If you would like to have an even better view, climb the mount Marjan. Its three peaks – three viewing points – offer a view of Split, the neighbouring islands and the Kaštels with Solin and Trogir. Can you count all the castles and Kaštels from here?
Split would not have existed had it not been for Solin. The refugees from the ancient Greek Salona inhabited Split. The archaeological site from the period of classical antiquity will show you how people used to live in those times. The castle-fortress includes an early Croatian church built on the foundations of a classical antiquity building that had also been used as a mosque.
Before you leave, be sure to visit the big statue of Grgur Ninski and hold his thumb – it will bring you luck. The statue was made by the famous sculptor Ivan Meštrović and it is placed in front of the Golden Gate at the north entrance into the Diocletian’s Palace.
When you get tired, head for Bačvice. Bačvice is a sandy beach in the heart of the city. This is the place where picigin is played during low tides, both in summer and in winter. Do you know what it is? You need a ball, some shallow water, a sandy beach and friends. And what about the rules? Never drop the ball and make the passes and leaps as interesting as possible!
This is the place where the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace. The city evolved from the Palace. The Roman legacy in Split is huge, but the Peristyle and the Cathedral of St Domnius are what the citizens of Split love the most. You can even see a sphinx in the Peristyle! You can also get down into the cellars of the Diocletian’s Palace or climb to the top of the Cathedral’s bell-tower and have the best possible view of the Palace.
Split is the largest town in Dalmatia and the second largest in Croatia. There are four hills surrounding it on the mainland side (Marjan, Perun, Kozjak and Mosor), four islands lying in front of it (Brač, Hvar, Šolta and Čiovo), and four gates remaining in the Diocletian’s Palace (the Golden Gate – Porta Aurea, the Silver Gate – Porta Argentea, the Iron Gate – Porta Ferrea and the Brass Gate – Porta Aenea)!
Split is known around the world for its Diocletian’s Palace. It is the largest and best preserved palace from the period of classical antiquity in the world.