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The first inhabitant of Split was the Roman emperor Diocletian who started to build his palace in this friendly bay around 293 AD. After his abdication he withdrew to this luxurious palace of about 30 thousand square meters.
The following turbulent centuries made the palace into a town first populated by the citizens of the nearby Salona, fleeing before Avars and Slavs. The town overgrew the walls of the palace and its authorities kept changing - from Croatian kings in 10th century AD, Hungarian and Venetian administration, to French rulers and Austro-Hungarian monarchy.

Such past left its traces combined in the town everyday life. The city, however, went on remaining the centre of this part of the coast till our day. This mixture of historic layers brought some clumsiness and some things done too fast but today all that makes a part of its originality.
The big city today lives by the silent beats of history, lively spirit of the young and its particular Mediterranean charm. (www.visitsplit.com)


Best hotels

in Split

Sleep Inn Split, Split City Centre, Split, Croatia
Spleep Inn Split from €40
Villa Split Luxury Room
Villa Split Luxury Room from €71
Peruzovic Rooms & Apartments
Peruzovic Rooms & Apartments from €42
Palace Judita Heritage Hotel
Palace Judita Heritage from €96
Guest House Teatrin Split
Guest House Teatrin Split from €52
Riva Luxury Suites Suite
Riva Luxury Suites from €101


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Tours & Activities

near Split

Top things to do

in Split

Walk on Marjan Hill

Marjan hill is the first symbol of the town of Split. The nature formed its northern slopes mostly from limestone, while it southern slopes are mostly formed of rock, soil and rocky shore.

From its eastern border toward it western point of St. Jure, it stretches for 3,5 kilometers and it is 1.5 km wide. Its three peaks, three unique vintage points rise 125, 148 and 178 meters above the sea level, and they offer an unforgettable view of the city of Split.


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Go to Bačvice beach

We are going to Bačvice…", is tune often heard around the town, words of a joyous hymn to the municipal beach, officially designated as such in 1919. Bačvice is a phenomenon of nature, a sandy beach at the heart of the city, in the vicinity of the city harbor, and it can accommodate over ten thousand people. 


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©Dimitar Krstevski

Visit the St Duje Cathedral

Of all the cathedrals in Europe, the one in Split is housed in the oldest structure – the mausoleum of the Roman emperor Diocletian. In it, at the end of the second millennium, history combines with the heritage of the pagan Antiquity, Christian Medieval period and modern times. The Mausoleum of the emperor who prosecuted Christians, in mid 7th century became a cathedral with altars guarding relics of St. Dujam and St. Staš, martyrs executed in nearby Solin.


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©juan pablo santos rodríguez

Go shopping in Marmont's Street

Although a conqueror, Napoleon\'s Marshal Marmont was also the driving force behind the urban development of the Dalmatian cities and in return the people of Split preserved his name in the most beautiful city street and coined a medal for him. Marmnot's street is not only splendid but historically significant as well. In 1922, a library and a reading room was founded at the present location of Alliance Francaise.


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City walk in Prokurative

Prokurative is synonymous with portico, decorated promenades of cardo and decumanus, main streets of the Diocletian's Palace. This architectural details was used by the Venetians on their central square in front of the cathedral of St. Marco, and major of Split Antonio Bajamonti, returned it here in the early 19th century.


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