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Upon arriving in Split by air or land, the following questions might have crossed your mind – what’s the story behind these city facades and what led to the big growth of this city, making it the second largest city in Croatia today? My story will introduce you to the mayors of Split (first among the equal citizens of Split), who were significant for their respective periods and visionaries of great energy striving to develop Split “2 steps ahead” of their time, regardless of political circumstances, making it a pleasant and desirable place to live for the present and future generations. The story starts in the mid-19th century and finishes with the late 20th century.

If you have already discovered the heritage of the Diocletian’s Palace and you`d like to get a broader picture of Split – this tour is just for you!

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The development of Split through the 19th and 20th centuries

This walking tour starts at the Square of the Republic Prokurative with the story of the most beloved mayor Antonio Bajamonti, a man of great passion for his hometown, who managed to turn Split from a neglected city on the margins of the Austro-Hungarian Empire into a charming Mediterranean town.

Walking along the waterfront promenade Riva, you’ll hear stories of Split between the 2 world wars, the origin of decorative palm trees along the waterfront, but also a story about the mayor who recently swam in the port to prove that the water is clean.

The tour continues towards the eastern neighbourhoods located on the slopes, where you’ll learn about the development and lifestyle of the city in the 1960s and 1970s, when Split was an important industrial centre of the Yugoslav federation transformed into a big centre of sports events – so our tour ends in Gripe – a sports facilities complex joined with the first shopping mall ever opened in one communist country.

The tour starts in the historical centre and ends at a 15-minute walking distance from the Old Town, in the area where you can find sports facilities, shops, cafes and restaurants. The duration of the tour is 60 minutes.

The tour includes some walking down slopes (no stairs), and during summer days it is recommended to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat/cap and a bottle of water. The tour is suitable for people with disability or reduced mobility.

The price of the tour is €20/person. A minimum number of tour participants is 4, while a maximum number is 10 (upon request – a tour with a smaller group of people may be arranged).


Vukovarska 92, Split

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