Split Old Town#1 in Best Things To Do in Split
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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.
Keep in mind that because this area is almost exclusively pedestrian-only, parking a car here can be difficult. Old Town is free to access 24 hours a day, but hours for shops and restaurants may vary by locale.
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#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 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.
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