Split, Croatia

It has turned out to be a wonderful trip till now for us in Croatia. Starting from Zagreb and then moving on to Dubrovnik, it’s been an opportunity to be with beautiful nature and some lovely people for a week. The day trip to Montenegro in between exploring two historical towns, Kotor and Budva was also full of fun and relaxation as we now head to Split, another beautiful Adriatic town of Croatia.

Split Promenade, Croatia

We had come back to Zagreb from Dubrovnik to spend a relaxing day here before moving on because we had loved the peace of this charming city. You could of course travel directly to Split from Dubrovnik as the distance is much shorter. And we chose FlixBus for our destination next from here, because of our previous happy experiences of traveling with them.

Although the journey from Zagreb to Split is almost four hours, the beautiful countryside, green mountains, enticing water bodies and this refreshing break made it seem much shorter, along with our small doses of nap in between.

Restoran Makola between Zagreb and Split, Croatia
Lively restaurant..

Restoran Makola between Zagreb and Split, Croatia

Restoran Makola between Zagreb and Split, Croatia
Wide choice of snacks, coffee options and these yummy desserts and savories..
Restoran Makola between Zagreb and Split, Croatia
Great ambience..
Restoran Makola between Zagreb and Split, Croatia
And more shopping if you have the time..

Restoran Makola between Zagreb and Split, Croatia

All this while though, one thought that kept coming back was the weather forecast. It did not sound too good with predictions of incessant rains and thunderstorms and caution for fishermen to stay away from the sea for the next two days. I had dozed off again. When I woke up, I realized it was just about drizzling and we were entering the city.

Sometimes what you visualize about a place and what you experience is so very different. As the bus reached it’s final destination, I was thrilled. Split looked exactly like the original picture in my mind.

Split promenade, Croatia

Split promenade, Croatia

Split promenade, Croatia

As we walked towards our hotel, there was a spring in our steps. It was three in the afternoon and my calculations said we had nine more hours to go before we called it a day.

I looked at her and said, ‘Miles to go before we sleep’. She looked back with a little worry on her face and trying to figure out what I meant. Was I serious or was I joking? ‘Nine more hours is too much for today’, she said. That’s my wife, truly my best half and one who can’t keep up with the hectic pace of a longish holiday that I love and plan for us. But the best part is that she always pulls it through, not willing to miss anything. And so I keep pulling her leg. In good spirits though.

We were now on our last leg of a five minute walk, right in the heart of Split city center promenade moving towards our hotel for the next three nights. It was a heritage property that I had approached directly and when they had heard I was a travel blogger, a level 6 TripAdvisor reviewer with over 75,000 readers worldwide and also a Booking.com partner & Genius level 2 holidayer, they offered me an unbelievable discounted price for the room. The thought itself made be give myself another mental pat on the back as we approached the reception of ‘Plaza Marchi Heritage Old Town’.

Hotel Plaza Marchi Old Town, Split, Croatia
A smiling face to welcome us..

Plaza Marchi Old Town was built above the substructure halls of Diocletian’s palace and it borders the remains of St. Mihovil church, the oldest church in Split. Substructure halls represent one of the best-preserved antique complexes of this kind in the world. The medieval church of St. Mihovil was built by the first Archbishop of Split and was managed by the Marchi family.

Plaza Marchi used to be a shelter for children, as the Marchi family ran the foundation for the orphaned and poor children. The building was later donated to the town of Split by the family and by the mid 20th century it housed Hotel Salona. Today, Plaza Marchi returns its original name as a tribute to the family that played a significant role in the history of Split and its citizens. Plaza Marchi is a monument of the world cultural heritage, as it features the well preserved parts of the west wall and the substructure halls of Diocletian’s Palace, which is the UNESCO world heritage monument. The Plaza Marchi, restored under the watchful eye of the conservators, is located in the center of the old town of Split, thirty meters away from the sea on the UNESCO-protected Mihovil Square. Come let’s move. While you take the elevator, let me walk you through to our third floor Deluxe Queen room.

