Croatia is a virtually unknown destination in the U.S. Most people in western hemisphere probably couldn't find on a globe, and that is both good and bad. Bad for the people that will never get to go there, and good for those of us that have or will. Being virtually unheard of, there are very few Americans. Spending a week all over Croatia, I met a handful. This means all the modern american conveniences aren’t there. Everything is local. I decided to start my virgin Croatian journey in Split, the second largest city in the country. and the largest city of the region of Dalmatia. It is a very picturesque city located in between mountains and the sea, with bustling tourism and friendly locals.
Every morning at 6:30am, people flock to the local fish market, or as they call it Peskarija. It's right on the square, on Marmontova Street. You can smell the aroma for blocks, so if you have trouble finding it, just follow your nose. Around noon, you can get everything for really reduced prices, as it closes up around 2-2:30.
The city is full of old structures and architecture. There are many many restaurants where you can eat outdoors in the mist of these structures.
Marmontova Street is a main street that runs through the square. It is fairly modern and mainly used for people walking. The shops are plentiful and the prices are very reasonable.
You can spend hours getting lost down little alleyways and streets in the town square. I had so much fun just walking around and exploring every little nuck and cranny.
The people are genuine and friendly. Located in the Dalmatian region of Croatia, Split is a great place to see the way of life of Croatians in the Dalmatian region. Most of them speak a good bit of english, and are willing to answer any question you have. They are very musical, and love to embrace and share their culture.
You will want to spend 2 full days here to explore the city. There is Diocletian’s Palace, and so many other architectural gems at every turn.
Towards the late afternoon and evening, The Harbor is bustling with people, shops, restaurants, and Gelato. I sat here with a coffee and a gelato to relax and people watch.