Hotel Le Meridien Lav is located in Podstrana, 8 km south of Split, in a beautiful setting with 800 m of beach frontage, gardens landscaped by award-winning designer Jim Nicolay, and fantastic sea views overlooking the city and the surrounding islands. Hotel address: Grljevačka 2A, 21312 Podstrana, Croatia.
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Split is a business, administrative, and cultural center of Dalmatia, enriched by the ethereal beauty of the historic town on the pristine Adriatic. We are assured that this city will inspire you with a 1700-year-old tradition of a variety of archaeological, historical, and cultural monuments, among which the well-known Palace of Diocletian, inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List, certainly occupies a special position and the warmth and offerings of a modern Mediterranean city.
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The story of Split is already 17 centuries old, dating from the time the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his Palace right on the peninsula near the great Roman city of Salona, where he wanted to spend the last years of his life.
- Diocletian’s Palace dominates the city’s historic core. There’s nothing else like it in Europe: It’s a wonderfully-preserved 4th-century complex blending Diocletian’s stately retirement villa with the remnants of a large military camp. Such is the scale that it’s more of a citadel than a palace, and surprises await around every corner. Needless to say that the palace is UNESCO-listed, and you’ll even be able to tread the original Roman streets that cut through the complex: decumanus and cardo still have their original paving stones. It won’t come as a surprise that scenes from Game of Thrones have been filmed at this stunning location.
- The Riva today is a pedestrian heaven, thrusting with Cafés and restaurants, an ideal place for having your morning or afternoon coffee, or for an evening out with friends over drinks. Riva is the stage of the city life of Split, a venue for numerous cultural and entertainment events, boisterous Split carnival
- The Peristil Square is the original Roman court, where you can soak up the architectural majesty of old Split. Afternoon cups of coffee don’t get more dramatic than this, that’s for sure! Diocletian made his public appearances at just this plaza and his devoted subjects would prostrate themselves in front of the former emperor. Still standing are the two 3,500-year-old Egyptian sphinxes brought to the city by Diocletian. The epic stone monuments around the square have endowed Peristil with fine acoustics so you could definitely catch an opera or theatre performance in the summer.
- The statue of Grgur Ninski both the subject and creator of this hefty statue outside the Golden Gate are a big deal. Ivan Meštrović, the sculptor, was a master of his craft and after communism arrived he continued his career in America where his public works there are as cherished as ever. Grgur Ninski on the other hand is a 10th-century bishop a Croatian icon, who, by conducting religious services in the Croatian language defied the pope,helped spread Christianity in the region and establish Croatian national identity. People rub Ninski’s big toe for good luck, and years of contact have made this little nub of bronze gleam.
Salona - An easy bus ride from the center of Split, Salona was once the Roman Empire’s foremost city in the Balkans. 60,000 people lived in Salona’s at the city’s peak and although it was eventually ransacked and abandoned in the 600s the archaeological park is an enlightening day out, preserving significant fragments of the structures that used to stand here. The most obvious of these is the amphitheater, which once had a capacity for 18,000 spectators. You can trace the perimeter of the area, and see how the terraced seating harmonized with the slope of the hill one which it’s built.
- Klis Fortress - When you see it you’ll know why this stronghold on an upland pass has also appeared in Game of Thrones. Klis Fortress is balanced on a bluff above the terraced hills of the eponymous town, and is framed by yet more towering cliffs of pale grey rock. It’s a sight you won’t forget and blood has been spilled for this structure throughout its two and a half millennia. The ancient Illyrians were the first to build a fortress here and for centuries throughout the medieval era Klis was the seat of the Croatian Kings. During the Ottoman Wars whoever held this castle, 10 kilometers northeast of Split, held the upper hand in the region.
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Lavander - Croatian lavender is already a brand and for sure one of the Croatia’s most wanted and quality souvenir. As such it represents Croatia all over the world.
You can find lavender in everything from chocolate to fragrant beauty products.
Olives - Olive trees and olive oil are occupying a special place on Dalmatian coast.
Everywhere you go you’ll be surrounded by olive trees, very well known for its symbolic – hope, peace, eternity, holiness, splendor and of course – the magnificence of Mediterranean.
Wine - In Dalmatia, the Greeks and Romans first started growing vines, and Croats continue and improve it. The entire history of Dalmatia is closely connecting with the production of wine, literary, artistic, economic and political. Winemaking represents the main branch of production in Dalmatia, with half of the population engaged in agricultural breeding stock.
Processing of grapes is done in modern wineries and cellars.
Dalmatian wines are the best quality because of the abundance of soil crag and solar heat. The most famous sorts from this area are Plavac mali and Pošip.