Time to Split, Croatia

By Lynn Strough

Travelynn Tales

 

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Welcome to this week’s chapter in the ongoing series by our world traveler, Lynn Strough. Here, Lynn takes us to Split, Croatia.

Split is a vibrant town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, which is known for Diocletian’s Palace, a fortress-like structure erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Now it’s full of restaurants, shops, cathedrals, hotels, and tourists.

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Note that the cruise ships dump huge crowds here, but if you see the tour guides holding up a flag followed by the masses, just head the other direction. They usually go for the area with the most souvenir shops.

 

If you’re in the old town at the right time, you might bump into some men in metal or possibly even Santa Claus or Dumbledore.

 

You’ll notice many interesting architectural details both on the ground and up in the air if you climb the bell tower, which I have to say is a really high one! Inside the walls, you’ll find the beautiful Croatian National Theatre and just outside the walls, a colorful market.

 

 

  • Split is a vibrant town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, known for Diocletian’s Palace, a fortress-like structure erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century.
  • Now it’s full of restaurants, shops, cathedrals, hotels, and tourists.
  • Cruise ships dump huge crowds here, so if you see the tour guides holding up a flag followed by the masses, just head the other direction.
  • If you’re in the old town at the right time, you might bump into some men in metal…
  • …or possibly even Santa Claus or Dumbledore.
  • You’ll notice many interesting architectural details…
  • …both on the ground...
  • as well as up in the air if you climb the bell tower, which I have to say is a really high one!
  • Inside the walls, you’ll find the beautiful Croatian National Theatre…
  • …and just outside the walls, a colorful market.
  • There is a fair amount of graffiti, but most of it is artistic and interesting…
  • ...even the cat thinks so.
  • Oftentimes in Split, you’ll stumble on a flea market, and you never know what you might find…
  • And after the sun goes down, the colorful lights come on, if you’re into late nights with food festivals and free concerts…
  • …free unless you care to donate some spare Kuna.
  • If you tire of old town Split, there are many day trip opportunities…
  • …like taking a ferry to the island of Brac (pronounced “Brach”), which is known for it’s very famous beach, Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape).
  • That spit you see off in the distance is quite the beach close up.
  • Sure, you can do the usual swimming and sunbathing, or just stare into its clear blue green depths…
  • …but you can also scuba dive...
  • ...sail, windsurf...
  • ...or go play on one of the biggest, craziest water slide playgrounds I’ve ever seen!
  • If water and beaches aren’t your thing, there’s Trogir, another walled village a short bus ride away from Split.

 

 

Speaking of walls, there is a fair amount of graffiti, but most of it is artistic and interesting. Oftentimes in Split, you’ll stumble on to a flea market, and you never know what you might find. And after the sun goes down, the colorful lights come on, if you’re into late nights with food festivals and free concerts… free, unless you care to donate some spare Kuna.

 

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If you tire of old town Split, there are many day trip opportunities, like taking a ferry to the island of Brac (pronounced “Brach”), which is known for its very famous beach, Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape). This beach is a protected nature park and it changes shape under the influence of tides and waves.

 

If water and beaches aren’t your thing, there’s Trogir, another walled village a short bus ride away from Split. It has the usual fortress you can climb for a view, plus canals, shops, restaurants, churches and the like for you to explore. Or you can set up office with a pizza and free wifi, if you need to get a little travel blogging done.

 

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Now, after a month in Croatia, it’s time for me to split Split and head to Slovenia. But looking back, what’s not to love about Croatia? I’d go back in a heartbeat, and highly recommend it for a beautiful, affordable, fun and sun-filled holiday for you.

 

About Lynn Strough

Lynn is a 50-something-year-old woman whose incarnations in this life have included graphic designer, children’s book author and illustrator, public speaker, teacher, fine art painter, wine educator in the Napa Valley, and world traveler. Through current circumstances, she has found herself single, without a job or a home, and poised for a great adventure.

 

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“You could consider me homeless and unemployed, but I prefer nomad and self-employed, as I pack up my skills and head off with my small backpack and even smaller savings to circumnavigate the globe (or at least go until the money runs out). Get ready to tag along for the ride…starting now!”

 

 

 

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