The astoundingly pretty Split is a busy port built around a 4th-century Roman palace which has to be seen to be believed. Flights to Split also mean easy access to the beautiful bay and Dalmatian islands dotted nearby in the Adriatic.
Emperor Diocletian built a large palace here for his retirement that was later reclaimed by Dalmatian people and turned into a city due to the fortification it provided. Its huge complex of narrow streets and squares covers the majority of central Split and contains shops, homes, and hotels, all in the classic Croatian style of sun-bleached stone walls and terracotta red roofs. The palace enclosure also contains other important historical landmarks such as the Cathedral of St Domnius; climb its tower for a superlative view over the city, the ferry port and some of the outlying islands. Afterwards head underground to the excellently preserved cellars which cover the same large area of the palace and enable you to see the original layout more clearly.
Despite such historic foundations, Split is a modern-looking city. In between the palace and the bay is the Riva, an exquisite promenade full of al fresco cafes and palm trees which is very popular with the locals, while fashion boutiques line nearby Marmontova Street. If you come during summer on cheap flights to Split, you’ll see Bacive Beach full of people frolicking in its pleasantly shallow waters and there’ll be plenty of concerts and festivals to attend in Republic Square to the west.