A welcome at Split Airport followed by a half an hour’s drive to Radisson Blu Resort, a 4 star hotel situated just a few steps away from the beach and only three kilometers from the town center. For the first day in Split we recommend a stroll towards the Riva, an impressive and bustling waterfront with the beautiful palm tree promenade full of friendly restaurants and cafés. As the most popular and most important public place in Split, the Riva offers both a lively communal entertainment and a relaxing atmosphere of the serene Adriatic Sea with the many ships sailing by. After some mandatory chilling that the local people call “fjaka” (a phlegmatic respite from the pace of everyday life, considered a state in between times), one is bound to go behind the town walls and turn to the historic center of Split, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of inspiring beauty and immense cultural value. A cozy atmosphere of rambling through the network of narrow meandering streets surrounding Diocletian’s Palace (305 AD), one of the best preserved monuments of Roman architecture in the world (and one of the fictional sites of the tremendously popular Game of Thrones), takes you back to the ancient times of the city of Spalatum and the Empire at its peak. For the first evening in the city we recommend a stroll down Marmont Street, a shopping hub and arguably the most beautiful street in Split (named after Napoleon’s marshal Marmont, who is largely responsible for the urbanization of Dalmatian cities), and a cozy dinner in one of Split’s renowned restaurants and taverns (Bajamonti Restaurant, Adriana Restaurant, Central Café and Restaurant, Marul Tavern or Favola Tavern).
A breakfast at the hotel followed by a guided tour through the 1700 years of Split’s history art and architecture, including the accessible areas inside Diocletian’s Palace (including the cellars) and around the Cathedral of Saint Domnius (the 7th century monument and the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in use in its original structure), the Peristyle, the Statue of Gregory of Nin, the Golden Gate, the Vestibul, the Riva, the City Clock (uniquely with 24 instead of 12 digits) etc. Diocletian’s Palace still holds the bones of Saint Domnius, a 3rd-century Bishop of Salona and the patron of the city, who was beheaded by Diocletian in 304 AD and whose relics were later moved to the cathedral built inside the palace in their final twist of fate. For personal leisure activities we recommend visits to the lively local markets, as well as Matejuška Port and the adjoining residential area of Veli Varoš, where you can feel the true spirit of the city and enjoy some Dalmatian culinary delights in one of many casual restaurants and taverns in the vicinity. Also one should visit the district of Bačvice (with the liveliest of the town’s beaches and a lovely cove) and some accessible museums like Croatian Maritime Museum or Split’s House of Sports, which pays a tribute to famous Split’s athletes (like Goran Ivanišević, Toni Kukoč, Ratko Rudić and many others).
A breakfast at the hotel followed by a short drive to the town of Solin, located in the vicinity of ancient Salona, once the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia and the birthplace of Roman Emperor Diocletian, who spent the remaining years of his life there in peaceful retirement (the first in the history of the empire). A guided tour of the areas around the Manastirine Christian cemetery, the Tusculum Museum, the charming scenery of Our Lady’s Isle (with the oldest Marian shrine in Croatia dating more than 1000 years ago) and the 18th century Gašpina Watermill. For gastronomic pleasures of distinctive identity we recommend some trout alla Jadro, Queen Jelena’s stake, grilled eels or Diocletian’s pancakes, and some Dalmatian wines like Postup and Faros. A half an hour’s drive to Trogir (often called a monument town), a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a remarkably continuous urban tradition dating back 2300 years and the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex in all of Central Europe. A guided tour of the areas around Saint Lawrence’s Cathedral from the 13th century (with a masterpiece portal of Master Radovan), the Kamerlengo Fortress and the Tower of Saint Marc, with a stroll through the historical city core of some 10 churches and numerous buildings from 13th century. For gastronomic pleasures of distinctive identity we recommend two local dishes, pašticada (a stewed beef dish cooked in special sauce) and rafioli (a thin crescent-shaped pastries filled with ground almonds and other condiments), and some Dalmatian wines like Pošip and Babić. A half an hour’s drive to the hotel followed by personal leisure activities.
A breakfast at the hotel followed by an hour’s drive to Krka National Park, a vast and mostly unaltered area of exceptional natural value (and one of the fictional sites of the tremendously popular Game of Thrones), with seven travertine waterfalls, about 40 caves and exceptionally rich and varied flora and fauna (860 indigenous species and subspecies of plants and various endemic animal species). The accessible parts of the park include Lozovac entrance, Burnum (33 BC) Roman archeological site, Skradin Buk Waterfalls and Brljan Waterfalls’ lookout. An hour’s drive to the hotel followed by personal leisure activities, for which we recommend a casual stroll around the town squares (Republic Square, People’s Square and Radić Brothers Square, respectively called Prokurative, Pjaca and Fruit Square by the local people), or some vibrant musical experience in one of Split’s accessible rock and dance clubs (like Vanilla or Clo Bar), where you can feel dynamic and energetic nature of the city.
A breakfast at the hotel followed by a half an hour’s farewell drive to Split Airport.