Diocletian's Palace - Golden Gate
We arrived in the centre of Split quite late in the afternoon, due to the post-breakfast nap we decided to have! Obviously, I was the one stuck with breakfast duties during this whole trip, but that didn't bother me. Bus number 37 (Trogir - Split Airport - Kastela - Split) stops at the main bus station in Split, and this is about a 15 minutes walk away from the old town and harbour. The main sight we wanted to see (and saw!) was Diocletian's Palace. Diocletian was a Roman emperor apparently born somewhere in Dalmatia, who had the palace built for his retirement. However, from what I've read on this guy, he committed suicide because of a family dispute? I know how he feels, (about the family dispute - not suicide!), all sounds a bit Bollywood to me!! To call it a palace is untrue, it is however, still impressive.
Cathedral of St Domnius
The palace walls surround the maze of narrow streets which are packed with bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and people. It's really funny to see that certainly on the harbour side of the palace, on the street level is where all the folks mingle, drink and eat at the various bars and cafes, and on the upper level of the palace walls is where you'll see people hanging out their washing.
Walking through the Golden Gate into the palace you'll see the Cathedral of St Domnius, which was originally built as Diocletian's mausoleum. It cost us 10 Kuna for entry into this cathedral, unfortunately, I was unable to take any photographs inside so don't have much to show you guys from here!
The basement halls were our next stop at the palace, and one can only imagine, without the souvenier stalls, how great these must have been.
Basement Halls - no porn.
I wondered what these halls were used for back in Diocletian's time, storing wine? Weapons? Or was it the huge porn collection Diocletian wanted hidden from his wife, perhaps?! Through the basement halls we exited the palace and ended up on the Obala Hrvatskog Narodnog Preporoda, also known as the Riva (waterfront promenade), lined with palm trees, cafes, bars and restaurants. After a couple of walks up and down the Riva, we decided to have dinner at Cafe Bar Luna. This place is situated in between two other restaurants, who knows how they each make their money, perhaps the food all comes ot of the same kitchen?! We realised we shouldn't have got the starters after they arrived, by just looking at how much food there was on our plates! They were more like mains, than starters. Being by the sea, Domi decided to have the salmon and scampi gnocchi, I quite fancied a pizza but the waiter strongly advised me against this saying that the pizzas in Cafe Bar Luna aren't a good choice, in fact, they were apparently quite bad, thanks for the honesty, so another meat plate for me then! The total bill came to 241 Kuna which is about £30.