Originally the palatial walled summer residence of the Emperor Diocletian, Split became a city after Salona, the Roman capital of Dalmatia just 6km north, was sacked in 7thC. Fleeing refugees were given asylum inside the two meter thick walls of the palace and over the next 1000 years, the "city" of Split was such a safe haven, it never grew beyond the same walls that exist today! As a result, the remarkable ensemble of Roman, Gothic, Romanesque, Renaissance and other architectural remains are all still here—and so are more than 3,000 people still living inside these ancient walls. Step inside Diocletian's Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and you'll see dozens of bars, restaurants and shops thriving amid the atmospheric old walls. But Split is more than its walled palace; it is a wonderful Mediterranean city offering a great balance of traditional and modern way of life.
Split Ultimate Experiences
Wine tours, cultural experiences, unique dinners, light adventure, boat trips, private transfers...
Split combines the amazing history of Romans with proximity to stunning Dalmatian Islands, nearby UNESCO town of Trogir, but also the very special, off the beaten path, heritage of the hinterland.
With Secret Dalmatia it is possible to turn your transfer to Split into an excursion by combining it with one of our programs, such as a visit to Plitvice lakes en route Split-Zagreb, oyster tasting when travelling from Split to Dubrovnik and similar.