When in 305 he was Roman emperor Diocletian, having done the whole world underfoot, decided build your country villa and in spend the rest of her life with her, he had no doubt where he would pick her up.
In the heart of Dalmatia, well sheltered the bay of his native Aspalathos (Split), protected by the sea side of the islands of the Split archipelago, and from the mainland high mountains, Diocletian visionarily drew a special point on the map Adriatic – the future city of Split. Magnificent city of the Roman emperor Only 6 kilometers away from then cosmopolitan Salons, a famous center of the province of Dalmatia which at that time numbered up to 60,000 inhabitants, with strong walls, numerous towers, temples, palaces and spas, which is today the largest complex of ancient monuments in Croatia. It was a residence without unrivaled in previous construction. Although seventeen centuries of existence and uninterrupted life have taken it away from her many original forms, in turn enriched by other later architectural and artistic achievements. Among them, almost ironically, the mausoleum of the latter is magnificent of the Roman emperor a pagan place where a part of the Catholic Cathedral was also erected dedicated to St. Duji – the martyr of whom was executed by Diocletian, with the famous wooden walnut door, by the work of master Andrija Buvina from 1214. years. Happily resisting the historical changes, deeply coexisting with the city as its densely populated historical a core full of magical stones palace, Diocletian ‘s residence today is the site of singing taverns in which are eaten by local specialties from seafood delicacies to lamb and Sinj’s “arambasic” watered with the finest varieties of red wine.
Surrounded by the warm charm of the Mediterranean south, Split is a city that is rich history tells not only within its museums and churches but whose heritage of antiquity to this day speaks loudest with Peristyle and stone houses, while real the Mediterranean spirit lurks from the merry singing taverns, the murmur of the cantons, the kalets and the beauties of the waterfront. If you follow that interweaving white cobbled streets to the shore on which sea rocking boats, you will discover the city in to which the famous Roman is on every corner the ruler deeply imprinted his imperial presence together with the saint he had given execute. They are a special curiosity of this city songs and top world athletes, Wimbledon winners, numerous olympics and aces of the NBA league and the most beautiful women of the world. If in doubt, dare just take a walk along the Split waterfront …
Nature was truly selfless towards central Dalmatia when its coast and long pebble beaches, enriched by the shade of fragrant green pines, adorned with a low island of rare beauty. Just above the beaches of the famous Makarska Riviera, from the massif of the Nature Park Biokovo, where they still know today wander chamois, welcome unforgettable sunrises at summer dawn, a let your gaze reach to the ends offshore islands of the Adriatic. Between them, the largest island of the Split archipelago, Brač, far and wide is a glorious island of stone and wind. The island is made of stone because it is valuable on Brač with the hands of a stonemason for centuries ‘picks’ the best stone about whose the glory is witnessed by the fact that they are just in addition to the domestic cathedrals built by him and many world buildings, and the island wind simply because nowhere on The Adriatic, as surfers knowingly say, does not blow such a divine mistral as in the channel between Brač and Hvar, and especially on Zlatni rat beach whose appearance is changing just depending on the direction of the wind and waves. Recently on the list of the ten most beautiful islands in the world, sunny Hvar is unrivaled one of the most seductive Dalmatian the island. With the largest island square on both sides of the Adriatic, the first communal theater in Europe built as far back as 1612, by the Arsenal, the famous ‘Tvrdalj’ palace of Petar Hektorović and worn stone alleys no matter how they shine in the sun, on Hvar you will not know whether you are more captivated by the harmony of history and art or the beauty of nature spiced with the enticing scent of lavender.