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Split Riviera cuisine is part of Mediterranean cuisine, which primarily means a host of dishes made from tasty white fish, cheese, ham (prosciutto) and various meat specialities. Animals that have grazed on pasturelands rich in minerals produce meat with a special aroma. As well as the eating places on Split Riviera, we should not forget to mention local restaurants in the Varoš quarter of Split, in the city centre, with their original specialities.
Split is home to the famous Dalmatinska Pašticada or Dalmatian stew, but also to a delicious river crab stew, savoury cakes such as the aromatic Viška, Forska and Komiška pogača and the famous luganige sausages as well as the Arambašići from Sinj, small cabbage rolls filled with beef and pork. On the island of Hvar you will find renowned wines like Vugava and Plančić and also Smutice, red wine mixed either with sheep’s or goat’s milk.
In AD 305, the world’s most powerful man, Emperor Diocletian, was faced with the decision on where to spend the rest of his days. Of all of the known world, he chose to build his home in the heart of the region of Dalmatia, setting the first stones in place for the future city of Split.
Follow in his footsteps by exploring Diocletian’s Palace and a region home to islands, stunning natural landscapes such as Biokovo Mountain and Zlatni Rat beach on the island of Brač, and a wealth of culture that will defy your expectations. The Emperor’s Palace is one of the most significant works of late-ancient architecture, not just for the preservation of original parts and the whole, but also for a series of original architectural forms announcing the new early-Christian, Byzantine and early-medieval art.
The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages by using materials from an ancient mausoleum. Roman churches from the 12th and 13th centuries, medieval forts and gothic, renaissance and baroque palaces are contained within the Roman walls, thus creating a harmonious whole.
Makarska is a picturesque town of impressive beauty which lives off tourism and for tourism; a town of youth, culture, sports and entertainment. It was built around a natural port protected by the charming peninsula of Saint Peter and cape Osejava, and it is the biggest and only such port between the Cetina and Neretva estuaries. The town’s history is best discovered in the Franciscan Monastery as well as through the works of art kept in the sacral buildings of the Makarska Littoral and whose authors are famous Croatian painters originating from this region.
The Biokovo Mountain, a majestic gift of nature, emerges from the pearly sea. If you are craving for adventure and attractive sports challenges, Makarska offers an abundance of sports facilities (paragliding, mountain biking, descending into caves and water sports). The beautiful pebble beach stretches for 2 km along the entire town.
Those who enjoy an active vacation can take part in various sports activities such as soccer, futsal, basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis, handball, bowling, bocce ball, fitness or various water sports such as wind surfing, scuba diving, jet ski, fishing and surfing. Those who are in need of adrenaline and adventure can go rafting on the wild Cetina River, mountain climbing, mountain biking, trekking, sports climbing and paragliding. You can enjoy the culinary specialties of this regionin restaurants such as “Veliki Mornar”, “Porat”, “Bonaca”, “Maslina”, “Mornar” and “Adria”.
Trogir is a town situated on the Kaštela Bay coast between the island of Čiovo and the mainland. This is a historic town in the truest sense of the word. Rich in cultural and historical monuments, authentic architecture and beautiful streets are the reason it is called “Little Venice” and added to the UNESCO list of world heritage.
Trogir offers you the opportunity to explore its richly layered heritage: the northern gate, Garagnin (City Museum), the main town square (city hall, the Rector’s Palace, the church of St. John the Baptist, the church of St. Sebastian), Radovan’s portal, the Ćipiko place, the cathedral of St. Lawrence, a monastery and church of St. Dominic and many other cultural monuments.
The old town center lies on an island situated between the island of Čiovo and the mainland: it is connected to the mainland by a stone bridge and to the island of Čiovo by a drawbridge. Trogir is surrounded by lush green vegetation, the islands and rocky and sandy beaches of which the most famous are the Pantan beach, the Okrug beach (Okrug) & the Coffee beach (Slatina).
Sports lovers can try their hand at tennis, bowling, surfing and diving school. Fishing nights, folklore performances and concerts of classical music are organized during the summer. The town has its own marina, Marina ACI Trogir, which has 200 berths and 80 boat places on land.
