Split, Croatia: Your guide from a student backpacker
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In the past ten years, Croatia’s popularity has reached new heights, with its potential still yet to be reckoned. Particularly alluring to backpackers are its picturesque red-roofed cities, stunning national parks, and party-friendly islands, not to mention the chance to explore the enchantingly picturesque Dubrovnik, home to Game of Thrones King’s Landing. As the second largest city in Croatia, Split often falls into the shadows of its rivals Dubrovnik and Zagreb. However, Split’s unique blend of the ancient and modern, its buzzing atmosphere, and insight into Roman architecture makes it the perfect base from which to immerse yourself in Dalmatian culture. Cathedral of St. Domnius The defining experience of any visit to Split is unequivocally the climb to the top of Cathedral of St. Domnius’ bell tower, which overlooks Diocletian’s Palace, a renowned Roman World Heritage site. The bell tower’s suspended metal staircases and open-arch windows are certainly not for the fainthearted, but its wealth is delivered upon reaching the top, where the panoramic view of the red-roofed city, expanses of ocean, and far-away hills is unparalleled. Did I mention tickets for the bell tower are only three euros? Beaches For backpackers facing a greater limit on time, popular Bačvice Beach offers a central hub for relaxation. Though small, this characteristic beach boasts fascinatingly translucent water and soft white sand. The gradual decline from the beach into the sea means that the water is always soothingly warm from the sun’s rays, and there is plenty of space to wade, swim, or just lull around to your heart’s content.
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