The city with many names: Split in Croatian, Spalato in Italian, Spalatro in Dalmatian, Ασπάλαθος Aspálatos in ancient Greek. Whichever name you decide to use, you should know that all of them come from the calicotome spinosa, a very common plant for this area whose seeds are used to produce a fragrant oil.
Split is a city on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Here the Roman emperor Diocletian decided to build his palace. Never conquered by the Ottomans, Split was part of the immense heritage of the Serenissima Republic of Venice.
You can reach Split by plane or by car, through the highway that connects the city to the rest of the country. The city is inhabited by a big number of people, 3 times the number of inhabitants of Dubrovnik. The comparison with the other major touristic attraction of Dalmatia is inevitable. Whatever you may think about it, they are complementary. You cannot skip one of them if you want to have a clear picture of Dalmatia. While Dubrovnik gives the sensation of a real Venetian stronghold, Split is a regular Mediterranean city with an immense Roman heritage.
Split offers a lot, but you can easily see the city center in a few hours. Among the must-visit you should plan to take a tour within Diocletian’s palace (don’t forget the basement halls where Daenerys’ dragons were kept! I know, Oh My GOT!), the cathedral of Saint Dominus with the bell tower (at 12 there is a little spectacle with Diocletian himself in the square nearby) and Marjan park.
I suggest you take a walk on the seafront and have breakfast at Olive Tree (there are a lot of nice restaurants on the coastline, but this was the best).
The best place for a drink is Lvxor. Here summer evenings are accompanied by music. You’ll be immersed in the ancient Rome with a lovely sky of stars up on your head. For dinner I totally suggest Zinfandel, they have a great staff, lovely food and incredible desserts.
If you reached Split by car, besides wonderful beaches you can decide to visit the Klis fortress, a medieval stronghold above the village with the same name. Part of the fortress is in ruin. The visit costs around 3 euros and totally worth it. For GOT fans this is another must see. Indeed, a short sequence of the Mereen footage was shot here. You can take wonderful pictures and enjoy the view of the region from the top.
If you have one extra day you should totally visit Krka park. Krka is a national park in Southern Croatia with wonderful waterfalls and nature. The main entrance of the park is in Lozovac. Park there and take the bus that will take you down to the walking visit and to the ferry tour. You can decide to take a ferry tour paying another ticket and enjoying the lake from the bottom. Otherwise you can pick the car and enjoyed the view from the top, that’s what we did. However, the guides are very welcoming and useful, they will give you a map and explain you everything. In the morning, we explored the park in Lozovac, while in the afternoon, we drove to Visovac and then Roški Slap. In the last one you’ll find an eco-restaurant with great prosciutto and cheese, a breath-taking panorama and a stair of some 1,000 steps that will help you to see everything from above.