Time to Split, Croatia

Posted by on July 29, 2015 in Advice + Tips, Beaches, Brac, Coast, Croatia, Excursions, Islands, Local Color, Markets, Split, Uncategorized | 4 comments

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Split is a vibrant town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, which is known for Diocletian’s Palace, a fortress-like structure erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Now it’s full of restaurants, shops, cathedrals, hotels, and tourists.

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Note that the cruise ships dump huge crowds here, but if you see the tour guides holding up a flag followed by the masses, just head the other direction. They usually go for the area with the most souvenir shops.

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If you’re in the old town at the right time, you might bump into some men in metal…

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…or possibly even Santa Claus or Dumbledore.

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You’ll notice many interesting architectural details…

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…both on the ground as well as up in the air if you climb the bell tower, which I have to say is a really high one!

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Inside the walls, you’ll find the beautiful Croatian National Theatre…

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…and just outside the walls, a colorful market.

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Speaking of walls, there is a fair amount of graffiti, but most of it is artistic and interesting…even the cat thinks so.

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Oftentimes in Split, you’ll stumble on a flea market, and you never know what you might find…

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And after the sun goes down, the colorful lights come on, if you’re into late nights with food festivals and free concerts…

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…free unless you care to donate some spare Kuna.

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If you tire of old town Split, there are many day trip opportunities…

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…like taking a ferry to the island of Brac (pronounced “Brach”), which is known for it’s very famous beach, Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape). This beach is a protected nature park and it changes shape under the influence of tides and waves.

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That spit you see off in the distance is quite the beach close up.

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Sure, you can do the usual swimming and sunbathing, or just stare into its clear blue green depths…

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…but you can also scuba dive, sail, windsurf, snorkel, or go play on one of the biggest, craziest water slide playgrounds I’ve ever seen!

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If water and beaches aren’t your thing, there’s Trogir, another walled village a short bus ride away from Split. It has the usual fortress you can climb for a view…

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…as well as canals, shops, restaurants, churches and the like for you to explore. Or you can set up office with a pizza and free wifi, if you need to get a little travel blogging done.

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Now, after a month in Croatia, it’s time for me to split Split and head to Slovenia. But looking back, what’s not to love about Croatia?!! I’d go back in a heartbeat, and highly recommend it for a beautiful, affordable, fun and sun-filled holiday for you!

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4 Comments

  1. It’s almost too beautiful…almost.

    • Croatia is definitely one of the most beautiful countries I’ve visited, Beth! So glad you got to share part of it with me 🙂

  2. Your photos are amazing! I took a similar walk about in Europe when I was your age and I have never regretted it. The smell of rosemary in my garden still transports me to the Pyrenees in southern France…

    • Thanks Linda! Isn’t it amazing the memories a single smell can evoke? I too love rosemary. Glad you enjoyed your journey as well. I think not many regret their travels…

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