As the second-largest city in Croatia, there is no wonder Split is considered the capital of the Dalmatia region. The town prides itself on one of the best-preserved Roman palaces in the world. Diocletian’s Palace is on the UNESCO heritage list since 1979. Together with Roman Temples, Gothic castles, and Mediterranean-style stone houses, Diocletian’s Palace makes the core of the Old Town and is a symbol of modern-day Split.
As the second-largest city in Croatia, there is no wonder Split is considered the capital of the Dalmatia region. The historic town is best known as the location of the iconic UNESCO World Heritage site of Diocletian’s Palace. The Palace is one of the finest and most well preserved palatial structures in the world. It is also Split’s number one tourist attraction! The magnificent and sprawling white stone Diocletian’s Palace was built as a retirement home for the Roman Emperor in the 4th century. Today it houses a cathedral, Gothic and Renaissance palaces, churches, and 200 buildings that include shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Split isn’t solely famous for its UNESCO listed site. The elegant palm tree-lined waterfront Riva promenade is another renowned landmark attraction that draws plenty of tourists. Visit the Mestrovic Gallery to see some excellent examples of the work of Croatia’s most celebrated sculptor. Experience the lively atmosphere of the city at the Green Market. Split Market is regarded as something of a local institution and is worth a visit even if you don’t buy anything. When you’re feeling hungry, grab an authentic taste of Split at one of the friendly, local family-run eateries. Split has a great selection of gastronomic delights that you can sample at lunch or dinner time.
If you don’t like busy crowds and hustle, you can find an idyllic piece of paradise on Bacvice Beach. The city beach may be a little compact in size, but it’s perfect for locals and visitors alike. Cafes, bars, and nightclubs stretch all across the shingle beach. For the best scenic views in the city, head for Marjan. The pine forest covered beauty spot is Split peninsula’s hilly green tip and the city’s most prominent natural recreational area. It boasts winding paths, a collection of historic medieval churches, and breathtaking views that are panoramic and unmissable.