I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 7 Travel Bloggers Said

I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 7 Travel Bloggers Said

Croatia is a travel hit in the world! It was hard not to notice many articles being published around the blogs, renowned travel magazines suggesting locations one should visit in Croatia and a total hype being built around my beautiful home country. And now it is confirmed – the year 2016 was the best year for Croatian tourism

I wanted to start a year in that tone so I asked fellow travel bloggers about their experiences in Croatia. How can you get a better feedback than to ask a traveler directly about the places they visited, what they liked the most and what maybe was not that good? 

If you are deciding which places to visit in 2017 or planning your Croatian adventure, definitely continue reading!


Favorite Stop on the Mediterranean Cruise

The final (and my favorite) stop on a Royal Caribbean cruise around the Mediterranean four years ago was Split in Croatia.  From the moment I could see the shore from the ship, I found Split to be an incredibly beautiful city. Set among the 1700-year-old ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, Split was best viewed by climbing the Bell Tower of St. Domnius for a picturesque, 360° view of the city below. 

The historic narrow streets (fantastically pedestrian only) were busy and vibrant in the high season as I wandered them, perused markets and consumed coffee and gelato along the Riva. Croatia is underrated as a destination – gorgeous to visit with beautiful beaches and the value of the local currency (kuna) makes it economical to visit. One day was simply not enough and I will return.

 
I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

Sarah in Split © Sarah Sees The World

I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

Split from above © Sarah Sees The World

Croatian coast exceeded our expectations

Traveling up the Dalmatian coast in Croatia for ten days remains one of my finest travel memories. Even though I had high expectations prior to the trip, Croatia managed to exceed them. The stone walls and orange roof of Dubrovnik had wowed us; cycling around the Mljet National Park was an epic adventure, coupled with dips in the gorgeous lagoon.

Then we went onto the historic Split and sat under the Peristyle of a former Roman Emperor that lived thousands of years ago, sipping a cocktail and swaying to live music. We swam against the current of the Skradinski waterfall in the Krka National Park, grabbing each other in case one of us got wash away during our group photo. We took a boat trip to Hvar, admiring the stunning Adriatic Sea from the Spanish Fort. We braved the rain to Plitvice and was rewarded by the misty, out-of-this-world sceneries.

Last but not least, we visited Zadar, with its Roman Old Town blended with the modern seafront, watching as the sun set over the horizon and the Sun Salutation started glowing with the Sea Organ humming in the background. Our trip to Croatia had truly been a dream, one that I would never forget.

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I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

Hvar © Laugh Travel Eat

I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

Greeting to the sun in Zadar © Laugh Travel Eat

Active holidays in Paklenica National Park

My visit to Croatia involved traveling to the Paklenica National Park which is known for climbing and hiking.  The park is near Zadar and an easy place to get to via public bus. Within the park, you can easily stay in one of the comfortable mountain guesthouses where meals are included while you’re afforded with such lovely mountain views.

I hiked up the highest peak of the Velebit mountain range which took 11 hours.  The effort was worthwhile as I was spoiled by the spectacular mountain ranges.  While most tourists spend their time in the cities by the port, spending time in the mountains of Paklenica is definitely an authentic way get to know Croatia.  No need to do a tough hike like I did or rock climb as you can easily do a restful stay at the mountain guesthouses and enjoy nature without the crowd – a definite must do in Croatia.

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NP Paklenica © Brown Gal Trekker

I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

NP Paklenica © Brown Gal Trekker

A day trip to Elafiti Island from Dubrovnik

If you are staying in Dubrovnik there is one day trip I can highly recommend you take and that is to visit the Elafiti Islands. The Elafiti Islands are an archipelago of 13 large and small islands only 4 to 8 nautical miles west of Dubrovnik. We hired a boat and skipper for the day to take us on a sailing trip around the islands. We stopped at each of the 3 inhabited islands – Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan.

We spent most of our time on Lopud which has a beautiful beach and a shallow bay to swim in. Get there by golf buggy as the bay is found on the opposite side of the island to the harbor and the path is rather steep. The golf buggy drivers are waiting to take you to the beach for a small charge. Once there we hired a sunbed and umbrella for a few hours.

