A pretty town, set against a stunning mountain backdrop, it’s easy to fall in love with Split on arrival. The centre is built around the striking remains of the Diocletian’s Palace and contains a warren of stone paved streets filled with interesting shops. Visitors can take a walk round the coast to the beach or join the evening promenade down the palm lined harbour, for a great meal try the local’s favourite, Sperun.
Sperun 3, Split, Croatia
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Shopping in the Old Town of Split (originally a Roman Palace) is a truly unique and amazing experience. This cobbled and car-free area is packed full of authentic, independent stores, specialising in shoe shops, cafes and bars. If that's not enough, in summer a fruit and veg market and numerous gift stalls are found close by. Positioned on the seafront, it promises excellent views of the azure sea and lush palm trees as well as delicious, home-made ice-cream!
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Extensive excavated ruins of the Roman city of Salona, on the edge of modern day Solin (a suburb of Split, about 5km from the centre). An attractive, well-presented site including ruins of a theatre, baths, amphitheatre, several basilicas, forum and more - it deserves to be better known.
There's a programme of art/music events in parts of the site during the summer but it's fascinating in its own right. It's large - at least a 10 minute walk from the entrance to the amphitheatre at its furthest edge. Allow at least three hours to do without rushing. Cafe/bar and parking on site, also toilets (in the small museum/ticket ofice - past the first ruins inside the site).
A large and pleasant vine-shaded bower near the ticket office offers a water fountain. All for 20 kuhna! (about £2).
On the edge of Solin, north of Split. Take the no. 1 local bus from the stop outside the department store near the Croatian National Theatre in Trg Gaje F Balata, (walk to the end of Marmontova from the edge of the Riva further from the harbour). Buses every 20 mins or so and journey 20-25 mins. It goes to the site entrance on the left of the street, a little after the police station on the right and there's a stop immediately after the entrance.
Open weekdays 7am - 7pm, Sat 10am - 7pm, Sun 4pm - 7pm, (possibly earlier closing during winter).
This is a Roman palace near the main square in Split (which also has a little cafe in it). There is a tower to climb up where you have fantastic views of the city, as well as being able to go underground and see the rooms that they have excavated. Well worth a look.
Look for the large tower and the main square - they are all within close distance from one another.
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