Like a magnificent seagull, Split proudly spreads its great wings far across the peninsula overlooked by the lovely Marjan Hill. The beauty of Split has been an inspiration to many traditional Dalmatian songs, often performed with affection and admiration resembling the sweetest declarations of love. Protected by the impressive mountains from the north and by the rich archipelago of powerful and beautiful islands from the south, Split is among the most protected and most beautiful harbours of the Adriatic. And its central position in Dalmatia along with its great regional importance and influence made Split the biggest and the most beloved town of the Croatian coastline. Most of the locals will, with a characteristic cocky attitude, assure you that you have arrived to the most beautiful city in the world.
Being one of the oldest cities in Europe, Split has a long and rich history. Everything began over 1700 years ago with a tired Roman emperor building his summerhouse. The Diocletian’s Palace has always been the originating point from where the story began to untangle and develop across the many centuries. The city slowly formed, always shifting and changing its shape, growing into something bigger, better and stronger; giving us the Split that we know today.
The ancient city core poses as one big monument, preserving almost countless sights waiting to be explored. Take a stroll down the city waterfront, the famous Riva, enjoying the sight of the magnificent south walls of the Palace. Find your way inside and lose yourself in the maze of narrow, stone-covered streets. Almost every stone, every building and every street will have its own story to tell. Enjoy the unique mixture of architectural styles, sometimes neatly scrambled into the picture of crazy rush through the past centuries. Browse through the city museums, art galleries and shops neatly scattered all over the city center.
When you get tired of sightseeing, revive yourself with a sip of coffee at one of the countless cafe bars or lose yourself in the maze of narrow streets and seek some more nurturing refreshment. Inviting aromas of the freshly prepared local specialties lurking behind every corner will help you in your search. Whether you wish to try the local specialties or you are simply looking for a soothing and familiar dish, Split’s numerous restaurants, taverns, pizzerias and fast foods provide a choice for everyone.
Numerous cocktail bars and nightclubs are scattered across the city center as well as the wider city area, allowing you to choose from the rich nightlife offer. And if you are in the mood for exploring the local cultural scene, you won’t be disappointed; the summer is filled with various open-air events, from theater performances; concerts and exhibitions to internationally acclaimed festivals.
Perhaps the most important part of Split’s tourist offer are numerous beaches, almost entirely covering its massive shoreline. From sand covered havens to pebbly bays and rocky coves; there is a choice for everyone. The sea is pleasantly warm throughout the bathing season, inviting you for refreshment with its irresistible blue clearness.
And if you wish to take a break from the city crowd and noise, take a short trip towards one of the many attractive tourist destinations surrounding Split on the mainland as well as on the sea. Visit some of the beautiful islands of the Split archipelago; Brac, Hvar, Vis and Solta are impatiently waiting for your arrival, eager to offer all their capacities and fulfill your dreams of a perfect summer vacation.
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