Enjoy the views as you sail through the beautiful Adriatic waters. It is a beautiful trip and an unforgettable experience!

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Elafiti Island © Tracy Travels in Time

I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

Elafiti Island © Tracy Travels in Time

Fun on a Marco Polo’s Island

Marco! Polo!  Not just a fun game for the pool, but also a famous explorer!  Korcula Island is actually where he was born!  I took a ferry from Split for a week of scuba diving!  The diving was interesting, but the water wasn’t as clear like it was in the Caymans (Where I learned) or as much wildlife as the Great Barrier Reef, but I did see my first octopus! I’d say the most interesting part of the dives was a floating restaurant that had sunk! Of course, all I could think about were dinglehoppers like in The Little Mermaid.

The island was small and easily navigable.  You could rent scooters to go zipping around the island.  It was possible to get water taxis to take your across the Bay, or you could just walk it.  The land was basically a U-shaped bay, and the walk took maybe 20-30 minutes.  Along the way were fun little shops, restaurants, and even a little grocery store!  Hindsight, I might go down to just 3 or 4 days of diving and explore the island more, but it was a lovely time on a not well-known island.

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Korcula Island © Flight of the Educator

I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

Korcula island © Flight of the Educator

Magical Plitvice Lakes

Ah, Croatia! I don’t know how to begin how much the country beguiled me. In all honesty, I’ve read tons of articles about Croatia and its growing popularity, and I was questioning if it is that beautiful in there. I gave it a try nevertheless, and I was in Zagreb at first, such an underrated city by the way, and I took a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park – just wow.

I was blown away at how beautiful the landscapes and nature of the country and as well how nice the locals are! Apart from these, Plitvice Lakes is like a dream, which I didn’t know I have, come true – the place is magical, and I was in awe of its beauty. No words can describe it! Also, have I not mentioned about Croatian food? No? Well, it is delish. I will surely come back that’s for sure, and it will be soon.

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Plitvice Lakes © Pretty Wild World

I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

Plitvice Lakes © Pretty Wild World

Croatia is much more than sun and sea!

Croatia has long been in our hearts; it’s such a beautiful and diverse country. We’ve explored the coastline, traveled into Istria, discovered waterfalls in national parks and have sought out lesser-visited destinations in the interior. Our most recent trip took us to Zagreb, the capital city, and Osijek, a city in the eastern region of Slavonia.

It wasn’t our first trip to the thriving city of Zagreb, but it was our first time to the award-winning Advent in Zagreb celebration. The month-long festivities occupied squares and lanes all around the city. Holiday fare – sausages, fritules and piping hot mulled wine – were served from wooden huts and musicians and DJs took to the stages to provide a merry soundtrack.

When we weren’t perusing the Christmas markets, we were retracing our steps to some of the best sights of the city, like St. Mark’s Church, the Zagreb Cathedral, Maksimir Park, and the Dolac market. We were excited to see that the craft beer scene, which just started taking off in Croatia a few years ago, was alive and well. We sampled local brews at newly opened establishments and visited a few of our long-favorite spots.

I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

Advent in Zagreb © Jetsetting Fools

I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

Kopacki Rit © Jetsetting Fools

Unlike Zagreb, it was our first time visiting the city of Osijek and the Slavonia region. Located near the borders of Hungary and Serbia, Osijek is the 4th largest city in Croatia but sees fewer visitors than the cities on the coast. The reason for our wintertime visit was to attend the Osijek Advent festival. The event in Osijek felt more intimate than in Zagreb, like a small-town affair. There were nightly musical performances, plenty of mulled wine and wood burning stoves to keep attendees warm on the crisp nights.

During the day, we spent time sightseeing and biking through the city and then went further afield to discover the surrounding area. We got a good dose of nature in the swamplands of Kopacki Rit, tasted locally produced wine from the wineries in the village of Zmajevac and experienced rural life on a farm in the small town of Bilje. The scenery was stunning, but the real highlight for us was the local cuisine – and we ate our fair share of it! The hearty meals were rich in flavors – and traditions. Among our favorites were River Fish Stew, Goulash, locally raised cured meats and cheeses and farm-fresh roasted turkey and pork.

