In 293 AD Roman Emperor Diocletian ordered the construction – on the ruins of the Greek city of Aspalathos and near Salona, an ancient urban centre – of a magnificent palace in which he would spend his final years. The town of Split as we know it today expanded from Diocletian’s Palace, the world’s best preserved palace from late antiquity. Split is now the capital of Dalmatia, captivating visitors with its Mediterranean charm and majestic architecture. Modern Split is most closely identified with popular music and sports, earning Diocletian’s city the sobriquets of “the most musical Croatian city” and “the sports-maddest city in the world”.
In the most beautiful part of the city’s port, north of the Sustipan peninsula, lies ACI Marina Split.
It is open all year round, its long breakwater providing excellent protection from rough seas and southerly winds that are so often mentioned in many popular local songs. It is at ACI Marina Split that the Split Lungomare begins; this longest promenade in the Adriatic – and certainly one of the most beautiful – will take you to the famous and diverse beaches of this “beautiful, sun-kissed flower of the Mediterranean,” as another popular song puts it.
Did you know…?
…that Split is home to the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments, the oldest museum in Croatia, founded in 1820. The museum houses priceless artefacts of ancient cultures which left their mark here.
…that the number of beds in private accommodation grew by an incredible 50 percent from 2011 to 2012 – if you haven’t visited Split in a while you will be surprised by how many new family-owned hotels have opened.
…that according to recent theories, Diocletian’s Palace was more than just a place of leisure, but housed a wool-processing facility that funded the former Emperor’s court.
- 318 berths
- 30 dry berths