LOCAL AREA, BEACHES & THINGS TO DO
Split, the main port for travel to the Adriatic islands, is also home to the Diocletian Palace, built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the end of the third century AD. The Palace forms the core of the old town and has been adapted and remodelled throughout the ages so that it displays a breath-taking mix of architecture from the Roman through to the later Venetian period.
Louise Reddon writing in The Daily Telegraph captured the atmosphere of Split perfectly: When Emperor Diocletian was considering retirement from governing the Roman Empire, he shopped around, found no decent rest homes and decided to build his own. And so Split was born. This magnificent walled city palace was built to Diocletian's exacting standards, and today retains enough original charms to attract visitors by the thousands. Amid the remnants of his grand residences, there is a pleasingly workaday town. Pavement cafès, cosy bars and plenty of shops mix with two lively markets and chic apartments built from the very barracks where Diocletian's soldiers once lived. Visit this 1,700-year-old living museum during Split's Summer Festival in which cultural events are often staged in the open air. Drinking cocktails with the posing parade along the ritzy palm-lined 'Riva' promenade. Afterwards, head to house-music haunt, Caffe Bar Fluid, and sit outside on steps that lead to the little-known second tier of the palace. Bacvice beach, a 15-minute stroll east, has buzzy nightclubs."
Trogir and Ciovo Island
Walking through the magical streets of Trogir is a wonderful experience. It is an ancient town, laid down according to classical architectural rules from Greek and Roman times. Trogir is a UNESCO world heritage site and regarded as the best preserved Romanesque-Gothic town in Central Europe. In the middle age period Renaissance palaces and houses were built by the Venetian rulers of this area, and they are still there. As you walk through beautiful narrow cobbled streets you can glimpse medieval churches with stone carved doorways, shaded piazzas, Juliet balconies, arched medieval windows with exquisite carved pillars and rosettes. The towns fortifications were established in the 13th and 14th centuries and the principal forts on the seaward side of the town still stand.
Trogir from the air
Courtyard in Trogir
Trogir waterfront at night
Today Trogir is a lively tourist destination. Restaurants, simple and sophisticated, cafes and bars are located along a splendid harbour front that is busy day and night as well as in the quiet alleyways and narrow passages of the old town. The waterfront is a constant source of activity with sailing and motor yachts that are cruising the Adriatic passing through.
The old town is linked by a small bridge to the island of Ciovo. Ciovo offers the best swimming with, excellent beaches, some very busy, and some wild and deserted. The most popular is Saldun Bay overlooking the Trogir marina. The beach has cafes and restaurants, water sports and diving. Another good beach is Mavarscica, a pebbly bay lined with pine trees. On two small nearby islands Drvenik Veliki and Drvenik Mali which are easily reached by a boat you can enjoy peaceful sandy beaches.
Brac is the largest of the Central Dalmatian islands with a land mass of 395 square kilometres and several towns and villages. At the centre of the island the peak of Vidova Gora rises to 778 metres. The typical landscape of the rural interior of the island is of vineyards and olive growths enclosed by stone walls. Around the coast there are many pretty bays and beaches, often edged with pine trees. Brac has a long history; the small museum in the historic settlement of Skrip charts the history of the island from pre Roman times. The most notable towns on the island are:
Situated in a deep bay and is a favourite destination for yachtsmen. In the summer months the harbour is filled with yachts moored in the marina and along the town quay providing plenty of custom for the quayside cafes and restaurants.
Situated around a delightful harbour, the town of Splitska, is one of the most attractive communities on the island.
Situated around a sheltered harbour, Pucisa has a character defined by its fine stone buildings set in terraces on the steep hillside. Here young stone masons are trained and can be seen practising their skills at The School of Stone Masons on the harbour front.
On the southern side of the island, Bol, has examples of 15th and 17th century architecture but is best known for its famous beach, Zlatni Rat, or Golden Horn, a shingle spit stretching out over 600 metres into the sea.
Sumartin is a quiet village at the eastern end of the island of Brac. Shops, cafes and restaurants front the harbour from where a regular car ferry crosses to Makarska on the mainland.
Postira's narrow winding streets lead down to a busy harbour bursting with small boasts and surrounded by lively cafes, shops and restaurants. A few kilometres inland from Postira the interesting and ancient village of Dol is renowned for its restaurants serving local produce grown in the valley.
Supetar's busy harbour is where the regular car ferry from Split disembarks. The town's many shops and restaurants front the charming harbour and stretch along the water front. Evenings in Supetar are lively as the town is one of the main tourist centres on the island.
Monastery near Bol
Activities on the island
Paintball is available on Vidova Gora, the highest mountain on all of the Croatian islands with fantastic views, walks, and a restaurant in the summer. Excursions to the mainland to go rafting on the Cetina river are organized from Supetar. Bol is the main centre for water sports such as windsurfing and diving.
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