Our original plan on this morning was to go in the rooftop hot tub in the hotel before breakfast however when we got up there was no water in the tub- very disappointing!! Instead we had breakfast and set out to explore Split.
We walked around Diocletian’s Palace in the light. It is very charming with narrow streets through all the old buildings.
Just outside the Palace was advertised a live museum looking at Roman history, particularly that of emperor Diocletian. As Fraser is interested in this period of history we paid up (30kuna each) and went in. I think I learnt more talking to Fraser about the Romans beforehand than I actually did from the show. It was quite funny but I’m sure not in the way the actors intended. It was in English and the child on the tour seemed to enjoy it but it’s not for those actually wanting to gain knowledge or experience that culture.
After this we headed down to the Riva (waterfront) to book our ferry to Hvar and to go along the coastline. Our trip to Split, and on to Hvar, happened to coincide with the Ultra music festival meaning that everywhere was so busy and there were lots of people setting up for beach and boat parties.
We stopped along the coast at the F restaurant and bar. Here we had a really nice lunch- I had tiger prawn and truffle tagliatelle and Fraser a rack of lamb with a cheese mousse. We followed this with the biggest ice cream sundaes I have ever seen- yummy!!
We still had a bit of time to kill before our ferry. At a quick stop back at the hotel we realised that the hot tub was now working so with no hanging around we got into our swimming gear and jumped right in. It was such a cool experience being above the city with the bell tower in the background whilst lounging around in a jacuzzi.
Our catamaran across to Hvar left at 1800hours and took just under 2 hours to get there. This was a horrendous experience as it was ridiculously choppy and by the end we were both feeling queasy.
Hvar town was stunning. Our air bnb apartment was high up a lot of steps which offered gorgeous views across the town including down towards the cathedral and across the valley.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants along the front of the town overlooking lots of very expensive yachts. We needed something stodgy to settle our still churning stomachs so we found a pizza place on the main square and ate there before heading back up the hill to our apartment to plan our travel for the next day as I had made a bit of a cock up in our itinerary.
Both Split and Hvar town are lovely despite the festival crowds and I would happily come back again to spend more time soaking up the cafe culture, hopefully with improved weather.