Tuesday and Wednesday make food for thought
Boasting an impressive history, Split has been touched by the empires of the Ottomans, the Byzantines, the Romans and the explorers of Ancient Greece. There are lots of museums in which to catch up on that history, but first thing’s first – make a beeline for the Diocletian’s Palace.
This stunning complex of arches, columns and ancient stonework dates back to the Roman era, yet it’s remained at the heart of Split for centuries. Even today, it has upmarket shops and stylish bars rubbing shoulders with ancient architecture. The whole place was built in the 4th century by order of Diocletian himself, in a process lasting over 10 years. Diocletian was one of the greatest emperors of the Roman Empire, and the first to ever retire from office voluntarily. Indeed, he saw out his golden years right here in his namesake palace.
Once you’ve soaked in the full majesty of the Diocletian’s Palace and its neighbouring Cathedral of Saint Dominus, dedicate some time to the museums. The Museum of Croatia is located in Split, while the Maritime Museum gives a wonderful glimpse into life out on the Adriatic Sea. If that’s not quite eccentric enough for you though, head to Froggyland, Split’s offbeat museum of stuffed frogs sailing on little boats, enjoying painting classes and taking tiny photographs. It has to be seen to be believed.