Neighbouring Dubrovnik may fill the glossy travel pages, but Split reveals a quieter, more unexpected beauty. The city is graciously gathered around folds of the beloved Diocletian’s Palace, a rambling Roman fort-city, with its own in-house Sphinx. Split is a hub of local culture, with specialty shopping and outdoor cafés and bars. From here, the views across the Adriatic are literally breathtaking, and best enjoyed over a plate of freshly caught calamari and a beer.
One of the most impressive sites on the Dalmatian coast is Diocletian’s Palace in Split, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
While many visitors pass through Split on their way to the outlying Adriatic Islands of Hvar and Vis, remain a day or two and find yourself immersed in Dalmatian life unfettered by the traps of tourism. You’ll be left alone to discover the markets, ancient architecture and pristine beaches that create Split’s low-key, salty allure.