Split Luxury Croatian Villas

split_mirnaSplit is the largest city on the Adriatic coast, famous for the Diocletian Palace which was built in the city centre at the turn of the 4th century. Although called a palace for Emperor Diocletian who was going to reside there in his retirement, it appears more like a fortress and takes up a large majority of the city centre. The Diocletian Palace is a pleasant mix of old and new, where you can explore the crumbling ruins of this ancient palace whilst also browsing the modern shops and restaurants that reside within the palace walls. Like the rest of Croatia, Split offers a wide range of quality food and drink. Split is not only rich in valuable heritage, but it is also a great transport hub and you can visit many parts of Croatia, such as Brač Island  and Hvar, with Split as your base.

 

Split is full of culture and heritage, with plenty of historical sites to see. It is also a great place to relax
and immerse yourself in the wonderful Croatian climate, relaxing on the sunny beaches such as Bačvice where you can take advantage of the clear seas and the water sports that are on offer. If active is what you are looking for with your luxury Croatia holiday, Split is the place to be with the Marjan Hills, also known as the “lungs of the city” where you can enjoy the breath-taking views and wild vegetation. You can hike to the top or bike one of the many trails, making the most of the pleasant climate and one of Croatian’s many natural creations.

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For a city break filled with history, gorgeous surroundings and easy access to the rest of Croatia, Split is the place to be. Check out our tourist guide below for a full list of things to do and see. Book your Croatia holiday down below, choosing for a wide selection of carefully chosen luxury villas.

Most of the towns and villages along Split Riviera were founded by Greeks around 2nd or 3rd century BC and thrived through trading with the surrounding Illyrian tribes. The Roman Empire soon became the croatia-241942_1920dominant power in the region and the Roman Emperor Diocletian took residency in the city of Split where he built his ancient palace. Its entirety was completed in 305 AD, just in time for the Diocletian to retire.

The invasion of the Avars and Slavs in the early 7th century saw the city fall with little resistance and local inhabitants sought sanctuary behind the Diocletian’s Palace walls where their numbers were so dwindled that it was sufficient for their needs. The citizens built a city within the walls which is similar to the shops and markets that are there today.

From then until the 11th century Split held numerous hands until 1420 where is was conquered by the Venetian Republic. They ruled over Split, developing it into a significant port city with great trading relationships, until 1797 where Split fell to the Habsburg Monarchy.

Split was devastated during the World Wars with hundreds of casualties and many citizens killed. Now, Split is part of the independent Croatia and is a successful tourist hub that attracts millions of visitors each year. Split is such a rich and cultured area that you will never be at a loss of things to do. So much so, that you’ll want to come back year on year.

Split cuisine is a unique fusion of Mediterranean, Venetian, Turkish and Central European influences. It is home to both a mix of coastal and island cuisine infused with traditional Dalmatian properties.Specialty from Split Riviera - Orvas Villas

The attractiveness of many Dalmatian dishes is in the quality of food. The fish is some of the best you’ll taste, having been freshly caught that day in the vibrant coastline. Natural, home grown vegetables and healthy meats such as lamb and goat create rich dishes that boast the quality of the Split upbringing.

Dishes from Split and the surrounding areas are often prepared with
local spices and herbs. Stuffed peppers are an ode to their Mediterranean heritage, fish stew, fish risotto, grilled meat and boiled fish are all dishes you will find expertly prepared in Split. Local specialities include soparnik from Omiš which are pies that are filled with spinach, onion and parsley.

If you want to sweeten your life when you come to Diocletian’s area, taste desserts like rožata, a sweet custard pudding or fig ravioli that is full of local liquors and spices. Kroštule is a traditional pastry that is similar to a doughnut and paradižot which is a sweet pudding-like dessert that is made with eggs, milk and cookies.

Split Riviera is the perfect for location for foodies and fussy eaters alike, whether you are looking for expertly prepared dishes or want to sample the traditional and local cuisine.

Split is a shining jewel in the necklace of Dalmatia. The current old town is a bubbling hub of heritage and culture, all built around Diocletian’s dioakletianpalast-505514_1920Palace, which was originally started in 300 BC. It is not a museum or a palace anymore, but the heart of Split and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is now home to many markets, restaurants and local shops.
You can climb the steps up to the bell tower of the Cathedral of St Domnius, which was built in the 7th century and is regarded as one of the oldest Catholic cathedrals in the world. It is said if you touch the toe on the statue of Gregory of Nin, you will have good luck.

Outside of the palace is Fortress Gripe, which was built in the 17th century and is a living reminder of the defences against the Turks. It is also home to the Maritime Museum, which holds a collection of nautical equipment and historical pieces.

If you are a nature lover, Marjan Hill highlights the carefully preserved Split landscape and is a joy to climb and enjoy the wonderful view it offers of Split. The surrounding areas around Split offer great hiking and biking trails.

Split is a great landing ground for those who wish to visit areas surrounding the city. The museum town of Trogir will take your breath away with its preserved forts and historical monuments. The pirate town of Omiš is also split-1272628_1920home to famous forts that date back to the 13th century. Solin, also known as the ancient Salona, is a perfect destination for those wishing to see true history and visit the ancient ruins of early Roman settlements.
Split Riviera is not only beautiful but also offers a range of facilities and activities.

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