Croatia Travel Guide: 6 Essential Things to Do in Split From 'Below Deck Mediterranean'

Croatia Travel Guide: 6 Essential Things to Do in Split From 'Below Deck Mediterranean'

Hannah Ferrier shares the crew's must-see spots.

By John Brandi

Prepare to set sail with the crew ofBelow Deck Mediterranean as they pull into the port of Split, Croatia for Season 2. The city has plenty to enjoy with history, architecture, and most importantly, its wine list. When in Split, there's a few must-sees when navigating around and into the city's center. Here are a few of fabulous spots chosen by Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier.

1. Riva Harbor

Take a long promenade along Split's harbor. Updated within the last decade, tourists are welcome to sit and enjoy the palm tree-lined street, feel the gentle ocean breeze, and grab a cup of coffee or pint of tea and make new memories. It's a popular tourist spot and it's a smooth first step in exploring this ancient city.

2. Diocletian's Palace

In the heart of the city, explore the intended retirement spot of the late Roman Emperor Diocletian. Built around the fourth century, this palace is truly a testament to its craftsmanship, surviving tempestuous times of war and unrest. Today, the palace effortlessly blends into a modern setting and has a few more pleasant amenities such as street performances.

3. inBOX

To speed things up a little, party with the best of them at inBOX. There's a massive, outdoor dance space where, if you're lucky, you can catch festivals and even themed salsa nights. Tourists will be carried by the sounds of different DJs to the front steps where you can see gorgeous views of the harbor.

4. Peristyle (Peristil) & The Vestibule

In the center of Diocletian's Palace is the Peristyle where subjects would kneel before the emperor. It's become known for its architectural style, blending medieval, Venetian, and Roman designs and standing the test of time. Near it, the vestibules were perfect for opera classics and works of ancient literature, but also sets the stage where abundant urban life continues and voices still carry in live performances.

5. Diocletian's Wine House

With its extensive collection, Diocletian's is the place to go for any wine lover. This cool and classy spot is off the beaten path. Ask for the PEKA, a traditional Dalmatian dish of veal, lamb or octopus, but make sure to call three hours ahead of time for it to stew to perfection!

6. Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski) Statue

No stop is complete without rubbing Gregory's toe. The nearly 20 foot tall statue of this bishop sits close to Diocletian's Palace and rumor has it that rubbing his big toe while asking a wish will make it come true. Gregory is known for standing up to the Pope and splitting with the Catholic Church's stance that religious service had to be done in Latin. When Gregory introduced it in Croatian, there was an uptick in attendance in the churches.

Split, Croatia is a beautiful destination full of history. See all of its wonders when Below Deck Mediterranean Season 2 pulls into port on Bravo May 2 at 9/8c.

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