Split - Riva & Marjan

Split is a port and Croatia's second largest city situated in central Dalmatia.
It is a major transit point to Dalmatian islands and other places on the coast, but also tourist and excursionists destination. Very beautiful, but somehow hectic city full with travallers on the move. You can't be indifferent to this city. People either love it or hate it. A city with a 1700-year old tradition, a variety of archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, among which the well-known Palace of Diocletian, inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List, certainly occupies a special position.
Riva is Split's waterfront and the liveliest place in the city. It is one of the biggest walking areas in the city, a place to meet people, relax and have a coffee, a place to be. It is the place to practice favorite Croatian spare time - people watching. Obligatory equipment for "people watching" are designer sunglasses (even if it is a cloudy day), open-air terrace and a cappuccino. The Riva encompasses both the beauty and history of this great city. From Diocletian's Palace to the view of Marjan Hill, one is surrounded by vistas that are both breathtaking and ordinary. Rive is lined with waving palm trees, white benches, tourist agencies, jewelry shops, coffee bars, children, push chairs, the sea, fountains, grass, ships, flags, cafe bars, tourists and much more.
Densely wooded Marjan hill, preserved park forest in the west of Split, is actually a peninsula with a variety of plants, forests as well as walking places, view points and swimming places. It is a favorite meeting place of the inhabitants of Split, a convenient place for various recreation activities.
The park includes promenades, vista points, belvederes, solariums, nature paths, playgrounds, beaches, the zoo, Oceanographic Institute, Natural History Museum and several churches. A marvelous view is offered from the top of Marjan on the old and new parts of Split. It takes only 15 minutes of pleasant walking to reach Marjan from the historical core of Split through the old quarter Varos. The southern cliffs of Marjan represent in recent times a very good training ground for mountaineers and free climbers, who gather here every April on the occasion of the traditional Marjan Cup.

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