Our ferry from Hvar docked in split near the entrance to Diocletian’s Palace. We parked our bags with members or our group, then Tony and I ventured through the gates into the city to seek out our hotel and find the best path to get there from the dock. The Adriatic side of the palace is enormous, stretching at least two city blocks before devolving into a mishmash of Medieval and more recent structures. The boardwalk near the entrance is alive with street vendors, cafe and general tourist activity. As we made our way into the palace walls, I was stricken by the shock of being back in a city after spending the past 3 days in the peaceful confines of paradise.
Hotel Salvija is inside Diocletian’s Palace, and was surprisingly easy to find within the narrow, dark medieval streets. Soon we retrieved our group and rolled our cases along the cobblestone streets and alleyways and checked in. Split is not an easy place to navigate for the first time visitor. I highly suggest scoping it out first, like we did.
Laura and I had the top floor of the hotel which featured a nice sized patio that overlooked the worn, settled rooftops of medieval buildings on one side and Jupiter’s temple on the other. The room was older and not near the boutique luxury that we had become accustomed to at Hotel Amfora. But it was comfortable and suited our needs perfectly.