Blue and Green Landscape
The sandy Bačvice is the most popular beach in Split, awarded with a Blue Flag label. My family loved swimming, splashing and seeing the small fish, as the water is crystal clear. It is a lively beach with music playing in the background. There are showers and changing rooms at both ends of the beach.For an afternoon away from the energetic center of Split or a nice, morning walk, Marjan is the perfect destination. This hilly nature reserve offers trails through fragrant pine forests, scenic lookouts and ancient chapels. It’s a mild incline scenic trek. Make sure to enjoy some coffee and the view at Vidilica Cafe, which is located at the entrance of the park. From here, right by the old Jewish cemetery, you can follow the marked trail, stopping en route to see the chapels.
Diocletian’s Palace is an amazing Roman ruins and a must-see while in Split. Don’t expect a palace though, nor a museum – this is the city’s living heart, its windy streets packed with people, shops and restaurants. Each wall has a gate named after a metal: at the northern end is the Golden Gate and the southern end has the Bronze Gate. The eastern gate is the Silver Gate and to the west is the Iron Gate. Just beyond the palace walls are two city landmarks made by sculptor Ivan Meštrović; the medieval bishop Grgur Ninski watches over the Golden Gate and the literary scholar Marko Marulić reads by Voćni Trg, which is just north off the famous Riva.Cathedral of St Domnius is the best known landmark of Split, Croatia. This octagonal-shaped cathedral was originally built as Diocletian’s mausoleum. Notice the two lion figures at the foot of the belfry and the Egyptian black-granite sphinx dating from the 15th century BC on the right wall.
Located within the palace walls, Villa Spiza is low-key eatery that offers great-quality Dalmatian dishes that change daily – think calamari, risotto, stuffed peppers – at low prices. It’s fresh home cooking served at the bar inside, or at a couple of benches outside. Food is prepared with care.