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Weekend Breaks to Split

Planning a short break to Split? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Split. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Split. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Dioceltians Palace

built at the end of the 3rd century AD by the Roman Emperor Dioceltians, the palace is located on the Bay of Aspalathos. Toady the palace is the heart of Split's inner city and is one of the most significant historical buildings in the world because of its outstanding level of preservation and mix of various architectural styles.

Splits inner city which is built around the palace has been declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO, underlining its cultural importance.

The palace's groundplan is an irregular rectangle with towers and combines the style of luxurious villa with that of a military camp. the emperors' apartement built on the southern side facig the sea is a luxurious structure with its own private sea gate entrance while the remaining sides are all fortified to protect against attack.

The palace is built from high quality local white limestone from quarries on the island of Brac combined Tuffa from nearby riverbeds and Salonitan bricks. Inside the elaborate decorations were imported, such as Egyptian granite columns and fine marble sphinxes.

Open daily 9am to 1pm except Thursdays 9am to 5pm and closed on Sunday.

City Museum of Split

located within the complex of medieval buildings in the northeastern conrner of Diocletians Palace. At the centre of the complex of buildings is the gothic palace of the Papalic family, which was designed and built by Juraj of Dalmatia. A must see is the exquistely designed courtyard with its beautifully decorated Portal and Loggi as well as the first floor hall with its well preserved wood ceilig and lavish windows. Also in the courtyard there is a lovely renaissance building with fine window decorations.

Inside, the museum has various permanent exhibits relating to the period of Splits history between the 12th and the 14th centuries. Important pieces include the seal, coins, city statue, Romanesque sculpture, gothic renaissance coffers and wepons from the 15th to 18th century. Museum open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to noon in Winter. Tuesday to Friday 9am to 9pm, saturday and Sunday 10am to 1pm in Summer. Library open Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm.

For more info visit: www.mdc.hr/split-arheolosk/eng/

The Archaeological Museum

located at Zrinsko Frankopanska 25. The museum is housed in a building built by Viennese architects from 1912 to 1914. The museum is the oldest one in Croatia and has the largest variety of archaeological objects from prehistoric times as well as the period of Greek colonization of the Adriatic from early Christian, Medieval and Roman times.

The museum also has exhibits of large collections of Medieval and antique coins, Roman glass, Greek Hellenistic ceramics, stone epitaphs from Salona, gems and bone objects. The museum also has a large library with books on Dalmatica, archaeology and history as well as guide books in Croatian and english. Open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 1pm and Sunday 10am to noon.

The Bell Tower

built between the Cathedral of St Maria and the Peristyle in the later half of the 13th century and early 14th century. The Bell Tower in a Romanesque style with the top end built in a more Gothic Renaissance style. However in the 19th century the Bell Tower was radically reconstructed and many of the origional Romanesque sculptures were removed. Visitors can still view the two that remain, the two lions that gaurd the entrance to the cathedral from the Peristyle. These sculptures together with others at the Trogir Cathedral are some of the best preserved Romanesque sculptures on the Adriatic coast.

For more information please go www.st.carnet.hr/split/

The Marjan Hill

located on the western side of the city of Split, Marjan hill was first known as Mons Serranda or Mons Kyrieleison in Medieval documents. The hill reaches a height of 178 meters and from the top th eviews of the city are spectacular. On the western slopes of the hill the church of St George built in 10th or 11th centuries has the Oceanographic institute built next to it.

On the top of the hill is the zoo and Natural History Museum. The first Belvedere which can be reached by stone steps from the Riva is located on the eastern slopes of Marjan. Carved into the cliffs on the southern slopes are caves where 15th century Renaissance Hermitages were situated and infront of the caves is a small church with an altar made by Andrija Alesi and the Relievo of St Jerome. The caves and church can be visited.

Konoba Marja

located at Senjska 1, right behind the St Luka Church. This lovely restaurant serves delicious local cuisine at moderate prices of between US $ 11 and 20. Konoba Marja is one of the few restaurants that stays open after 10pm in Split and the atmosphere is warm and friendly.

One of their specialities is Komarca, which is a grilled whole white fish. The fish is usually served with a mixed salad and the wine is of a good quality. The staff is extremely friendly and attentive and speak good english.

Split Hotel

located at Put Trstenika 19, Split Null. The Split Hotel is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to see the city. Situated 25 minutes walk from the historic Diocletian Palace which lies at the centre of 1700 year old town.

The hotel itself is built in a modern style and set in a beautiful Mediterranean park with great views. The hotel has two restaurants with terraces and serving delicious national and international cuisine, the breakfasts are some of the best you have ever eaten at a hotel. The staff is very friendly and famous for their Croatian hospitality. Average prices are about US$ 40 to 80.

Find out more on the web at www.hotelsplit.hr/index1.htm/

Bene Beach

located on the far northern side of the Marjan peninsula and reached by taking bus 12 from the seafront. Bene beach is one of the most popular beaches in Split. Bene cove has a lovely rocky shore and the dense pine forest reaches almost to the waters edge, offering great shaded areas to picnic under. The beach also has snack bars and recreational facilities.

Mestrovic Gallery

located at Ivan Mestrovic 46. The gallery is a Croatian landmark situated in a grand Neo Classical building that was built by and lied in by Croatias most famous 20th century sculpture, Ivan Mea. The fantastic collection of sculptures at the gallery is mainly made up of bodies boldly crafted and curled up in elegant poses.

About 300 meters up the road from the gallery is Mestrovia's old workshop which contains a chapel containing his most famous set piece wors, scenes from the stations of the cross, carved in wood. The entrance fee to the workshop is covered in the price for the ticket for the gallery. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 3pm.

The Island of Hvar

located about 24km from Baska Voda and easily reached by ferry from the Split Marina. The island is the best place to soak up true Mediterranean atmosphere with its stunning coastline and picturesque little villages.

There are plenty of Romanesque and Renaissance buildings on the island, especially in its main towns of Vrboska and Jelsa.

If you are in the mood for a glass of good wine, Hvar is the plac for you, as the island is now mainly a wine growing area and Jelsa and Vrboska are famous for their Dalmation wines.

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Tradtional Fishing Boat - Gajeta Falksua - Cultural Attraction

Very few of the traditional fishing boats still exist in Dalmatia. The Gajeta Falkusa 'Comeza Lisboa', tied-up on the Split waterfront, takes guests on excellent one day voyages to a 16th Century monastery on Brac Island. The food prepared, by Petar the captain, is 'true' Dalmatian - not what you find in the restaurants.

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