10 things to do in Split, Croatia

love it!’s ANNABEL STEVENS took a trip to Split, the largest city on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. Here are her top 10 things that are not to be missed…

1. DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE This impressive ancient palace was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian in the fourth century. Its huge structure resembles a fortress and forms about half of the old town.

2. MESTROVIC GALLERY At this art museum, you’ll see a comprehensive, well-arranged collection of works by Ivan Mestrovic, Croatia’s premier modern sculptor, who built the gallery as a personal residence from 1931 to 1939.

3. CORNARO HOTEL This centrally located hotel is traditional and modern in equal measure and is seamlessly placed within the old town, making everything within reach.

4. SEAFOOD AT APETIT Located in small Papali Palace and built in the 15th century this fabulous old restaurant serves up gastronomic delights within its minimalist Mediterranean interior. Try the fresh fish with a glass of local wine. Delicious!

5. GAME OF THRONES TOUR A must do for any GOT fans! Tour the famous sights where Game of Thrones was filmed in and around the town. You’ll see the 1,700-year-old palace, the ancient Klis Fortress and a working water mill where you’ll feast on traditional peka barbecue and local wine.

6. BLUE CAVE Take a boat trip to Blue Cave, a water-logged sea cave located in a small bay called Balun. The grotto is one of the best known natural beauty spots on the Adriatic Coast and well known for its famous blue glow.

7. CATHEDRAL OF SAINT DOMNIUS Named after the patron saint of Split, this breathtaking cathedral is one of the most popular attractions in Split. The imposing building is the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in use in its original structure.

8. RIVA PROM This busy promenade looks out onto the gorgeous Riva Harbour and is packed with restaurants and bars, as well as market stalls selling souvenirs and handmade jewellery.

9. UNDERGROUND MARKET Sited underneath Diocletian’s Palace, the market based in the cellars is seriously impressive. Previously used to store both grain and wine, the structure is immaculately preserved and now houses a number of market sellers. A great spot to cool off in the middle of the day.

10. MARJAN HILL Located on the peninsula of the city and covered in dense Mediterranean pine trees, this recreational park has beaches and jogging trails as well as tennis courts and the city zoo.