Split is not one of those cities that you see on the lists—you know the ones that publications put out that say, “Ten best places to visit in 2014.” It didn’t even make the “50 Top Cities to see before you die” that I recently perused.
It is an interesting destination, however, filled with history and culture in a beautiful setting between ocean and mountains.
Split is the second largest city in Croatia, a gorgeous strip of a country along the Adriatic. Typically Dubrovnik gets all the attention and justifiably so. The walk around the wall of the ancient city of Dubrovnik is worth the plane ride.
But Split and the other parts of Croatia have a lot to offer. The long history of Roman,Venetian and Eastern Europe cultures combined with absolutely gorgeous scenery results in a magical and fascinating part of the world to visit. We recently enjoyed 24 hours in Split after a week of sailing on the Dalmatian Coast. Here’s what we saw.
Very Old Roman City
First there’s an old city surrounded by a wall, historic and in in decay. No cars are allowed inside the old city. We found a charming hotel in which to stay. Perfect. We wandered easily about exploring the narrow streets.
Roman influence in Split
Secondly the Roman history is evident everywhere from the statute of Diocletian, the famous ruler who built a fabulous palace, to the handsome stud muffins in Roman gab who will pose for photos for a few coins.