Visit Croatia’s second Largest City Split

Split Croatia

Although smaller than most ports, Split is the second-largest city of the nation and is an area jammed packed with history.

Split is connected to the Croatian islands of Brac, Hvar and Solta and even connects to Ancona, an Italian port. The port allows easy walking access to some of the most fascinating areas in the city, including its extensive historical centre.


The iconic symbol of the city, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius was constructed in the 3rd century. It is built in an attractive Romanesque style, has bell towers dating back to 1100 years and is known amongst the locals as Saint Dujam.

Another piece of historical scenery that must be seen is the statue of Gregory of Nin. Gregory of Nin was a medieval bishop who shocked the world in the year 926 by defying the Pope and the Catholic Church. He is considered a hero to many Croatians. The statue was constructed by Ivan Meštrović, a world famous Croatian architect considered to be one of the best in the world.

Statue of Gregory Nin

For an older view of Croatia’s history, visit the Archaeological Museum. It is the oldest museum in all of Croatia, dating back to 1820. The museum contains artefacts dating back to the prehistoric age as well as an extensive collection of Roman era objects from when they ruled this area. Back then, it was known as Illyricum. The museum also contains more contemporary objects as well.

Another example of the Roman influence can be found at Diocletian’s Palace. As the name suggests, this was built for the Roman emperor Diocletian in the 4th century AD but it wasn’t exactly a palace. Diocletian’s quarters took up half of the structure and the rest of the building housed a military garrison, giving it the appearance of a fortress.

It was constructed for the emperor’s retirement and is today located in the heart of the city. This palace is now used as a central meeting place and has been preserved to perfection. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Located 20 miles from the Port of Split sits what many consider the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic medieval centre. This historic centre of Trogir is filled with Venetian towers, mansions, and palaces. It has been recognised and added as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

It is located on a small island between the mainland and the island of Ciovo. Modern elements such as neon lights have been left out so the walled city maintains its authenticity from the past. For the best views of the entire area, a walk up the 13th century Cathedral of St. Lawrence’s bell tower is a must.

Trogir Croatia

From the Port you can easily reach one of the richest Medieval Towns in Europe by public transport. The number 37 bus departs from the bus terminal located directly across from the port. Another option is a taxi, which is faster and not costly. Some will even be happy to wait for you for an additional fee.


Seeing each and all of these wonders during your stop in Split can also be prearranged and provided by your cruiseline or travel agent. Besides the above mentioned possibilities, the ship’s tour desk can arrange exciting hikes on the Plitvice Lakes, exploring other Dalmatian islands or maybe an all day trip and whirlwind tour of Dubrovnik.

Some ships will tender in the bay rather than in port. Cruise lines that offer itineraries in the Eastern Mediterranean including Split are Azamara, Celebrity, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, Seadream and Windstar.

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A Look at the Cruise Port of Dubrovnik


An interesting port of call on an eastern Mediterranean cruise and one of the highlights is the beautiful and historic city of Dubrovnik. Located off the coast of South Dalmatia, which is in the southern region of Croatia, Dubrovnik is often referred to as “the pearl of the Adriatic”. With its vast amount of attractions, you might not be able to see them all with just one day in port.

It’s quite easy to get around Dubrovnik. Your ship will dock at Port Gruz and the city’s historic centre is reachable with a 30 minute walk. There are other options including a regular public bus service, shuttle bus or taxi. Some ships do anchor outside of port in the bay and the ship’s tender will take you ashore.

Dubrovnik was originally known as Ragusa from the 12th century and the name was changed at the end of WWI. At one time, Ragusa was one of the most powerful city states in the world. They achieved this status with both merchant boats and a strong trade link between other countries. Unfortunately, this golden age came to an end with the disastrous earthquake that levelled most of the city in 1667.

Cathedral of Annunciation of St. Mary

Dubrovnik boasts many churches, to the extent that you can just tour them for a whole day. One of these churches is the Dubrovnik Cathedral, also known as Cathedral of Annunciation of St. Mary. The Cathedral was constructed under the supervision of King Richard the Lionheart himself during the crusades and was easily recognisable due to its Romanesque architecture. It was sadly destroyed during the earthquake.

However, rebuilding the structure took place almost immediately. The church was completed by the year 1713 by architect Andrea Buffalini, who took pains to recreate it to its original glory.

Church of St. Blaise

The main church within the city is the Orthodox Church of Saint Blaise. Blaise located in Luza Square. Its name is derived from the Patron Saint of Dubrovnik and his image can be seen virtually everywhere in the city. The church was rebuilt in 1715 as a replacement for a Romanesque church that burnt down eight years prior and prior to that, badly damaged by the 1667 earthquake.

The church has marble altars and art treasures saved from the earlier church. Placed at the heart of the main and marble alter, an impressive gold-plated silver statue of St. Blaise stands.

Mount Srd (Tvrđava Srđ)

Obtain the best views of the Old City of Dubrovnik with its red tile roofs glistening under the sunshine, the pristine crystal clear Adriatic Sea and the surrounding islands by riding a cable car up Mount Srd. The summit stands at 1350 feet above sea level and ascending is a mere three minutes and is a sightseeing experience on its own.

Dubrovnik red rooftops

Sponza Palace

One of the highly recommended places to visit in Dubrovnik is the Sponza Palace. It remains one of the few structures that survived the 1667 earthquake. The Gothic and Renaissance palace, constructed in 1522, toiled in several duties over the years, including once serving as the locality for Ragusa minting its currency.

Today, it is both an archive of the city on the upper level and below is a cultural centre housing several exhibitions and live performances. A portion within the palace is defined as a memorial to all citizens who lost their lives from the painful war of 1991 to 1995.

The Stradun

The famous pedestrian street Stradun is no less extravagant and interesting. Work first began in 1468 on the former swamp and the street is forever associated with the old quarter. The architecture here is an intriguing mix between the 15th century style and the Gothic Baroque which was adopted after the earthquake.

There are many things to view when walking around including The Onofrio Fountains. It is based upon an Aqueduct system that contains two fountains; a large one merging to a smaller one at the Pile Gate and the Ploce Gate. This is a district to sit and have a coffee before venturing further.

Walls of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik was once a protected city and its defensive walls run nearly 1 ½ miles encircling most of the old city from the seafront. The wall’s are considered to be the largest and most complete in Europe that are still well preserved.

Intended to shield the vulnerable maritime city from invaders its vast protective system dates from the 7th century. There are four city gates with two leading to the harbour and the others to the mainland.

Dubrovnik has become a favourite port of call for many and nearly every major cruise line covering the eastern Mediterranean has the city included in their itineraries.

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