If you are looking for a mixture of wonderful sights, sea and a touch of history, holidays in Croatia is exactly what you’re looking for. Split, the second biggest city in Croatia is a great place to spend a family holiday.
The journey along the coastal road is a pleasure in itself and you should take it easy to enjoy spectacular views, with the Adriatic Sea hovering almost after every curve. Once you reach Split, it is time to fully explore and well deserves to devote at least a couple of days to it.
A good starting point to visit is its evocative seafront between the Adriatic and the walls of its main attraction, the Palace of Diocletian. Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, it is a mixture of imperial palace and fortress that this Roman Emperor built in the late third century with white stone quarried from the nearby island of brac and marble brought from other parts of the empire.
Beautifully preserved, today around 3,000 residents of Split live within its walls. They are the heirs of those who turned a palace into their home when it lost its original use. In total, it covers an area of over 30,000 square meters arranged with an almost perfect square plant.
The palace has four inputs. Near the northern entrance (Golden Gate) is a huge bronze statue of Bishop Gregory of Nin Croatian. Tradition dictates that, for good luck, you have to rub the big toe. Once inside, you should check the points of interest such as Papalic Palace and the Temple of Jupiter.
Very near Split, only 10 kilometers northwards, are the ruins of the ancient Roman Salona, a city that today is called Solin, one of the most important archaeological sites in Croatia. Also recommended is a visit to the nearby walled city of Trogir, just 28 kilometers north of Split which is also declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
A little over an hour drive from Split is the Krka National Park which is a good approximation to the natural wealth that Croatia boasts. Throughout the centuries, the river that gives its name to the park has generated a succession of spectacular canyons and waterfalls in some of which you can take a bath. It’s magnificent to travel through it masterfully combining historical and natural heritage and authentic Mediterranean climate.