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The locals say this is “the most beautiful city in the world and beyond”; care to find out? Then don’t waste any more time, search now for cheap air tickets to Split! The largest Croatian city in the Dalmatian Coast, has found the way to maintain the perfect balance between the modern and the traditional. Travellers who pick Split as their destination are to be amazed by this marvellous city, the moment they step out of their hotel in Split. Ancient and medieval history come alive at the streets of the Old Town, consisting of a vast Roman palace valued as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, under the immaculate backdrop of the Croatian nature. Encircled by fairy-tale medieval walls, this is a true Croatian gem that has so much to offer to each and every one of you. A journey different than the others, across the deep turquoise of the Adriatic Sea!
Split is Croatia’s second largest city and the Dalmatia’s largest. Split’s long history begins in 295 AD, when founded by Roman Emperor Diocletian, and stretches towards the next centuries following a succession of Byzantine, Croatian, Hungarian and Venetians leaders, kings and lords that left their mark and molded the city’s heritage.
Modern Split is a lively, vibrant city of radiant beauty and a quite popular travel destination that attracts thousands of fascinated visitors, mainly for two reasons:
Split’s locals are widely known for their friendliness and form the third reason why you too should travel to Split. Certainly a destination to remember, not be missed by anyone!
The airport of Split (Zračna luka Split) is located 24 kilometres from Split’s city centre and is accessible by bus.
You can get around Split by bus, ferry and train. Fares start from 10.00HRK and minimum taxi fare costs 20.00HRK.
The Old Town of Split is dominated by the Palace of Emperor Diocletian, which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace used to encompass the imperial rooms, the houses of soldiers and servants, as well as numerous temples and other imperial premises.
The years following Diocletian’s death, the palace was converted into a government palace, until the Slavs attacked and demolished the ancient city of Salona, whose residents fled to the palace. Later on, every leader that resided in the palace from Byzantine emperors, Croatian kings and Venetian lords, left their personal mark on the palace, building new structures and restoring the older ones. So it’s sure that the palace we see today has hardly any resemblance to the original Roman palace and today forms the Old Town of Split.
The best way to start your exploration in Split is the Bronze Gate, south of the Palace. From there, you can easily reach the podrum, the palace’s underground network of tunnels, halls and chambers that once served as a storehouse and a prison.
Climb up the stairs and you’ll come across the Peristyle, traditionally a reception hall of honourable guests and now forming the central square of Split. Allow some extra time to wander around the streets, shops, restaurant and cafes of the Peristyle, as this is the most popular spot in the Old Town of Split.
The Peristyle frequently hosts concerts, theatre plays and festivals, the most famous of which being the Split Summer Festival!
Don’t miss the Church of St. Dominicus, standing outside the Silver Gate; there is a fabulous collection of religious art in there.
By now you should have already reached the Golden Gate, at the palace’s northern tip, the most extravagant and impressive of all gates. At the foot of the gate, you can see the Church of St. Martin, dating back to the 9th century and the legendary black statue of Grgur Ninski. All black except for the toe; be sure to touch it and gain some of the luck it allegedly offers those who do!
The official language of Split is Croatian.