While sailing along the Dalmatian coast, consider stopping in Split – the second largest city in Croatia and an important port in the region. There are several marinas – each of them within a walking distance of the amazing old city which used to be… a Roman palace.
Split took its origin from the settlement of the ancient Greeks, called Aspalathos – from fragrant herbs that were growing there. When the Romans conquered the city, they changed its name to Spalatum (from the Latin palatio – palace).
In the beginning of the 4th century, the emperor Diocletian built there his palace – its walls mark the boundaries of today’s city center. At the end of the 4th century, Split was within the borders of Byzantium.
Three hundred years later, the city was demolished by the Slavs and a new settlement was built around the palace. From the 8th century Split began to gain more and more importance as a commercial port. In subsequent centuries the town passed from hand to hand many times – It was ruled by Croats, Hungarians, Italians, Austrians, and it finally became part of the independent Croatia in 1991.
Modern street layout and buildings in the center of Split reflect the turbulent history of the city. If someone gets in the old town, they won’t notice the famous Diocletian’s palace at first – over the centuries, the remaining Roman buildings were supplemented with new ones, courtyards became city squares and wide corridors were turned to streets.
The vast palace complex that was inhabited only by the ruler and his attendants, is now the place where the modern city dwellers live, work and rest. The peristyle, surrounded by a colonnade, serves now as a theater, the ancient temple of Jupiter held ceremonies of baptism and the imperial mausoleum is known as the cathedral of Saint Duje.
The windows of the emperor Diocletian’s private apartments overlooked the sea – nowadays, everyone who walks along the Riva promenade can enjoy these beautiful views.
With the LookMarina app, you will book marinas located in Split and find out how to enjoy your time in this amazing city. From the peninsula where Split is located, you can sail further – to the picturesque Dalmatian islands and Dubrovnik, where another unique marinas and unusual attractions await you.