Friday, September 26, 2014

9/19/14 Day 246 Split, Croatia

Split, the party town of Croatia, beach destination and ultimate getaway, at least this is how Split is often perceived. For me it is certainly a nice city, most notably Diocletian's Palace for an evening stroll among the vendors and buskers and street food. The palace was built in the 4th century CE and is one of the most famous, architecturally sound remains of a Roman Palace, the marble stone that the whole area is constructed of has a sheen that seems unnatural with obviously regular polishings. The beaches in close proximity to town were kind of pathetic, and are composed of concrete swim step slabs full of sunbathers who clearly can't be bothered by getting themselves to a natural beach. Most notably Bacvice beach which I read was the most popular beach in town, upon arrival we discovered...concrete with a tiny bit of sand, certainly not what I had expected. We found our way to Marjan where we watched a beautiful sunset and I even caught myself an Italian Wall lizard. Overall a nice city, but more of a gathering place for tourists and a fume soaked airspace, clogged from boats and buses.  

Heart shaped crab traps

Diocletian's Palace

My lizard friend

The beaches towards Marjan Park north of the old city are far nicer and less crowded

Hike up to the top of Marjan hill, a beautiful way to spend 1.5 hours of a beautiful day

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