Athough Split is often recognised as a transport hub to the seductive nearby islands of Brač, Šolta, Hvar, Vis, Korčula and Lastovo, as well as to the numerous fascinating neighbouring natural and cultural heritage sites and alluring coastal resorts, the city itself, built around the 17-century-old palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, with the clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea in the foreground and mountains in the background, is a charming and invigorating place to visit. Split is becoming a major cruise ship destination, with 269 cruise ship visits during the last year carrying 245 thousands passengers. 

The pedestrianised ancient UNESCO World Heritage-listed city core is easily accessible as the cruise port is located in the heart of Split. Just a few minutes after the ship’s arrival, you can relax in the restaurants and cafes on the beautiful “Riva” waterfront where the city meets the sea. A number of distinctive taverns and restaurants offer local gastronomic specialities such as prosciutto, sheep cheese, fish and stewed lamb or beef as well fine wines from the region of Dalmatia including Prošek, a traditional dessert wine.

The popular Marjan Forest Park, a hill near the city centre, boasts an amazing panoramic view of the Split peninsula and the islands of Brač, Hvar and Šolta. The charismatic shallow sandy Bačvice beach, where it is popular to play “picigin” – a unique and attractive local non-competitive ball game, is located in a bay next to the port. According to a report by the European Environment Agency, alongside Malta and Cyprus, Croatia has the best quality of bathing water on its beaches in Europe. The weather is warm and sunny for much of the year.

Split is full of exciting museums and galleries waiting to be explored, and so is the surrounding region. Among the many highlights that are accessible from Split are the ruins of Salona - the ancient Roman capital of the province of Dalmatia, the historic Fortress of Klis, the UNESCO listed picturesque town of Trogir, the unforgettable experience of rafting on the magnificent Cetina River and the remarkable Krka River National Park.

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