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In the south of Croatia one will find this city filled with light, sporting a Mediterranean climate, and vibrant and rich in culture. Welcome to Split, also known as the entry point to the treasures of the coast and the Dalmatic islands. Its port is one of the Mediterranean’s most important and is a strategic point for tourism in Europe. The architecture of it historic centre is fascinating with its splendid exteriors such as the Saint Domnius Cathedral, although the underground also hides secrets of great beauty: the basements of the palace extends underneath the streets of Split. Here one can enjoy the sea, by going sailing for example, or the mountain, be going climbing or hiking. The varied and healthy gastronomic offering will have you captivated, including local wines and desserts, such as the fritule and the Kastel cake.
Main City Zagreb
Surface 63 km²
This is a cosy, original and calm spot. Located in a beautiful square within the walls of the Diocletian’s Palace we find this tasteful spot where one can eat well and at a decent cost. Its terrace is simply exquisite and invites you to spend hours and hours here. The waiters are friendly, keen to help with the selection of dishes and flavours, the prices good and the quality outstanding. Be prepared to live a culinary experience that combines, in style, Mediterranean dishes with Dalmatic specialties. Fresh fish and delicious tapas, this is a safe bet. This is one of the few places in Split that serves San Servolo, an exquisite artisanal beer. Enjoy this mosaic of flavours.
Strolling through this neighbourhood is a deep dive into the traditional life of Split. Here in Veli Varos the fishermen, that work the seas of the Adriatic sea, still lives. This picturesque area, situated west, on the other side of the historic centre of Split, is the teller of many old stories. The streets are filled lovely stone houses, just like in the old days; many of them are from the seventeenth century. Get lost in its little street and enjoy the salty sea air. Visit the impressive St. Mikula church or enjoy the curious mixture of seamen and artists that can be found close to the beach. This neighbourhood is filled with details to be explored and together with Radunica they make up the oldest parts of the city. Try a good wine in one of its taverns and be transported to back to an era you might not want to return from.
The best way to enjoy a relaxed day is to lie down in the sand at the Bacvice beach, the most centric one in the city, and enjoy a good book. First you must pass the lively boardwalk, Riva, filled with colourful ice cream stands and cafes ideal for a conversation in good company. Bavice’s clean and practically crystal clear water will surprise you. Although don’t expect to be alone, this is the most visited beach in the city and the most family friendly. If you are looking for a more isolated experience we recommend you explore the islands: Brac, Hvar, Šolta or Vis. In Bacvice you will also find people playing “picigin”, a peculiar sport, which is played in the sea employing acrobatic movements to keep a small ball in the air. Up for a game?