Radisson Blu Resort Split ****
Split, Croatia’s 2nd largest city, reigns as the economic and cultural centre of the Dalmatian Coast. Just steps away from a beautiful pebble beach along the Adriatic Sea and only 3 kilometres from the city centre, this Split hotel provides the best of natural beauty and a bustling downtown. All of the 250 stylish rooms and suites include Free high-speed, wireless Internet access and a mini bar. Several onsite restaurants and bars give guests plenty of options for dining or cooling off with a refreshing beverage. Relieve stress at the private spa or fitness center or take a dip in one of the swimming pools. Our resort hotel in Split also offers 9 meeting spaces and a gorgeous VIP deck for business and social events.
- Surrounded by mountains and pebble beaches of the Adriatic Sea
- Only 3 kilometers from the dynamic city center and Diocletian’s Palace
- Rooms with views of the sea and city
- 3 onsite restaurants and 2 bars with indoor and outdoor settings
- Expansive spa area with Japanese Onsen pool, sauna, sun studio and 12 treatment rooms
- Outdoor, indoor and child-friendly pools
- Modern meeting spaces with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment
- A beautiful wedding venue
Put Trstenika 19
21000 Split Croatia (Hrvatska)
+385 (21) 30 30 30
Split is the second largest city in Croatia, with just over 200,000 inhabitants, and is the largest city on the Adriatic coast. Located on the eastern shore of the Adriatic, between the wooded slopes of Marjan Hill to the west, and rocky beaches of the pictoresque willages to the east, overlooking middle Adriatic islands on the horizon, Split is the pulsating heart of the Dalmatian coast.
Split was founded more than 1700 years and built around the palace of the roman emperor Diocletian. The Emperor Diocletian built his retirement palace here and large sections of it still survive today. As the legend said, Diocletian, after his surprise abdication came to Split and spent his twilight years growing prize cabbages, apparently he found it most therapeutic after a lifetime of hard campaigning. He dragged his co-Augustus Maximus unwillingly into retirement with him. However Maximus could not adjust to a retired lifestyle after his spell in the imperial sun so he returned to join in the civil war that resulted in Constantine becoming single Emperor and founding Constantinople. Today, the palace – historical center of the city – is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is one of the world's most famous and richest urban melting pots of historical and cultural influences. The ruins of Diocletian's Palace, built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D., can be found throughout the city. The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Twelfth- and 13th-century Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th-century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style make up the rest of the inner city centre.
Split's culture and ambient is defined by its long history. Although, a 1700-year old open-air museum by itself, Split boasts a number of famous museums and cultural attractions. Visit the rich Archeological museums, catch a ballet company rehearsing for the summer festival in one of the spacious public squares or listen to locals singing age-old Adriatic melodies on the Riva. See an open air concert - or one of many summer festivals. Explore the narrow cobblestone alleys. Just a few minutes of walking distance away you can find the oldest, but also the smallest Catholic functioning cathedral in the world, but also world’s second-oldest continually functioning Sephardic synagogue. Not far away is one of the largest and oldest Jewish cemeteries in Europe, but also Europe's narrowest street. Take a stroll along Riva, a broad seaside thoroughfare in the lee of the palace walls. Benches litter the shore, next to mega yachts and tour boats, sheltered by rows of palm trees.
Places to visit
Diocletian's Palace (UNESCO heritage site)
The historic centre of Split is built around the remains of this Roman palace. You only need to wander around to experience it but you can also pay to visit the excavated remains of the basement of the palace. The palace has well preserved main streets cardo and decumanus. Roman palace is enriched with some gothic and reinassance buildings which makes a perfect match. Palace has 4 monumental gates Porta Aurea (Zlatna vrata, Golden gate), Porta Argenta (Srebrna vrata, Silver gate), Porta Ferrea (Željezna vrata, Iron gate) and Porta Aenea (Mjedena vrata). It is probably the best preserved Roman palace in general.
St. Duje's cathedral
Originally built around 305 AD as a mausoleum of Roman emperor Diocletian's (the oldest cathedral building in the world). Cathedral is also a very beautiful mixture of Roman temple and Catholic church. It also has a beautiful belltower which provides you a great panoramic view of Split, nearby islands and Marjan hill.
Peristil square (Peristylium)
Main square of Diocletian's palace with well preserved Roman architecture. Peristil was meant to be used by the Diocletian and the cult of the living son of Jupiter. The emperor made appearances under the arch of the central part of Vestibul entrance. His subjects approached him adoringly and either kneeled to kiss the hem of his purple cloak or prostrated themselves in front of him. The red color of the granite pillars further emphasizes the ceremonial function of the place. Since the emperor Diocletian's time, purple is the imperial color. With the construction of the new city square with the city hall (Pjaca) in between the 13th and the 14th century, Peristil became more of a religious center. From its western side it is bordered by the palaces of local noble families Grisogono and Cipci, that lean on its authentic columns and arches. Due to their Renaissance and Gothic architecture they are a monuments - themselves. Because of its unique beauty and specific acoustics, Peristil became a famous theatre scene, almost custom made for opera classics (Verdi's AIDA) and Greek tragedies (Antigona, King Edip).
Trg Republike (Republic Square) is a large, open square surrounded on three sides by a collection of elaborate neo-Renaissance buildings known as the Prokurative. On the southern side, the square opens up to a lovely view of the harbor. Construction of the Prokurative started during the latter half of the 19th century under the supervision of General Marmont, with the buildings inspired largely by the architecture of the same period in Venice. While relatively unoccupied in the cooler months, the square comes alive in the summer with concerts and cultural events, the most popular being the Entertainment Musical Festival of Split.
Ancient Roman temple which became St. John's church. The Temple of Jupiter was constructed around the same time Diocletian's Palace was completed, around 3rd-4th Century. It is one of the best preserved Roman temples. By the 13th Century the temple was used as a baptistery. On the side of the temple is one of Split's famous and narrowest streets, "Pusti me proć" (Let me pass).
People's square (Narodni trg)
On the western side of the palace is the Narodni trg on which is the old town hall, which was built in the 15th century. The town hall houses an ethnographic museum (worth visiting) which was established in 1910. Nearby is a city museum.
Let Me Pass (Pusti me da prodjem) Street
South of the Jupiter’s temple there’s a passage officially named “Kraj svetog Ivana” (Close to St.John’s). This is the narrowest street in Split, also known as the “Pusti me da prodjem” (Let Me Pass) street. It is only about 70 cm wide.
Two original Egyptian sphinxes
One is located on Peristil square and the other in front of Jupiter's temple or St. John's church. They were brought from Egypt by Roman emperor Diocletian.
Riva is the main city promenade. Since 2007. Riva has a new, "modern" look, which is not accepted by most of the people.
More information about Split can be found at http://www.visitsplit.com