Without hiding their pride, the people of Split will tell you that their city is "the most beautiful one in the world and beyond". You´d better not discuss this with them for well spirited Split will convince you in this as soon as you discover it! This for ever young city with the population of about 300,000 that give it its warm Mediterranean temper, has lived its urban rhythm for as long as 1700 years, with its heart in the Diocletian´s Palace and its soul widespread to embrace you.
Ever since the life of the city protected by the UNESCO and entered into the register of the World Cultural Heritage has been writing the history of this unique capital of Dalmatia.
The city of Split is situated in the warmest region of the northern Mediterranean coast, in the very centre of the Adriatic eastern coast and in the immediate vicinity of the rivers Jadro and Žrnovnica that have been watering it for 1700 years. Its mild climate, with 2700 sunny hours per year, makes it an oasis where, sheltered from the wind, one can enjoy the sun even in wintertime. The industrial, university, and business centre of the region nourishes its "green soul" on the hill Marjan situated in the westernmost part of the peninsula. Its forested park infringed by the city and the sea offers pleasant walks away from the city noise under the pines by the sea.
Few cities can offer such variety of entertainment and excursions in their closest surroundings as Split. At the very entrance to the city there are ruins of the ancient Salona, once the capital of the Roman province Dalmatia and the biggest archaeological locality on the eastern Adriatic coast.
Just a bit further away stands the town of Trogir, entered in the UNESCO register of the World Cultural Heritage, which two-millennium-old history is woven in modern life of this town-museum.
North of Split, on the way to Sinj, rises the fortress of Klis. It was built to defend this region from the Turkish invasion. Having passed the fortress you enter the hinterland that offers the possibility to enjoy in riding, rafting and canoeing down the white waters of the Cetina River.
There are three big Marian shrines only 30 km away from Split dedicated to Our Miraculous Mother of Sinj, Our Little Mother of Solin and the shrine at Vepric. The world famous shrine Me?ugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is 130 km away from Split.
If you set off to the sea, the routs will take you to Hvar, Brae, Vis. These are the islands of rich history and tradition, unique beauty and natural phenomena. One of them is the sea cave Modra špilja on the island of Biševo, where the sunrays break turning the sea into blue silver.