Split – sea or landmarks? You choose!
The Croatian town of Split can rightly be called the capital of the historical and geographical area of Dalmatia because it has the largest population in the region.
He is mostly associated with the Roman emperor Diocletian, who died in the palace he built. In fact, the city evolved 1700 years earlier, at the time of the Greek colony that inhabited it, which was named after a spiny bush growing in the area called Aspalatos. The ancient Greeks baptize the city on their own, and later the Romans changed his name to Spatatum, and later changed to Split.
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The favorable climate turns Split and other cities along the Dalmatian coast into year-round destinations. The peak summer season is preferred by tourists for their vacation, but the rest of the city has a lot to offer. If the weather is sunny, you can even meet New Year’s Eve on the beach, under the sounds of salsa or bachata, because then one of the biggest European dance festivals is held.
April offers guests and locals a theater festival and an 8-day boat race, which every year enjoys the interest of international celebrities. In May, the underground halls of Diocletian’s Palace host the International Flower Fair. Experts from all over the world create real masterpieces, trying to portray their flowers in the most artistic way. The oldest district of Split – Radunica also has its holiday, which is celebrated in June with various cultural events. For the melodies July and August are a good choice to visit the Croatian city. Then there are several music festivals, the most famous of which is Ultra Europe, bringing together the hot names of the world club scene. For this musical event, however, tickets have to be purchased much earlier. In August, the inhabitants of Split have honored their Emperor with the Diocletian days. Then, scenes from the Roman period of the city are recreated. Alternative cinema has its preserved dates in the cultural calendar of Split in September. Innovative cinema industry professionals compete for recognition and cash prizes in several categories.
The city is suitable for different tastes because it offers both traditional objects, such as churches and museums, as well as more atypical places, such as the Frog Museum, presenting funny and different poses of all frogs. The small islands and the famous Blue Lagoon and Blue Cave near the coast of Split are an exciting invitation for a one-day escape to the lovers of swimming and diving. For more active people who are not accustomed to spending their vacation mostly on the beach or on a mug of beer in a resort, tours are organized to the Krakra waterfalls, which are relatively close to Split. Most hotels offer a pre-booking for such mini-trips, the price includes transportation, an experienced driver and a team of equipment if the destination requires it.
The western part of Split includes the Marian peninsula, which is hilly and with winding hiking trails, revealing splendid views. There are the chapels “St. Nicholas and St. “Jerome”. Above the latter there are medieval caves, where there were hermits. Another landmark of the peninsula is the zoo.