Split city, the cultural and administrative centre of Dalmatia region is one of the most popular European tourist destinations. This beautiful city, nicknamed the pearl of the sea, is a fascinating mix of the old and the new. Originally build as a summer residence for an ancient Roman emperor Diocletian, this historical city has had an eventful and interesting history but nowadays Split is very much a modern town and one that is full of life. Can you even imagine summer in Croatia without paying Split city a visit? I know that I can't. Do you remember my post about HOW TO FIND THE BEST PHOTO WORTHY DESTINATIONS IN SPLIT CITY? If you do, then you probably remember how photogenic and visually stunning this coastal city truly is. You can check out some of my previous summer visits to this gorgeous historical city here, here, here and here.
CHURCH AND MONASTERY OF SAINT FRANCIS
I blogged about different sights to see in Split city quite a few times, but I don't think I mentioned the catholic church of saint Francis before. It is located on the western side of Riva (the famous promenade), quite close to the historical city fountain (another cool spot to visit). You can see the church behind me in the photographs bellow. The church and the monastery of Saint Francis were both build on an early Christian site. Prior to the construction of Saint Francis' church, there had been a smaller church and grave of saint Felix (an early Christian martyr) located here. The little brothers (i.e. monks of order of Saint Francis) have inhabited this church and monastery since the thirteenth century. The monastery's library boosts of about 3000 books, some of them dating back to the sixteenth century. The church and the monastery guard some valuable historical art as well as the graves of prominent Split citizens, such as the father of Croatian literature Marko Marulich.
MARMONT'S STREET (MARMONTOVA STREET )
Maront's street is definitely a street worthy of a visit. Maront's street (also known as Marmontova) is the main pedestrian street in the old city centre. It was named after the French general Marmont who looked after the infrastructural development of the Split city at the time when Split was occupied by Napoleon's army and in the following period of the French rule. The street is quite wide, neat and often vibrant with life. I've seen quite a few street performers and artists there, probably because it's typically packed with people. Marmont's street has several attractions of its own including a French culture and language centre, several historical buildings, many shops and a fish market. It is also worth mentioning that the oldest cinema in Split is very near to Marmont's street, being places just a few meters from it (all you need to do is to take a turn right). Marmont's street is sometimes called the pulse of the city, as it is one of the best known streets in the city.
YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH A FLORAL DRESS IN THE SUMMER
What did I wear for strolling and sightseeing Split city? You know, recently I have read that for a clothing item to be sustainable, you need to wear it at least thirty times. I think there are quite a few items in my closet that got even more wear than that, so I'm definitely on the right track when it comes to shopping my closet. If I were to study this outfit in that (30 wears per an item) light, I definitely could call it sustainable. The only new thing in this styling are the sandals I bought in spring, but I have already gotten a lot of wear out of them (I'm sure I'll wear them more than thirty times before the summer ends). The outfit itself is pretty simple and simply perfect for summer exploring tours. I wore a floral dress I have had for ages (I wore it previously here, here, here, here , here , here , here , here ) a DIY necklace I have worn just as much (made from vintage recycled faux leather), a straw bag I wore many times (proof here, here , here , here) and art sandals I have already worn several times (proof here , here, here and here). I feel like having a fashion blog is really helpful when it comes to maximizing our wardrobe because it is like a virtual closet at our disposal. Do you agree?
MATEJUŠKA PORT IN SPLIT CITY
Matejuška has been a small port for local fishermen for centuries. This is where the fishermen from historical neighbourhoods such as Veli Varoš kept their boats. This iconic traditional oasis is also a place of socialization. That is why the city of Split has done its best to preserve Matejuška in its original form. Approximately 14 million kunas were spend in preservation of this small port that now has a small park area as well. You can still see small fishing boats with their traditional nets here. It is still the meeting place for locals (and tourists) as well. Besides being an authentic location, Matejuška also offers a nice view of Split city itself. I would definitely recommend visiting it. Why stop there, though? If you continue your stroll and pass by Matejuška, you can also walk in and see the newer port: a luxurious modern marine and the so called 'new coast' where you can enjoy drinks at trendy bars with views of yachts and Split city panorama.
ACI MARINA SPLIT
We are nearing the end of our visit to Split city (and this post) for today. When we were there last, we actually finished our Split city tour walk with a visit to ACI marina. How do you get here? You can easily walk to it, as it is not far from the city centre. As a boat lover, I do enjoy hanging out in marinas. These days marinas are not just a place to dock boats, they are also becoming destinations in their own right. I like all the marinas in Split city, but it's been a while since I've been to this marina hence I wanted to stroll around and see what's new. My brother told me that Croatian nautical tourism accounts for about the fourth of world's nautical tourism and I was really fascinated by that. I knew that nautical tourism was a thing here, but I didn't know it was that big! Twenty five percent of world's nautical tourism? How amazing is that? Anyhow, I did enjoy my visit to ACI Marina. Scroll down for more photographs...and with that we're going to a wrap up this travel post. Today I focused on a few locations in the city centre, but I have more posts coming up. If you want to learn more about Split city, this little blog of mine is a good place to start.
As always, thank you for reading and visiting! Have a great weekend everyone.