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... Split ...

Most of the people make jokes about the English meaning of Split, however, do you know that etymologically it means 'spiny broom'? So, this is our wiki info about the town =)

First of all, Split is the largest coastal city and 2nd biggest city (in terms of population) of Croatia with it's regular population above 200,000 inhabitants. But, as you can guess, during summertimes population goes double size with tourists.

Anyhow,

Split is famous with its symbol monument; Diocletian's Palace. It was built in 3rd century AD by the Roman emperor Diocletian, and nowadays some parts of the palace is still exist. There are 4 gates (Golden, Silver, Iron and Bronze gates) of the palace, but the most active entry is from the Riva side entry (I think it was Bronze).

... the tower of St.Duje's Cathedral ...
There is a museum inside the palace and lots of gift shops. Passing through all those shops, you'll see Cathedral of St.Duje and it's bell tower, which is another symbol of the town. You can visit the cathedral for free but  they do not allow you to take pictures, and you need to have a decent outfit (no shorts, swimsuits or mini-skirts). On the square, 2 roman-uniformed guy are pretending like the security guards of the palace, you can take pictures with them. But, they're asking a small tip for that =) Also, there is a entertaining activity at 3pm every afternoon, which is so-called Emperor Diocletian comes to the area with his empress and 6 preatorians, and say "Welcome to my Palace" in Latin, that's a funny thing, you might like to see that. He behaves like Commodus in the movie Gladiator =)

Split tourism office is also located in the same square, they provide maps, walking route maps, restaurant/excursion flyers etc.

... meet Diocletian and his wife ...

Moreover, you can go the beach in Split. Most of the tourists go to the main beach Basvice (or Besvice) which is a sandy beach surrounded by cafes, bars and clubs. However, locals do not go there, because they think it's not clean enough for swimming. If you don't care about swimming and you're just into the clubbing, this is your place. But, if you're there for swimming, I recommend you to go two different beaches from the two sides of the Marjan Forest

Ah, you can spend a few hours by hiking in the Marjan hill. It's a pretty calm place to refresh yourself and heaven for hikers/trekkers. You can reach the area by seaside (10 mins walking from the Riva promenade) or through the Varos neighborhood. As I said, you can reach 2 beaches from this area, and ask help from the security/guide at the forest entrance and let him advice for your route. They were so friendly to me. =) By the way, you can take great panoramic pictures of the city and the islands from different point at Marjan hill. Don't miss this chance, if you're trevelling with a pro-level camera.

 

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... Split ...
... Split ...
... the tower of St.Dujes Cathedr…
... the tower of St.Duje's Cathed…
... meet Diocletian and his wife .…
... meet Diocletian and his wife …
... figurative picture of the pala…
... figurative picture of the pal…
... split from train ...
... split from train ...
... bronze gate ...
... bronze gate ...
... heyy, romans ...
... heyy, romans ...
... yeah, Im a secret preatorian …
... yeah, I'm a secret preatorian…
... modelling everywhere =) ...
... modelling everywhere =) ...
... riva @ night ...
... riva @ night ...
... one of the riva live events ...
... one of the riva live events ...
... streets of varos ...
... streets of 'varos' ...
... marjan forest ...
... marjan forest ...
... trogir from marjan ...
... trogir from marjan ...
... islands from marjan ...
... islands from marjan ...
... me, my sunglasses and my arm :…
... me, my sunglasses and my arm …
... this is how you show your love…
... this is how you show your lov…
... through the islands ...
... through the islands ...
... split at blue ...
... split at blue ...
... split at green ...
... split at green ...
... catch the seagull ...
... catch the seagull ...
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