Split City With the Oldest Catholic Cathedral in the World
Built in the 4th century by Roman emperor, Diocletian palace is not only a World Heritage Site but also a place where the life of Split is still going on more vivid than ever. Bar, shops, restaurants, and houses are all inside the walls of old Palace. From Diocletian palace, a city of Split has grown to second largest city in Croatia. Palace, Cathedral and Peristil square are the heart of the city.
Diocletian's palace is a fortress shaped palace, used by emperor Diocletian as his summer residence. Palace served as military garrison as well. Size of the palace is 215 x 80 meters long and split into four parts each serving the different purpose. In the middle of the palace is Peristil square, and Cathedral and tower overlooking the city. Cathedral of Saint Domnius or Sveti Duje was built in the 4th century, and it is the oldest Catholic Cathedral in the world. Cathedral has the same original structure, and a tower was built in the 12th century.
Have a match of Picign
Split is a second largest city in Croatia and the largest city on the coast. Visitors staying in Split can enjoy city beaches and try to play a match of Picigni. Bacvice beach is a city beach where picigin originates. Group of players tosses the small tennis ball in the air with the goal not to drop while performing acrobatic jumps in the shallow sea. Other beaches in the city are Znjan and Kasuni.
Ice cream lovers will be happy to taste ice cream from Luka’s shop. Anyone for lavender or salt ice cream?. Recently a famous pastry chef Tea Mamut opened a cake chop close to the main street Marmontova on the north side. Cake shop is called Os kolac, meaning Wanna Cake. Os Kolac offers traditional cakes with a twist.
Split is the city of traditions, and one of them says there is no family lunch or festivities without pasticada. Pasticada is a meat dish in heavy dark sauce cooked with figs or plums, herbs, a lot of carrots, onions and red wine. Only the best cut of beef meat is used to make pasticada. Once the meat is cooked, it is sliced and served with fresh pasta or gnocchi. Zinfandels restaurant close to Jupiter’s Temple serves pasticada with veal cheek meat. For more of traditional version visit Konoba Hvaranin in the street Sinovcica.
To experience the spirit of the city, the morning walk to the fish market, called Peskarija and coffee in one of the many bars on Riva is an excellent start of vacation. The city has a unique spirit, and this can be felt in the accommodation style as well. Judita Palace Hotel has characteristic stone walls exposed, and it is located in the Palace. A more quirky, contemporary choice would be a design hostel Goli&Bosi. The hostel is close by to all sights and has a pizzeria for those looking for a quick yet delicious meal.
Dalmatia coast is a region packed with many small towns and villages, but Split has always been a place standing out. Welcoming city where every day is a day when you will be surprised by the beauty and simplicity.