Why Exploring Split City on Foot Makes Perfect Sense?
1. Because walking is always a good way to explore any city.
Think about it. There is only as much you can see from a car or a bus. Public transportation in Split isn't that bad, but it might be confusing for a foreigner who is also a first time visitor. Fortunately, most people speak decent English so you can always ask for help, but still you can't see everything from a bus. If you a tourist, strolling your day away has many benefits.
2. Because Split is very pedestrian friendly city.
Split is a very pedestrian friendly city. Honestly, I don't think you even need a car to explore Split city. Google map (or just grab a free map in the tourist office by the city's cathedral) will be enough for most people. If you find yourself lost, don't hesitate to ask for help/or directions. However, I don't think you have to worry about that. The city is really not that big, so getting lost is not likely.
3. Because it is the best way to see all the beaches.
Few cities can boost with so many easily reachable beaches and you can just walk from one to another. Most people don't know this, but you can literally walk all the way from Stobrec (a neighbouring city) to Solin (another neighbouring city) by the sea. Enjoying seaside to the maximum makes perfect sense if you are visiting a coastal town, doesn't it? Split is known for its beautiful beaches. Why not get to know all of them?
4. Because some places are only reachable that way.
Marjan hill is a park and you should know that cars are not allowed in all areas of a park. Likewise, the centre of the city is Unesco protected heritage site and again no cars are allowed. In the city centre you have to walk, whether you like it or not. Cycling is also alright. There are no cycling paths but I don't think there is a law against cycling in the city centre. If you like cycling, alternating between walking and cycling might be a nice option.
5. Because the climate in Split city is ideal for strolling.
Split city can boost all the benefits of a typical Mediterranean climate: lots of sunny days, mild winters, warm springs and summers absolutely bathed in sunshine. The chances that you'll visit Split city and not be able to explore it on foot because of harsh weather conditions are very slim, almost non-existent. I mean it does rain sometimes and once in a blue moon there is some snow, but mostly it is as sunny as warm as you would expect a Croatian coastal city to be.
One of the Best Ways To Explore Split City Is On Foot
I do believe that exploring Split city on food is the way to go. Every time I visit Split city, I explore it on foot and I can never get tired of it. These images were taken around Christmas, but as I repeated so many times, Split city is gorgeous even in wintertime. I hope to get a chance to show you around in spring time 2018 as well. I have some visits planned, but as they include a hospital visit, I'm not sure will I be able to take any photographs. Fingers crossed, though. There are two locations in today's post. One is Zenta bay, the other is the old town i.e. the famous promenade.
Zenta Bay & Marine
Zenta marina is a perfect place to hang out if you like to admire boats. There is also a lovely restaurant there. I dinned there twice, so I think I can recommend it. Unless something has changed drastically since my last visit, and I doubt it has, the food there should be pretty good and the view is simply spectacular. If you don't feel like eating, you can sit down for a cup of coffee. You can also bring your own coffee/tea or whatever, sit on a bench and soak in the sunshine.
There is one more thing that seems to be worth a mention and that is than in immediate vicinity of this place (and when I say immediate vicinity I mean 10 meters) there are tennis courts. This is where tennis player Goran Ivanishevich, the winner of Wimbledon and other famous tennis players trained. I visit this place fairly often and I blogged about it a number of times. So, if you want to know more, see more photographs of this place and so on, you can check out my previous blog posts about Zenta bay & marine :
|colourful scarf: no name, black coat: Tally Weijl, jeans:no name, biker boots: not sure, blue bag: no name|
As you can probably tell by the grin on my face, I love this spot. I love the sea and everything connected to it. Must be why I reach out for Joseph Conrad's works so often. That and his great writing talent. Lately I've gotten this idea into my head to read ALL the works from my favourite writers. Right now I'm reading everything I can find by Chekhov. He's been a favourite of mine for a long time, and the more I read of him, the more I like him. I haven't managed to do as much reading this March as I had planned to, but there is still time. I'm listening to an audio book by Herman Hesse at the moment. I'm also reading one science fiction novel. What are you reading at the moment?
THE PORT AND THE CITY CENTRE
As it as a well know fact, Split city's famous old centre is actually a palace build by ancient Roman emperor Diocletian. When he decided to retire, he choose this lovely area to build his palace. Who could blame him? I tell you, those Roman emperors of old had a fabulous sense of style.
The port is right new to the famous promenade, so if you're into ferry watching (is there such a thing or is it me?) then this place is perfect for that. Personally, I love watching ferries so I just love to hang out here. If you are looking for some Instagram worthy places the famous promenade known as Riva is the probably the perfect choice. It has palm trees and everything.
Anyway, as I said, beaches in Split are quite stunning. We left of at Zenta and if you keep scrolling down, you'll see me in the city's port. How to get there? Well,f you keep walking by the sea, after Zenta, you'll come to Ovcica bay, then to famous Bacvice sand beach and the next stop is the port and the old city. Everything is connected and you can walk everywhere! I love it.
I totally freak out when people ask me about shopping malls in Split. Are you kidding me? You come to 2000 years old city (even older if we count the settlement that predates ancient Romans) and you go to a shopping mall? No, people, no, no, no. When you come to a city that is 2000 years old, you shouldn't go to a shopping mall, you should go to see the ruins and the museums and so on. What's with going to shopping malls anyway? Aren't they all the same, with the same generic brands? What's the point?
The only reason why I ever go to shopping malls is to eat. If there is a fabulous restaurant, I might consider going there. I still haven't been to the 'new' shopping mall in Split and I have no intention of going there. So, don't ask me what it's like. I don't know and I couldn't care less. When I visit Split, I tend to look for more cultural content & educating activities, if you know what I mean.
Now, a few words about this outfit. To be honest, I wasn't trying to make a fashion statement with this one. I was just trying to keep warm and cozy for my long walk by the sea. As I said, these photographs were shot around Christmas. I'm pretty sure it was Advent time, because that's the only time you can see these little houses placed here. I had planned to blog about Advent in Split city but it will have to wait next year ( I have a visit planned then). I did blogged about Advent in Split in 2015 if I record well, so you can check that post here. Sorry about wearing no make up (again), but that's the way it was. I did enjoy this walk a great deal. How do you like Split city? Would you like to visit it?