Split

Croatia’s second largest city, Split, is also the capital of the Dalmatia region. The historic city 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 and 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 popular landmark attraction that draws plenty of tourists. Visit the Mestrovic Gallery to see some fine examples of the work of Croatia’s greatest sculptor. Soak up the lively atmosphere of the city at the Green Market. Split Market is regarded as something of a local instituition and is worth a visit even if you don’t actually 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 want to escape the hustle and bustle, 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 the locals and visitors alike. The shingle beach is lined with cafes, bars and nightclubs. 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 biggest natural recreational area. It boasts winding paths, a collection of historic medieval churches, and breathtaking views that are panoramic and unmissable.