We look forward to a return trip to the Slavonia region to see the beautiful landscapes in another season!

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Pet-friendly Split: Dog beaches in Split, Croatia

Pet-friendly Split: Dog beaches in Split, Croatia

Out travel to Split was our first trip with Lota, if we are not counting simple day trips. We were a little bit anxious how are we going to organize everything, is she going to be happy and what we can do in the destination. We opted for Split immediately after finding our there are several dog beaches in Split

It was perfect. We could take her to the beach (and hopefully she would swim) in the morning and spend afternoons exploring the city, while she is sleeping peacefully in the apartment, tired from the exciting morning at the beach.

Pet-friendly Split: Dog beaches in Split, Croatia

Dog beaches in Croatia have this sign

Unfortunately, there are no many dog beaches in Croatia and if you take your puppy to a regular beach, you are risking getting fined. While we were trying to find a dog beach, in Split they warned us they are really punishing people who bring dogs to the regular beach.

If you would like to enjoy your holidays together with a dog, make sure there is a dog beach around, or find some empty beach with only a few people. If there are other people with dogs, that’s always a good sign!

Beautiful dog beaches in Split

DOG BEACH IN DUILOVO

Right under the hotel Zagreb in Duilovo, you can find beautiful dog beach. It was put in order a few years ago, together with little tents for dogs and showers. Some of the tents are, unfortunately, already broken, but the ones left can provide a good shade for your puppy. The beach is typical Croatian, with little rocks outside and inside and beautiful, clean, blue sea.

Many people are coming here with their dogs, but, as much as we noticed they are coming primarily because of the dogs. For instance, we went there so Lota can be with us and swim if she wants to, but the point was going to the beach together. Most of the other people came so their dogs can swim only. 

Pet-friendly Split: Dog beaches in Split, Croatia

DOG BEACH IN KAŠJUNI

The following day, we went to the other part of Split – beach Kašjuni under the Marjan hill. I read there was a dog beach, but we had little problems finding it, because there was no obvious signage, until we reached the beach itself. The regular beach is on the right side and dog beach is completely on the left. 

You need to climb over few rocks (which is not so easy with a dog and other beach things), but this is the most beautiful dog beach I’ve ever seen. It has natural shade from pines, crystal blue water and lots of privacy. Several people were chilling and enjoying the time with their pets. It is smaller than Duilovo, but I liked it much better.

Pet-friendly Split: Dog beaches in Split, Croatia

Even though we put lots of effort in finding the right locations for Lota, she did not want to swim at all. We got her wet so she doesn’t heat up too much, but she preferred to sunbathe and throw herself around on the rocks. Lesson learned. 🙂

We are delighted to say Split has proven itself as a pet-friendly destination. We found the pet-friendly accommodation, restaurants, and bars easily and had no negative experiences. If you are planning to go to Split with your pet, we highly recommend it!

 

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Split Food Guide: Fantastic places for a tasty meal

Split Food Guide: Fantastic places for a tasty meal

In Split, you will definitely not be hungry. There are hundreds of restaurants and foodie places all around the city, especially within the Diocletian’s Palace. I must say we were unpleasantly surprised with the price of food in Split. Better said, we were totally shocked by the fact they charge 130 kn for plain pasta in the city center! Yeah yeah, you do not need to eat in the center or even in restaurants, but that’s just crazy. Soon there will be no domestic tourism because we will not be able to afford anything. Obviously, prices are high for tourists, but –sadly– locals say they do not drop when tourists leave… 

However, we did manage to find places we loved without getting broke. Places, which are not made only for tourists. Places, which are loved by locals all year long. Following our recommendations, you could eat all day, from the dawn to the dusk!

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Breakfast in “Kruščić” bakery

This lovely little bakery is recommended all over the internet and we just needed to check why. They are open only from 8 am until 2 pm and they have the most amazing homemade products! Yes, everything here is homemade and produced with love, in small amounts. They are the proof that putting quality over quantity creates spectacular results. Come early for the best products, because they tend to sell fast. 

