A city inside a palace
An MSC Mediterranean Cruise will take you to discover the crystal-clear green sea of the Adriatic, dotted with hundreds of islands, in part still wild. Sailing to Split, the destination of your MSC Cruise, amid large and small oases surrounded by water, is always very impressive.
The city of Dalmatia, whose name derives from a shrub in the region, Aspálathos (thorny broom), is a pleasant town standing on a peninsula between the Bay of Castles and the canal of the same name. With its over 200 thousand inhabitants, it is the second-largest city in Croatia and its port, with more than four million passengers per year, is the third-largest in the Mediterranean.
An MSC Excursion will take you into a city with a unique historical heritage. Walking through the narrow streets of the centre, under the bell towers and past ancient palaces, you will be able to grasp the city's diverse influences (Roman, Medieval and Renaissance), forming the urban texture of a place that does not show its age of 1,700 years of history. A succession of different dominations has made Split a reactive, robust city presenting itself before your eyes as a splendid attraction full of that charm that only the past can confer.
The "Sala degli Spalatini", the Riva, will be the destination of another MSC Excursion. The nerve centre of the city, the broad seafront promenade that runs along the historic centre, has been the scene of walks, events and parties for about 200 years. The Croatian National Rebirth Avenue (its real name), is today the most crowded pedestrian island in the city, during all hours of the day and night. Cafes, restaurants, trendy clubs follow one another, alternating shops and "simple" benches, where you can sit and watch people pass by.
A unique MSC Excursion will accompany you amidst the walls of Diocletian's Palace, a building that is and isn't a palace. Strange to say, this "structure", built between 293 and 305 BC at the behest of Emperor Diocletian, covered an area of 30,000 square meters and housed several buildings. Today, it is the "open-air" museum in the centre of Split, which has preserved the ancient splendour of its walls, four entrances, the Temple of Jupiter, the central square (Peristyle), the Cathedral of St. Duje and the underground structures.