We left Venice , a magical city where they exist, with stunning views from the deck of our ship. Unforgettable view of the Plaza de San Marcos . They say it is one of the intake or exhaust port with more impact you can enjoy one crucerista ….
The output image of this city, still in our minds, we reached our second leg of the cruise, Split .
Split is a small town on the Adriatic coast racing Dubrovnik , pearl of the Adriatic , as monumental beauties are concerned, although in Split can find less crowding of tourists in the streets, which is appreciated and more in summer … although it can boast a not too hot weather in summer 26º and mild winters.
Split was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1979 and from there you can visit by ferry many of the attractive Croatian islands. In our case becausedid not have much time on this scale we chose the visit of the city on foot.
I was struck by the light that gave off this Croatian town, accompanied by a landscape of modern and old. Promenade, La Riva , with palms at Marbella style, numerous terraces facing the sea and its streets full of monuments, museums, ultimately full of history …
Once we landed and since the port of Split had no draft for docking our ship, we proceeded to make the landing in tenders, which took us to the port in a few minutes and close to Diocletian ‘s Palace , whose interior houses the historic town. We crossed the street opposite the port and headed toward the front door of the palace to wallow in the wonderful maze of streets that the city has different architectural styles such as Gothic, medieval, Roman, etc ….
We arrived at the Plaza de la Catedral , built by followers of Jesus in the ancient Pantheon Emperor and so we were delivered to the city, getting lost by countless streets arriving at Green Market . In this picturesque market, you can find many souvenir stalls, fruit, pastries, footwear and other foods, most of them installed within the walls themselves, which facilitated us shade and cool, very welcome late in the morning.
Outside the palace, just across from the cathedral, we could see a beautiful park. There the huge statue was bishop Grgur Ninski ( Gregory of Nin ). According to legend must rub his big left toe to attract luck and make a wish, which are sure to meet the bishop.
Places more importance on this visit are the Palace of Diocletian , undoubtedly the most important since the city was built in the fourth century BC around him. This palace offers interesting archaeological remains and the strength and the Temple of Jupiter , turned into the Church of San Juan .
The Cathedral of St. Domnius , Roman architecture, is the present cathedral of Split , in the past was the ancient Mausoleum Diocletian . Here the ingredients of pagan and Christian worship combine …
We can also find religious buildings such as the Franciscan Monastery with its beautiful Gothic cloister and two important archaeological museums.
Other attractions are the palace cellars , underground city hidden beneath the streets of Split , the Peristyle and Vestibulum , these are the steps of the forum of the palace, as explained have an exceptional acoustics and therefore you usually find different groups singing live to the delight of tourists …, Veli Varos is the area of traditional fishermen town, the fish Market is the gate of fresh fish in town, it is located in the medieval town and the beach in Bacvice area bars and atmosphere of Split …
The rest of the time is dedicated to continue traveling the streets and monuments, observing the well achieved harmony between ancient and modern buildings.
After several hours enjoying Split and overwhelmed by the heat, as it was August and the softness of temperatures which boasts conspicuous by its absence, we returned to the ship to enjoy its facilities and prepare for our next stop, Corfu .
Date Posted: September 28, 2013
I would like to apologize to my english speaking readers since this website was initially built in spanish language and after receiving numerous requests I have decided to translate it into English. This article have been translated automatically, so some meanings may not be completely correct, but I think it’s enough to share my experiences with my readers.