Split PERSONALITY; with Its Game of Thrones Links, Rich History, Modern Hotels and Nightlife, This Croatian City Is Full of Surprises Says JOSH PARRY

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Split PERSONALITY; with Its Game of Thrones Links, Rich History, Modern Hotels and Nightlife, This Croatian City Is Full of Surprises Says JOSH PARRY


Byline: JOSH PARRY

WHEN Emperor Diocletian decided to retire from ruling the Roman Empire, he couldn't find a befitting rest home. After shopping around, he decided to build his own - and so Split was born.

Now, more than 1,700 years later, his bespoke walled palace is a hive of activity. Tourists and locals alike wander around his former residence, enjoying the pavement cafes, tiny bars and boutiques dotted among pre-Christian sphinxes and ancient marble edifices.

Croatia is currently riding a wave of popularity thanks to the filming of hit series Game of Thrones, with several locations within the UNESCO World Heritage site featuring in the show.

Passing through Diocletian's Palace, it's clear to see the impact the show has had on tourism here - shops are filled with merchandise from the fantasy saga, and a number of the walking tours feature filming locations.

If tourists flock to catch a glimpse of the settings they've spotted on screen, they'll likely stay for the beautiful sights, food and drink on offer.

Inside the palace walls, there is an abundance of restaurants offering everything from a sit-down meal, to takeaway pizzas. Although the euro is readily accepted, tourists get a much better deal if they use the local kuna.

And while Split is great for the budgetconscious travel you don't need to penny pinch - a two-course meal with a bottle wine costs as little as PS20-perhead.

Mazzgoon, a family run eatery situated in the heart of the palace, dishes up locally sourced food in traditional surroundings and despite its 16th-century setting, the menu is firmly in the modern day.

While the palace is definitely the hub of Split, not taking a stroll outside of its walls would be an injustice.

The Riva Promenade is lined with trendy bars and the more traditional cafes. Locals meet up along the prom and spend hours taking in the breathtaking view with a drink or snack. …

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