The Central Adriatic Coast
Visit the enchanting pearls of the Adriatic.
The first pearl of the Adriatic is the beautiful city of Split. Lose yourself in the historic centre and sooner or later you will stumble upon Diocletian's Palace.
Built in 295-305 AD, the palace is one of the best preserved remains of a Roman palace and is a must-see if visiting Croatia. Most of the high quality marble used to build the palace came from quarries on the nearby island of Brac.
Amazingly, the palace was apparently forgotten for centuries until it was rediscovered in the 18th century by Scottish architect Robert Adam. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore the historic centre and take a walk through Marjan Forest Park up to the lookout deck for a spectacular view of the entire city.
Visitors to Split should be forewarned about the surprising number of cats on the streets. They are a super cute, wonderful and charming addition to a city already packed with charm and history. Well worth visiting!
The second pearl of the Adriatic is the beautiful, historic centre of Trogir located 27 km west of Split on a small island between the Croatian mainland and the island of Ciovo. Dating back to the Hellenistic period, the historic centre has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. It is the best preserved example of Romanesque=Gothic architecture in Central Europe.
Wander through the enchanting streets, visit one of the many churches or climb the tower of the fortress. If visiting in summer, include a Friday evening in your visit to see the magnificent big ships come to port.
More pearls of the Adriatic to come...