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For fans of "Game of Thrones," Klis Fortress, which towers over Split on a limestone cliff, is a must-see. In season four of the hit show, the fortress served as Meereen – the site where the character Daenerys Targaryen crucified evil slave masters. But this medieval castle has its own interesting, at times bloody, history. Believed to be established in the second century, this Croatian stronghold experienced consistent attacks from various peoples, including the Romans, the Turks and the Venetians. 

Travelers are awe-struck by the structure's amazing views and location, not to mention the fortress itself, which visitors can see on a self-guided tour. However, most also recommend watching your step as there are some dangerous drops that aren't barricaded. In fact, some recent visitors suggest not bringing children here since there are many areas where little ones could fall and get hurt. 

Klis Fortress is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and admission costs 40 kuna (about $6.50) for adults and 15 kuna (around $2.50) for kids. Among the ruins, you'll find a small church and a few exhibits showcasing artifacts, such as solider uniforms and ancient weapons. The fortress is located about 10 miles northeast of the city center. At the base of the fortress, there is a small parking area where you'll find a convenience store and cafe. For more information, visit the structure's website.

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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, bars, shops and hotels. You can stop into Nadalina for gourmet chocolates, Croata for silk cravats and Ribarnica, the fish market, especially if you've booked accommodations with a kitchenette where you can cook. You'll find signs throughout Old Town directing you to businesses and points of interest, but since it is a maze of alleyways, you'll also want to pick up a map from your hotel concierge. 

Recent travelers enjoyed strolling the narrow streets and alleyways of Old Town – browsing the wares at various stores and stopping for a breather at the restaurants and bars. Some visitors recommend booking a tour guide to take you around the area, saying that you'll have a richer experience than if you wander on your own. Split Walking Tours receives especially high marks from recent travelers thanks to the knowledgeable, captivating guides. 

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