As soon as a baby is born in Split, they immediately become a fan of Hajduk Split. It is in our blood. All over the city you can see the graffiti with Hajduk and Torcida slogans. And not only in Split, but all over Dalmatia, some other parts of Croatia and Bosnia.
For us locals, the 'Riva' is like our living room. On Saturdays and Sundays we like to take a walk on the Riva, all year long, because it is placed on the southern side of the city, sheltered from winds and on a sunny day it is a great pleasure to sit in a bar under the sun, even in January! The location is perfect, that is why the Roman emperor Diocletian decided to build his palace right here. He also found useful the sulfur springs that you can smell on the Riva because he suffered from rheumatism and sulfur helped his disease.
SAINT DOMNIUS CATHEDRAL is the oldest cathedral in the world. It is a combination of various styles such as Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque. The entrance wooden door is the best example of the medieval style constructed by a local maestro Andrija Buvina. The door has 28 scenes from Jesus`s life carved in nutwood. Saint Domnius (Duje) to whom the cathedral is dedicated to is withal the patron of our city, and in his honor we celebrate the day of the city each year (May 7th).
STATUE OF GRGUR NINSKI (GREGORY OF NIN) is one of the most important symbols of the city. It is situated on the northern part of the Palace, in front of the Golden gate. The statue is over six meters high made by our most famous sculptor Ivan Meštrović. The Nin bishop was important to Croatians mostly because he was a main protagonist of the old slavic language and glagolitic script. For those who believe in the legend that if you touch his toe on the statue and make a wish he is a symbol of happiness and joy.
The temple of Jupiter or Baptistery of John the Baptist is one of the original buildings inside the Roman Palace built by the emperor Diocletian between the 3rd and the 4th century AD. The emperor was infatuated with eastern beliefs, and he proclaimed himself the living son of Jupiter so he built a temple for his ''father'' inside his palace. Originally there were two other temples standing in front of the temple of Jupiter, one dedicated to Venus and the other dedicated to Cybelle, two goddesses that the emperor worshiped as well.
Our dear tourists, you should definitely visit the temple of Jupiter during your vacations in Split, at least from the outside where you can see a headless sphinx standing in front of the entrance and the entrance itself which is nicely decorated with original roman decorations influenced by eastern antique decorations. Next to the temple you can find the tightest ally in the world, the so called 'Let me pass trough' ally. You should definitely pass trough it!
For a small fee you can enter the temple. After Diocletian, it became a christian religious baptistery so inside you will see the stone baptistery inscripted with images of Croatian kings and other symbols representing Croatian historical symbols and religious motives. There is also a piece of artwork of Ivan Meštrović, our great worldwide known sculptor, a wooden sculpture of John the Baptist to whom the baptistery/ex temple is dedicated to.
If you are looking for a boat tour destination which is not too far from Split, and it is a great destination to enjoy the beautiful Croatian sea, look no further – the Blue Lagoon is an ideal place to swim, snorkel and relax under the sun. We organize a full day tour with three stops & lunch, or you can do a speedboat tour for a quick half day tour to this amazing place.
Krka National Park named after the Krka River. Park covers an area of just over 142 square km and includes two thirds of the river itself. The top attraction of the Park are its magnificent 17 waterfalls, including the famous Skradinski Buk falls which are one of Croatia’s most famous sights. Other highlights include the tiny island of Visovac and Roski Slap waterfall.
When we talk about Hvar island we can say that it is one of the most beautiful pearls of the Adriatic coast. Hvar is often compared to Portuguese Madeira. People often say it's a fairy tale town with its architecture, beautiful nature and mild climate. Because of the high quality accommodation, the warmth of people, the beautiful beaches and nightly entertainment, Hvar has become an ideal summer resort for families, couples and young people looking to have a good party.
DIOCLETIANS PALACE the heart of the city which is a combination of a luxury villa for the roman Emperor, a Hellenistic town and a Roman military camp (castrum). Diocletian's Palace has four main entrances at each side marked with gates named the Golden, the Silver, the Iron and the Brass gate. The remains of the Palace are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Where can you catch the most impressive view of Diocletian's Palace? At the top of the bell tower of Saint Domnius cathedral which dates from the fourth century. The bell tower is 57 meter high so you can catch a breathtaking panoramic view of the nearby islands such as Solta and Brac on the south side, or if you turn to the west side a view on Marjan hill which we refer as the lungs of Split.
VESTIBUL is the first part of the imperial corridor that led from Peristil through the protir to Dioclecian`s residential part of the Palace. The main characteristic is its circular interior and a big opening through which the bell tower of Saint Domnius can be seen. The opening used to have a dome which was in white stone decorated with a glittering coloured mosaic and semicircular niches filled with statues. Today, during summer time it is used as a popular place for singing traditional Croatian accapela music (klapa).
PERISTIL is the central square of Diocletians Palace, the intersection of two main streets Cardo and Decumanus, which was a tipical way of building cities in the Roman architecture. It is surrounded by two lines of columns which were decorated with sphinxes on each side. Today you can still see three of them, one is located in the city museum, the second in front of Jupiter´s temple and the third still standing on the square. White stone from island Brac was mostly used in the building of our most famous square. During summer Peristil is the host of Summer festival in which you can enjoy Croatian tradicional music as well as classical Operas.
Street Let Me Pass (Pusti me proć)
Next to the temple of Jupiter you can find the tightest ally in the world, the so called 'Let me pass trough' ally. You should definitely pass trough it!
One of the most exciting tours you can experience in Croatia is the amazing Blue Cave tour every day from Split. Natural causes make the blue caves, so you get to see aquamarine oceans with marine life that is usually found in the ocean such as corals, sponges, and the rest.
Discover a beautiful town near Split - Trogir. Trogir is located in the seafront between the mainland and the island of Čiovo, on the western entrance to the Kaštela Bay. If you are near Split find time and discover the rich history of this city!