Split, Croatia

Most signs point travelers in the direction of Dubrovnik when visiting the Dalmatian Coast. With lots of time and no rush, we decided to explore Croatia’s second largest city, Split. We have come to realize that our experiences in a city are very much related to our accommodations. A pleasant surprise and one of the finer places we stayed at was Divota apartment hotel. http://divota.hr/. Our room as was on par with Westin and Hilton properties, but it was a fraction of the cost at about $50/night. We extended our stay a night and even come back for a night when we head from Dubrovnik to Zagreb.

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Above the town is Park Marjan, a Mediterranean pine forest with quite trails and amazing views. Our hotel receptionist recommended the park and we were very glad she did. The smell of pine and solid reminded us of weekend hikes at home and empty trails were an added bonus.

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The urbanized waterfront and town square in Split is nearly 1700 years old and is quite the social promenade. Our initial thoughts were that everyone was beautiful. People weren’t just attractive, but everyone was dressed to impress and strut their winter fashion.

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The night transformed this area to a tropical Christmas Market.

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The city is built around the ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D.  It never ceases to amaze us how such old ruins are apart of every day life and trafficked with tourists. Historical sights at home are most always fenced-off and require an entry fee, not here, the streets are free.

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Can’t beat a Christmas Market surrounded by palm trees and enjoying a cold beer. We would frequent the beer, kielbasa and doughnut stands so much that the employees recognized us each day and even remembered us 5 days later…  It was only right that we switch up our daily routine and find a wine restaurant and strengthen our hearts.

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