Split is the second largest city in Croatia, and the largest city in the region of Dalmatia. Split lies on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, with its center being the Roman Palace of the Emperor Diocletian.The residents of Split will surely, and with a lot of pride, tell you just how and why their city is one of the most beautiful in Croatia, and we advise you to talk to them about this and discover just how fast they will convince you of it. The everlasting youthful spirit of Split, with about 200,000 residents, lives within its warm Mediterranean temper, striving on its urban rhythm for well over 1700 years – with its heart in the Diocletian’s Palace and a spirit that welcomes you with its arms spread wide.
The thousands of years of existence of the city, which is protected by UNESCO and enrolled to the register of World Cultural Heritage, has written the history of its unique status as the capital of the Croatian south. The city of Split owes its name to the ancient version of the plant broom which grows in abundance throughout the summer, decorating the surrounding mountains.
Sport & Recreation
Split is home to many athletes, both professional and amateur, so the athletic activities in Split are so broad and wide that it is almost impossible that you couldn’t find your passion. For example, enjoy tennis courts where famous Croatian tennis players have trained, beautiful swimming pools, golf courses, facilities for children on the beach, and water sports centers of any kind. Ride through the forest Marjan surrounding the biking park. All of this and much more is generously offered in Split. In any case, be sure not to miss the opportunity to try the popular local water sport named “picigin” on the beach Bačvice. Lovers of hiking will not lack inspiration, as Split is surrounded by mountains with marked trails.
When people visit Split for fun, they’re only left to wonder – what’s missing? And the answer of course is nothing. From the Riva all the way to the various hotels, residences, casinos, and clubs – the Split area is one of the richest in the region. In the before-season, be sure to visit the Croatia Boat Show in the centre of the city. Come summer, Split turns into a city of performing arts. Traditionally, the Split summer is mostly focused on opera productions featuring prominent repertoire selected from around the world. Famous singers appear before the audience inspired by the ancient ambient of the old town while the streets of Diocletian’s Palace form the perfect acoustic background. In addition to the operas, Split summer also offers numerous plays, ballets, and exhibitions. In recent years, the organizers have begun to promote certain forms of contemporary art such as jazz concerts, film screenings, and street theater and performance. Split also has a variety of museums and galleries for those ready to enjoy both the sea and the art.
The tourist spots in Split are indeed both unique and interesting, especially the Split green market. This area is often called the heart of Split, and it inspires an abundance of various types of flavors, aromas, and colors. For those who want to feel the spirit of the city of Split – this is the place to be.
Besides the popular sandy beach Bačvica, which is the most known beach in Split, you’re also welcome to visit many other beaches that stretch along the south side of Marjan. The northern coast of the peninsula offers a lee and an occasional small beach with more peaceful, green surroundings. If you continue south while following the rocky and sandy beaches, you’ll discover the southern suburb of Split known for its kilometers of long-spreading beaches.
Famous sight seeing locations:
The Diocletian’s Palace – enrolled to the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage, the palace houses the historical cathedral of St. Duje, along with its famous bell tower that is the symbol of the city within the fantastic doors of Andrija Buvina.
Salona in Solin – this is an architectural wonder with an antique aqueduct that is still in use to this day.
Castles in Kaštela – formerly 24 castles, these sites are what this region was named after.
Poljudska ljepotica – the Hajduk soccer stadium is considered to be one of the most beautiful football stadiums in the world with its shell-like form.
The Mestrovic gallery – a large gallery on the south side of Marjan, which is the legacy of Ivan Mestrovic, a world-renowned sculptor.
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