Head for heights in Split

Pretty Split is a maze of little back alleys, sun drenched courtyards and cosmopolitan feeling harbour front.

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Here’s Neil, making it all slightly less classy with his beer. .

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The city lives cheek by jowl with its history thanks to the main attraction the Diocletian Palace.

The palace was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century CE and now forms the center of the city of Split.

While it is referred to as a “palace” because of its intended use as the retirement residence of Diocletian, the structure is massive and more resembles a large fortress.

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Above is a view of the peristyle (the central square of the Palace) towards the entrance of Diocletian’s quarters and some of the narrow alleyways.

The bell tower looms over the centre of the old city and provide a perfect, albeit rather vertigo inducing viewpoint of the whole area.

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Here’s a view of the rather rickety staircases heading upwards! Try not to look too closely at the wobbly rivets, that’s the key .  .

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And some rather spiffing views across Split from the cosy look out at the top.

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You get to peek into windows and spy over roof top courtyards (if you dare peek out from between your hands that is)

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It’s a sea of terracotta, wave upon wave of warm reds, undulating tiles and endless windows.

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For your viewing pleasure an elusive glimpse of your very own pasty blogger, posing awkwardly (proving once again why it is preferable to be safely hidden behind the camera not in front of it!).

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And finally heading back down on rather wobbly legs .  .

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