Split: Winding Venetian Stone Laneways

Split is a town that I thoroughly enjoyed visiting.  I never had any real great desire to visit Croatia, however my fiancée’s grandmother is from Split and it’s one of her favourite cities.  I’m always up for a new adventure, even to somewhere I’ve never given much attention to visiting, so off we went.

Split is everything that one thinks about when thinking about a Mediterranean city.  Beautiful weather, beautiful beaches, vibrant, chilled town that parties (in a chilled out way of course) at night, fresh seafood, and plenty of opportunities to relax.

I spent a few days here, and could have easily spend a few more, chilling out and doing nothing.

Split is also one of the oldest cities on the Dalmatian coast, and the second largest city in Croatia.  “Modern” Split is just over 1,700 years old counting from the construction of Roman Emperor’s Diocletian’s Palace in AD 305, however there has been settlement here since at least the 6th century BC (evidence of a Greek settlement from this time has been found).

There is a heavy Venetian influence throughout the UNESCO listed historical centre of Split’s Old Town, and the stone laneways, which open up into grand plazas are a wonder to explore.

Split Croatia Old Town

Along with the historical sights, there are lots of little boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars to discover.  Some obvious to the naked eye, some hidden down smaller lane ways and side paths.

Split Croatia Old Town

Split Croatia Old Town

The whole town is very busy in the summer, with a great influx of tourists but unlike most places that I’ve been to in Europe, the tourists add to the vibe in a positive way.  I think it’s because there’s nothing “touristy” to do as such.  Everyone’s there just to chill out and it shows.

Split Croatia Old Town

Split Croatia Old Town

Split Croatia Old Town

This was set up for, I don’t think any particular reason other than to practice.  There was a wedding nearby but it didn’t look like this was set up for the specifically.  Regardless, everyone who decided to sit and watch was treated to a free classical music concert.  The music fit the location perfectly.

Split Croatia Old Town

Split Croatia Old Town

Split Croatia Old Town

Split’s Old Town rewards those who look for more than the obvious.  One strong word od advice is to look up.  You’ll see whole other aspects of the city.

Split Croatia Old Town

Split Croatia Old Town

Split Croatia Old Town

Split Croatia Old Town

Split Croatia Old Town

Split Croatia Old Town

These motorised carts seem to be one of the most popular ways for people to delivery things to and from the various businesses in the Split’s Old Town.

Split Croatia Old Town

Split Croatia Old Town

Split Croatia Old Town

Split Croatia Old Town

Split Croatia Old Town

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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