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Split, a Gem of Croatia

 

 

 

Split - a gem town on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast

 

 

Adriatic coast: Split

 

Dubrovnik is the darling of the Dalmatian Coast. Whereas Split is the largest city on Croatia's Adriatic coast.  


Split is the second largest city in Croatia, after Zagreb, -  bustling with approx. 200,000 people. 

 

Split is also known for its beaches, great history background and being the right place to see Dalmatian life lived by Croatians at its fullest. 

 

 


While most of Dalmatian coastal towns seem made for tourists, Split is real and vibrant. 

While today's Split throbs to a modern, youthful beat, its history goes way back - all the way to the Roman Empire. Split has some of the best Roman ruins outside of Italy. 

 

In the 4th century A.D., the Roman Emperor Diocletian (245-313) wanted to retire in his native Dalmatia, so he built a huge palace here.  


The Diocletian's Palace is the largest and best-preserved fortress-like complex left from the Roman world. Today the Palace forms about half of the Old Town and city center of Split.


Split grew up within and around the ancient Roman walls of Emperor Diocletian's vast Palace. 

Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the Palace has four monumental gates, three from the land, and one which originally opened directly onto the water.

Within the walls, things to see include the magnificent Peristyle (an arcaded courtyard), where you'll also find the Cathedral of St. Domnius with its elegant bell-tower.


The Old town is pedestrian-only and is a UNESCO World Heritage site