Riva & Harbour, Split
Riva is Split's waterfront where cafes and restaurants line up and is a perfect place to people watch and look out to the main bay and harbour.
The harbour area and the old town including the Diocletian Palace are on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
if you stay in the old city or next to it, first place you must visit every morning on youre way to whereever you go is the green market. located just outside dioclatian's palace wall and next to the harbour.vegetables, fruits, food, clothes,souvenirs, (almost) all homemade and grown up in small farms around and in split.loudly and colorfull. eat a burek or drink coffee in one of the stands or by yourself some frash organic fruits for the day - and it will start with a smile
The Promenade of Split is a broad pedestrian avenue glazed with white tiles and lined with palm trees superficially resembling the Promenade de Anglais in Nice. It is a place to people watch, have a coffee in a cafe or simply admiring the beautiful Adriatic Sea and the ships sailing by.
During the day this renovated strip of sea front is populated by a handful of shoppers and coffee drinkers, but on summer nights the place teems with life. The promenade is pleasant enough, but they put on so many late night events here that the seats facing the Adriatic end up covered in sticky beer, so not so pleasant to sit down and enjoy the view.
The view, especially at sundown, is very nice, although you won't be impressed if you've been spoiled by waterfronts further south. Gone are the luxury yachts of Cavtat and Kotor, replaced by passenger ferries, island shuttles and party boats. But partying is probably what Split does better than any of the other Dalmatian cities.
This is a fantastic and very wide avenue that stretches from the Diocletian walls to the harbor water, or about 50 feet. Ringing this Riva is a string of palm trees, to enhance the beauty. Along this boulevard are high end shops and some eateries, as well as ice cream shops, candy shops, the the mix. In the middle of the Riva is the Information Center that has literature and maps of the area and old town.
My opinion is this is one of the best, if not the best promanades in all of Europe-expanded
The Riva was one of the most attractive places for me in Split. There are plenty of benches to have a seat and watch the world go by or alternatively there are plenty of cafes. Everyone comes here and during the warm period it can get extremely busy here but again there is plenty of space for everyone although there is a crowded feel when you are surrounded by tour groups shuffling through. The palm trees give it a distinct mediteranean touch.
If you are there at night time then you may see the interesting lighting setup.
Like so many other coastal towns Split has a Riva, too. Actually in my opinion Split has the most exciting and the most beautiful Riva of all of them. Here you can admire huge palmtrees, stylish new benches and the fascinating old wall of Diocletian's palace with its more recent additions. I especially enjoyed these views, it gives you a first glimpse at the spectacular buildings you can expect after entering the palace grounds.
When we were here the building of the new Riva was still in progress so there were hardly any terraces open. Now that it's finished this place is the place to see and be seen again I guess - Split's "living room".
If you visit Split, you will undoubtedly stroll along it's waterfront promenade at some point during your stay.
The promenade (or Obala Hrvatskog narodnog preporoda to give it its correct name) is known (more conveniently!) by locals as "The Riva".
The first thing I noticed about the promenade is how bright it is. If you emerge from the dark streets of Split's old town onto the promenade, you will immediately be struck by the brightness of the sun shining on the promenade's pure white stone. Even with sunglasses on, my friend found it to be extremely bright!
The promenade is lined with palm trees and is a great place for a seaside stroll or to sit on a bench in the afternoon sunshine watching the ferries come in and out and seeing the sun set.
At any time of day during the summer months, the promenade is likely to be bustling with tourists and locals alike. You will find kiosks selling ice creams, carts selling freshly made popcorn and a handful of touts selling novelty balloons and other children's toys.
Cafes line the edge of the promenade and these are particularly popular late in the afternoon and early in the evening. Many people begin their evening, especially at weekends, in one of the promenade cafes before moving on to the bars and clubs of nearby Bacvice.
The promenade is located right in front of the old town and is just a 5 minute walk from the bus and train stations and the ferry terminal.
At the time of my visit in May 2007, a scale model of Split, located at the end of the promenade was proving very popular with locals who were seemingly trying to locate their own home or favourite building on the small steel cityscape.
I suggest walk along Riva with you beloved ones, there is plenty of people there every day, drinking coffee, children playing around.... enjoying....
