In the heart of the Croatian region of Dalmatia lies the historic Split, the second largest city in the country after Zagreb. Almost 2,000 years of history await culture- and design-oriented city travellers who choose boutique hotels in Split. Magnificent squares and buildings from ancient times, the palace of Diocletian and the lively Riva promenade along the waterfront are what make this Croatian city so attractive.
Cultural trip to the trendy boutique hotels in Split
The most beautiful places and buildings in Split
During a city holiday in the Dalmatian metropolis of Split, visitors can expect a time travel through the different epochs. Many buildings and monuments are still well preserved and bear witness to the long history of the city. The unmistakable landmark of Split is the palace of Diocletian, the retirement residence of the emperor of the same name from the 3rd century. Particularly worth seeing is also the cathedral Sv. Duje in the interior of the palace. The rows of houses around this impressive example of Roman town and palace architecture are repeatedly broken up by charming squares where cosy cafés invite you to linger. A visit to the Iron Gate can easily be combined with a detour to the famous Narodni square. If, on the other hand, you attend performances at the National Theatre, the evening can be rounded off in the bars on the neighbouring Gaja Bulata square.
Galleries and parks of the Dalmatian metropolis
One of the country’s most famous artists and sculptors is Ivan Mestrovic: besides his birthplace Vrpolje in Eastern Croatia, his sculptures and works of art can be found in every major city from Zagreb to Split. Just outside the centre, near the town hill Marjan, is the Ivan Mestrovic Gallery, which was opened in 1952 in honour of the artist. If you are looking for some relaxation in the greenery during your city trip to the boutique hotels in Split, Sustipan Park is the perfect place for you. Jogging and exercise trails, viewpoints and sunbathing lawns attract locals and visitors to the city on balmy evenings outdoors.
The popular bathing beaches of the city of Split
Those who plan their holiday in the boutique hotels in Split mainly because of the various cultural sights, are grateful on hot summer days with more than 35 degrees Celsius for the well-kept beaches close to the city centre. Southeast of the main harbour, the wheelchair accessible beach Bacvice with its snack stands and the extensive water sports offer is considered the most popular meeting point for holidaymakers and locals alike. Directly adjacent to it is the beach Ovcice, where it is best to get a place early in the morning. In the typical konobas and taverns, delicacies such as squid risotto, lobster and freshly caught fish are served. Afterwards, the 200-year-old promenade, which begins directly below the Diocletian’s Palace and almost leads to the slopes of the local mountain Marjan, invites you to take romantic walks.