Story of Split is 17 centuries old, dating to the time the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his Palace on the peninsula close to Roman city Salona. Palace was built as a luxury villa, a summer residence where Diocletian choose to spend the remaining years of his life. Amid these 1700 years, the Palace gradually transformed into a city, which right up ’til today draws attention with its magnificent history, rich tradition, as well as natural and cultural heritage. Diocletian’s Palace and the historical nucleus of Split have been on the UNESCO World Heritage list as far back as 1979 and not only due to the exceptional conservation of the Palace, yet due to the fact that Palace and its city (or the city and its Palace) keep living the full life. Every layer of old Rome, from medieval times up to today, is as unerring and alive in this structure. A stroll through the old city takes you through time, witnessing the extraordinary examples of antiquated engineering like Peristil square; moderately aged Romanesque Church and Gothic Palace; Renaissance gateways of the aristocrat homes; Baroque exteriors and present day design magnificently converged in the rich legacy.
It is also visible in everyday life in Split. By sharing cafes, restaurants and shops with visitors, locals make them feel their stay in Split has turned them into one of their own. Pazar (vegetable market) and Peškarija (fish market) are the center of life for every family in Split, as well as Riva (the waterfront), where society of Split meets. Split is far more than the glorious design landscape. It is a scene for fantastic gourmet and wine gatherings, social events such as prominent movie and theater performances. Split offers entertainment in form of clubs and bars, street festivals and international events such as Ultra Europe festival that attracts guests from hundred different countries around the world. In Split, sport is written in capital letters. Apart from HNK Hajduk, Split can boast with the success of many athletes in different disciplines.
When you are in need for silence, you do not have to look far. Park forest Marjan, a symbol of the city, and its running, hiking, cycling and recreational trails. It also hides old churches where native Split residents sought shelter and peace. Additionally, although not typical for the city of this size, Split offers a variety of beaches and a clean sea. From the most popular sandy beach Bačvice to the hidden stone beaches ‘inside and outside’ Marjan.
All this is within walking distance while staying with us at Residence Stine – in Varoš, the very heart of the city.