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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 Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia 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 Wanderlust in the City

See how big he is!

Split Croatia 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 Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia 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 Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia 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 Wanderlust in the City

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

Split Croatia 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 Wanderlust in the City

Cheers!

Split Croatia 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 Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia 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 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 Wanderlust in the City

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

Split Croatia Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia Wanderlust in the City

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

Split Croatia Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia Wanderlust in the City

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

Split Croatia Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia 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 Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia Wanderlust in the City

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

Split Croatia Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia Wanderlust in the City

Split Croatia 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 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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