Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beaches and the fortress like complex at its centre. It is the second largest city in Croatia, with just over 200,000 inhabitants, and is the largest city on the Adriatic coast.

This is a Tender Port.

The old Split is stunning, but make sure you see this before the old city in Dubrovnik, so you can compare.

Even if you have but only half a day in Split, you can even take the essential glimpse of the Old Split effectively. Everything is within your walking distance and you can even enjoy some relaxing time in the shadow escaping from the heating Dalmatian sunlight! Wander through the twisting alleyways or wander thru the Markets outside the west gate, you not only meet all styles of merchandise, you get to marvel at a City dating back 1700 years and still going strong. Ok, it’s crowded and narrow but you only have to visit once & take those memories home but you won’t forget the buildings, the bars & restaurants and the sights!!

For the old town follow the harbour round to the left, cross the road then go one street farther in. Find a free old town map if you can. There are many markets, tourist goods, lace, hand knits, lavender, fish and antiques. There is also a big underground market in some old cloisters (farthest end of the old town from where the ship docks) down near the shore front.

The Peristyle of Diocletian’s Palace; Nice historical place in centre of Split. The palace was built in the 4th c. AD. It is the most complete Roman palace known in the world today and it is truly spectacular. It beautiful and full of old Dalmatian spirit and every Noon, men dress in the old Empire Diocletian

Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius; This is a must see in Split. Climb the tower for spectacular views….but it’s not for the faint hearted, narrow stairs wind up the inside of the building with not much below you! Well worth it though.

Krka National Park, but as an excursion £45pp and £30 for children. Now this is a place of mixed reviews. Some have loved it whilst other have said there is not enough time to appreciate it. There is an early start, followed by 1.5hrs on the coach and a walk through the National Park on a boardwalk for about 45mins. There is a steep downhill part of manmade steps made of soil and wooden slats to finally get to the waterfall. However, you only get about 30 mins to admire the views. There is no need to climb back up as you catch a boat and the coach meets you at the end.

By Peter Dagnall

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