This is part 2 of 3 in my Croatia Road Trip recap. To read part 1 go here.
Despite my best efforts to evade real life a bit longer and relocate permanently to Dubrovnik, the guys convinced me to continue with our planned itinerary. So it was with a heavy heart I waved goodbye to dreamy Dubrovnik and hopped into our rental car as we sped north towards our next Croatian destination: Split. Most tourists view Split as a jumping off point for the popular island of Hvar, but we needed a place to stop for the night between Dubrovnik and our much anticipated arrival at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Fortunately for us, Split was much more than just a pit stop.
The city is located on the water and holds the title of the largest Dalmatian town along the Adriatic Sea.
It’s also home to Diocletian’s Palace, a Roman palace built in the 4th century. No big deal.
Amazingly, the palace is an integral part of the city’s infrastructure rather than a roped-off revenue-generating tourist attraction. You just walk right in and start exploring! 220 buildings and 3,000 people call the palace home.
One of the buildings within the palace walls is the Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius. For a small fee you can climb to the top of the Bell Tower. The guys made it to the top, I wimped out halfway up the winding staircase after my fear of heights got the best of me. The guys gave the view from the top two thumbs up after they finished teasing me.
Old town Split was truly magical. I could have wandered around the narrow alleyways and stumbled upon views like this for hours. We enjoyed our stay but were so excited about Plitvice Lakes National Park that one night was plenty.
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