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Luxury in Split area: Home of Diocletian's palace

Split, the biggest city in Dalmatia, is one of the Adriatic's most attractive ports with a long and eventful history. Wandering through the historic centre you can still clearly see the Roman walls, temples and squares. Split offers a wealth of museums and Roman ruins against a dramatic mountain backdrop that opens onto a vast expanse of sea. The town’s narrow streets hide many treasures like small boutiques, galleries, restaurants and cafes sometimes literally built into those ancient walls. It provides an environment where the ancient blends with contemporary design, beautiful private rental villas and the attractive Dalmatian lifestyle. Follow the scent of fish on the barbecue and enjoy a fresh, natural lunch with olive oil and homemade wine. Take a nap after lunch, as the locals do, while the heat of the day gives way to a golden afternoon. On the city beach, you can perhaps join in a local game, or relax in the shadow of fragrant pines on the Marjan peninsula. With lovely beaches, and a tree-lined harbour side promenade, Split will delight you with its mild climate.

The town is the economic hub of the eastern Adriatic shoreline. Over the ages, many empires put their mark on Split. First the Greeks, and then the Romans expanded the settlement until Emperor Diocletian built his retirement palace here in the third century. The city was originally built around Diocletian's palace where the locals sought refuge centuries ago. The Palace is more like a walled town and it has remained the centre of Split's cultural and political life. The medieval quarter contains most of Split's museums and galleries. Nowadays the residents are informal, relaxed, and less interested in high culture than in sports and the outdoors. Beside the bell tower of St. Duje, the symbols of the city are the Dalmatian dog (101 Dalmatians!) and a donkey. Central Split is quite compact and most sights are best experienced on foot, but local buses can take you from your luxury villa to outlying attractions and the airport. Split's eateries are in a mixture of settings, ranging from the romantic to the vibrant. There are many clubs on Ba?vice beach.

  • Horse-riding
  • Boating
  • Cultural visits
  • Vineyards
  • Fishing
  • Fine dining
  • Walking
  • Kitesurfing

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First on the list of historical sites to see is Diocletian's Palace, containing Split's most interesting shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. The medieval quarter houses most of Split's museums and galleries. Close by, St. Duje's cathedral was originally built around 305 AD as a mausoleum for the Roman emperor Diocletian and is the oldest cathedral building in the world. There is also Peristil square, Jupiter's temple and two original Egyptian sphinxes brought from Egypt by Roman emperor Diocletian. The Archaeological Museum is the oldest museum in Croatia.

Take a stroll on the seaside promenade, walk up the woodsy Marjan hill and marvel at the sweeping views. Rent a bike and explore the beaches or discover the Bacvice neighbourhood with its beaches and nightlife. Wrap up the day at a bar, or dance the night away in one of Split's throbbing, super-fashionable discos. Tennis, football, swimming, snorkelling, diving, sailing, rock climbing, hunting and horse riding can also be done.

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