Two fascinating cities with a long and turbulent history, Dubrovnik and Split, combined in a twin centre holiday, form a recipe for an unforgettable holiday. You may already have read some of our other articles about Split and Dubrovnik. If so, then you are already familiar with their most popular sights and activities. But did you know that Dubrovnik and Split also organise an array of interesting festivals and events all year round?
The Summer Festival that takes place in both cities each summer is probably the best festival of the year.
In Dubrovnik, the summer festival first took place in 1950 and still draws many visitors to the Old Town in July and August. During the 45 days that the festival lasts, there is a rich offer of music, theater, dance and food by local and international artists. These events create an extra festive atmosphere in the whole city that can be felt by everyone, whether you are attending a concert or are just strolling along Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main street.
The first Summer Festival in Split took place just 4 years after the first one in Dubrovnik. You can enjoy all kinds of performing arts, concerts, exhibitions and street theater throughout the city from mid-July to mid-August.
Another popular event in Split are the Days of Diocletian, a 10-day festival in August where the people of Split return to the ancient past to honor Roman emperor Diocletian and celebrate the city’s vibrant history. The streets of Diocletian’s palace are filled with Roman citizens and soldiers in tunics and togas. The emperor parades around the city in a vintage carriage while the sound of trumpets and drums is heard all around. The traditional cuisine of the Roman times can be tasted at market stalls and in the participating restaurants in the centre. Visitors can witness gladiator fights and enjoy outdoor music and dance performances.