City breaks trip
Do you feel like you could get to know Dalmatia a little better, maybe take in its colours, fragrances and flavours? How about you take a holiday in Split, capital of Dalmatia, and from there go explore the historic city of Šibenik?
Imagine your stay in this beautiful city on the Adriatic Sea, known for its beaches, beautiful promenade, warm Mediterranean climate, bars and restaurants, but also for its’ Roman palace in the city centre, built in the 4th century. You can get to know both the modern and the ancient sides of Split, and then do the same with the nearby city of Šibenik - a touristic centre settled where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea, protected by four historic forts and massive city walls.
|Trip available||Any time of year|
|Suitable for||2-8 people|
|Price per person||from 287.00 €|
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Activities are taking place in Split and Šibenik
A view of Split's promenade with Cathedral of Saint Domnius' tower standing tall
The historic city of Šibenik was founded where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea
In Šibenik, you'll be visiting the Cathedral of St. James, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List
You're coming to Dalmatian cities - well of course you're going to try the wonderful Dalmatian prosciutto!
Split is the largest city on the Croatian coast, and yet it has preserved the relaxed lifestyle of the Mediterranean. You are expected to take it easy here since some call it “The craziest city in the world”. The city grew around the palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian which had been built almost two millennia ago.The historic centre of Split, built entirely from white stone, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, but the ancient landmarks are a normal backdrop of everyday life - they are not enclosed or set up as an archaeological site. So Split has many sides: a rich history, exquisite food and wine, endless fun. The nearby city of Trogir doubles as a museum: the centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site, owing to its historic landmarks, especially the Cathedral of St. John, a Renaissance masterpiece.
Do not miss the Salonae Archaeological Park, just outside Split, the largest Roman settlement on the east Adriatic coast and see the amphitheatre that could seat 18,000 people.
While in Šibenik the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast, explore the one-of-a-kind Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as the large fortresses that offer breath-taking views of the city and its surrounding area.
And for your palate, take a slice of the famous and award-winning Dalmatian prosciutto and homemade cheese.
Arrival in Split and check-in at the hotel after 14h. The nightlife in Split is lively and diverse. As with many other Dalmatian cities or towns, the evening begins with a walk on the main promenade. The promenade is lined with cafés and bars. We suggest you visit some of the most famous bars and clubs in Split, such as Luxor, which is located in the historic centre. Marcvs Marvlvs, one-of-a-kind jazz bar with a library is located outside the 15th century Split City Museum and the Academia Ghetto Club is a bar with the unique gallery. The promenade is teeming with cafés and shops. Try to guess the time from the old city clock, one of only a few timepieces that shows the numbers from 1 through 24.
The historic Dešković Palace is the site of the irresistible Fabrique Pub where industrial-style interior meets Dalmatian charm and the entrance to the pub evokes images of an old iron plant infused with the spirit of the modern age.
Visit one of the traditional inns (“konoba”) and start your dinner with an authentic Dalmatian aperitif, such as “travarica”(herbal brandy) or “lozovača” (grape brandy), followed by a taste of Dalmatian prosciutto, salty sardines or cheese marinated in oil, roasted or cooked lamb, or “pašticada” with gnocchi (beef pot roast).
Breakfast will be followed by a walking tour of the city (cca. 2 hours), which includes Diocletian's Palace, the city's centrepiece at the heart of the historic centre, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You will also be visiting the cellars of Diocletian's Palace and its central square, the Peristyle, which is situated at the crossroads of two major ancient roads. The Peristyle is dominated by the majestic Cathedral of St. Domnius.
Your next stop is the magnificent Golden Gate, which was exclusively used by Diocletian and his family members, after which you will continue to the statue of the Croatian bishop Gregory of Nin. The toe of this colossus has lost some of its lustre, since it is frequently rubbed by passers-by for good luck in the hope that their wishes will come true.
We recommend that in the afternoon you visit Trogir, a medieval town under the patronage of UNESCO. Trogir is located on a small island and its historic centre is surrounded by walls. The town expanded between the 13th and 15th centuries and quickly became one of the most important cultural centres of Dalmatia. You can visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, one of the best-known landmarks in Trogir, which was built in the 13th century and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
On your way back, you should stop and take a look at the remains of the ancient Roman city of Salona, a metropolis of the Roman province of Dalmatia. According to legend, it was the birthplace of Emperor Diocletian. It is also the biggest archaeological park in Croatia. Here you can see remnants of fortified walls, aqueducts, basilicas, thermal baths, theatres, amphitheatres etc.
A black sphinx is located in front of the entrance to the cathedral, which serves as a reminder of Diocletian's fascination with these mythical creatures.
For a sweet ending to your meal, try the Dalmatian “kroštule” (deep-fried pastry) and then raise a toast with a sweet Prosecco dessert wine.
After breakfast you will be going on an excursion (cca. 6h) to the gorgeous Dalmatian city of Šibenik where you will take a look around the jaw-dropping historical centre of the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast. The tall stone houses, churches and monasteries, narrow winding streets, endless steps, arched passageways and the remains of the city walls create an archaic and romantic Mediterranean atmosphere – with the Cathedral of St. James, which is also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Then take a ride to the charming village of Stankovci in the mainland of northern Dalmatia. There you will visit the Roca farm as well as the House of Dalmatian Prosciutto. Your hosts will introduce you to the process of producing the famous and award-winning Dalmatian prosciutto, after which you can test your prosciutto-cutting skills and then try your slice with some homemade cheese, bread, seasonal vegetables and a glass of home-grown Merlot.
The House of Dalmatian Prosciutto has a curing shed where prosciutto and other cured meats are processed using traditional Dalmatian methods, a small ethnographic museum, a delicatessen, a vineyard where select wine grape varieties are grown and an olive grove.
Breakfast and hotel check-out. If you still have some spare time left, explore the old Matejuška fishing wharf – where you can still sense the spirits of Split's most famous star-crossed lovers Roko and Cicibela – or take a stroll through Varoš to the Marjan viewpoint, which offers a spectacular view of the city, with the old 16th century Jewish Cemetery sitting right next to it. Of course, you can also sit in one of the cafés and indulge in the favourite pastime of Split's denizens – sipping coffee and observing the surrounding hubbub.
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