Split is the economic and administrative center of Middle Dalmatia, with about 200,000 inhabitants. It is also the jumping-off point for exploration of the coast and islands of the beautiful Croatian Adriatic. The site was first settled when the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here.
The importance of Diocletian’s Palace far transcends local significance because of its level of preservation and the buildings of succeeding historical periods built within its walls, which today form the very heart of old Split. Many of Split’s historical and cultural buildings can be found within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace.
In addition, numerous museums, the National Theatre, and old churches and other archeological sites in the Split region make it an important cultural attraction.
Central Dalmatia is an ideal place to enjoy active tourism and sports. The coast offers great possibilities to enjoy water sports. Bol on the island of Brač is an internationally known destination for surfers and the best place for surfing on the Adriatic. A landward wind called the Maestral blows in the channel between the islands of Brač and Hvar every afternoon, ideal for surfing, while there is a lighter breeze in the morning appropriate for beginners, making Bol ideal for those who are just getting their start in the sport.
The opportunities for paragliding (BaŠka Voda, Brela) and hand gliding are excellent for the adventure-minded looking to descend from the heights of Biokovo or Vidova Gora to Brać. The entire mainland part of this region has cycling routes as do all the central Dalmatian islands. There are excellent conditions for adventure tourism in this area on account of the proximity of Dalmatinska Zagore, the Dalmatian highlands. Only 30 km from the shore, this green heart of Dalmatia is home to gentle valleys through which the Cetina, Jadro and Žrnovica rivers pass. These mighty rivers are, both in their slower mainstream and their rapids, daily gathering places for lovers of canyoning, canoe safaris, rafting and free climbing on the rock faces rising above them.
This area is known for its long and gentle horseback riding trails. The sport of riding is offered at several riding clubs in Sinj and it environs, available to the more experienced and to complete beginners and children on the full bred horses of private riding schools and agro-tourism homesteads.
For more information about the city and its activities, we refer you to the official website of Split!
If you love biking, then you can use this bicycle map to discover some nice routes in the near of Vodice. This map has been provided by the tourist office of Vodice.