There is no place like Split

Split is a city in the Croatian region of Dalmatia, located on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea and centred on the structure of the ancient Roman Palace of the Emperor Diocletian and its bay and port.

With a population of 178,000 and a metropolitan area in which around 350,000 people live, Split is by far the largest Dalmatian city and the second-largest city of Croatia. Spread over a central peninsula and its surroundings, Split's greater area includes the neighboring seaside towns as well. Being an intraregional transport hub and popular tourist destination, the city is a link to numerous Adriatic islands and the Apennine peninsula.

The story of Split is already 17 centuries old, dating to the time the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his Palace right on the peninsula near the great Roman city Salona where he wanted to spend the last years of his life. Over the next 1,700 years the Palace slowly turned into a city, which to this day lures with its rich tradition, glorious history and the beauty of its natural and cultural heritage. In 1979 the historic centre of Split was included into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Split is said to be one of the centres of Croatian culture. Its literary tradition can be traced to medieval times and includes names like Marko Marulić, while in more modern times Split has been the home for authors famous for their sense of humour. Among them the most notable is Miljenko Smoje, famous for his TV series 'Malo misto' and 'Velo misto', with the latter dealing with the development of Split into a modern city.

Split is also a venue for excellent gourmet and vine experiences, numerous cultural happenings like film and theatre festivals, exhibitions, excellent museums and concerts, a city which offers eclectic modes of entertainment starting with numerous clubs and bars, through street festivals to events such as the Ultra Europe Festival visited each year by up to 100,000 young people from around one hundred countries of the world.

Split with its sport results is something only a handful of cities of similar size around the world can boast about, as it is the home of a dozen Olympic medal winners as well as other sports medals.

When you are tired of the bustling city, there is Marjan, the hill above the city, with its forest, jogging trails, mountain climbing and biking opportunities, recreational terrains, but also the ancient churches where the late citizens of Split sought spiritual peace.

Also very unusual to find in a city the size of Split are the numerous beaches with extraordinarily clean sea, from the well known Bačvice to the stone secluded oases all around Marjan.

After all that has been said are you at all surprised that citizens of Split have a saying "There is no place like Split"?