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Croatia: why not head to...Split?
With a fascinating historical past, an overflowing cultural offering and picture-perfect landscapes, Split will definitely appeal to you.
Make the most of your stay, take a ferry and discover some of the 1,244 Croatian islands! Brač, which is the largest, is home to a number of small typical villages and the highest mountain of all the islands. Hvar, one of the most beautiful islands in the world, is home to the very chic town of Hvar – the Croatian Saint-Tropez. Or Vis, a little paradise long closed to tourism, however, the most popular for its authenticity. Croatia won't cease to amaze you!
Historical treasures and heavenly beaches
To start your visit of the city centre, head to Brace Radic Square and admire the 15th century towers which line the south side, the beautiful facade of the Milesi Palace, or even, in the centre, the sculpture of the Croatian poet Marko Marulic (1450-1524), created by national artist Ivan Mestrovic. Then head down the street of Marulica which leads to another esplanade, Narodni Square. It shows the different architectural styles that have emerged between the Middle Ages and the 20th century. There you can admire a beautiful building composed of a 15th century triple arch and a floor added in the 19th century, which today houses the Ethnographic Museum. To the right of it, stands the Renaissance style Karepic Palace. And for the Middle Ages, let us evoke this Romanesque house overhung by a Gothic bell tower, adorned with a magnificent 24-hour dial. To finish, take a look at Nakic House (1902), a beautiful example of Art Nouveau. Leave Narodni Square and head down the street of Bosanska. At the end, take a right. There, you can admire the chapel of St. Arnir and the remains of a Pre-Romanesque chapel. A little further along, stands the statue of Gregory of Nin, hero of the Croatian church. It will take you about two hours to visit the unmissable and magnificent Diocletian's Palace. Amongst the most impressive monuments, the Cathedral of Saint-Domnius offers you a breathtaking view of the city from the top of the 57m high Neo-Romanesque style bell tower, and the Temple of Jupiter reveals baptismal fonts dating back to the 12th century. Don't hesitate to take a break on the peristyle, the place favoured by the young people of Split. Each side of the palace features a gate. The Golden Gate is the most beautiful. However, it is recommended that you go through the Bronze Gate, to the south, which will lead you onto the Riva. And if this pleasant seafront appeals to you, why not prolong the pleasures of the Adriatic Sea with a game of picigin (the national sport) on Bačvice beach? Better still, why not go and discover one of the islands near Split? On Brač Island, one of the most beautiful, you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable day.
Top 10 must-sees
- Brace Radic Square: Although it no longer hosts its large fruit and vegetable market, as it did until the 1960s, this square has preserved the Milesi Palace, an 18th century Baroque building featuring a harmonious facade, the statue of the Croatian poet Marko Marulic, sculpted by Ivan Mestrovic, and the tower of the Venetian Castle (1435), which belonged to the defensive system erected under Venetian rule to withstand the Turks.
- Diocletian's Palace: Considered as the most beautiful example of Roman architecture of the entire Adriatic, this palace, built between the 3rd and 4th century by the Emperor of the same name, is both a fortress and a luxury villa.
- Golden Gate: It is one of the four gates of the palace, and the most impressive of all. Located in the north of the palace, it was once the main entrance, opposite the road to Salona, the former capital of Dalmatia. It is through this opening that Emperor Diocletian entered his palace on 1st June in the year 305.
- Temple of Jupiter: Located in Diocletian's Palace, this temple was erected at the end of the 3rd century while Diocletian built his palace. Very high and in the shape of a rectangle, it impresses above all by its ceiling, decorated with Roman masks and magnificent floral motifs.
- Cathedral of Saint-Domnius: It is in fact the former octagonal Mausoleum of Diocletian, which was transformed into a church in the 7th century. Step inside through the heavy oak door, a real gem of medieval sculpture (1214), and admire the choir, whose carved wooden choir stalls are of extreme finesse.
- The clock tower: To the east of National Square, opposite Ciprianis Palace, stands a Romanesque style tower house, crowned by a small Gothic bell tower, which features the city's clock from the 15thcentury, with a 24-hour dial.
- The Riva: A vast esplanade lined with palm trees, Split's seafront is a very pleasant place to stroll along or enjoy a drink in the evening.
- Bačvice Bay: This sand and pebble beach, the city's most popular, attracts both the locals of Split and holiday makers. Treat yourself to a nice afternoon bathing in the Adriatic Sea on a good quality beach, which has received a Blue Flag for its cleanliness and its many facilities.
- Ivan Meštrović Gallery: This gallery dedicated to the famous sculptor, a major figure in Croatian art, displays nearly 200 sculptures of marble, bronze and wood, as well as the artist's architectural drawings and plans. Originally built as a summer residence and workshop, the building is a work of art on its own.
- Brač Island: Only 50 minutes away by ferry from Split, one of the most beautiful Croatian islands awaits you. Its small typical villages, numerous coves and famous Golden Horn beach make it the perfect place for families, wild nature lovers and cycling fans.
Cuisine at the crossroads between Italy and the Ottoman Empire
The region of Dalmatia is well known for its smoked hams, but influenced by the Mediterranean, it also knows, and more importantly, how to bring out the best in fish: grilled, cooked in brodet (a stew), or gregada (a type of fish soup). Another speciality which would be a shame to miss: meat dishes (and sometimes octopus) cooked “under a dome”, in other words, roasted.
Croatian gastronomy is also a reflection of the country's history: ćevapčići (meatballs with onions), ražnjići (skewers) and burek (flaky pastry stuffed with cheese or meat) for the Ottoman influence, and gnocchis, risottos and Neapolitan pizzas for the Italian contribution.
With regards to pastries, we also find traces of this past. You will often find creamy Austrian style cakes and oriental cakes dripping in honey and walnuts side-by-side.
Split -Events Calendar
June: National holiday in Croatia
Established in 2001, this commemoration recalls 25 June 1991, the date on which Croatian Parliament proclaimed the separation of Croatia from the former Yugoslavia.
July: Ultra Europe in Split
The Croatian version of the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, a famous electronic music festival, which brings together nearly 150,000 people.
October: Film festival in Split
A festival devoted to new cinema, from video to digital via webcams and the Internet. Resolutely innovative programming, ‘outside the box', with films that are often powerful and amazing.
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