By Lauren Kmec
Split
Croatia
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Located on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, Split is Croatia’s second-largest city. It is a major transportation hub and a bustling port populated by gregarious, fun-loving people who are sure to make any foreign visitors feel right at home. Downtown Split is known for being energetic and fast-paced, yet the western portion of the city, a wooded area with mountains above and beaches below, is more relaxed, taking its cues from the rhythms of nature.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to visit Split on your next European getaway. Flights will arrive at Split Kaštela/Resnik Airport (SPU), located just ~20 kilometers from the city center. This airport is a major hub for Croatia Airlines, which offers year-round flights to a number of European cities and even more flights in the summer, when the tourist season is in full swing. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to book your flight with EscapeWizard.com. We can also help you find the perfect hotel to suit your travel needs. Simply follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to review EscapeWizard.com’s top selections.

Once you have arrived, EscapeWizard.com encourages you to make Diocletian’s Palace your first stop. Constructed by the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the end of the 3rd century AD, the palace was originally designed as his retirement residence: The luxurious southern half of the palace contained the emperor’s private living quarters, whereas the northern portion was home to soldiers and servants. The entire complex is built from high-quality local white limestone, marble, and tuffaceous rock and is surrounded by four 25-meter-high outer walls. Today, Diocletian’s Palace is Split’s most famous landmark, as well as the true heart of the city: Many notable buildings are located within the palace walls. The pride and joy of the palace is the Peristyle, a majestic courtyard that now functions as a public square.
   
EscapeWizard.com also suggests a visit to the Cathedral of St. Dominus (aka St. Duje), located on the Peristyle in Diocletian’s Palace. The cathedral is named after the patron saint of Split, who was a bishop in the neighboring town of Salona and became a martyr in the year 304 AD. The Cathedral of St. Dominus contains a mausoleum, where Diocletian was laid to rest, a striking 60-meter-high bell tower, and the cathedral treasury, which features a valuable collection of sacred relics. Some of the notable items preserved in the treasury include gold artifacts and paintings dating back to the 13th century, mass vestments from the 14th to 19th century, and a number of rare books.

Split boasts a variety of museums and galleries that are sure to impress history buffs and art lovers alike. EscapeWizard.com encourages you to visit the Split Archaeological Museum, the oldest museum in Croatia (founded in 1880). This museum features a collection of central Dalmatian artifacts dating back to prehistoric times; highlights include ancient coins, stone epitaphs, ceramics, glasswork, and gemstones. The Archaeological Museum also contains a library with more than 30,000 books on the history and archaeology of the Dalmatian region. EscapeWizard.com also recommends the City Museum of Split, located in the northeast section of Diocletian’s Palace, which commemorates the history of Split from the 12th to the 18th century. For something completely different, we suggest paying a visit to the Gallery of Ivan Meštrovic, which features the work of Croatia’s world-famous sculptor. The gallery displays a spectacular collection of works made from stone, marble, and wood, and the outdoor garden is adorned with magnificent bronze sculptures.

For an interesting diversion, EscapeWizard.com suggests an outing to Salona, an ancient city just a few kilometers outside of Split. On the road to Salona, you will encounter the remains of ancient aqueducts that supplied water to Diocletian’s Palace. Salona was once the grand capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia; today, it is mostly in ruins, though it is still quite a site to behold, especially the ruins of the 18,000-seat amphitheater.

With all this and more to experience in Split, it’s no wonder that this city is a very popular vacation spot for European travelers. Let EscapeWizard.com help you plan a trip to Split, and prepare to be swept away by the charms of this dynamic city!
Hotels in Split
By Molly M. Watson
Le Méridien Lav, Split
Grljevacka, 2A Podstrana, Split, Croatia
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Le Méridien Lav is the perfect location for your stay in Split, to add even more beauty and style to your trip here.  This hotel is only 15 miles from the Split Airport and is located right on the beach.  Guests can take the ferry, a private car or taxi to reach this luxurious destination and shuttle service is available in the summer months to transport guests around the city. 

Room options at Le Méridien include the standard room, superior room and presidential suite.  Rooms are available with either a park view or a view of the sea and every room has floor to ceiling windows that let the sunshine of this beautiful location flood the rooms.  Rooms come with LCD flat screen TVs and bathrooms that include a jacuzzi tub and rainforest shower.  Rooms with a balcony are also available and guests have access to a mini bar and 24 hour room service.  Internet access is complimentary in each room and high speed internet access is available for a fee. 

Guests will find no end of options available to make their stay at Le Méridien relaxing and luxuriant.  A private beach is open to guests at this hotel as our indoor and outdoor pools and a whirlpool giving water lovers a wide array of choices.  The Diocletian Spa is located on premises to offer guests massages and other spa treatments.  For those looking to stay fit on their vacation, Le Méridien has aerobic classes as well as personal trainers on hand to keep visitors in shape. 

A multitude of on-site dining options are available to Le Méridien guests.  If visitors are looking for an elegant fine dining experience The Spalatum Restaurant with a beachside view is the place to go.  Those interested in more casual fare and environment will enjoy the Pivnica.  The Laguna Bar offers cocktails and health food by the pool  and The Champagne Bar is a less casual bar where guests can go for drinks and enjoy the sea view.  Inmotion club has late hours, live music and drinks and offers a great chance to socialize and mingle with fellow Le Méridien guests.  The Art Cafe gives visitors the chance to check out revolving art displays while enjoying a coffee and dessert.

Elegance and luxury are the order of the day at this fantastic location.  Escapewizard.com invites you to book your stay at Le Méridien Lav by following the link here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).  You’ll leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and pampered.