Despite the idea you'd get from my Insta stories the past couple weeks, there's more to Croatia than beaches and Yacht Week. Split's Old Town is a beautiful ancient city with things to see around every corner. These are my recommendations for the top five things to see when you're ready for a break from the beach:
1. Green Market
Located on the eastern edge of old town, Split's Green Market is an enchanting bazaar with fresh produce and local and handmade items. This spot is popular with the locals since it offers the best fruits and veggies in town - so living here for the month means I'll be Ubering here at least once a week.
Pro tip: some parts of the market shut down around 2:30, so go early in the morning to get the best stuff.
2. 'Let Me Pass' Street
Old town's Pusti Me da Prodjem or 'Let Me Pass' street may not look like anything special, but it's actually one of the most narrow roads in the world. My roommate Katie and I did the impossible - walked through it side-by-side. Unfortunately we didn't have anyone with us to take the picture, and I figured it wasn't worth the risk of losing my camera in our first Remote Year city.
3. Town Gates
Split's old town is actually a palace - a 1700 year old structure erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Now its sprawling remains houses more than 200 buildings with restaurants, shops and bars. Anyway, back to the gates. Along each one of the four walls of the palace there's an entrance dividing it into four quadrants, known as the the Golden, Brass, Silver, and Iron Gates.
Outside the Gold Gate, pictured above, stands a huge statue of Bishop Gergory, an influential leader in the 10th century. Legend has it that if you make a wish while rubbing his right toe, it comes true.
So naturally we made wishes.
And now we wait.
4. Diocletian's Palace
Ok so that palace I was telling you about - this is it, and probably the most famous spot in Split. The vestibule entrance is guarded by an actual Egyptian Sphinx, which is pretty cool if you ask me.
5. Cathedral & Bell Tower of St. Domnius
Of course I saved the best for last, but FML with this one. St. Domnius' 200 foot Bell Tower offers the most beautiful views of Split. But if you don't know this about me yet, I am DEATHLY afraid of heights –especially when it includes stairs that look like this:
But I am all for good views (and sharing them with you), so climbing up the Bell Tower was inevitable.
A huge shout out to my roomie Katie who let me crush the bones in her hand the entire way up (and down) the tower.
These pictures might make it look like it was worth climbing up the steep, rickety staircase but the jury is still out on that one.
It almost killed me not to add restaurants to this post, but that one's coming. Stay tuned 😊