If you look at Split from a boat in the Adriatic Sea, you get the most dramatic of views: first there is the deep blue water, followed by the red roofs and white facades of the old town, a Belltower sticking out over it, and the grey rocks of Kozjak and Mosor forming a solid background. Split is Croatia's second largest city (pop. 178,102), and the largest city in the coastal region of Dalmatia.
The history of Split goes back to the 4th century BCE when it was established as a Greek colony, but popularly its roots are seen to be in the construction of the Diocletian's Palace many hundreds of years later (305 CE). This ancient palace built by Roman emperor Diocletian to retire in nowadays forms the core of Split. Throughout its long history, the city came to be ruled not only by Greeks and Romans, but also by for instance the Byzantines, Venetians and Austrians.
Having said all of the above, can anyone explain to us why this historical city with its beautiful setting is typically used as nothing more than a transport hub (by ferry, air or bus) to islands like Hvar, Vis and Korcula? Because we feel the city is spectacular enough to warrant a visit of several days just on its own.
Explore the Diocletian's Palace - a UNESCO site and the best preserved Roman palace in the world - with its narrow streets and alleys and main square of Peristylium, enter a church or two, stroll around and have a drink on the promenade and maybe hit the beach. Bačvice is the best known one. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Split is a city in Croatia's region of Splitsko-Dalmatinska. It has a population of 178,102, is situated at an altitude of 30ft and the best airport to fly into is SPU (Split, Split)
- The currency used in Croatia is the Croatian kuna (HRK)
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