Diocletian’s Palace Celebrates 40 Years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

It is the most famous attraction in Split and one which has been with the city from the very start. When Emperor Diocletian was looking for a retirement home, he could hardly have chosen a better spot than this quiet and idyllic spot on the Dalmatian coast. Little did he know, perhaps, that it would become one of the hottest tourist destinations in Europe over 1700 later.

The palace, constructed in 325 AD, still bears the name of the Roman Emperor, and it has undergone much change and history since then, but it has always remained a central focal point for the city.

And nowhere more than today, as the warren of old historic streets are now alive with tourist outlets catering the increasing number of visitors to the city.

Diocletian’s Palace has achieved much recognition over the centuries, including in 1979 when it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the old town of Dubrovnik and Plitvice Lakes. Three quality Croatian attractions which are celebrating their 40-year UNESCO birthdays this month.

Central Dalmatia is home to more UNESCO heritage, both the intangible heritage as well as three more World Heritage Sites – the old town of Trogir, the Stari Grad Plain, and the stecci tombstones of inland Dalmatia. And if you are looking for a UNESCO island to visit, choose Hvar, which has more UNESCO heritage (5 intangible and 1 World Heritage Site) than any island in the world.

Take a tour of the official UNESCO video on Diocletian’s Palace below.

Beautiful Sea Angels Spotted in the Central Dalmatian Adriatic Sea Near Ciovo

With its pristine water, endless beaches and azure skies, it is little wonder that the Adriatic Sea is the number one attraction for tourists coming to Central Dalmatia. The combination of sun, sea and beach has proved a winner for decades.

But take a closer look and you will find much more to enjoy in this very diverse region, from history and heritage, food and wine, adrenaline sports and museum visits.

And if you do venture into the water, especially around Ciovo, have a look around and see what magic you might find. The latest discovery, as recently as this month, of a species sharing these beautiful waters is one of arguably the most beautiful – stunning sea angels, which have been sighted for the first time in the Croatian Adriatic near Ciovo.

Not much is known about these gorgeous little sea angels (Pneumodermopsis cfr. Paucidens) except that they are a very small swimming snail and they grow to about 5cm in length.

And they are VERY pretty.

Check out the video (not filmed in Croatia) to see a sea angel dancing.

So the next time you are taking a swim, have a closer look to see what might be dancing next to you, and let us know if you find something interesting…

Kastela’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Star in New Promo Video

Located between the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Trogir and Diocletian’s Palace and not far from Split Airport lie seven historic coastal villages on the Adriatic waterfront, collectively known as Kastela.

The villages each boast impressive historic fortresses, vineyards which produce the original Zinfandel, and what many claim is the oldest olive tree in all Croatia. And while the story of 17th century sweethearts Miljenko and Dobrila may not be as famous as that of Romeo and Juliet, it is no less romantic.

And that forbidden love all those years ago is the subject of a new promo film for Kastela, which is called ‘Kastela – Seven Reasons to Visit.’

The video is a successful collaboration between Moonstone Production, Dalmatia Film Festival and the Tourist Board of Kastela. It comes from the same production team as the most popular tourism video in the history of Central Dalmatia, which has now racked up almost 10 million views since 2013.

If you haven’t seen The Heart of Adriatic yet, or you want to watch it one more time, here it is below.

Autumn on the Island of Brac Over 60 Years Ago – Heaven!

Time moves slowly in Central Dalmatia, and not a lot of things change quickly. And although tourism has brought development, the fundamentals of the traditional way of life here has changed little over the centuries.

Sometimes it is worth taking a step back and looking at the Mediterranean as It Once Was, and there are few better opportunities than this outstanding 1957 video of autumn on Brac.

It has everything – wine and olive harvesting, horse riding, tending to the fishing nets, and even a ferry trip to Split. Truly delightful.

“Autumn on the Island of Brac” is a documentary directed by Branko Belan and cinematographer Jure Ruljančić a film about life, people and customs on the island of Brac. Made in 1957 was Belan’s first color film.
One of the most beautiful ever made documentary about island Brač a long time ago.

To learn more about the island of Brac today, click here.

Conde Nast Traveler Votes Hvar Best Island in Europe!

So where is the best island in all Europe?

In Central Dalmatian of course!

The readers of Conde Nast Traveler have spoken, a record 600,000 this year, and they have voted for the best island in Europe – the island of Hvar!

The Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as ‘the best of the best of travel.’

It was the same awards back in 1997 where Hvar was named as one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world.

Here is what they had to say.

1. Hvar, Croatia

With warm summers and mild winters, the island of Hvar is the sunniest spot in Croatia—there are over 2,800 hours of sunshine annually. It may be known for its beaches and turquoise water, but there’s another side to this resort island. From the town of Hvar on the island’s southern shore, make the slow, uphill climb to Tvrđava Fortica, a 13th-century fortress with the best views on the island.

Pro tip: To see Hvar’s spectacular fields of lavender in full bloom, visit in early summer. The harvest takes place in late July, but you can buy all sorts of scented souvenirs in the local markets year-round.

Getting there: The Split Airport is just a 2.5-hour flight from London. From there, take a cab 20 minutes to the ferry station and board a catamaran or ferry to the town of Stari Grad. The entire journey takes about 90 minutes.

To learn more about Hvar, click here.