Being the second largest city in Croatia, Split is no less bustling and lively. Its central position, facing the Adriatic sea, makes it the perfect spot to start from to explore the surrounding area, includng the charming islands. But Split is also a delightful destination to visit on its own, with its mixture of styles from Roman ruins to Byzantine arches, from Venetian boardwalks to African influences.
Arriving by ferry, the city will certainly make an impression on you with the stunning view of the coastal mountains against the sparkling sea. The Diocletian's Palace is its most recognizable landmark, a majestic Roman Palace and Unesco World Heritage Site. You will be surprised to discover that the look of the Palace is the one of a labirinth of narrow streets packed with restaurants, shops and bars rather than a mansion filled with ancient artifacts.
A relaxing stroll on the Riva, the gorgeous waterfront recently renovated, is certainly a must before if spending the day immersed in the architecture of the Palace, with the octagonal Cathedral of St Domnius, the underground cellars, the Peristyle Square, the Cathedral of St Duje and the Temple of St Jupiter.
You can then decide to stay in an art mood and visit the Meštrović Gallery, hosting the collection of the most important croatian sculptor, or be charmed by the turquoise waters of the Adriatic and sail towar one of the nearby islands: Hvar, Brač, Vis and Korčula.