Split is a city built on Roman foundations and enriched with the spirit of the Venetians, Dalmatians, and even a touch of the Egyptians. A mixture of cultures that blends harmoniously today in a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city that truly has something for everyone.
The story of Split began when Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build a palace for his retirement days here, on a peninsula close to the great Roman city of Salona. The ruins of a once mighty palace and burial complex are now scattered around the town. The original layout of the palace, which was based on a military camp, has turned into a chaotic but charming labyrinth of alleys. In addition, the imperial mausoleum was turned into the cathedral, Jupiter's Temple was converted into a baptistery, and churches were built above all four gates. Some still exist, such as the bell tower above the western gate (aka Iron Gate), over 1000 years old. Even better preserved is the Church of Saint Martin above the northern entrance.
Walking around this ancient city makes you feel like you are travelling through time. Only by seeing every wall, house and alley can you learn about all the influences shaping this wonderful city. Just take your time and explore. Don't miss the Papalić Palace, now the Split City Museum! From its antique-era Aspalathos to modern-day Split, you will enjoy outstanding architecture. At the same time, don't be surprised if Split absorbs you into its special state of mind. It's a city where you can enjoy top-notch gastronomy, film festivals, and exhibitions and enjoy so much entertainment: from relaxing on the beautiful beaches or exploring the green Marjan forest park to tasting some of our finest wines at one of many wine bars in town.
Bacvice beach is one of the symbols of Split and has been a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. It's not just a beach, because Bacvice is almost like an amusement park with all the activities you can do here.
Game of Thrones in Split
Diocletian's palace & basements
The Diocletian's palace historical alley was used as a location for scenes of Meereen slave revenge and the corridor where the Sons of the Harpy waited for a favourable moment to kill Targaryens. The other parts of that famous building were also part of the filming, such as its basements, which served as Daenerys' dragon enclosure, her room, or some of its courtyards.
In the Game of Thrones series, the Klis fortress was used to depict the city of Meereen. Located about 15 km from Split, this ancient stronghold is an amazing sight that was used to protect the nearby region throughout its long history. A must-see.
This small town, within 10 km from Split, was used for the bathing scene of Missandei and Gray Worm in the beautiful watermill.