Split, Croatia: Residence of a Retired Roman Emperor

Romeo Demes, a native from Split, Croatia wrote this article. He has traveled extensively and most of his travels were done on a tight budget. He believes: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

There are few cities in the world which are more budget friendly than Split, the beautiful Roman heritage site on the Croatian coast, which embraces one with its sunny days, bluest of blue seas, breathtaking buildings and friendly people. Though certain tourist attractions, and food and drink gatherings in the main tourist areas, can be expensive, it is easy to avoid these places and make purchases where locals do (side streets and districts off the beaten track). But, there is plenty to do here without breaking the bank.

Walk the Old Town

Split is particularly friendly to pedestrians and the first thing I would recommend any tourist coming to Split, is to walk the streets of Old Town and get to know the maze-like alleys and Roman ruins. Look at Diocletian’s Palace and discover the surprising Sphinxes – the real deal from Egypt. Make sure to rub the foot of the statue of Gregory of Nin for good luck! If hungry, wander from the main sites and find an eatery. The fish market has some excellent bargains; so does the Green market.The choice is the visitor’s: shop and cook your own food, or go on a picnic. People- watching in the main square (Narodni Trg) is a pleasant experience, so is watching the fishing boats clustering on the western side of the harbor.

Climb to the top of Marjan hill for greenery in the city and for some of the most amazing views in Dalmatia. On Marjan hill one can rest and look back over the city of Split, or continue on and look out over the scintillating Adriatic and the islands nestled in it. There are lots of recreational options, and one will also find the caves of St. Geronimus.

The Romans left a lot behind, much of it remarkably intact, not only in the city but also all around the area. If interested in Roman ruins, one should slip off to Salona, where much of the best historical material can be found. The Roman ruins cover a large area and it costs only 20 kuna to view. The bus ride will only be 12 kuna ($1 = 6.6 kuna)

Island Idylls
No visit to Split would be complete without visiting some of the many islands (there are nearly 1,200 islands in Croatia) that dot the Adriatic nearby which can be reached via ferry.

How ever one spends one’s time in Split, it will be enjoyable and most probably demand a return trip given the inexpensiveness and gorgeous sites.

Check out these links: http://orvasyachting.com/en/sailing-guide.html  and http://www.croatiaferries.com/




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