Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beaches and the fortresslike complex at its center, Diocletian's Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards are a cathedral and numerous shops, bars, cafes, hotels, and houses.
The Riva is Split’s modern seafront promenade, lined with palm trees and restaurants, and the white marble Narodni Trg (People’s Square) is a central meeting place overlooked by a clock tower. The main beach is sandy Bačvice, but there are several smaller, pebbly stretches such as Ovčice. The Split Archaeological Museum preserves artifacts from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, and the Gallery of Fine Arts houses works by major Croatian artists. At the tip of the peninsula on which the city sits is Marjan, a wooded hill with churches and walking paths.