Old Town (general), Split
I really like walking around the old town of Split after dark when the crowds have gone and just the cats are roaming around. Well, not quite but still you will get a totally different impression and you can take some night shots.
One night there was a concert in the Peristil of a really good singer. Also with less people around you may notice different details than during the day.
Fondest memory: Cats, cats and more cats :-)
I was in Split in February and it's unlikely that I'll come back at that time of year. Don't get me wrong, it has its advantages. There were many moments when I was the only one around walking through a small square or narrow alley in the Old Town. Of course, this can be dangerous as I was to find out during my visit to Split.
The best time to come would be in either May or September when the water is plenty warm enough to swim in and there are still a lot of people around, but when it's not so crowded that it's hard to find a hotel room.
Stari Varoš is, ubdoubtely, the most charming part of Split. It is endlessly pitoresque with it small stone houses which seems like "wild and chaotic" constructions. Actually, you never know where starts and ends the same house, and most of them look like bunch of grapes. When strolling around you'll find yourself occasionally in dead-end streets but don't panic, there is always way in and way out.
Fondest memory: It is pitty that most of the tourists do not visit this part of the city which is, for no reason, out of the guided city tours.
Stari Varoš is the oldest part of the town which lies in between Trg Republike and Marjan hill. It is a network of short and narrow streets whit small, mostly one-storey, stone houses. This part of the town used to be, and still is, inhabited by fishermen and labourers, who are the good soul of the city.
Fondest memory: To me, Stari Varoš represents what the town of Split realy is, a place full of lustiness, burlesque, great sense of humour, serenity, but also, invidiousness and belittling towards others.
Split city center/Old town is a must see, every street is important, just try and let go, get lost in there and discover the old heart of this magnificent city.
At Podstrana near Split, you can rest in the peace and quiet of private accommodation right by the sea. The Split Riviera is six kilometres of beautiful pebble beach and tamarisk. Thousands of beds are available in the highest quality accommodation; many houses have the beach close by and there is a rich choise of restaurants and places to eat.
Fondest memory: The climate
This is Grgur Ninksi - the bishop of Nin, the 10th century bishop which opposed the Pope and introduced croatian language in the religious services (until that time the services were held in latin and were not understood by the majority of the population).
The big sculpture - so much larger than life :) was made by Ivan Mestrovic in 1929 and originally stood in the center of Peristyle until 1954.
Always a nice place to take a photo of you, and his big toe - which is shiny gold from all the people touching it - the mith says it brings you good luck.
Split old town is a place where you can visit the marvelous architecture (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site), shops, resturants and cafes. The whole area of the town worth visiting. Take time in every street and corner where you find treasures of culture.
Fondest memory: The old town and the blue sea. Impressive cultural site.
Just a money note where you can see the drawing of Marko Marulic (1450-1524), the writer and humanist,
the Father of Croatian literatures.
Prior to the 16th century, Croatian literary works were exclusively religious and devotional in character, by the beginning of the 16th century we come across the first secular work of literature, the Istoria svete udovice Judit (The History of the Holy Widow Judith), written by Marko Marulic, a poet and scholar from Split. This first Croatian epic, which tells the biblical story from the book of Judith and the slaying of Holofernes, was published in five editions between 1521 and 1627. The first edition was printed by Fontaneto de Monteserrato in Venice, where the later editions were also published.
I don't know for sure if this is the prison tower, but it looks nice and durable. The whole palace with it's walls and the main cathedral tower looks impressice.
Just think about the 1800 years which passed over this marvel.
Lot of small alleys and tiny streets will take you around the incredible historcal buildings in the old centre of Split.
Fondest memory: Nice food in the hidden restaurants around inside the old centre, all of them with a fantastic atmosphere.