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Split is a city in central Croatia, located between Zadar and Dubrovnik. It’s the country’s second-largest city with a UNESCO-protected historical centre. Croats hold Split to be a unique city where every architectural style in existence is represented. The city’s 1,700-year-old history is full of dramatic events and traces of different cultural eras. There’s a reason why the locals like to say that “different eras in the streets of Split are connected to each other by clotheslines stretching between the houses”.

The city’s most famous attraction is, without a doubt, Diocletian’s Palace. This gigantic structure takes up almost 40,000 sq. m. of space and is one of the largest in the whole world. The palace is like a miniature city, separated from the rest of Split by high walls and spectacular ancient architecture. This was the residence of the former Roman Emperor Diocletian, who abdicated in 305 AD. The Diocletian’s Palace is located in the old part of the city, which is now a pedestrian zone, known for its labyrinths of narrow old streets.

Diocletian palace site in Split, Dalmatia, Croatia
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Diocletian palace site in Split, Dalmatia, Croatia

After visiting the 15th-century Town Hall, the medieval squares and the churches of St. Francis and Our Lady, we recommend you take a walk along the city’s main embankment Riva and the charming little streets of the Old Town, Varoš. The Sustipan neighbourhood opens up on an excellent view of the sea and its islands, which surround the city, and which can be reached by boat.

The shores of Split are washed over by the remarkably clean, deep emerald sea – the water gets its colour from quartzite sitting at the bottom. The water is so clear that corals located dozens of metres below the surface can easily be seen with the naked eye. In some places, the line of pine trees almost reaches the water, giving an excellent shade so critical on the hottest of days. The climate here is soft and very suitable for kids – there’s a reason why people say that two weeks spent in this region boosts one’s health for two full years.

Fish market, Split, Croatia
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Fish market, Split, Croatia

Once is Split, you simply have to try the local cuisine, famous for its excellent seafood and fresh vegetables. Food here is almost completely unprocessed thermally, thereby maintaining its healthful properties. We recommend you visit the famous and cosy Wine & Cheese Bar, where you can taste over a hundred different Croatian wines and more than 20 types of cheese.

If you’ve come to Split with your children, visiting the country’s largest aquarium (800 sq. m.), populated with every inhabitant of the Adriatic Sea, is simply a must.

While looking for a souvenir to bring your loved ones, remember that the local Croats invented such things as the fountain-pen and silk socks and ties for men – all of which are sold by the city’s many vendors. Also, don’t forget to bring some tasty Croatian cheeses and local wine.

Waterfalls Krka, National Park
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Waterfalls Krka, National Park

The tourist agencies of Split can offer you a tour of such natural objects as the Krka National Park, the lakes of Plitvice and the Kornati Archipelago. These natural zones are wonderfully picturesque and are bound to enchant you with their beauty.

If you’re lucky enough to be staying in Split from mid-July to mid-August, you’ll surely find yourself amidst the maelstrom of the traditional Theatre Festival. Here you’ll find many jazz and Classical music shows, art exhibitions and theatre performances. Dance collectives traditionally perform in Diocletian’s Palace.

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