Hotel Plaza Marchi Old Town, Split, Croatia

Hotel Plaza Marchi Old Town, Split, Croatia

Hotel Plaza Marchi Old Town, Split, Croatia

Hotel Plaza Marchi Old Town, Split, Croatia

Hotel Plaza Marchi Old Town, Split, Croatia

Hotel Plaza Marchi Old Town, Split, Croatia

Hotel Plaza Marchi Old Town, Split, Croatia

Hotel Plaza Marchi Old Town, Split, Croatia

Hotel Plaza Marchi Old Town, Split, Croatia

At Plaza Marchi you discover the historical heritage meeting the modern elegance with 24 luxuriously equipped rooms, all with oak furniture, exposed stone walls and frescos of hardwood flooring. There is no breakfast served in the hotel but you can buy breakfast coupons for their next door restaurant or one on the promenade facing the sea. At the very top of the building you can enjoy a terrace view of the entire city, its historic parts, the sea and the islands.

Hotel Plaza Marchi Old Town, Split, Croatia

Hotel Plaza Marchi Old Town, Split, Croatia

After a quick feel of our room and freshening up, we were set to move and explore this lovely town. And our hotel, the perfect place to stay with the Diocletian’s Palace, promenade and the Adriatic Sea just a couple of minutes walk away.

Split, Croatia
The deserted look with tourists preferring indoors..
Split, Croatia
With all sea tours expected to be cancelled..

The forecast turned out to be correct as it was raining all the time, but not too heavy. We kept using our umbrella off and on as we walked exploring a lovely evening in one of the coziest towns that we have traveled to. And me hoping all the while that our 5 Islands tour with lunch scheduled a day later would actually come through despite the travel operator messaging that in most likelihood it was cancelled, unless a miracle happened. For the time being though, the rain has stopped. Come let’s go. We start with what once used to be the Diocletian’s Palace.

Diocletian's Palace, Split, Croatia

Diocletian’s Palace is a fortress like complex built by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, it’s sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within it’s white stone walls and under it’s courtyards are a cathedral and numerous shops, bars, cafes, hotels and houses.

Diocletian's Palace, Split, Croatia

Diocletian's Palace, Split, Croatia

Diocletian's Palace, Split, Croatia
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Split, Croatia
Lovely mementos to take back your memories..

Split is the second-largest city of Croatia and the largest city of the region of Dalmatia, with about 250,000 people living in its urban area. It lies on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea and is spread over a central peninsula and its surroundings. Home to Diocletian’s Palace, built for the Roman emperor in AD 305, the city was founded as the Greek colony of Aspalathos in the 3rd or 2nd century BC. It became a prominent settlement around 650 when it succeeded the ancient capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia, Salona. Later it drifted into the sphere of the Republic of Venice and finally the Kingdom of Croatia.

Split, Croatia
The towering Diocletian’s Palace walls and buildings..

Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia
The beauty of Split promenade..
Split, Croatia
The rains come lashing down..
Split, Croatia
As people run for cover..
Adriatic Sea, Split, Croatia
The beauty of nature, dark clouds and a rough Adriatic..

Adriatic Sea, Split, Croatia

Adriatic Sea, Split, Croatia

Split promenade, Croatia
Lovely hotels facing the sea..
Split promenade, Croatia
The open air restaurants and watering holes..

Split promenade, Croatia

Split promenade, Croatia

Split promenade, Croatia
Great architecture, beautiful flowers, lovely colorful fountains and lights..

Split promenade, Croatia

Split promenade, Croatia

Split Old Town, Croatia
A walk around Old Town..

Split Old Town, Croatia

Croatian National Theatre, Split Old Town, Croatia
Croatian National Theatre
Split promenade, Croatia
A beautiful evening..

Split Old Town, Croatia

Split Old Town, Croatia
The open air cafes outside our hotel..

Split Old Town, Croatia

Split Old Town, Croatia
Great take away food options too..

Split. The perfect night for you to walk hand in hand, as we walk back to our room after dinner with our second ice cream in hand.

