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Split, Croatia

My brother Josh and I concluded our Croatian trip at what ended up being one of my favorite places in the country. Split is a gorgeous city, and the atmosphere and architecture reminded me of the summer I spent in Sicily.

The heart of Split is Diocletian’s Palace, one of the world’s most impressive ancient Roman monuments.

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Outside the palace looms a statue of medieval bishop Grgur Ninski (Gregory of Nin). I’m not sure what look the artist was going for, but Gregory looks like he’s condemning the entire city!

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

See how big he is!

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Once you step through the gates of Diocletian’s Palace, you’re greeted by a labyrinth of narrow streets leading to bars, restaurants and shops.

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The main square is stunningly Roman, and is a testament to the care that Roman emperor Diocletian put into building his great stone palace.

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Along the steps of the square, you’ll find cushions and small wooden tables set out by a local restaurant.

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It was too adorable not to sit down for a drink! I ordered a local chardonnay.

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And Josh sampled one of Croatia’s most famous beers, Ožujsko. He liked it, but thought that Croatian Karlovačko was better.

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Cheers!

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It was the perfect spot for a drink, and allowed us to listen to live music and take in the sights as the sun went down.

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Then afterwards, we decided to explore a bit on our way to dinner.

As this was originally a Roman palace, Egyptian influences (Rome did conquer Egypt after all) were everywhere. Apparently there is a big headless black granite sphinx nearby. We never found it, and instead only found a sphinx with its head. How disappointing!

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The corridors underneath the palace would have been creepy if it weren’t for the overwhelming presence of gift shops. I think I would have preferred creepy!

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split is absolutely beautiful at night, when the imposing monuments are lit up against the night sky.

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Once you leave Diocletian’s Palace, the rest of central Split is decidedly more modern, but equally beautiful.

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split is just as pretty in the daytime, when the streets come alive with people.

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The city is known for its fish market, so we made sure to stop by and look at the unique varieties of local fish.

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Before we left, we took one final walk along the Riva.

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

On our way out of the city, we drove past dozens of pop-up fruit and olive oil stalls. Josh and I each bought bottles of olive oil which the owner told us had been made at his family’s olive orchard, just up the road.

Split Croatia - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It was delicious, and ended up being one of my favorite souvenirs of such a memorable city.

~A

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