Savouring Split | European Travel Magazine


Ever dreamt of spending the winter in a Roman Emperor’s oceanfront palace, having fun with each nature, historical past and the seaside? While some carry on dreaming, full-time nomad Jocelyn Garwood turns her desires into actuality and reveals us the fantastic thing about Croatia’s seaside stunner; Split. This millennia previous metropolis, as soon as an Adriatic pearl within the Roman Empire, is now a World Heritage treasure that you just surprisingly can savour for your self when visiting at simply the best time.

By Jocelyn Garwood

Winter in Split is completely supreme: lodging is plentiful and inexpensive; crushing crowds of vacationers are non-existent; and, the climate, though a bit chilly, is nice!
The Old Town is THE place to remain. Major vacationer points of interest are just a few minutes stroll away from one another, as are eating places, cafés, tremendous markets, cash exchanges, and the promenade. So a lot to expertise!

It’s troublesome to focus in on even just some main points of interest. If I needed to boil down the perfect of Split, these ‘few’ must embody

  • Marjan Park-Forest
  • The promenade (Riva)
  • The again lanes
  • Diocletian’s Palace

Marjan Park-Forest

has its personal distinctive atmosphere. This lovely forested peninsula affords an incentive to train, the motivation to discover, and a cause to calm down. It has a myriad of pathways and mountain climbing trails that wind everywhere in the wooded peninsula. Little Medieval stone church buildings and chapels happen all through the world. On the southern finish of the forest sits the Meštrović Gallery, an impressive villa which homes the paintings of Ivan Meštrović, Croatia’s most vital sculptor of the twentieth century. The space additionally has various panoramic viewpoints that supply beautiful views of town and the encompassing space.


The palm-lined promenade (Riva) displays the social pulse of Split. It has its personal explicit vibrancy: previous individuals, younger individuals, and everybody in between – plus their pampered pooches. Cafés, eating places, memento outlets, and dozens of benches on which to calm down and watch the world go by – the Riva has all of them. And, from varied places alongside the Riva, views of sunrises and sunsets are breath taking!

Back lanes

Wherever I’m, I at all times discover again lanes fascinating. Split’s again lanes aren’t any exception. Early on winter mornings, I had these totally pedestrianised again lanes all to myself! These lanes additionally are likely to run into very charming city squares.

Diocletian’s Palace

The identify ‘Diocletian’s Palace’ suggests a single construction. However, this ‘palace’ is extra like an entire previous Roman city, enclosed by 4 historical partitions, and accessible by way of 4 historical gates: Golden Gate (north), Silver Gate (east), Iron Gate (west), and Bronze Gate (south).

There are two primary thoroughfares that run perpendicular to one another: the Cardo Maximus, operating north-south, and Decumanus Maximus, operating east-west and intersect on the primary palace sq. (Peristyle). Adjacent to the Peristyle is the octagonal Cathedral of St. Domnius.
How ironic that the meant mausoleum of Diocletian, slayer of Christians, ought to finally grow to be a Catholic cathedral.

One can definitely by no means seek advice from Diocletian’s Palace as a Roman ‘ruin’ as a result of it pulsates with life now simply as a lot because it should have executed when Diocletian first ordered the palace to be in-built about 300 A.D. The whole palace advanced is full of little outlets, cafés, minimarts, artwork galleries and museums, and there are even mini rush hours at sure instances of the times.

Split has so many websites to take pleasure in and much too many to explain right here. The few I’ve described above are however a mere ‘tourist taster’: Visit Split to savour much more.

About Jocelyn Garwood

Jos is a feminine nomad (additionally a senior citizen who travels solo), born in Canada however citizen of the world. When she was on the morning aspect of the mountain, she simply slung her backpack over her shoulders and set about hitchhiking. Now that she’s on the night aspect of the mountain, she nonetheless slings her backpack over her shoulder, however not hitchhikes – too harmful.

Follow this inspirational nomad as she proves that curiosity and a way of journey doesn’t have an expiration date nor a price ticket.

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