Travel Experiences: Split, Croatia

Lian Slayford By Lian Slayford, 2nd Feb 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article explores a travel experience in Split, Croatia.

Travel Experiences: Split, Croatia

Travel Experiences: Split, Croatia

Croatia is an absolutely beautiful country to visit. Some time ago, I travelled around this relatively unscarred (tourist-wise) country and I found it to be a wonderful experience. I arrived in Split in June, a great time to visit.

Split is located about 365km south of the capital of Zagreb, a distance I travelled by train. One of the reasons why I wanted to come here was for the spectacular palace that was the retirement place for the Roman emperor Diocletian, built in the 3rd century BCE. He became emperor at the age of 40 and ordered his retirement palace to be built in his native Dalmatia in 295. When he finally died, he was placed in an octagonal mausoleum. It was around this that the cathedral of Split was built. As an archaeologist and researcher, I had no choice but to visit here. It called to me and I answered.
I stayed at a gorgeous little old hotel near the Old Town (which is often called the Grad). Here I found many architectural monuments lying within Diocletian’s retirement palace. Walking around the Old Town, I really felt the past flow through me.

I had limited time here but I squeezed as much cultural and fun activities within the short time available. I attended an open-air opera performance when the Split Summer Festival was on. The music was beautiful and haunting. I spent the night sampling the delicious food of the local restaurants.

The next morning I took an early morning ferry to visit the island of Brac where I took photos after photos of breathtaking scenery. I then took a local bus (something I was a bit wary of, but turned out to be fine) to Bol where I did an unusual thing – I sunbathed on the gloriously wonderful beach, Zlatni Rat (I am not really a beach person, but travelling does take it out of you!)

I then took a short ride on the catamaran to Jelsa, which is on the island of Hvar and then onto Hvar Town. This is a wonderfully chic, fashionable place (as a geek I kinda felt a little out of place but the people are so friendly). I tried more local food and talked history with the locals. They recommended a wonderful hotel where I stayed the night.

The next morning I walked around Hvar Town, taking in all the beautiful Venetian-style architecture. Unfortunately I had to leave much earlier than what I would have liked and returned to Split. Waiting for the rest of my friends, I quickly took in as much as I could – I took a quick trip to Jupiter’s Temple and the Vidovic Gallery, wonderful cultural sites.

Split is a wonderful city for anyone. I came here to revel in the history and I was glad that I did so. If you love history and are looking for somewhere different from Athens or Rome, Split is a great place to visit. Fun, historic and chic, you will not be disappointed. I wasn’t.

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Croatia, Travel, Travel By Train, Travel Tips

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author avatar Lian Slayford
Lian is a Research Archaeologist, specialising in Religious Archaeology.

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