Great for: daily dose of bread, yummy pizzas, sweet pastries and everyday breakfast
Location: Obrov ulica 6

Fast snack in fast food “Ciprianis”

If you get hungry during the day, or you would just like to grab a fast meal, head to Ciprianis. They have different kinds of huge pizza cut, which will cost you only 12 kunas. One if enough for in between meals, but take two if this is going to be your main dish.

Great for: pizza cut and saving money
Location: Oca Gabrića 43

Afternoon snacks and drinks in “To je to” – CLOSED

I stumbled upon this place on Facebook and when I saw they are serving Mexican dish chilaquiles for breakfast, I knew we will pay a visit. The owner is an American guy who, together with his Columbian wife, manages this friendly place full of Latin delights

We missed the breakfast, but we stopped by for a quick snack and drinks in the afternoon. Nachos with pico de gallo and cheese dip were great with their craft beers and margaritas. Margaritas they make are crazy strong and they would make you drunk easily! 🙂 People working there are very friendly and chatty so if you are in the need of a friend and tasty cocktail, go there!

Great for: craft beer, cocktails, Mexican snacks, if you need a friend
Location: Ulica Tome Nigera 2, just off Martmontova

Romantic dinner in Perivoj

Falling in love with Perivoj immediately after learning about its existence meant only one – we needed to treat ourselves and have a dinner there. And we did. The most amazing, tastiest and beautiful dinner. The five-course tasting menu was an excellent choice for our first visit. Each course was so different than a previous one – by the taste, ingredients, and looks. 

Next time we are coming to try all the cakes and ice creams made by wonderful Tea Mamut, new Croatian pastry star. The dessert within the menu was heavenly and it just circled the whole experience. That’s exactly what our visit was – an experience.

More about our time in Perivoj you can read here.

Great for: romantic dinner, cakes, and beautiful environment
Location: Slavićeva 44

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Dessert all day long at “Luka ice cream and cakes”

I read few articles about Luka’s place and they were all in superlatives. When you read about “the best ice cream in Split”, you must go and try it yourself, right? Since our apartment was conveniently located full 3 minutes from it, we just needed to stop by every time we went to the city or back home. And you know, they were wrong – it is not the best in Split, it is out of this world! The best and the most creative ice cream you ever had!

Every day, they produce something new. Do not be surprised if you do not find a flavor you tried yesterday – every day is a “fresh start” for Luka. We tried several flavors like lavender (tasty but confusing because it tastes like something you normally smell only), cucumber and peach (weird) and banana with caramel (absolute hit, Jaime went crazy for it). I just checked their page and saw their new fresh figs ice cream. That’s it, I’m packing my bags! (Joking. But when I say next time we are coming to Split only because of Luka and Perivoj, that is not a joke.)

Great for: the best ice cream you ever had
Location: Slavićeva 44

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Our gastro experience in Split was a great one and we can’t wait to come back to eat some more!

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Hotels we love: Split Dreams Apartment in Split, Croatia

Hotels we love: Split Dreams Apartment in Split, Croatia

Booking an apartment in Split was fun! As always, we had some specific criteria – this time, we were traveling with Lota so we considered only pet-friendly accommodation. Because of the same reason, we wanted to stay in an apartment, no a hotel. We felt like she is going to be more comfortable having more space and less noise coming from the other guests. 

When we found Split Dreams Apartment lovely studio, that was it. This centrally located, great sized, pet-friendly and nicely decorated studio apartment was booked in no time!

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Hotels we love: Split Dreams Apartment in Split, Croatia | Mexatia

I gave a call to the owner approximately half an hour before our arrival and shortly after we parked in front of the apartment, somebody arrived to check us in. He was friendly and polite, gave us maps and some suggestions what to do around the city and where to eat (the most important tip lol). 

Here is the review I wrote on Booking, which pretty much sums how was our stay. 

We traveled with a pet and she loved the apartment 🙂 Thank you for being pet-friendly, we truly appreciate it and we hope Lota was a good guest! It was super clean, kitchen had everything we needed to make a simple lunch. Bed was comfortable, TV and AC working excellent. The location was just excellent, 5-7 mins walk from the Diocletian palace and less than five to Luka’s ice cream, but at the same time, it was quiet and calm enough.

