Split is political, cultural and historical center of Dalmatian region, with many road connections to continent, sea connections to islands and links to main European cities via Resnik airport (20km from city center). Real city center was Diocletian’s residence in ancient times. 1700 years old palace, with world’ oldest cathedral sv. Dujam in the middle, makespassionate history lovers spend whole day analizing ingenuity of antique architecture. Later included in UNESCO world heritage list, full of reastaurants, bars and souvenir stores, the emperor’s palace offers direct insight in native lifestyle. Choosing between panoramic tours, boat trips or just enjoying traditional food in rustical taverns is kind of a sweet dillema for daily acitivity. Marjan hill stands like city guardian and with its unspoiled nature streaked with walking paths could be true health renewal for fans of healthy lifestyle. It’s also a great viewpoint for making personal Split postcards. As Split is almost peninsula with its geographical features, all coctail bars, night clubs and discotheques are situated all along the cost. Vanilla and Hemingway nightclubs, with its fancy style on the west side of the city trough the old town with its hidden and spectacular bars, continuing eastward along the coast where nightlife complex starts with Tropic coctail bar and finishes in O’Hara club with it’s casual relaxing atmosphere. There are more than a few marinas in the city area and it’s locations are planned to support shore contents in appropriate way, so yachtsmen are privileged to reach all important points without any struggle.
Trogir, as concentrate of nature, history and tradition in hearth of central Dalmatia, offers whole spectrum of attractions in quite small area. Ancient Greek colonists showed interest in this area and since then themodern history of Trogir is written. As many emperors conquered this attractive territory, so many artifacts left behind and telling chronology about domestic people and traditions. Kamerlengo tower is important historical characteristic whose interior is coverted into gallery and party place sometimes. Movable brigde connects Trogir with Čiovo peninsula which protects it from south winds and facilitates berthing. Wide walk, full of restaurants and coffee bars in the inner side, and luxury yachts berthed in the opposite side, leads curious all around old town. Connections to Trogir are various and main transport advantage is airport Resnik which is in the wide town area. Highway connects whole this area with the rest of Adriatic coast. Čiovo was great shelter for famous emperor Bela IV escaping Mongols, and nowdays is great shelter for tourists looking for clear sea and sound of silence. Pebble beaches and sharp rocks make diversity of nature and make this landscape look unspoiled. Small places like Slatine or Okrug are oasis with great chance of eating fresh fish with original olive oil, drinking domestic wines and canceling acumulated stress. Outer side of Čiovo peninsula is characterized with vertical cliffs immersing deep blue. This could be huge challenge for divers and extreme sport fans.
Šolta island is very peaceful and quite on its inner side looking towards Split and Čiovo, but also very cruel and unpredictable on its southern side where open sea makes its own rules. Legend says there was Teuta queen ruling and defending it from Romans. As soon as she realized Romans could reach her, she took her great treasure and jumped into underground river. Since then, every trace is lost forever. Tourists may take this challenge and fulfill their vaccation looking for lost treasure. Vicinity of civilisation is more than advantage for most of places on Šolta, primarily thanks to often ferry and catamaran lines with Split. Yachtmen like Nečujam place on the south because of narrow and long inlet which is completely protected from any kind of natural disturbance, with sea looking as calm as it is frozen. This is excellent recommendation for families with kids looking for rest. Yachtmen also don’t have to worry about connections, and are able to reach the most exotic place Maslinica, the only place on the west part of the island. Seven islands archipelago makes it even more attractive and suitable for anchoring and spending night. Even the most critical gourmands could meet their expectacions in Maslinica. Same label characterizes nearby Krknjaši islands. These two small islands keep Drvenik’s cove out of sight, and make it approachable from southeast only due to draught restrictions. Pure nature lovers could get stuck for days here and lose any idea of time and stress.
Written by: Vedran Smolčić