Split, Croatia’s second largest city, is big and busy and to this day remains one of the Adriatic Sea’s most bustling, alive port cities. The city, sandwiched between the sea and the mountains, is the cultural and economic centre of the Dalmatian Coast. There’s so much to do in the city from exploring some of the history to visiting the nearby beaches or simply joining the locals by getting into fjaka, the Dalmatian art of doing absolutely nothing.
Highlights of Split
Known for its beaches, Split is home to the top beaches of Bacvice, a very popular blue flag beach, Ovcice, a gravel and small pebble beach and Firule, with shallow waters making it perfect for children. If you continue east, you’ll discover Trstenik bay and beach and Znjan. There are also the beaches of Marjan to explore including Kastelet, Kasjuni, and Bene.
For culture, Split offers the Mestrovic Gallery in honour of Ivan Mestrovic, Croatia’s most famous sculptor. The gallery has landscaped gardens, 192 sculptures and hundreds of drawings by the master. There is also Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Construction of this impressive fortified palace began in in the year 295 and was later added on to with gothic and baroque buildings that date back to the middle ages. If you’re a fan of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, don’t miss a visit to Diocletian’s Palace which served as Danaerys’s throne room, or the nearby fortress of Klis which was the city of Meereen in the series.