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What can I do in Split
Split is one of the most popular towns in Croatia, and it isn’t without reason. Sightseeing the historical architecture of the Diocletian Palace accentuating the modern beauty surrounding the palace, producing a pleasant mix of the old with the new. Whilst there are certainly several attractions all around Croatia, the Diocletian Palace holds a special place in my heart, after all, I live in Split. 🙂
Whether you are arriving here for the first time, staying for one day or merely passing through, sightseeing Split isn’t a bad decision. The calming sights of nature along with the mesmerizing views of the islands making it a beautiful country to admire. Croatia is blessed to have the longest period of sunlight; rivaling even Sydney Australia!
Exploring the Palace
Whilst certainly the most obvious choice once you set foot in the city, the giant palace attracts several thousand visitors every day during the Summer. Many shops, restaurants, bars finding their home inside the walls of the palace, offering it’s visitors a chance to enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal surrounded by history on all sides.
The Diocletian Place is gorgeous monument to see. The locals well verse in meandering through it’s maze like paths and big spacious plazas. Several interesting monuments being scattered inside the walls and in close proximity to the gorgeous palace, some of which being:
- Statue of Grgur Ninski (Gregory of Nin), this towering statue that’s placed just outside the Golden Gates is truly a sight to behold. The statue depicting the Croatia bishop holding a book and very menacingly pointing over head. A long standing legend surrounds the statue, the legends stating that anyone that touches his big bottom toe and makes a wish, the wish is going to come true; just keep in mind you will need to wait a while. 🙂
- Statue of Marko Marulić, widely considered to be the father of Croatian literature. The statue being located in Fruit’s square.
- St. Duje Cathedral & Bell tower, Located just outside the Diocletian Basements this towering monument is one of the most memorable things in Diocletian’s Palace. The bell tower offering visitors a chance to climb up to the top and see the whole palace from.
Basements of Diocletian
Some might immediately recognize the secluded basements as a familiar place where a certain Targaryan kept her dragons. Yes, this is the place where Queen Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lady of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, Lady of Dragonstone, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons kept her precious dragons at bay (Phew! That’s a long title).
But in reality, as much as we all hope dragons were real; even if the idea sounds terrifying, the basements were used differently. Food and wine was stored in them along with being housing for soldiers during Emperor Diocletian’s rule, the basements were indeed taken advantage of fully. The further down you go through the basements you are sure to encounter a room with a circular shape that provides quite amazing acoustics, well, this room served as a foyer to Diocletian’s bedroom, the echo’s warning the emperor if anyone tries to walk through at night. Apparently this was a huge success as emperor Diocletian was the only Roman emperor to die of natural causes.
One of the most important parts of any travel experience is to taste the cuisine a country has to offer, and Croatia doesn’t fall short from the challenge. Croatia, in particular the Dalmatia region is home to the best seafood you can taste. Ranging from fish, oysters to octopi Split has everything to offer even for the most pickiest of eaters.
If sea food isn’t to your liking, don’t worry, Split offering a range of restaurants offering anything from Chinese to American style cooking. Some of the foods you might encounter during your vacation would be:
- Peka, a method of cooking used by covering a metal dome like plate in ash and letting meat slow cook underneath, usually veal or lamb. It’s one of Croatia’s most notable meals that goes perfectly with a batch of potatoes and some wine.
- Black Risotto, a typical high-class meal served on special events or restaurants. The meal mixing rice and squid, making the white rice black.
- Fritule, one of the many desserts in Croatia which you can find on Split’s Riva sold by a vendor. These small doughnut like balls are a perfect and delicious treat that can be served with a wide range of condiments.
- Uštipci, also a delicious dessert sold on the famous Riva of Split. Similar to flat buns of sorts that can be served as an appetizer to the main dish.
- Burek, if you are a fan of cheese or meat you surely will enjoy this filled dessert. Consisting of dough that has been filled with either cheese, meat or spinach. It’s easy to say that you will enjoy this treat in any bakery you come across. 🙂
Taking a hike up Marjan
If you’ve been curious what the towering forest/hill overlooking the Old Town of Split was, well, you guessed it. Marjan forest hill has a long lasting history with Split, being a natural beauty and protected by the Croatian Forest legislation.
During the second world war Marjan got a song about it titled “Marjane, Marjane” (Real original, I know) which lifted the spirits of the soldiers back then. The hill is a great place that many residents use as a recreational place, hiking, jogging and rock climbing being present all around the forest. Most water based tours also take place around the forest hill so you can easily go Kayaking or Stand up paddling, but we’ll talk about that a bit later. 😉
Marjan is a hill that has several entrances leading to it, along with being strictly pedestrian, cars not being permitted to enter. (Apart from the residents who live on this beautiful gem). The hill is also home to an observatory, several small historical churches and a city ZOO that sadly has fallen into decay.
Go on a tour
Tours and excursions could be a lot of fun after a long day of meandering and exploring old historic architecture. Spice up your vacation by going on an exciting adrenaline filled tour or a relaxing boat/explorer tour. Whilst there are plenty of options to choose from, you could surely use some guidance in deciding where to go:
Go for the adrenaline rush of paddling down the beautiful rapids. Learn to jump off 5 meters high rocks, take a shower under a beautiful waterfall. Pass through a 40-meter-long cave and swim in the small lake with fascinating stalactites and stalagmites. Further downstream awaits you the “Island of Love” and its inhabitants, together with the most beautiful green river and the magnificent Cetina canyon. For rafting in this section you do not need any previous rafting experience.
Using our love of outdoor and deep understanding for everyday balance of all things coming our way we created BLUE SEA YOGA. Combining two amazing experiences in one tour, YOGA and PADDLE BOARDING. Giving you the balance, flexibility and stability with calming influence of the sea. No matter if you have a previous experience doing yoga. Our amazing team of instructors will guide you through stand up paddling warm up to yoga class in the best studio ever – Adriatic Sea. Our yoga classes are organized in small groups (up to 10 people).
Deep Water Solo
Here in Dalmatia we are blessed to have who-knows-how-many locations for practicing this way of climbing since this is a country “with 1200 islands”. Interesting thing is that almost every island has vertical or overhanging cliffs on its south side.
Deep Water Solo (DWS) is becoming very popular in all parts of world so we have decided to introduce you with the truly unforgettable adventure.
How does the idea of hanging of a 150 meters high steel wire above the beautiful canyon of the river Cetina sounds like? And when I would tell you that during that you can reach the speed of 65 km per hour? Impressive, isn’t it? Zipline is located 3 km from Omis, in the canyon of the Cetina River and consists of eight wires total length of 2100m. But that’s not the only zip-line location, the Kozjak mountain offers 6 zips total length of 2500 meters and one 90 meters suspension bridge through pine trees.
Short Summary of What you can do in Split
Split is filled with various sights and things you can do. From the before mentioned rafting and zip-lining to some not mentioned tours like Sea kayaking around Marjan forest, exploring Krka National Park along with the calming Plitvice Lakes. All in all it’s your decision what you would like to see and experience whilst spending your vacation here in Split 🙂
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