The Split Riviera stretches from the peaceful bays of Trogir along with the surrounding villages and islands, through Kastela, Solin, Split down to Omiš.
Here every single step of history connects to the present day, here people live and work in areas that are thousands of years old. Today’s Riviera under the mountains Kozjak and Mosor forms the central part of the Adriatic coast and since the times of the Illyrians and Greeks it has been an intersection of trade routes, which is why in this area, in addition to countless sources of drinking water, the first and oldest settlements appeared, including rare cultural and historical monuments procreate.
Just 30 kilometers away you will find two cities inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List: Diocletian’s Palace and historic center of Split, historic center of Trogir, as well as Salona, the largest archaeological site of the Croatian Adriatic, between the which is located in both cities and which used to be the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. Croatian kings have been crowned in this region, wars have been fought for centuries over this small stretch of coast and it has been conquered only to be later returned to those who owned it, the conflicts creating legends and heroes, protectors and saints were created.
When, in 305, the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruled almost the entire world, decided to build his summer residence and spend the rest of his life there, there was no doubt where he would build it.
He visionary marked a special point on the map of the Adriatic Sea in the heart of Dalmatia, in the well-protected bay of fertile Aspalathos (Split), shielded from the sea side by the islands of the Split archipelago and from the land side by high mountains – the future city of Split.
It is only 6 kilometers away from the then cosmopolitan Salona, the well-known center of the province of Dalmatia with strong walls, numerous towers, temples, palaces, thermal baths, which had 60,000 inhabitants at the time and is today the largest archaeological complex of ancient monuments in Croatia. Diocletian’s Palace was a unique building for the architecture of the time. Although the seventeen centuries of its existence and constant life in it have robbed much of its original form, it has in turn been enriched by later architectural and artistic objects. For example – irony of fate – the great mausoleum built for the last Roman emperor became a catholic cathedral dedicated to St. Domnius / sv. Dedicated to Dujam, the martyr whom Diocletian had killed. Its famous walnut door is the work of master Andrija Buvina from 1214. Happily surviving historical change, Diocletian’s Palace is deeply connected to the life of the city and has become its densely populated historic center full of enchanting stone palaces.
Exuding the enchanting charm of the Mediterranean South, Split is a city that not only tells its rich history in its museums and churches, but whose heritage from antiquity to the present day is most strongly expressed in the peristyle and stone houses, while maintaining the original Mediterranean spirit revealed in the happy singing from the taverns, the hubbub of voices from the corners and alleys as well as from the waterfront. Following the meandering white stone-paved streets to the coast with its bobbing boats, you will discover a city where the famous Roman ruler left the stamp of his imperial presence in every corner, along with the saint he had killed. A special feature of this city are its songs and internationally outstanding athletes, Wimbledon winners, numerous Olympic champions and aces of the NBA league as well as the most beautiful women in the world. If you have any doubts, then stroll along the waterfront of Split…
Marina is an old fishing village and small port, situated on the sea bay of Trogir. It represents a perfect union of sun, sea, stone and salt, it is a place where tradition and urban lifestyle permeate. The small port has 140 berths and therefore the place is often visited by yachts. It is also favorable for all water sports such as sailing, diving or sport fishing. The proximity of ancient Trogir and picturesque Primošten allows for good entertainment and a handful of cultural events.
Seget is almost connected to Trogir, whose extraordinary cultural heritage is a must-see when you are here. Various accommodation options (hotels, campsites, rooms and apartments), a wide range of whole foods (fruit and vegetables), especially traditional specialties from the backup area (lamb) as well as seafood and fresh fish, many sports and leisure opportunities, especially water sports facilities make Seget and its surroundings into a great vacation spot that meets the needs of all types of tourists. A one km walk by the sea leads to the resort of Medena.
Trogir was once one of the largest cultural centers in Dalmatia. It has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997 as the best preserved Romanesque-Gothic city in Central Europe. One of the highlights of this city is the magnificent portal of the Cathedral of St. Laurentius / Sv. Lovro from the 13th century, work of master Radovan. Other sights include the Kamerlengo Fortress Tower, the City Gate, the Čipiko Palace, the City Hall and the Church of St. Nicholas with an art collection dedicated to the god Kairos, who guarantees you happy moments in Trogir. Likewise, the Trogir taverns guarantee you unforgettable gastronomic experiences. Culinary offerings include Trogir Pašticada (beef stewed in wine, prošek, vegetables and spices) and Trogir Rafijoli (sweet, almond-filled ravioli/dumplings) for dessert. The pašticada is one of the cult dishes in all of Dalmatia. Each area of this region has its own special way of preparation.
Thanks to its position as a peculiar extension of the town of Trogir, the island of Čiovo offers a wide range of opportunities for recreation, entertainment and swimming, as well as numerous historical monuments. You will not be able to forget the Mediterranean vegetation, the archipelago with small picturesque islets, mild climate and beautiful beaches in hidden bays.
The island’s location in the heart of Dalmatia makes it an ideal starting point for exploring the rich cultural heritage and natural beauties of Dalmatia. Welcome to this beautiful island!
The town of Kaštela is located on the coast of the Kaštelan Bay, has over 40,000 inhabitants and is the second largest town in region Split. The peculiarity of this town is the fact that it arose from 7 villages (Kaštel Sućurac, Kaštel Gomilica, Kaštel Kambelovac, Kaštel Lukšić, Kaštel Stari, Kaštel Novi, Kaštel Štafilić) around the Kaštela Fortress, and each place has its peculiarity, which characterizes this mediterranean area.
The various towns of Kaštel are the towns with the best transport connections. In addition to the Split International Airport, there is a train station in Kaštel Stari, and it is connected to the Split-Zagreb highway through its own exits/entrances from the closest Prgomet and Vučevići.
Omiš is located at the estuary of the Cetina river. The origin of the city name comes from the Slavic word holm and means elevation or mountain, since the settlement was probably more north, in the hamlet of Baučići. The whole rich history of piracy is illustrated by the Fortica fortress, whose purpose was protection from the enemy, but also a place of refuge. Fort Mirabela Peovica represents a medieval part of town surrounded by city walls with fortresses. Today, Omiš is a popular destination for those who want to experience adventure in the Cetina canyon, try rafting, mountaineering or even caving.