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Split offers something for everyone, including history buffs, fashionistas and foodies. While it is best known for Diocletian's Palace, the city also offers some of the best galleries, markets, shops and cafes in all of Europe. Split is an ideal home base for exploring northern Dalmatia, and lies approximately four hours from both Dubrovnik and Zagreb.
The city has a complex mixture of styles. It boasts Roman ruins, Byzantine arches, Venetian walkways and even has influences from Africa. Fig trees, olive trees and brilliant blue water remind you that you are still in the Mediterranean.
Don't speak Croatian? No problem. Like all other tourist destinations, nearly everyone speaks the big three – English, French and German. However, it would serve you well to learn some of the basic words as it will likely earn you favor with the locals. Split will not run you into debt, but prices do rise in the summertime. You can find hotels on the harbor, such as the Hotel Adriana, and budget hostels on the edge of the Old City like Hostel Nikolla.
No visit to Split is complete without seeing Diocletian's Palace. A vestige of the great Roman emperor, the palace offers an excellent historical tour in numerous languages. While time has taken its toll, the basement remains in great shape. The floor plan above is reflected in the substructure, and in depth explanations are provided on signs and maps. Nearby is the photogenic bell tower of St. Domnius, one of the icons of the city.
Don't miss the seafood market, located on Marmontova near the shoreline. Even if you do not have access to a kitchen, the busy feel of locals hustling to purchase the freshest fish is entrancing. But be sure to wake up early as the market closes at 11:00am. The vegetable market is a fantastic lunch alternative, and will undoubtedly be easier on your wallet. Be sure to visit any of the city's pekara, or bakeries for some pastries and baked goods.
A short ferry ride will bring you to Brac Island. This island is quiet and serene, and is optimal for honeymooners or those looking to relax on the beach. The white ivory buildings & narrow streets produce a pristine feel, and provide for unforgettable sunsets. Be sure to visit the nearby ruins of Salonae, the former capital of the Roman Empire.
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