These pics are last year's, Riva is now renewed and paved with white stone, I don't have new pics....
It's worth to see....
The Riva and harbour area is a scenic place lined with trees and outdoor cafes. It is a major meeting place for locals and is a great place to spend some time walking, people watching, or doing absolutely nothing.
The waterfront promenade also known as the Riva is officially named the Obala hrvatskog narodnog. It runs along the southern facade of the Diocletian's Palace and is lined with indoor/outdoor cafes, shops and some apartments. During the day, there were always plenty of people hanging out at the cafes and generally lounging around on the benches near the water or just waiting to meet up with friends. We were fortunate to stay at the end of the Riva and had this lovely view over the harbour
Actually, the waterfront promenade best known as the Riva is officially named the Obala hrvatskog narodnog , but I have absolutely no chance of pronouncing that properly so I'll stick with the Riva (roll that "r"). It runs along the southern facade of the Diocletian's Palace and is lined with indoor/outdoor cafes, shops and some apartments. During the day, there were always plenty of people hanging out at the cafes and generally lounging around on the benches near the water or just waiting to meet up with friends.
Took another photo from Riva esplanade, the sight of the area called Meje.
Just next or rather below Marjan Hill.
I know it's hard to describe the Split city area without a map.
Roughly it would be like this :
Train & bus station are in Bacvice* area.
Walk pass the Lucac area to go to the Diocletian Palace. Many stalls in this area selling pirate watches, belts etc. I bought a watch !
The palace itself & its west surrounding is known as Grad.
Inland areas facing the sea/bay are Lovret & Table.
Veli Varos is between Grad & Marjan Hill.
The foothill of Marjan Hill, overlooking the sea is Meje.
I went out from the Diocletian Palace & walked along the harbour & caught this scenery of Split by the harbour.
On the right side of the photo is Riva, an esplanade.
I remember walking up & down, up & down Riva; wanted to take a good photo of Split harbour.
Finally settled for the photo that you can see on the left.
The hill is Marjan Hill, full of activities like hiking & such.
Nice it is too.
Riva in the late 19th century. On the left, there is a medieval belltower of St. Domnius before it has been reconstructed; in the background, there is the Gripe fortress.
Riva in the early 20th century, with the stone fountain, which was erected in 1886, to commemorate both the rehabilitation of the Roman aqueduct and the construction of a new public water supply system. The fountain has been pulled down after the World War
Reconstruction of Diocletian's Palace (G. Nieman, 1910)
The steep cliffs jutting out above the sea, and bordering the shoreline have formed the small coves in the harbour of Split. One has been formed exactly in front of the Palace , and two other ones to the west and to the east of the Palace, respectively. The site of Diocletian's Palace had been laid out following the original configuration of the terrain, so the façade of the Palace was protected from the south- wind waves by the promontory of the eastearn cove. In 1986, the stone blocks of the Roman quay were excavated on the site in front of the Palace. (The Roman quay can be even seen on the cadastral maps of Split dating back in 1831). In the Middle Ages there was a small pier right in front of the southern gate of the Palace, where the ships coming to the Split harbour were moored.
Among the first medieval structures erected at the waterfront, close to the Palace, was the wall running from the southeastern tower of the Palace (so called Archbishop's Tower) towards the seafront, and which was mentioned in the municipal Statute from 1312. The similar wall was erected to the west of it, so the whole space in front of the Palace, i.e. the city itself was protected by walls.
As Split was developing toward the west, there was another gate that was leading to the city harbour, opened by the western tower of the Palace, so called Sea gate or Porta Marina. On the other hand, the Gate of the grotto, the most ancient passage to the seafront dating from Roman times, and located in the middle of the southern façade, was still used during the Middle Ages.
In 15th century, during the Venetian rule, the Venetian garrison was housed in a newly erected Castle (Citadel) on Riva, similar to those that had already been built in all other major cities on the coast. Thus, the Venetian government protected the city and ensured itself against possible riots incited by discontented citizens.
Riva got its present appearance in the early 19th century, in the period of the French rule. It was extended and gravelled then, and a series of houses, bearing some characteristic architectural features of that period, was erected. Some of them have been well-preserved up to the present time
On this picture you can see east part of Riva at the beginning of 20th c.