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Hotels we love: Split Dreams Apartment in Split, Croatia | Mexatia

So, the location was just fantastic! We were less than 10 minutes away from the city center and Riva. Our favorite thing about the location was that we had a perfect excuse to stop by to grab an ice cream at Luka’s place literally every time we were going to the city or back. Considering the price we paid for it, it was fantastic value for money option! We were in the very center, but yet we did not hear any noise and we were able to get rest.

The apartment was pet-friendly by all means. They were happy to see her when we arrived and there was no any items which could do the harm to her, or unnecessary cables lying around. She found her spot on the bed and enjoyed the time in Split. I must say this was one big apartment previous to reconstruction and there are two more apartments in the same hallway. It probably does not mean anything to anyone, I am mentioning just because she barked a bit when she heard a cleaning lady in the other apartments.

As I mentioned before, we booked a studio Split dreams apartment which was really spacious. There was a bed area, tv, working and dining tables, small but functional kitchen and wonderful and spacious bathroom. And big closets! We could not ask for anything  else! Everything was super clean and working properly (AC, TV, boiler, induction hob).

The kitchen had everything we needed during our stay. We cooked fast lunch meals and induction hob was just great for it. This was my first time using an induction so I was particularly happy about it. I loved bathroom design as well! However, the shower door was not made in the smartest way so please do expect you will make everything wet. 🙂

I just hope they already got a dryer for clothes (I suggested it through a review on Booking.com). Split is a coastal city and I believe most of the people do go to the beach – it would make it so much easier to dry the towels afterward. We were putting ours all around the apartment in order to have them ready for next day at the beach.

Another thing – there was a weird fish smell in the apartment during the whole stay. I don’t know where it came from (it was not from withing the apartment and we kept our windows closed most of the time), but I do hope it is an exception.

Final saying

We had a great time in Split Dreams Apartment! It was everything we wished for and had everything we needed. The location, staff, and facilities made us very happy guests. We will return for sure in this, fantastic value for money, apartment!

Split Dreams Apartment
Ante Starčevića 5
Split, Croatia
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Split City Break: Diocletian’s Palace and Around

Split City Break: Diocletian’s Palace and Around

Split City Break

Split, as a second largest city in Croatia and largest in Dalmatia, it is a great place from where you can start exploring Dalmatia from. It kept a wonderful balance of tradition and modernity and, luckily, it is no more seen only as a transport hub to nearby islands. Split finally started to get more well-deserved international attention!

Split has earned its fame long time ago. When in 305 AD Diocletian Palace was built, it was the only structure in the area. After Diocletian’s death, it was used as a retreat palace for Roman emperors and, after the nearby city of Salona (today city of Solin) was abandoned in the 7th century, many of its inhabitants fled to Split and settled within the palace. Split’s rich history and influence of many different rulers can be easily seen in the area. Romans, Venetians, Byzantine Empire, Napoleon, and Austrians, they all left a piece of their culture in Split.

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Riva

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Riva

We arrived in Split in the early afternoon, after checking out the beaches along “magistrala”, the state road which is following the coastline. Our apartment was very centrally located so in less than 10 minutes, we were strolling down the Riva (that’s how seafront promenade in Split is called). Last (and first) time I was here, somewhere at the beginning of college, Riva just got renovated. It took a minute to realize Split has changed a lot past years. New touristic attractions, attractive accommodation, and well-designed restaurants found their place all around the city center.

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Diocletian Palace

Just a few steps away from Riva, Diocletian Palace is located. Build in 305 AD, it was built as a retirement house of Emperor Diocletian. It was an imperial residence, fortified town and military fortress, all in one. As the history changed, the city of Split engulfed the palace which literally became a heart of the city and home to more than 3000 people.

Today, this grand palace is like an antic jungle surrounded by the bustling city and chilled sea promenade. It is known as the old town of Split with numerous shops, restaurants, and apartments. It is considered to be one of the most imposing Roman ruins and, of course, the main attraction of Split. Along with Arena of Pula, Diocletian Palace is the most valuable surviving Roman architecture in the Adriatic.

