Immerse yourself in the rich history and architectural beauty of Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Built in the 4th century AD as a retirement residence for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has become an integral part of the city of Split. Scout the ancient walls of the palace, marvel at the amazing structures and experience the unique blend of ancient and modern culture that awaits you in this fascinating place.
How to get to Split
To reach Split, you can fly to Split airport, which is well connected with many European cities. From the airport you can take a shuttle bus, cab or private transfer to the city center. Alternatively, you can take a train or bus to Split from other Croatian cities or neighboring countries. Once in Split, the palace is within walking distance from the city center, or you can use local transport or cabs to reach the entrance.
Exploring Diocletian’s Palace
During your tour of Diocletian’s Palace, pay attention to the well-preserved outer walls and the four main gates: the Golden, the Silver, the Iron and the Bronze Gates. Start your exploration in the Peristyle, the central courtyard, where you’ll be surrounded by beautiful columns and arches. Don’t miss the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, originally built as Diocletian’s mausoleum, and admire its impressive bell tower. Visit the Temple of Jupiter and admire its ornate carvings and sculptures.
Venture into the basements and cellars for a glimpse into the palace’s ancient past. As you explore, look for the fusion of Roman and medieval architecture, as well as the Venetian influence that adds another layer of history to the palace.
Guided Tours and Experiences
To enhance your experience, consider joining a guided tour to learn more about the palace’s history and architecture. Choose from various options, including private, group, and themed tours, such as historical reenactments or Game of Thrones-inspired excursions. If you prefer to explore at your own pace, pick up an audio guide or a self-guided tour map. Some ideas fot guided tours or packages you can find here.
Diocletian’s Palace is open to the public year-round, but individual attractions within the complex may have specific opening hours and admission fees. Check ahead for details and plan your visit accordingly. The palace is partially wheelchair accessible, but some areas might be challenging for visitors with disabilities. To avoid crowds and enjoy pleasant weather, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons of spring or fall.
Beyond Diocletian’s Palace
Once you’ve explored the palace, don’t miss other attractions in Split, such as the picturesque Riva Promenade, the scenic Marjan Hill, and the Mestrovic Gallery, showcasing the work of a renowned Croatian sculptor. For a taste of Croatia’s natural beauty and history, embark on day trips to Krka National Park, the islands of Hvar, Brac, and Vis, or the historic city of Trogir.
Accommodations and Dining
To immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the palace, stay at one of the hotels or inns within the palace walls (for example Hotel Vestibul Palace). Treat yourself to a meal at one of the restaurants, cafes or bars within the palace complex or explore the surrounding neighborhoods for a diverse culinary experience.