Did you know? Trogir is named after the goats. Tragos is a Greek word for goat. When the Greeks arrived in the 3rd and 4th century they saw a herd of goats on the hills surrounding the town and so the name Tragos remained.
Tucepi is a small place, located on the Makarska Riviera, famous for the longest beach (3km), along which a beautiful promenade is situated, in the shade of the pine trees. It is first mentioned in the “Kresevska charter” in 1434. The document is written in Croatian and Bosnian letter. Do not miss to visit the sites in Tucepi and the surroundings, such as the Church of the Birth of Our Lady (built in 1703), St. Roko church (built in 1730), St. Ante of Padua church (built in 1898), the Foundations of the church of St. Vid, Saric fort, Buselic fort, Lalic fort, as well as numerous baroque summer houses.
Tucepi also holds a marina for fishing and tourist boats and yachts. During summer, Tucepi organizes festivities which offer various food, refreshments and pleasant music during the evening hours. Those in search of fun until the morning hours can visit Makarska which is only 5km away. Makarska is one of the most famous tourist destinations of the Croatian littoral and is famous for its rich tourist offer.
Sports and active vacation enthusiasts can enjoy football, tennis, volleyball, basketball, cycling, sailing, jet-ski, as well as numerous other activities. If you would like to get acquainted with the gastronomy of this region and savor the specialties of Tucepi, visit the restaurants “Tanaris” and “Gusari”, as well as the taverns “Stari Dvor” and “Barba”.
Drvenik Veli is an island which belongs to municipality of Trogir. It is situated in the middle-Dalmatian archipelago, northwest of Solta. Nearest mainland is Vinisce port. Its 24 km of coastline is famous for sand and pebble beaches with many coves and bays. Most beautiful beach is Krknjasi beach on the south-east coast of the island. Beach is protected by 2 islands, small and big Krknjas. In the case of N or NW winds, you can use this bay as a safe anchorage and enjoy traditional Dalmatian cuisine in a restaurant just couple of meters from the beach.
Please avoid this bay in a case of E and SE winds and proceed to Sesula cove on the island of Solta. Main industries on the island are fishing, agriculture and tourism. The only village on the island is Drvenik and there you can find few grocery stores and restaurants. Everything else is beautiful non-polluted nature with numerous inlets and hidden bays. Bay Grabule is only bay on Drvenik Veli protected from all winds and can serve as a good shelter for boaters.
Drvenik is known for its beautiful beaches like all the places on Makarska Riviera. The main beach is pebbly and it can get crowded during the summer but there are other beaches in the vicinity which can be reached by foot. On Drvenik beaches you will find plenty of shade provided by pine trees. Drvenik is by a 2 km seaside promenade connected to Zaostrog, another small tourist destination.
City of Vis is located in a large and naturally protected bay (Bay of Saint Georgej) on the northeastern side of the same named island. The local population is engaged in fishing, farming, and Viticulture.
Vis is the only place on the island which has a daily ferry and catamaran connection to the city of Split. Vis is a good choice for those who are arriving without a car, because all the necessary facilities at your fingertips. The city has retained its Mediterranean charm and a life without stress and traffic jams. The towns pebble beach is about a hundred meters from the town center of Vis. There are sandy and pebble beaches close to the town (Parja, Rogacic, Mall Svitnja, Vela Svitnja).
The city development is seen through the numerous archaeological remains that you can visit such as the church of St. George-patron of Vis, the ruins of the city surrounded by walls, cemetary Martvilo and Wallachia field, ruins of a Roman theater which was built in the Franciscan monastery and many others. During summers held on the island of Vis are numerous exhibitions, performances, concerts, music and folklore events and the most famous festival is the Vis night festival, with a rich cultural and entertainment program held on the last Saturday in July.
It is also known for the “feast of wine, where Vis wine growers present their products to locals and visitors. Gastronomy lovers can taste delicacies of this region at restaurants “AS”, “Dionis”, “Calliope”, “Kanaria” and pizzeria “Karijola”. In this city active tourists as well as families with small children can find something for themselves.