Croatia. Mesmerizingly beautiful.

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33 Comments Add yours

  1. Kiwi says:

    You really capture the great scene of Croatia. I hope to be able to visit there one day like you.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yeah Kiwi you must visit sometime.

  2. Cha Esper says:

    I believe that Croatia has one of the most beautiful beaches. How I wish I could have a Croatian experience in the near future. Your pictures are captivating. 🙂

    Cha at Little MisadvenCHA

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes it has Cha. Am sure you too would have a great time there if you do plan and visit.

  3. Urika says:

    Nice photos! I love that your trip was so well documented. It’s almost as if I was also there. But would love to visit Croatia for real sometime in the future. Would you mind sharing a sample budget for a trip to croatia? 🙂

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Urika. For a 7 day trip, good hotels with breakfast would cost you around Euros 900. Food anywhere between Euro 150 and more as per your preferences for 2 persons per day. Drinks extra.Dubrovnik is comparatively costlier.Conducted tours & Activities that you do would be extra.Travel in bus is cheap between cities.

  4. Carrie says:

    Split is on my wish list to visit! It looks so beautiful and love your photos!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Carrie.

  5. I had a friend from Croatia in high school. She always told me about her country and I’ve always wanted to visit.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You must sometime. It would be a wonderful experience.

  6. Joy says:

    your photos make me want to go visit Croatia. I love the soft filter you use.

    Joy at The Joyous Living

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Joy 😊

  7. sjd68 says:

    What a beautiful town Split is. A nice seaside retreat with beautiful architecture. Fantastic restaurants and great color in buildings like the national theater?

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yeah Scott. Split was wonderful. So very different. And since we were staying just a couple of minutes away from the sea we keep coming back as soon as the rains stopped. It was truly a fantastic rainy day and a very different kind of beauty.

  8. Stacie says:

    I would love to visit Croatia one day. I don’t know what I thought it would look like, but it wasn’t that. Awesome.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yeah Stacie. Croatia is just awesome. Had heard quite a lot and then experienced.

  9. Croatia is one of my top five places to travel too! So bring on the time when the family and I get to visit!! It looks glorious.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Do plan out Deborah and visit Croatia. You’ll love being there

  10. Croatia is absolutaly beautiful! You have me dreaming of traveling there 🙂

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Turn your dream to reality soon Sara. You would love Croatia.

  11. Kelly Martin says:

    I haven’t heard of Split, Croatia before but it looks really beautiful. It would be nice just to wander the streets and take it all in. So pretty!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yeah Kelly. Great place really. We loved it.

  12. Croatia looks very nice. I love city have a older style and I am sure there are many stories about that town. I will add it to my travel bucket list.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You must try and visit Croatia sometime.

  13. I have never heard of the city of Split before, but it looks awesome in your photos. The stuffed bears make me a little hesitant only because there’s been so many bear sightings where I live, but other than that you’re right the ambiance is really nice

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Split is truly a lovely place to be in and have a relaxing time.

  14. Not heard of Split in Croatia before. From your piccys looks like a fab place to visit for sure. xx

    1. travelwisesr says:

      O yes it is Melanie a fabulous place to be in.

  15. Lindsay Rae says:

    Split looks amazing with so many great amenities! I also think it is the best feeling when you visualise a place in your head and then it turns out to look quite similar – such a pleasant kind of surprise! Great post, thanks again for sharing your awesome adventures with us!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you so much Lindsay 😊

  16. Sonia Seivwright says:

    I love the pics. Croatia looks stunning. The picture of the man face with the beard statue, is very creative.

  17. love the stone type of cities! they are so marvelous! Plus, fell in love with the hotel! so charming! I found this city really intriguing, with the coast looking a bit more modern and them those old castle like parts…definitely interesting!

  18. The open air restaurants and warm weather, despite the rain, makes me want to be in Croatia! I loved exploring the city through your photographs. It appears that the rain may have kept tourists inside which allowed you to explore with less crowds.

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