Split was founded in the 4th century BC by Greek colonists, and later became the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. After the decline of the Roman Empire, the city fell under the influence of the Republic of Venice, but remained a free city throughout the Middle Ages as Hungary and Venice struggled for control of Dalmatia. This remarkable history is evident throughout the city, from the ancient Roman walls of Diocletian’s Palace to the 18th-century Baroque wonders of Prokurative, making it a great destination for culture lovers.
Join Emerald Waterways on one of our luxury Dalmatian coast ocean cruises, and you’ll have the opportunity to explore Split and its wonderful heritage highlights. Walk beneath the ancient monolith of Diocletian’s Palace, sample regional wine in one of the city’s historic and traditional wine taverns, or lay your towel on the warm sands of the Riva waterfront and drink in fine views across the Adriatic.
Travelling to Split as part of an upcoming ocean cruise? Read our guide to the city’s must-see sites and hidden gems, as well as its local culinary offering. We’ve also included essential facts and information to know before you go.