Dalmatia - Split
The Jewel of an Empire
In AD 305, the world’s most powerful man, Emperor Diocletian, was faced with the decision on where to spend the rest of his
days. Of all of the known world, he chose to build his home in the heart of the region of Dalmatia, setting the first stones in
place for the future city of Split.
Follow in his footsteps by exploring Diocletian’s Palace and a region home to islands, stunning natural landscapes such as
Biokovo Mountain and Zlatni Rat beach on the island of Brač, and a wealth of culture that will defy your expectations.
Where to go
The old town centre is surrounded by walls and features a well-preserved castle, tower and numerous other buildings and palaces dating from the Roman, Gothic and Baroque periods.
The Imotski lakes are a natural attraction - Crveno jezero (the Red Lake), is the deepest Karst lake in Europe, and Modro jezero (the Blue Lake), a favourite bathing spot for the Imotski people, owes its name to its unique blue colour.
One of the most beautiful pebbly beaches in the world is located in a protected area, a cape covered by a pine tree forest. In July 2004 the American magazine Forbes listed it amongst the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.
The sancturary is the most significant Marian shrine in Dalmatia and houses the gold-crowned painting of Our Miraculous Lady of Sinj, which was brought there in 1687 by Franciscans fleeing Rama from the Turks.
The Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) is unique in the world. Like a tongue it stretches almost half a kilometre perpendicularly out into the sea. The tip of this famous beach is constantly changing under the influence of the waves and the sea’s currents.