Split always had that special something which with it’s size and temperature outgrows everything around itself.
Dazzling Spartium gave him name, and one day, on the shore beneath Marjan gate’s the Palace came to life and it was clear that everything was ready for a birth of a city. Today, while exploring this antique palace, one can only try to imagine, what inspired emperor Diocletian to leave the luxuries of Rome and build palace right here; what made him choose exactly this site to become this eternal mausoleum, of whose imperial, divine attributes, today remains only his name.
Split is believed to be one of the most delectable and charming cities in Europe. Favorable geographical position gives Split a typical Mediterranean climate, with long, dry and warm summers, and short and mild winters. It is situated underneath the Marjan peninsula, a famost park-forest, ideal for sports, recreation or simply for relaxation at one of the small hidden beaches. A plenty of natural, cultural resources, make Split an ideal holiday destination, provided with abundant tourist resources, numerous beaches within the city center area, enjoyable even during the winter period, as promenades rich with sun and fresh air.
One can easily be amazed by this city. Or by it’s impressive history or by the hedonistic lifestyle is Citizen of Split. Only by walking its streets one passes through the centuries of history and art; but those seduced by its charm can take a peek at the riches of its museums, galleries and churches, to get closer to the heart and soul of this breath taking, eternally young city.
Typical restaurants, Dalmatian konoba-s, trattorias and wine bars within the centre are the perfect solution to taste the best bites of Dalmatian and Mediterranean cousin.
The Split Riviera selflessly offers a rich repertoire of natural beauties, historical heritage as well as actual cultural and sports events. It is the second town in Croatia for its size and is also the capital of Dalmatia. Due to the very well-known Split wit and mentality, you will surely remember one of the daily scenes from the street or from one of the pavement cafes (štekati), which are a favourite gathering place for Split inhabitants.
There are remains of the ancient town of Salona which it is presumed was built in the 4th century B.C. and which can still be seen in Solin today. Salona was the port of the Illyrian Delmati tribe, wherethe Greeks and Romans lived. In the 48th year B.C., Julius Caesar proclaimed Salona as the centre of the Roman province of Dalmatia. The town centre had a trapezoidal form, was enclosed by city walls and was fortified by towers. Within it was a complex of town basilicas, and a monumental cathedral with a baptistry and thermae were later constructed. Still today, the peristyle of thermae is recognizable as a place where a bath with furnaces and dressing rooms as well as the Old Christian facilities, connected to the basilicas with activities of St. Dujam was situated. At the southern part are the remains of the forum, the temple and the theatre from the 1st century.
Zagora is the hinterland of the coastal area and is separated from the coast by Kozjak, Mosor and Biokovo mountains. This typical karstic terrain, i.e. rocky ground with low vegetation is enriched by the presence of the river Cetina and the fertile soil oases, the beautiful Gubavica waterfall and natural phenomenon such as the Red Lake, Vranjača Cave…
If you are in search for natural beauties or you are an adventurer seeking to some challenges you’ll be able to enjoy the hospitality of gracious hosts, but also taste some of the culinary specialties. Active tourism and agrotourism of this area have been developing rapidly in recent years.
The Makarska Riviera extends over the 60 km, in the foot of magnificent Biokovo mountain, with a series of long beaches hidden in the pine shade.
With tourism development in the mid 20th century small picturesque fishing villages became very popular destinations for all those who want to enjoy the unique natural ambience.
The time machine has not been invented yet, so we cannot use it to go back in time, but with our imagination, historical facts and archaeological sites, we can set off on a journey to ancient times and set foot on the roads that were used by soldiers of the Roman legions and passengers in this region centuries ago.
The Dalmatian area is rich in cultural heritage from different historical periods, and the deepest traces were left by the period of antiquity, especially Roman times, as is the case in the other parts of the Mediterranean. The construction of a modern road infrastructure has triggered numerous archaeological researches in this area, revealing a Roman road network, the starting point of which was in Salona, which is, along with Diocletian’s Palace, one of the ancient jewels of this area.
The surviving remains of Roman roads scattered throughout the area of the Split hinterland attract many guests looking for a deeper insight into the historical heritage of the area, all while enjoying the accompanying activities, such as rafting, canoeing and a rich gastronomic panoply at the same time. They can now set out for the preserved remains of Roman roadways, which start from Salona, and find a variety of attractions all around them. For example, they can partake of the wonders of protected landscapes such as the Cetina canyon, Proložac Lake, Red and Blue Lake in Imotski, Vranjača cave, as well as the ruins of early Christian necropoles, Roman camps, religious buildings and numerous fortifications.
Here are the road routes leading from Salona:
- Military road Salona – Klis – Andetrium (Gornji Muć)
- The road of new conquests and for safeguarding borders: Salona – Klis, Dugopolje – Dicmo; and Aequum (Čitluk – Servitium (Headquarters of the First Pannonian fleet, presumed to be on the Sava)
- The mining road Salona–Tilurum Gardun, Trilj)and Argentaria (the area of Srebrenica)
- Trade road Salona – Tilurum – Narona (Vid near Metković)
- Salona – Spalato
- Salona – Epetium (Stobreč) – Oneum (at the hamlet of Baučići, Omiš) – Makarska
- Salona – Siculi (Resnik) – Tragurium (Trogir).