, Emperor Diocletian believed that he was a reincarnation of Jupiter and so commissioned this temple adjacent to his mausoleum! The Temple of Jupiter is a small rectangular temple with a characteristic vaulted ceiling that showcases a myriad of stone blocks. Each of these blocks have a different central motif. The borders of this ceiling have a unique frieze around it. This temple is elevated and as is typical of a Roman temple, as there is a crypt below. The door has intricate moldings and this is one of the best preserved Roman temples from ancient times. This temple was converted to Saint John's Baptistery, after the fall of the Roman Empire. At the back, there are two medieval tomb stones that were the remains of Bishop John, 8th century and Bishop Lawrence. In between, is the statue of John the Baptist by the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. Notice the Roman sarcophagus and the sphinx of graphite guarding this temple. Entry fee: 5KN
The Diocletian's palace is a perfect setting for having a meal with a drink. This popular restaurant offers convenient seating in a busy ambiance, there is a bar inside and a few seats outside. Sip on your drink as you wait for your main course, while you watch the locals go by. Grado is famous for it's seafood-based diet. At Ville Spiza, they offer authentic cuisine with a menu that changes regularly. Indulge in Calamari, Risotto, Stuffed Peppers and delicious soups. The price is reasonable. Service can be slow, as they make the dish from scratch. It is delivered to your table with a smile. Worth the wait! Address: Ville Spiza Stree Kruziceva 3 Prices: Minimum 40KN
This is on the western wall of Diocletian's Palace in the narrow street of Židovski Prolaz. This is the world's third oldest continuously used Sephardic Synagogue from the 16th century. The Sephardic Jews came from the Iberian Peninsular as refugees. An old church, the Jews renovated it to their place of worship. The interiors have the Aron Hakodesh, and an ark that are embedded into the Roman walls of Diocletian Palace, The inner sanctuary, the most sacred place, faces Jerusalem. A quaint synagogue that is constructed in the classic style with black and white marble. Timing: Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Telephone: +385 (0)21 345 672
Take a four hour sea kayaking tour around the Marjan peninsular. The expert guide will teach you the basics and you can start paddling at a leisure pace. Take in the picturesque sights of the coastline, admire the unspoiled bays, discover secluded coves and greenery and all the while getting a perfect tan! The agencies offer a meal and all the equipments. Kayak from Hvar Island to the Pakleni archipelago. Keep a view of the pristine shoreline, admire the scenery as it varies from bays to pine forests to pebbly beaches. Take a break, relax on the beach before setting out again. Starting point: Bene Beach, Marjan Hill. Cost: Approximately $47
Sign up for an evening of culinary fun. This starts in the early evening, follow the route from Split's renovated Riva Promenade to Marjan Hill and then towards the neighborhood of Veli Varos. You will be led into a Veli Varos wine bar to sample a number of Croatian wines and delicious local cheese from the Dalmatia's. After a sensuous evening of wine and cheese, continue with your walk down the city harbor and enjoy the scenic views. You will be led into Marjan Hill. Walk up the winding trail to the stunning vantage points and enjoy the picturesque view of the Adriatic Sea. Cost: Approximately $90 Starting time: 6:00pm
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How to get there ?
Split Airport(SPU) is also known as Resnik Airport. It is a small airport with only one runway. The airport is 20 km away from Split and the journey is about 30 minutes away. Bus: There is an organized transfer for passengers into the city or back with PLESO PRIJEVOZ firm. Information: www.plesoprijevoz.hr Taxi: The taxi will cost about 300 KN. Please fix the rate before you enter the taxi. Telephone: ++385 (0)21 895 237 Auto taxiTaxi is available during Split Airport operating hours.Telephone: ++385 (0)21 895 237 Vox Transfer - Airport Transfers in Split area You can book private transfer from or to Split airport.Telephone: 0038521230186 Getting around town. Walking is the best option. The roads are clean and well laid, and most of the tourist places of interests are nearby. The beach is also walkable from anywhere in town. Bicycle: Bicycles are easy to rent, ask your hotel for more information. Taxis: It is advisable to fix the price before entering. Bus: The Split main bus station has regular buses for trips to other cities and the airport.
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