... Split : the Emperor's Summertime Residence ...
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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.
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).
Split tourism office is also located in the same square, they provide maps, walking route maps, restaurant/excursion flyers etc.
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.