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  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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When you hear Diocletian's Palace, you might picture a castle with halls to tour and works of art to enjoy, but you'd be mistaken. Back in the fourth century, this palace was created as a fortress, royal home and secured city. These days the fortified gates are open to the public, and restaurants, shops, bars and private residences are tucked off its streets to further woo visitors inside. Plus, its public square – called the Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace – is one of the most vibrant of the whole region, and people gather there at most hours of the day to enjoy a drink, live music and the overall ambiance. 

Some travelers recommend visiting at night when live music fills the Peristyle. Still, others suggest arriving early in the morning to beat the crowds. Most reviewers were united in their mutual enchantment for the palace and the history it has witnessed. But they do advise visitors to watch their step as the stone walkways can be slippery. 

You won't be able to miss Diocletian's Palace, which is spread across most of Old Split. Entrance to the palace is free; it's accessible 24/7, though the property's businesses operate on their own hours. Learn more by visiting the palace's website.

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#1 Old Town Split's Old Town contains Diocletian's Palace, plus the streets that run west to Marmontova. Inside this pedestrian-friendly area, travelers will walk medieval cobblestone streets lined with modern restaurants ... Read more » Dado Daniela / Getty Images

#2 Diocletian's Palace When you hear Diocletian's Palace, you might picture a castle with halls to tour and works of art to enjoy, but you'd be mistaken. Back in the fourth ... Read more » Apexphotos / Getty Images

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Old Town is filled with maze-like cobblestone streets like this one. Dado Daniela / Getty Images

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