- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit Split, Croatia
Overlooking the Adriatic Sea and backed by the rugged Dinaric Mountains, the splendid Dalmatian city of Split is a living, breathing museum.
Built upon a 1,700-year-old palace, Ancient Roman architecture forms a backdrop to modern-day life here, with fashionable boutiques and quaint cafés interspersed with the ruins of the imperial fortress.
The former holiday home of the Roman Emperor Diocletian remains popular with modern day tourists too – thanks in no small part to his architectural efforts almost 2000 years ago.
At the heart of the old city lies the ancient and roughly square fortifications of Diocletian's Palace, along with several museum housing the artefacts discovered inside.
Home to festivals, celebrations and political rallies by day, it becomes increasingly glamorous as darkness falls and is a good spot for a sundowner ahead of dinner at one of the city’s many excellent seafood supper joints.
Here are some reasons why you need to visit Split.
Culture: Split is a city of culture, with an excellent range of museums and art galleries celebrating the history, enthnography, heritge and art of the city. From the Croatian National Theatre to the oldest children's puppet theatre in Croatia, there is plenty to enjoy in a lively cultural scene. Check out the latest news and events with a visit to the tourist board.
National Parks: Croatia is a country of astonishing natural beauty, and visitors to Split have the options offered by the sea, the mountains and the national parks. Among the most popular day trips are visits to Plitvice Lakes, Krka Waterfalls and Kornati National Park.The combinations of a Spilt holiday are limitless. Trips to other stunning coastal cities, such as Trogir, Sibenik and Omis are all easily organised.
Food: The Dalmatian menu has a major focus on fresh and seasonal quality. A quick visit to two of Split's most famous markets are testament to that. The fish market is a tourist attraction in itself, and some palace walking tours include a stop, where visitors can choose their own for preparation for lunch in a nearby restaurant after the tour, while the green market often astonishes visitors with its colour, variety and seasonal freshness.
Explore the historic Diocletian's Palace which makes up the heart of the city.
It's as important to Split as the old town and city walls are to Dubrovnik.
Diocletian was a Roman emperor who once ruled here.
Get active on a multi-sport tour. Tours start with a bike ride through Split before kayaking and also some cliff jumping.
The guide usually has a water proof camera to capture the action.
Catch a ferry to Brac, a stunning unspoilt island, less than 20 miles off the coast from Split It takes around 45 minutes to get there.
You can even take your hire car with you.
It's a great place for watersports and Zlatni Rat beach on the south coast is stunning.
Wander along woodland trails and marvel at the turquoise lakes linked by waterfalls and flowing streams at the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park.
On a day trip from Split you can get up-close look on the lakes in an electric boat, then round off your tour with a panoramic train ride.
Take a 90 minute walking tour around Split.. If you're a fan of Game of Thrones, you'll hear all about the series.
The guides carry blue umbrellas - so join them to hear all about the fascinating history of city.
It's a fun tour which also gives great information about the architecture too.
Take a boat ride to the famous Blue Cave - the best, and most breathtaking in a series of caves located on the Bisevo Island.
You can combine it with a tour that also visits Komiza, a small fishermans village on the Island of Vis.
Relax on the beach at Bacvice, a city beach just a short walk from the main part of Split town.
It can get crowded and you have to watch out for enthusiastic locals playing ball games in the shallow water.
But, it's a great, gently-sloping sandy bay with clean, clear water.