Snag one of the outdoor tables at the new Wine & Cheese Bar Paradox, located in central Split. While international bottles line the shelves, owners Marko Sučić and Zoran Pejović especially love to pair local cheeses with Croatian wines such as Plavac Mali, produced along the Dalmatian Coast.
Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
This UNESCO World Heritage site, built by the Roman emperor Diocletian between the third the fourth century A.D., is unlike most other Roman ruins: the castle’s 220 waterfront structures are still occupied. After you wander through the shops, restaurants, and residences within its walls, head down to the central bazaar in the cellar to find some stellar souvenirs.
Twelve granite sphinxes once guarded this architecturally eclectic church built around the grand mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian. Only one remains, but the church does have other ancient treasures. Look for medieval wooden doors and a 13th-century panel painting of the Madonna and Child, then climb the Romanesque bell tower for great views of the surrounding city.
Some of Split’s best shops flank this pedestrian-only street, which connects the harbor to the central square, Trg Gaje Bulata. Along with midrange international brands—Zara and Benetton, among others—you’ll pass a fish market and a pharmacy that has been in operation since 1856.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.