For the city of Split many say that it is the craziest city in the world. The real beauty of Split is to be found precisely in the perfect harmony of its differences. Split is a city which lives a modern way of life but in a respect to its glorious history. As a counterpart of the modernity, at just 7 km from the city, in Split hinterland, you will find numerous old villages in which people still continue to live according to the traditional rules and the way of life. That diversity can be best felt in two central points of Split: at the fish market and the marketplace. On the colourful and crowded stage of Split's markets under the open sky meet the city and the village with all their differences enriched with colours, sounds, movements and temper.
The fish market is a place where the city and the islands unite, it is a unique mixture of city way of life depending on the islands' production. The vitality and the fascinating crowd on the old fish market are a kind of a secular temple of this Mediterranean city. Split is a city in which, by only few minutes walk, you will reach beautiful city beaches.
The historical centre of Split is entirely situated on a peninsula which finishes with Marjan hill, a protected park completely covered by the pinewood and it is righteously called 'the lungs of the city' because it gives a magnificent possibility to spend a relaxing afternoon listening to the waves of the crystalline blue sea while from the trees the cicadas sing their original symphonies.
The Croatian coast is extremely green, dressed in pines, cypresses, palm trees and grape-vine under which numerous gulfs and bays follow with white pebble and sand beaches occasionally protected by steep cliffs. The climate of this part of the Croatian coast is as mild in the winter as it is the summer.
Split is a city of extremely rich history which begun at ancient greek period and continued through roman, medieval, Hungarian, Venetian, French, Austrian and Croatian times which all have left representative monuments built under their domination in Romanic, gothic, renaissance, baroque and modern style.
The roman emperor Diocletian was a personality on essential importance for the very developed roman empire. His glorious palace is an unique example of roman architecture in which people still live and as such it is a world heritage monument. The inhabitants of Split are very proud of their cultural heritage and just as professional tourist guides they enjoy to tell the story of their palace to the foreigners.
The citizens of Split are rightfully proud of the oldest cathedral and the oldest baptistery in the world since both have been built inside two roman monuments (Diocletian's Mausoleum and the Jupiter's Teple) just as their are proud of the most beautiful belfry in the Adriatic but also of the narrowest street in the world called 'let me pass'.
Due to its perfect geographical position, from Split it is easy to reach many attractions in just one or two hours. The boat excursions to the Middle Dalmatia Islands are highly recommended because on one day you can take a swim on one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, the beach of Golden Horn ( Zlatni Rat), on the island of Brac and the day after you can find yourself exploring all the hidden bays of the island of Hvar. We also recommend the trip to Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina where millions of pilgrims from all around the world come to visit the place where Virgin Mary is appearing in last 25 years.
On the other side, if you wish to discover the submarine world of the area, we also organise excursions with the glass boat which provides you with a glimpse to the sea world.
At only 25km from Split there is a small town, Omis situated at the point where the river Cetina flows into the sea. On its course the river Cetina, as a real painter, draw wonderful landscapes and allowed an extraordinary sport to take place: rafting on river Cetina's falls is something that all those looking for an adventure need to experience. A part of this canyon has been transformed into a wonderful picnic reservation called Radmanove mlinice where the guests can taste freshwater fish and other specialties of the region. Above the canyon there is an extraordinary konoba (typical Dalmatian tavern) called ‘Kremenko’ (‘The Flintstones’), it is a family run propriety designed exactly as in the famous Flintstones cartoon. In this relaxing place you will be invited to taste all the best gastronomic specialities of the Poljica region.
At only 2 hours drive from Split there is one of the most beautiful Croatian National Parks, the National Park of Krka Falls where you can also visit a small island inhabited by the Franciscan monks. Due to its rich vegetation and its extraordinary beauty, the island is called 'paradise on earth'.
The hinterland of the city of Split is full of typical small villages and in some of them people still live they used to live hundred years ago. It is still possible to find stone mills where the grains are floured in a traditional way. These small villages are a kind of keepers of the Croatian tradition. It would be a pity to visit Split without taking a trip to Drnis region and trying a famous Dalmatian ham or sausages drayed on the cold wind bura with a cup of a wine from Drnis.
Sinj, a small town at 20 km from Split, has a long tradition of cavalry. That is a centre where every summer a championship called Alka takes place. Sinj is surrounded by many cavalry clubs and as such it represents a perfect place for a one day excursion or for learning how to ride a horse.
Split and its surroundings are exceptionally rich in cultural heritage and at only an hour drive from the city you can visit places of an extreme cultural and historical importance such are the ruins of Salona, renaissance buildings of the islands of Hvar and Korcula or the Romanic and gothic town of Trogir. The Falls of the river Krka, the estuary of the river Cetina, beautiful beach of Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) are all place which are easy to reach in only an hour distance from Split. Many tourists from all around the world come also to find the peace at Medjugorje, a place of Virgin Mary's appearance which is situated at only 2 hours drive from Split.