The town of Hvar – an ancient town rich in history, situated on the western side of the island facing south. It is the largest town on the island of Hvar, and one of the most famous and visited tourist destinations in Croatia. The island is known as the sunniest part of the Croatian coast (annual average of sunshine is 2726 hours), which makes it a popular holiday destination not only in the summer, but also in spring and autumn. Do not forget to visit the various monuments such as the fortress Fortica, the cathedral of Hvar, the Hvar theatre (one of the oldest public theaters in Europe), the Franciscan Monastery and many other monuments, a testament to a very tumultuous past of the town of Hvar.
Hvar has a clear sea with small rocky and pebble beaches. In front of the Hvar bay are Pakleni islands with some of the most beautiful beaches of Hvar. The best-known beaches are: Jerome, Zdrilić, Palmižana and Pokonji dol. The city is connected by regular ferry lines to other islands. Sports lovers can enjoy hiking, diving, many water sports and hiking, or they can play soccer, handball, volleyball, basketball and tennis. The nightlife on Hvar is one of the liveliest in Dalmatia. You can relax to a variety of performances, exhibitions, concerts, musical folklore events and then visit the many discos which stay open until the early morning hours.
Hvar is a city where the older guests can enjoy a peaceful vacation enriched with cultural events, while the young crowd sips their cocktails, and has fun at “after beach” parties and nightclubs.
Did you know? The name of the town of Hvar comes from Pharos – the Greek name for island and town, located where the town of Stari Grad stands today.
The island of Solta is situated northern of the island of Brac. Among the central Dalmatian islands it is the least developed tourist island so that in addition to the apartment complex in Nečujam there are no accommodation in hotels. Solta is ideal for people seeking peace and quiet, swimming, pure nature without large crowds. It is about an hour from Split, with ferry, which comes several times a day in Rogac.
Solta is a typical example of Mediterranean that is slowly disappearing; small fishing villages, olive groves and vineyards, pine forests…
Larger settlements on the island are Maslinica, Rogač, Nečujam, Stomorska and Grohote which is in the center of the island, there are Gornje, Donje and Srednje selo also in the interior of Solta. Complete winter population on Solta is about 1500. Maslinica is located west on the island, dominated by the bay in which it lies and seven islands directly in front of the place. If you want a place to swim and enjoy your intimacy then Maslenica and the bays surrounding it are ideal for you.
Rogac is the traffic center of the island, with its ferry port, and a petrol station. There is a pebble beach in Rogac, Banja but the tourists prefer swimming on the nearby rocks, where they can find intimacy and crystal clear sea. In the next bay to the south there is Necujam, a small tourist resort with the most tourist attractions on the island. There is also the largest beach on the island of Solta there,and a holiday village, outdoor pool and other facilities.
A little southern there is Stomorska, also a tourist resort with numerous attractions, pebble beach and numerous bars and restaurants. Solta is an oasis of peace and quiet, ideal for family holidays. If you are staying on the island of Solta, visit Necujam and Rogac. From here you can easily visit Hvar, Stari Grad and Jelsa, as well as Vis and Komiza. If your staying allows you, go on a trip to Omis and Duce. Rogac is the traffic center of the island so you can rent a boat in marina Rogac Solta.
Supetar is a small town on the island of Brac, as well as its center. This town astonishes with its simplicity and beauty. The majority of ferries and speed boats that connect Brac to the mainland docks in Supetar. It is an ideal destination for all those who wish to enjoy a rich cultural heritage and natural beauties.
It has been a favorite vacation destination for a long time because of its beautiful and long sandy beaches, surrounded by pine tree forest. The beaches in Supetar are rocky, pebble and some contain sandy parts. Historical monuments fans can visit the parish of Mary’s
Annunciation and Leroj (clock tower) and the church museum, St. Viktor’s sculpture (at the entrance to the church museum), Mother Theresa’s sculpture( at the entrance to the church courtyard), early Christian mosaics from the 6th century (located close to the church),neo- byzantine mausoleum of family Petrinovic and the Ivan Rendic gallery.
