Best gift ideas:
-Buy large round earrings called bokule to a girl or a young woman, a necklace of red coral, silver filigree balls( Dalmatian basket) on a ring or a necklace, špile- a decorative pin.
There are many goldsmith's, i.e. Zlatar -Filigran at the corner of the Peristil.
-Another valuable souveniers can be found in Authentic Dalmatian Products in Obala H. preporoda"Riva".
-A tie with a screened image ofthe Peristil or dalamtian dogs at "Croata" in the Palace and Voćni trg.
Built in the neo Renaissance style, this square hosts the traditional festival of Dalmatian song, held here since 1967. Unfortunaltely, except for that the square is not much in use.
What San Remo is for Italy, it is Split for Croatia.
Any singer who wants to become popular must participate hoping to win at this music festival.
There are many prizes, the most important is the Golden Wave for the best song chosen by the jury. The best song chosen by the audience gets the Grand Prix of the Split Festival.
The third night is declared the winner and assigned the prizes.
In a language of a native speaker from Dalmatia, in their dialect, there are many Italian loan words, modificered into their pronunciation. For those who are not Dalmatians, it is quite confusing and surprising language, as they were strangers too.
In the song of Nadalina, singed by legendary Boris Dvornik( actor) and Oliver Dragojević( singer), you can hear many of those words and learn it, if you like. It is a very cheerful song, representing the typical Dalmatian woman. After this song was created a new brand of spices, called Luxor Nadalina začini, packed from the local producer.
This used to be Archiepiscopal Seminary and the first high school and public library in Split, founded in 1700 by Archbishop Stjepan Cosmi. The school and the library have been transfered to the other more comfortable location and the abandoned building was in a very bad conditions.
Since 1990 it was dedicated to the islamic community of Split which has over 3000 members. After major reconstruction works it has been a masjid, an islamic place of worship. Mesdžid (originally masjid) is Arabic word meaning a place of prostration.
Masjid is situated inthe old core of Split, in Dominisova street 1, very close to the Narodni Trg.
Every passage way, corridor or short street is leading to somwhere no wrong footstep is possible. The only dead end street or passage way could be if entering in some private courtyard. During nights this passage ways are well illuminated and pretty much safe.
There is a part of the Diocletianus Palace though which is recommendable to avoid during nights. It is in the southern parts, which is closed to the Riva by external walls of the palace and is called Get (coming from Ghetto). There is a network of small short streets full of cafe bars and cheap restaurants, but in the nights it is place where one could meet drug dealers and prostitution. To be honest, that part of the palace could be extremelly charming in the nights but also, could be risky too.
Emanuel Vidovic (1870-1953) is Croatian painter and graphic artist. He was styding in Venice at the Academy of Arts but he never completed his formal studies. Instead he prefered to paint exteriors and chanels of Venice, Chiogia and Milano. In 1895 he came back to Split bringing along post-Impressionist style of light and intence colours. His later works become darker and more alike to expressionism. He left very big opus and valuable paintings in the churches around Split and Trogir.
The statue of Grgur Ninski is probably the most trafficked site in the town, by both locals and tourists, which the toe of the statue shows. According to the local beliefs rubbing the statue's toe bring good luck. It become tradition among the local to touch the toe each time one passes by. Local students do it regularly before some of important exames.
Those who were lucky bringing flowers as an act of the gratitude. Touch it or rubb it yourself when in Split, might work good.
This sculpture is called "Jato" (flock) and is situated on the rocks, right next to the ACI Marina. Couldn't find any usefull informations regarding this sculpture, will ask Niksa (fellow member Diocletianus) to help me about. It is very probably that "Jato" is representing the flock of sea-gulls from the port of Split.
The old core of Split has plenty of interesting details incorporated in the houses, some are visible at the first sight some not. Since the ancient times, the new churches bas been erected on a site of a previous pagan temples or other churches, and the same goes for the houses too. Most of the urban houses which could be seen inside of the core of Diocletianus palace were built from the stone which used to be the part of the city walls or palace itself. Some houses featuring ancient coat of arms, parts of the monuments or even parts of the tombstones. Certain house facades displaying the history of the town from ancient Roman times up to the Middle Ages and onwards.
There are an extremely large number of females that wear high heels, even on those irregular rock paved streets. These heels are not your ordinary height, as you can see. Along with the heels is the tight jeans and maybe red hair color for a lot of them
There is a very large number of stray cats that somehow survive, and the locals seem to let it go unnoticed. Most cats are rather "mangy" and scrawny types form lack of food. I would not pet any for fear of a bite, or get a tick or bug of some sort. It happens. I feel sorry for the cats, but nothing appears to be done be Croats to resolve the matter
There are a large number of people that come down to the market and stay most of the day. They are dressed in all types of garb, and of unique cultures for each. I have found that there is a LOT of drinking, smoking and looking at women with "that" look which are usually in very high heels and red hair; a cultural pheonomina
The story goes like this: There was a rich American tourist staying in town. Whenever he would look through his hotel room there was a young men with a fish-hook sitting under the palm tree, fishing. You could see there weren’t many fish there. One day American decided to ask him why he wouldn’t try some other place for fishing:
- Why would I go away from my house? And my palm tree? – asked the guy
- Well, I bet you would find there are more fish there, outside this bay. You could catch more.
- Why would I do that?
- Well, you could catch more – not only for yourself, but you could also sell it on the market!
- And why would I do that?
- Well, one day you could buy a small boat and go to the sea where you could catch more fish.
- And why would I do that?
- Well, you could sell it on the market. And you could get a loan. Buy a real fishing boat and real nets. Catch a lot of fish.
- And why would I do that?
- Well, you could finally buy a whole fleet of fishing boats. Make a business of it.
- And why would I do that?
- Well – you could soon become rich. So rich, you could go to a deserted place and do nothing – just sit and rest the whole day!
- Well, that’s what I’m doing right now!
This is the concept of fjaka, which is the concept of life in Split. The concept of fjaka tells you not to do anything that is not necessary, take a lot of rest under the palm trees or in numerous cafes. Whatever you do, make sure to stop at noon to take real lunch. And take a short nap after the lunch. If anyone asks you to do anything, you’re free to say: “malo san fjakast” (I’m a little bit caught by fjaka), and this is enough reason to continue with resting.
(Note that some people you deal with in tourist offices, hotels or restaurants are not being rude to you nor especially slow as you might think at the first place. They are just living according to the concept of fjaka.
This is the Croatian name for the inhabitants of Split. They are well known for the gregarious nature, love of singing, good food and drink and particularly for their devotion to sport. The local soccer team, Hajduk ("The Bandit") is one of the best supported teams in the country. And finally all my male friends tell me, and there is no dispute about this, the most beautiful girls in Croatia come from Split
Outside of the Old Town, you'll find some typical neighborhoods with people milling about, sweeping their steps or just hanging out in their windows watching the world go by. I also noticed that many people hang their clothes out to dry in the open air like you see here in this picture taken in the neighborhood on the hill overlooking the Old Town, Veli Varos.