The story of Split started 17 centuries ago when Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his palace on the Dalmatian coast, right in the heart of today’s Split Old Town. Over the years, the palace turned into a city that manages to impress both locals and tourists with its rich history, tradition, and the beauty of its natural heritage. Diocletian’s Palace and the Old Town Split have been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List not only for the amazing historical value of the palace itself but also for the fact that the palace and the city continue to live a life as one, with the modern cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, local businesses and small hotels bringing life to the old walls.
The tourists get to experience the same lifestyle as locals do 365 days per year. The hedonist lifestyle – enjoying the colorful cafes on the sunny Riva Esplanade, sipping coffees, and filling the city up with life and laughter. Dolce vita.
The unique personalities and spirit of the Split residents are especially alive at the vibrant Fish & Green markets. A growing gourmet scene with tasty local seafood dishes, cakes and gelati, local wine, festivals, sporting and cultural events make it a perfect place for holidays all year round. The most beautiful Croatian islands are only a ferry ride away, and most popular National Parks are nearby – Diocletian knew how to pick a perfect spot.
Framed by Marjan Hill on one side, where locals like to spend their free time running, exercising and swimming at the amazing beaches, and Bačvice beach on the other side, where swimming and playing the amusing game of Picigin goes on all year round, Split is certainly the unique place. No wonder the locals like to call it ‘the most beautiful place in the world’. Be warned, the vibe of the city may catch you, and you may not want to leave! Many travelers decide to stay and enjoy this gem for a little longer and become a part of the colorful scene of Split.