Here are seven reasons that make Split a must-see destination.
1. VIBRANT PORT CITY
Located between the mountains and the sea, Split is the economic and cultural center of the Dalmatian coast filled with attractions, things to do, including day trips, world-class nightlife and a plethora of restaurants.
2. HOME TO A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
More like a city within a city, it measures 215m from east to west and the walls are 26m high. The palace is now a commercial and residential centre, which dates back to the 7th century. Diocletian's Palace was named a a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
3. BEAUTIFUL HARBORSIDE PROMENADE
4. STUNNING VIEWS OF SPLIT AND ITS ISLANDS
At the peak of Marjan hill some of the most awe-inspiring views can be captured over Split and its nearby islands. Overgrown with pine and cactus, the 123m-high Marjan hill is a natural preserve on a peninsula that extends out from western Split. Marjan hill is often referred to as the "lungs of the city", comprised of a lovely blend of macchia, Mediterranean florae, promenades, and belvederes.
If you explore the nearby forest, there is an old Jewish Cemetery, a small zoo and the church of St Nikolas, which dates back to the 13th century.
5. A PLEASANT PEASANT QUARTER
6. MESTROVIC GALLERY
In the 1920's, Croatia's most famous sculptor, Ivan Mesrovic began construction of a magnificent villa at the foot of Marjan hill. Today, the Mestrovic Gallery is home to his work, displaying 192 sculptures, hundreds of drawings and a small number of paintings.
7. SPLIT ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Founded in 1820, the Split Archaeological Museum is the oldest museum in Croatia with most of its works originating from Central Dalmatia, particularly Salona. The collection includes Greek pottery, Roman and early Christian sarcophogi and an extensive collection of ancient coins, jewelry and tools.