Split, Croatia's second largest city and the largest in the Dalmatia region, is a bustling port city with a remarkable landscape. It is home to the illustrious Diocletian's Palace, a World Heritage Site and the city's most important attraction. It is an ancient Greek colony that was established during the 3rd or 2nd century BC. Recognized as one of the epicenters of Croatian culture, Split is visited by hundreds of art and culture aficionados from all over the world. Known for its marvelous architecture, wide range of attractions and world-class nightlife, the city is a great choice for an authentic Croatian vacation.
Roman Emperor Diocletian (AD 284 and 305) built a sea retreat palace near the provincial capital, a peninsula on the Adriatic shore at the foot of the Kozjak and Mosor mountains . The project started in 294 and ended in 305. He was the only Roman emperor to voluntarily step down from his post. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476, the palace was neglected during Byzantine rule for almost two centuries until Salona was invaded by the Avars and Slavs in 639. J .-C. The citizens then fled to the islands and to the palace where they built a city within its walls with markets and shops, like today. In the Middle Ages, Split changed hands on several occasions, passing from the Byzantine Empire, the Venetian Republic, the Kingdom of Hungary, to the Kingdom of Croatia. This is reflected with the many influences of current architecture. Although the majority spoke Croatian in Split during the long rule of the Venetian Republic from 1420 to 1797, the city's dialect is still influenced by the Venetian language with many Italian words in its vocabulary. While in the past Split was a transit area to the islands, today it is more of a tourist destination.
Activities to do
One of the most luxurious ways to explore the beautiful islands around Split is aboard a catamaran that takes a full day cruise to the islands of Hvar and Pakleni. During the excursion you can experience the surreal beauty of Šolta Island, stroll through the alleys of Hvar Old Town and bathe in the unspoiled bays of Pakleni Islands and Brač Island. End the day enjoying a mesmerizing sunset to rhythmic music as you cruise to Split.
Krka national park
Krka National Park is home to the largest travertine waterfall system in Europe: Skradinski Buk Waterfalls. In addition, the waterfalls of the national park are the only ones in the country to allow swimming during the summer season. Your excursion could begin with a 30-minute river cruise on the Krka River. This takes you through the beautiful waterfalls and leaves you with plenty of free time that you can spend swimming in the crystal clear waters of the falls or exploring the surrounding lush forests. You will also have the unique opportunity to see the remains of an ancient village of stone houses and see the first hydroelectric power station in Europe.