Are you traveling to Split? Things to see and do

Split was a Greek colony long before the Romans came to this part of the world and built the Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian as a retirement home for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who was the first to voluntarily withdraw from politics. In later years, the city of Split grew around the palace and became independent before being conquered by the Venetians in 1420. After that, Derramado followed the historical path so common in this area and changed hands among the Austrians, French, Italians. and Germans. Today, Split is part of Croatia and a UNESCO site since 1979. Beyond the usual walking tour of Split, is there anything else I can visit?

Every guide suggests visiting Bacvice beach, but I would go to Kastel, which combines 7 small villages (Kastel Stafilic, Kastel Novi, Kastel Stari, Kastel Luksic, Kastel Kambelovac, Kastel Gomilica, Kastel Sucurac) north of Split towards the airport. . If you stay in one of the picturesque villages of Kastel, you will avoid all the hustle and bustle of Split, especially during the hot summer months. There is also a very good local bus connection between each town and Split and the trip takes 30 minutes. The villages are so close to each other that you can walk along the coast and take an occasional bath.

Most guides suggest that while in Split you should visit Dubrovnik and take a day trip to Montenegro. I suggest you visit Trogir, a little gem of a place that is a bit forgotten. It is also a UNESCO site and has a large concentration of palaces, churches, and towers, not to mention a well-preserved historic core with gates and ramparts. Trogir shares the airport with Split, which is located near Kastel Stafilic, just 5 km from Trogir. Once again there is a very good local bus connection between Split and Trogir, just a 10 minute drive away.

One of the most difficult questions you face in Croatia is which island to see, and I am sure that after doing your homework you are thinking of visiting Brac or Hvar. Both islands are very well located to Split – only 50 minutes by ferry to Brac (Supetar) and to Hvar 55 minutes! Both islands are stunning with many beaches, good food, and great weather. They can be crowded and busy! I would go a little further and visit the island furthest from the Croatian coast: Vis. The ferry ride lasts 2 hours and 20 minutes. Vis covers an area of ​​only 90 sq / km, but the people of Vis are very energetic as they have managed to sponsor their own colonies and have their own money in the past! Today, Vis is a quiet island whose main industry is tourism and wine. Furthermore, the sea around Vis is known for its fish, especially blue fish.

If you get bored of the sea, I suggest heading inland on a day trip to Mostar in Bosnia Herzegovina. Did you know that Bosnia has a small 26 km (16 mile) coastline that you can enter on the way to visit Mostar? The trip takes only 2 and a half hours and you will need to bring your passport. Once you are in Mostar, the mix, the mix of different cultures is so vivid through the Ottoman and Dalamatian houses or the Italian Franciscan and Orthodox churches, not to mention one of the most famous pieces of Islamic architecture in this part of the world. world: Stari Most or the Old Bridge.

Or enjoy a day trip from Split to Medjugorje, a small Bosnian town where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a group of local children; you can walk up to the Apparition Hill, visit the church and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

On the way from Split to Mostar, I suggest you stop for lunch at the proud little place called Sinj, which was under Turkish influence until 1686, when it was occupied by the Venetians. The last Turkish attempt to conquer the city was in 1715, which was unsuccessful. The local population thanked the Virgin Mary who helped them defend themselves from the Turks, and her miraculous images can be seen in the local Franciscan monastery. If you are traveling on the first Sunday of August from Split to Mostar, I suggest you visit Sinj when the Tilters Tournament takes place commemorating the victory over the Turkish army in 1715. Tilters, dressed in costumes, ride on horseback trying to strike a small ring hanging from a wire.

You can visit Plitvice Lake on a day trip from Split, but have you heard about Krka National Park and its beauty? It is like a mini-Plitvice but much closer only 1 hour and 20 minutes drive from Split and you can visit seven waterfalls, a medieval fortress, water mills, Visovac Monastery (Roman Catholic Church) and Krka Monastery (Orthodox Church Serbia).