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Another brand new morning here in Croatia means automatically another new day of seeing new and amazing things and today we were heading for the city of Split. So after having a quick but delicious breakfast, the usual packing continued and as soon as we were all present, on the road we went again!

The sun was shining brightly upon us, so we were more than eager to go and explore the city!

Split is the one city besides Dubrovnik that sounds so familiar to me because when people always begin to talk about the country these places pop up, but if I have to be honest, whenever I read or hear the name of the city, I think of one thing and one thing only and that is .... ICECREAM!!!

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I just can't help it, to me it brings memories of the best dessert when ice is concerned. What is not to love!? Three scoops of delicious ice cream with a banana SPLIT in half. Of course there is also whipped cream, but I always skip this coz I am not a huge fan of that part of the dessert, but of course I say more than yes to the chocolate sauce and when I am lucky, they top it all of with the best thing there is .... yep, the maraschino cherry!

So as we left Biograd na Moru behind us, my thoughts went out to this delicious dessert, but I must confess that I was anxious to see what the city was all about. Loads of people talked so lyrical about it that I was more than curious to see what this city had to offer.

Back on the road, we left the coast a bit further behind us and as we passed the first major city of Šibenik with its high castle on top of the mountain, it was clear we were going to see a bit more of the small villages inland. Luckily the mesmerizing color of blue of the sea was never far away.

Passing all the little villages and towns with hills and loads of olive trees, it is quite a different view then the beautiful looking coves we passed yesterday. Whatever view you have really, Croatia never seems to bore, that's for sure!

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Our first real stop of the day was at Primošten, a small peninsula with a beautiful little stony beach. Since we only had time for a quick cup of coffee, I had a more than relaxing view on the old houses of the centre of this village. Since our toilet break wasn't that long, it was a pity we couldn't go and check out this small seemingly abandoned village. Maybe the early morning hours had something to do with it, but there was hardly a soul out on the streets. I guess in Primošten people like to sleep in.

Back on the road again we passed several scenic little harbor towns, beach resorts, small coves and even green looking lush hills or can you call it mountain ranges in the far distance for about two hours.

At noon we arrived in the city of Split, which is actually huge and modern, but since we are tourists and have ample of time, we were just going to visit the old part. Not that I mind one bit. As soon as our driver Daniel dropped us at the car park, we had a bit of time to wonder around, since we were waiting for our guide. To me this sounded like music to my ears and I left the group behind only to have a quick visit at the local market. I just love these places where the locals come to meet and you can see what is available in this country.

During my exploration of the market, I met up with a few members of our group and had fun looking at the local produces as well as the fashion styles which were on offer.

Sadly enough our half hour of adventure was over as we met up with our local guide Dejan and listened to all the interesting things he had to tell about this city and its "owner" back in the time, the emperor Diocletian. He build this place to enjoy his retirement and this dude was awesome when you come to think about it. The old city center is quite small and when I say small, it is actually exaggerated because it is that very very small, about 220 x 100 meters filled with narrow streets with slippery stones, old houses and loads of remains of the Roman period. These guys were like ants when you come to think about it. They were constantly building and building and building, but on the other hand, we still got the joy of seeing a bit of it. I guess they were smart dudes back in the time.

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With a bit of free time left to wonder around the place, me and a few others went for a late yummy lunch with dessert and of course a bit of sightseeing at the local boulevard which is called Riva for short. Obala Hrvatskog Narodnog Preporoda is its proper name but that is just too much to handle for me.

It was around four o'clock when we left Split behind us and went back on the road only to have a quick stop about 1.5 hours later in Omis to stretch our legs and have a view of the ruins of a castle against the mountains. Apparently the river Cetina flows through the gorge into the Adriatic sea. Sounds fascinating, but honestly, I was a bit tired and once in the bus again, I quickly fell asleep only to wake up when we arrived at Gradac, our destination for the night.

Sadly enough I didn't saw much of the Makarska Riviera, but I woke up rejuvenated and more than ready to explore the beach at this place just before dinner and meeting up with a few members of our group to have some enjoyable pre dinner drinks. We've been here just a few days but already our group is getting closer and closer ... that's what I love about these group holidays.

Posted by Ils1976 10:24 Archived in Croatia Tagged landscapes beaches bridges buildings boats sea water monument ruins hotel bus market town adventure fun hill castle tour sightseeing wine sights europe group drinks coves coastal_town local_delicacies

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