Why Croatia? Croatia is the closest Mediterranean holiday destination to central Europe. It takes 2 hours by airplane from London, 45 minutes from Munich… Croatian natural beauties are significant and amongst the best preserved on the earth (over 5800 km of shoreline, over 1000 islands, numerous national parks…) Much more about Croatia is found on the official internet site.
Split the largest town on the Croatian Adriatic
You may not be familiar with Split, Croatia, but it’s been a popular getaway since 305 A.D. The Roman Emperor Diocletian grew up in the region so when it was time to retire, this is where he built his palace and wielded what remained of his power. The palace is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, Split hotels are some of the best in Croatia, and it’s once again a popular holiday destination.
Must see Landmarks
Once here, you can immediately embark on a tour of the city, which should obviously start with the aforementioned Diocletian’s Palace which actually represents the town’s center. Enter through any of its 4 monumental gates and then take your time in admiring the intricate details and its exquisite architecture which has since served as a model for many famous architects. Continue your tour of Split with the St. Duje’s Cathedral, the Peristil Square, Jupiter’s Temple, the two Egyptian Sphinxes, the promenade known to locals as Riva and the Archaeological Museum.
Every guide book suggests visiting the beach at Bacvice but I would go to Kastel which combines 7 little villages (Kastel Stafilic, Kastel Novi, Kastel Stari, Kastel Luksic, Kastel Kambelovac, Kastel Gomilica, Kastel Sucurac) to the north of Split towards the airport. If you stay in one of picturesque villages in Kastel you will avoid all the hustle of Split especially during the hot summer months. Also there is a very good local bus connection between each village and Split and the journey takes you 30 min. The villages are so close to each other that you can actually walk by following the coastline and have an occasional swim.
When exploring the Split area make sure to visit the ruins of Roman Salona and towns of Trogir and Makarska, as well as the islands of Hvar, Korčula and Brač.
Other sites worth seeing
Delve into the rich history of Split by visiting the Town Museum, which explains the origins of Croatia. Travelers walking back to their Split hostel after a visit to the museum may find they have gained a better understanding of the city’s heritage.
The Archaeological Museum, containing Roman and early Christian artifacts, also provides a fascinating insight into Split’s past.
From Split with very frequent ferry boats (keep in mind of the season) visit islands Brac (Bol) and Hvar (Hvar and Stari Grad towns). Don’t forget to visit nearby historic Trogir, only half an hour bus drive from Split.
You can continue your journey from Hvar, without returning to Split to Korcula island, visiting this small town, often called (small Dubrovnik). From there next day, proceed to Dubrovnik your inevitable destination, which will put the finishing touch to your Croatia’s journey.
A good place to go when you want to get out of the city is the hill of Marjan. This peak has outstanding views making it an ideal place to go cycling or enjoy a romantic evening walk. Marjan is known as the ‘Lungs of Split’ and for that reason the building of houses there is prohibited. Those who have been disappointed by the lack of beaches around Split will be glad to know there are a few here.
Yacht Charter Split
Chartering a yacht in Split is growing each year and is fast becoming one of the most favorite vacation options for thousands visiting Split in the summer. As the number of people chartering a yacht in Split grows, the competition between charter providers grows simultaneously. This has led to improving charter offer and the services that are accompanied to yacht charter in Split.