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Silver gate

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Charming restaurants

As you step into this impressive monument, you will instantly realize here the life has been going on for thousands of years. When the night falls, palace becomes particularly attractive. Columns are illuminated by colorful garlands, the interiors become a beautiful scene and you can hear music everywhere.

Diocletian Palace was shaped in the form of an irregular rectangle, with towers on all facades except the southern one. Diocletian wanted to enter his palace from a ship, so it was rising directly from the sea. Along the seaside his rooms were located, as well as the temples and the octagonal mausoleum. The mausoleum was reconstructed into one of the oldest Christian churches in the world, today’s Cathedral of Split. It is hard to imagine lower parts of the palace were actually in the water and the ships were cruising around. But if you take a closer look, you can notice it by the location of the windows – they are very high, almost near the ceiling, in the case water would rise.

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The southern facade of Diocletian palace

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Prokurative

There were four gates to enter the palace. They were not preserved, but stone pillars and arches can still be seen. All the gates were named by a metal, so we had Bronze (south), Iron (west), Silver (eastern) and Golden gate (north). If you enter the palace through the Silver gate, you will have the best view. Just walk straight, following Krešimirova street (better known as Via Decumanus) to the western gate, which was separating the imperial residence on the south from the northern side which was used by servants and soldiers.

Soon you will find yourself in the heart of the palace, Peristyle. Peristyle is an open court located on the crossroad of the two main roads of the palace. It was a place where the most powerful citizens were gathering. Here Diocletian used to receive visitors, who paid their respect by kissing his cloak and kneeling. Today is known as the most lively place in the city with joyful atmosphere and “Roman guards” waiting to take photos with you.

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Peristyle

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Underground shops

Palace’s underground is turned into a tunnel full of souvenir shops and a museum. It is a perfect place to cool down during the summer while buying traditional souvenirs for your loved ones!

When you feel ready to go out again, you can exit the palace through the western gate and you will find yourself on Narodni trg (People’s Square), the main meeting point for people living in Split. It is like a living room withing the city and people watching paradise, similar to Cvjetni trg (Floral Square) in Zagreb. Back in time, it was a political center of the city, with Rector’s Palace (Knežev dvor) and Municipal Hall. 

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Narodni trg

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Southern part of the palace

Ok, I think by now you understand Diocletian’s Palace is not what you expected. To begin with, it is not only a palace and it is definitely not a typical palace building like you thought. It is one of the most imposing Roman ruins in the world and it is a true heart of the city. It became the most amazing city center you will ever experience, the soul of Split, a maze packed with people and shops. It is a real-life labyrinth where each narrow street and passageway hides a different secret, different restaurant or a bar. At its beginning, each street has a sign stating what are you going to find in it – bars, restaurants, shops, museums, … what makes moving around much easier. But the most interesting way to explore it is to get lost.

It is big enough to find dozens of interesting places, but small enough to find your way out easily. It is a place where you are going to wine and dine in some of the most amazing modern restaurants, in a location thousands of years old, while locals are hanging their freshly washed laundry over your heads and old grandmas are closely watching what is happening around so tomorrow they could share all the gossips with their neighbors. This UNESCO World Heritage Site it is a place of the unceasing inspiration for travelers, architects, and painters and it is just amazing.

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Split City Break: Diocletian's Palace and Around | Mexatia

DO NOT FORGET TO…

  • In front of the Golden gate, there is  a statue of Grgur Ninski. Rub his left toe for luck and you will come back to Split for sure!
  • Check out the Cathedral of St Dominus to see one on the oldest churches in the world. Climb up the tower for spectacular views of Split! Check it out at Natasha’s 24 hours in Split.
  • Sip a coffee at Republic Square (Prokurative), imagining you are in Venice.
  • Learn more about Split’s history, traditional costumes, and memorabilia by visiting Ethnographic museum. It also has some nice views from the top.
  • Find the synagogue. It is one of the oldest ones in Europe that is still in use. It was created in the 16th century in the part which was then a Jewish ghetto.
  • Listen to the local musicians, klape, singing in Vestibul.
  • Enjoy beach life in Žnjan, Bačvice or Kašuni beach. Find out which are pet-friendly beaches in Split.
  • Discover why Marjan hill is called lungs of the city.
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Grgur Ninski’s toe

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