Blending the ancient with the modern, Split is a city of great contrast, pinned between the Marjan Hill and the topaz waters of the Adriatic. The city is the largest of Dalmatia, having flourished under Roman rule, and has become a centre of travel and commerce on Croatia’s southern coast – offering access to the beautiful islands of Brač and Hvar from its bustling and ancient port.
Split was founded in the 4th century BC by Greek colonists, and later became the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. After the decline of the Roman Empire, the city fell under the influence of the Republic of Venice, but remained a free city throughout the Middle Ages as Hungary and Venice struggled for control of Dalmatia. This remarkable history is evident throughout the city, from the ancient Roman walls of Diocletian’s Palace to the 18th-century Baroque wonders of Prokurative, making it a great destination for culture lovers.