"The most beautiful city in the world", as locals often refer to their beloved city, exudes an authentic Dalmatian beauty of an easygoing lifestyle, bathed in the sun, fjaka (lazy abeyancy) and indulgence from štekat to štekat (terrace to terrace). Long hot summers, clean sea and mild winters make Split an ideal place for a different, more relaxed, no-stress lifestyle. Split is the second largest city in the Republic of Croatia and the largest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast.More about city
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"The most beautiful city in the world", as locals often refer to their beloved city, exudes an authentic Dalmatian beauty of an easygoing lifestyle, bathed in the sun, fjaka (lazy abeyancy) and indulgence from štekat to štekat (terrace to terrace). Long hot summers, clean sea and mild winters make Split an ideal place for a different, more relaxed, no-stress lifestyle. Split is the second largest city in the Republic of Croatia and the largest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast. Shrouded by magnificent mountains, Mosor and Kozjak, it is situated between the rivers Žrnovnica to the east and Jadro to the north. To the west Split wades into the sea with its peninsula, the protected Marjan forest park referred to as “the lungs of the city”, which is dotted by small medieval churches. Diocletian's Palace is a monument of Roman architecture, one of the most famous Mediterranean sites of ancient culture that has put the City of Split on the map of the world's top destinations. Excellent transportation connections and its central position in relation to: Trogir, a historic city included on the list of UNESCO protected monuments; Solin – the cradle of ancient and Croatian History; Omiš (a city rich in adrenaline activities like rafting, zip-lining, hiking...); and the Island of Čiovo with its enchanting beaches; all make it a frequently visited city with a prominent Mediterranean spirit. Fifteen kilometers of the seaside promenades are a perfect fit with the cobblestone streets of the old city center. Split is an important cultural and transportation hub, the second largest Croatian port and the third largest passenger port in the Mediterranean. ACI marinas and those nearby in Seget and Podstrana, also make the City of Split a top international sailing destination. It is the university and the administrative center of Split-Dalmatia County. It is second only to Zagreb with the largest number of diplomatic, consular and offices of international organizations in Croatia.
This city-monument is an inexhaustible source of cultural activities, telling a story that begins in its streets full of ancient monuments and architecture living in these contemporary, through its museums, galleries and sites where you can take a peek into the glorious past of centuries gone by with every step you take. Diocletian's Palace is one of the best-preserved monuments of Roman architecture in the world. The emperor’s palace was built as a combination of a luxury villa – a summer house, and a Roman military camp. Throughout the centuries, people living in the palace and later on Split residents, themselves, adapted the premises to cater to their needs, thus, the interior buildings the exterior palace walls and towers have substantially changed in appearance from when it was built. However, the remnants of the original contours of the palace are still very evident. The central building of the St. Dominus Cathedral is the oldest building among European cathedrals. Split is also home to Jupiter's Temple, which famous Scottish architect Robert Adam considered one of the most beautiful monuments in Europe. Peristil, the central square of the palace, is located where a number of temples were built around it that were intended for the emperor Diocletian, who was revered to be the living son of Jupiter. The cellars of Diocletian's Palace are among the best preserved ancient complexes of its kind in the world, which is an important factor that got the entire central core of the old part of the city listed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. Split, a city of culture, is simply overflowing with museums, galleries, theaters, cinemas and concert halls. It is practically impossible to list all of Split's cultural events, thus, it’s best the allow its visitors to discover them on their own. Needless to say, with the plethora of unending events, festivals and fairs, it is just impossible to get bored in Split.
This beautiful city is an inexhaustible source of culinary excellence. Wine bars, cheese bars, culinary tours, oeno-gastro tours, cooking classes, culinary heritage, "truffle hunting Dalmatia"... are just a part of what Split has to offer as a rich gastronomical center of the Dalmatian coast. It is really possible to taste all the charms of Mediterranean cuisine in Split, as well as to rediscover something new all over again. Wherever you may find yourself in Split, seek out a good tavern or seafood restaurant, where the fruits of the sea and other seafood specialties will give all of your senses an unforgettable feeling. Don’t forget to get a good start by sampling real Dalmatian herbal or grape brandies (travarica or lozovača). After this aperitif, try some Dalmatian prosciutto, salted sardines or olive oil-soaked cheese, roast lamb and pašticada (Dalmatian fragrant braised beef stew) with gnocchi. The meals are pleasantly accompanied by some well-known famous red wines (Dingač, Postup, Faros, Babić) or white wines (Pošip, Maraština, Grk, Bogdanuša). Sweeten your meal with rožata (Crème brûlée) or Dalmatian kroštule (angel wing fritters), then end your meal with a toast to the joy of life with some Prošek dessert wine, an exquisite beverage created from the sun and grapes.
Marjan, the hills rising over Split, with the highest peak reaching 178 meters, has always been the most striking aspect of Split. Such a level of harmony between nature and urbanism is a true rarity; on the one hand, a densely populated city in all of its glory, and on the other hand a peninsula with pristine nature. Split is also home to the beautiful parks of Sustipan, Strossmayer, Emanuel Vidović and Katalinić Hill. Split beaches are among the most beautiful on the Adriatic and it is really difficult to choose which one is in top spot. Split residents love their beaches so much that they even composed anthems like "Let's go to Bačvice (Beach)," which clearly speaks to its popularity and how much it’s loved by both yoiung and old. Split is also a city of sports. This is the birthplace of manytop athletes that promoted the names of Croatia and Split around the world, winning gold medals at all types of international competitions from world championships to the Olympic Games. The sports history of Split is a beautiful and eventful story in itself, which is impossible to touch on superficially. Recreational athletes can enjoy pretty much any activity they can imagine. Moreover, if you happen to imagine an activity that is not available in Split, the charming local residents will make that happen simply out of their traditional “dišpet” (mettle and grit).