Split is a pearl in the middle of the Dalmatian coastline (north Adriatic), spreading over a central peninsula and its surroundings, with its metropolitan area including the many surrounding seaside towns as well. It’s the second largest city in Croatia, and one of it’s busiest ports, as well as a popular tourist destination.
Split is also one of the oldest cities in the area, and is traditionally considered just over 1,700 years old, while archaeological research relating to the ancient Greek colony of Aspálathos (6th century BC) establishes the city as being several hundred years older.
Split harbor and waterfront (Riva)
by giulio colla
by Zlatan Olić
Marjan, the hill overlooking Split
Marjan (pronounced “maryan”) is a dormant volcano on the peninsula of the city of Split, largest city of Croatia’s Dalmatia region. It is covered in a dense Mediterranean pine forest and completely surrounded by the city and the sea, making it a unique sight. Originally used as a park by the citizens as early as the 3rd century AD, it is a favorite weekend excursion destination and a recreational center for the city. It is also the setting for numerous beaches and jogging trails as well as tennis courts and the city ZOO, all surrounded by the scenic forest. The tip of the peninsula houses the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (Institut za oceanografiju i ribarstvo, IZOR).
Diocletian’s Palace and the old city
Diocletian built the massive palace in preparation for his retirement on 1 May 305 AD. It lies in a bay on the south side of a short peninsula running out from the Dalmatian coast, four miles from Salona, the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. The terrain slopes gently seaward and is typical karst, consisting of low limestone ridges running east to west with marl in the clefts between them.
by Nick Gent
by Zlatan Olić
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