On the island of Brac you can visit the Blaca desert, Vidova gora, Zlatni rat, Museum of the island of Brac in Skrip, Stonemasonry School in Pucisca and countless other natural beauties and historical sites. Sports and active vacation lovers can enjoy almost all water sports such as diving, swimming, paragliding, water skiing and similar, as well as have fun on the dry land by cycling, hiking, playing tennis, soccer, basketball, beach volleyball and numerous other activities.
If you are a gastronomy enthusiast and are willing to savor the specialties of the island of Brac as well as the Dalmatian cuisine, visit countless restaurants and taverns at your disposal. Visit the restaurants “Zlatni zalaz”, “Galeb”, “Kaktus”, “Ranc Palute” and the tavern “Vinotoka”.
Islet of Biševo is one of the several Adriatic jewels one can easily fall in love with at the first sight. It is located far out at the open sea, but close enough to the mighty island of Vis which appears as its guardian. Although quite small and almost uninhabited, Biševo radiates some magical attractiveness and prettiness that can not be explained easily.
Its steep coastline hides many fanciful scenes that make up the stunning landscape: crystal clear sea, alluring sandy beaches, intriguing sea caves and sharp cliffs are only the few obvious. There is also a handful of hamlets on the island, mostly situated around three notable coves, Porat, Mezuporat and Salbunara, which are the only convenient anchorages as well. The major, almost abandoned village called Polje is located in the heart of the island and takes visitors back in time, but few of the remaining residents make heady red wine, worth tasting.
The Blue Cave (Modra špilja) is located at the Balun Cove on the eastern side of the island. Though Croatian fisherman have known of the blue cave since ancient times, it wasn’t until 1884 that a (relatively) easy entrance was blasted out with dynamite. Before this small hole in the side of the rock was opened, the only entrance into the cave was to dive underneath the rock wall in just the right spot.
The cave is at its most beautiful between 11 am and 12 pm on a sunny day. The bright blue glowing effect is created when the sun’s rays enter through the water and reflect off the limestone floor of the cave. The bright sun lights up the water, and the glowing ocean illuminates the cave walls a brilliant blue, creating an ethereal glowing blue grotto.
Though not an easy trek, it is a rewarding one – the blue cave is a truly enchanting natural wonder.
Kaštela is a series of seven smaller settlements in central Dalmatia by the Kaštela Gulf. Located northwest of Split, west of Solin (ancient Salona) and east of town of Trogir, enlisted UNESCO site of world heritage. They are part of the Split-Dalmatian county and are treated as a single city – City of Kaštela.
The Kaštela Riviera is a fertile area, about 20 kilometers in length, featuring the first Roman floating docks and 50 places on the long, verdant area, northwest of Split. It is divided into Gornja and Donja Kaštela, and it consists of seven settlements. The Kastela region with its Mediterranean tone, picturesque landscape and unique composition of natural beauty attracted people since prehistoric times. Beaches in Kaštela are concrete, pebble, with sandy areas in the water.
Kaštela can be compared with the most pretty and most interesting places in Europe, the Saxon King wrote in his memoirs early in the 19th century.
Kaštela are picturesque small towns in central Dalmatia near Split, Trogir and Solin. Today’s Kaštela developed around seven small villages which used to be fortresses (Kaštela) and villages with fortified walls beside the coast. Kaštela’s town museum is in the famous stone castle of Vitturi, which was built in the 16th century. It looks as though it has risen up out of the sea, and is connected to the land by a small bridge.
The main part of the castle is the famous Vitturi park, an example of garden culture and one of the most beautiful parks in the whole of Dalmatia. The bible garden in Kaštel Novi, the botanical garden in Kaštel Lukšić and the town museum in Kaštel bear witness to the interesting and rich history of the beautiful fortresses.
ACI marina Milna
ACI marina Palmižana
ACI marina Split
ACI marina Trogir
ACI marina Vrboska
Marina Baška Voda