The city of Split and its surroundings bring you some of the most inspiring settings in all of Croatia. This ancient jewel of the Adriatic found its perfect ground in the Central Dalmatia.
The city itself welcomes you with its long seafront promenade – Riva Harbour, encircled by the Adriatic sea that sparkles like a shiny sapphire welcoming boats of all shapes and style.
However, the story of amazing Split dates back to ancient Roman times and its 17 centuries old. It all started when Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his retirement Palace right on the peninsula near the great Roman city Salona where it stands still. This grand Roman structure is so big it takes up almost the entire Old Town of Split. During these 1700 years the Palace slowly grew into a city that till this day attracts and impresses with its rich tradition, glorious history and beauty of its surrounding natural and cultural heritage.
Amazingly enough, once you find yourself in the old town Split surrounded by great examples of ancient architecture like Peristyle, the middle aged Romanesque Church, Gothic Palace, Renaissance portals of the noblemen’s houses, Baroque facades and modern architecture superbly merged in the rich heritage of the incredible structure of today’s Split, a walk through the ancient city will make you feel like a spot on time traveler.
Diocletian Palace and the entire historical core of Split have been on the World Heritage UNESCO list not only for the extraordinary preservation of the Palace, but also because the Palace and its city (or the city and its Palace, if you like) continue to live a full and vibrant life. Local inhabitants sit in the same cafes and restaurants, shop in the same stores as tourists, giving them the impression that, by arriving to Split, they became a part of the city and its rhythm. The lively fish market located in the very heart of the old city represents the spirit of local life in Split. Almost the same as the entire social life of this city of 200 thousand reflects on the Riva (waterfront), where every guest should attempt and experience the local tradition of having coffee alongside noisy, temperamental folk of Split.
Walking tour of the city on request