Split
Croatia
By Lauren Kmec

Split is one of Croatia’s oldest cities, first settled in the 3rd century AD when the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here. Today, Split is a busy port on the coast of the Adriatic Sea and is also a favorite vacation spot for beachgoers, owing to its Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Split is an important Croatian transportation hub, as well as a popular jump-off point for travel to nearby islands.

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WhatsCheaper.com strongly recommends a visit to Diocletian’s Palace, the crown jewel of Split and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. As mentioned earlier, the palace was constructed by the Emperor Diocletian with the purpose of being his home in his final years. Diocletian’s Palace is a magnificent complex built from local white limestone of the finest quality, as well as brick, marble, and tuffaceous rock, and is surrounded on all sides by high walls. The palace’s southern sector, overlooking the Adriatic Sea, contained Diocletian’s private residence, whereas the northern half housed servants and military personnel. In modern times, Diocletian’s Palace has become the center of life in Split: Its walls encompass several historic buildings, as well as a number of shops, cafes, and businesses.

Another highlight of Diocletian’s Palace is the Peristyle, a beautiful courtyard that now serves as a city square. While you are here, WhatsCheaper.com suggests taking some time to admire the splendid Cathedral of St. Duje (aka St. Dominus, the patron saint of Split). Originally built as part of Diocletian’s Palace, the cathedral began to function as a catholic church in the 7th century AD. The oldest part of the cathedral, dating to the 3rd century AD, is Diocletian’s mausoleum, where the emperor’s remains were buried after his death. The cathedral’s bell tower, constructed in the year 1100, stands 60 meters tall and offers sweeping views from the top. The cathedral’s treasury is another notable site, as it contains sacred works of art, valuable gold artifacts, and rare books such as the Hishria Salonitana and the Book of Gospels.

Interested in taking a short excursion outside the Split city limits? If so, WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to visit Hvar, a town located on an island of the same name in the Adriatic Sea, just a short ferry ride away from Split. Here, you can wander the streets and marvel at the striking Venetian architecture, take a pleasure cruise on a yacht, or dine at one of the island’s fine seafood restaurants. Hvar is a quintessential Mediterranean paradise known for its vineyards, olive groves, and fruit orchards.

Split is home to a number of interesting museums that are highly recommended by WhatsCheaper.com. The Ethnographic Museum is an excellent place to learn more about Split and the greater Dalmatian region. Highlights of the collection include displays of weaponry, instruments, and jewelry, as well as traditional Dalmatian clothing. The museum also has exhibits featuring a variety of trades, including pottery, woodcarving, and basketry. The Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments is another worthwhile destination. Its collection features Early Medieval stone monuments and tools; gold Byzantine coins; and artifacts from the graves of Croatian warriors, including swords, knives, arrows, and spears.

Finally, no trip to Split would be complete without a visit to Marjan, a 125-meter-tall hill located on a peninsula jutting out into the Adriatic Sea, just west of Old Town Split. Marjan is an oasis of green covered in a thicket of pine trees and Mediterranean shrubs. Several footpaths traverse the hill, the most prominent of which is the Marjan Stairway, leading to Telegrin, a lofty vantage point offering spectacular views of the sea.

Clearly, Split is a one-of-a-kind vacation destination sure to please all travelers. Book your next trip to Split with WhatsCheaper.com, and get ready to experience pure bliss in the Mediterranean sunshine!

MUST SEE IN Split LIST:

  • 1. Diocletian's Palace
  • 2. Hvar Island
  • 3. Old Split
  • 4. Ivan Mastrovic Gallery
  • 5. Brac Island
  • 6. Marjan
  • 7. Archaeological Museum
  • 8. Salonae
  • 9. Brela Beach
  • 10. Croatian National Theater

Split EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Old Christmas - January
  • 2. Split Carnival - February
  • 3. Split Olympic Sailing Week - March
  • 4. Croatian Theatre Festival - April
  • 5. Split Guitar Festival - April
  • 6. International Flower Fair - May
  • 7. Statehood Day - June
  • 8. Split Summer Festival - July
  • 9. Independence Day - October
  • 10. All Saints' Day - November

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