Get Inspired / Europe / Croatia Split: Ancient Architecture on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Croatia Split: Ancient Architecture on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast story by: House of Travel If you’re island hopping your way down the Dalmatian coast, Split is likely on your itinerary. It’s a jumping off point for some of Croatia’s most popular islands including Hvar, Korcula and Brac, but you’d be missing out if you treat this city as just a transit point. This beautiful and vibrant seaside city boasts remnants from an eclectic history that has seen it spend time under Roman, Venetian, French and Yugoslav rule. Split is the unofficial "capital" of the Dalmation region and is the second-largest city in Croatia. Its ancient centre was built around Diocletian’s Palace just over 1700 years ago and you can still see some of the Roman architecture, such as walls and temples. The massive Diocletian's Palace was original built as a retirement home for the Roman emperor Diocletian, but it was also used for military and defensive purposes, with about half of it dedicated to housing the military garrison. Today this remarkably preserved fortress-like palace is one of the most complete Roman monuments in the world. However, the World Heritage-listed Diocletian’s Palace is just one of the draw cards: the ruins of this massive fourth century palace cover over three hectares and you’ll still find homes, restaurants and shops within its walls today. A highlight of any visit to this region is the wonderful fresh seafood – be sure to include a visit to Split’s fish market if you want to try the best in local specialities including everything from sardines to lobsters. Then head to the Riva or waterfront promenade area – great views and the perfect place for people-watching. There are some stunning accommodation options available in Split, from a boutique hotel first opened in 1900 located right within the palace walls to a brand new, ‘modern-chic’ option situated in the heart of the vibrant old city. UK & EUROPE YOUR WAY - 2015 ON SALE - Click here for deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Experience Modern Luxury Read more Add or remove from Wishlist How's this for cruising!? Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.