There is no denying that the international profile of Split and the Dalmatian coast in general has been raised in the last year, and there are now many more column inches about – and visitors to – the city. The latest piece to appear in the international press is from Fox News, whose article 6 Charming and Affordable European Cities You Haven’t Visited Yet includes the Dalmatian capital. Here is what they had to say:
History comes alive on the Mediterranean
You don’t have to remember the name Diocletian to have a blast in Split, a city of more than 250,000, but you can thank him for pioneering the notion of Split as a lesser-known Mediterranean getaway. A Roman emperor who abdicated his position in the face of rival claims, Diocletian built an amazing palace here, completed in A.D. 305, and to this day the city has one of Europe’s finest collections of Roman ruins.
Why Split is second to none. From Diocletian’s day to the present, Split has done an exceptional job of preserving its past, making it a first-rate destination for immersing yourself in living history–even in the face of the civil war that rocked Croatia in the 1990s. This UNESCO World Heritage Site invites you to balance your beach-going and nightlife with visits to its Roman ruins, medieval forts, Romanesque churches dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, plus Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque palaces and other noteworthy buildings; a historic district, archeological museum, and of course the ruins of Diocletian’s palace round out the historical offerings.
Must-see sights. When you yearn to return to the land of the living, drop yourself on Bacvice beach, a crescent-shaped stretch of sand that rivals any of the tonier–and pricier–Mediterranean beaches. We won’t tell if all you want to do is stretch out on a blanket and soak up some rays. But when the sun goes down, dip a toe into Split’s lively bar scene, with popular “crawls” around the neighborhood of the Roman palace ruins. In the morning, get classy again with a trip to the Metrovic Gallery, spotlighting the work of Croatia’s best-known sculpture, Ivan Mestrovic.
Where to eat. Buffet Fife serves big portions of grilled local meats and fish (Trumbiceva Obala 11, 385/21-345-223).
Where to stay. Hotel Globo is a 10-minute walk to Split’s historic district (Lovretska Ulica 18, hotelglobo.com).
Get there. Split is 140 miles northwest of Dubrovnik, Croatia, a three-hour drive.