Split has a totally different feel to Dubrovnik. Less of a fairy tale and more a melding of history and modern life. There is a substantial Old Town built around the Roman ruins of the Diocletian’s Palace, and more of the winding alleyways I’ve come to expect in Croatia which I very much appreciate for casting shade on hot sunny days.
I arrived by bus from Mostar and, as the bus station is right by the harbor, I began my time in Split with a nice wander along the Riva promenade and then down a couple of alleys to where I was staying. I picked somewhere just outside of the Old Town and even though it was on a busy pedestrian street, the sound insulation was really good and so I didn’t get disturbed at night. In any case, I will always be grateful that I chose to stay there as the host told me about Luka ice cream, which was just round the corner and turned out to be the highlight of my stay in Split. (They had chocolate-flavored and raspberry-flavored cones! And the ice cream was pretty good too.)
I mostly used Split as a base for exploring other places so there will be posts on Trogir and Plitvice Lakes to come. And it was also in Split that I accidentally booked a 7-night island cruise – I was only investigating transport options to a nearby island and that seemed like the best way to get there!
Regardless, I had a great time in Split. The town had a really nice feel to it and I found some great food. It was wonderful to have a nice, long promenade by the water to enjoy an evening stroll. And then there was this guy: