Our ride to Split did not go the way we had planned. We wanted to ride along the coast to take advantage of the great views we had been told about. We started off on the coast but by the time we got to Sibinek the wind was so strong that Greg could barely keep the bike on the road so we turned inland and got on the motorway - much better. We found our apartment up a little cobbled street about a 10 minute walk from both the Riva (water) and the Old Town of Split. We certainly needed the mapping app on Greg's phone to navigate our way around the neighbourhood, Veli Varos.
With only one day in Split we wandered down to the Old City first. Split is a town of ancient history built over the course of 1700 years. The main tourist area is inside the Diocletian's Palace. Emperor Diocletian had the palace and his mausoleum built between 295 and 305. In the 7th Century Bishop Ravena transformed the area into the Cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The whole area is a collection of ancient walls, columns and statues. We visited the cathedral - extremely small by European standards. The interior had gilded statues and altars but also had a modern pipe-organ and padded pews. The crypt under the cathedral was almost bare, not what we expected at all. The other section of the Diocletian Palace that we visited was the Baptistry, another small area of stone statues.
With the historical sites visited we set off to explore a little further. The Green Market was filled with locals filling their bags with fresh produce, all food was weighed using balance scales and weights - no digital scales here. The fish market was closing up by the time we got there but there was evidence of sea bass (on every menu) and we even saw some small rays - didn't even know you could eat them! We wandered down to the water to check out the numerous cruise ships and ferries that were coming and going. We encountered many British tourists from the cruise ships - they were all wearing shorts and t-shirts while we were rugged up in jumpers and scarves.
As it still early we decided to get a bus tour of the city to see a bit more. It was a hop-on-hop-off but did not stop anywhere so we just enjoyed the ride. We passed the Football Stadium, beaches and several museums. Kerrie enjoyed the bus commentary and Greg enjoyed his afternoon nap. Back in town we decided it was beer o'clock and lunch time - about 1pm.
After walking a bit more - 11137 steps or 8.5km by 2pm, we headed back to the apartment for a rest before dinner and preparing to head further south in the morning.
Total steps for the day 15397 or 10.3 km, no wonder we are tired!