A city inside a palace!

A unique historical heritage
Riva: a lively broad promenade
Diocletian's Palace

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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 im-pressive. 

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 Renais-sance), 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 pre-senting 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 Ju-piter, the central square (Peristyle), the Cathedral of St. Duje and the underground struc-tures.

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    Nature and glamour
    Nature and glamour

    A Mediterranean cruise to Croatia shows you a country blessed with a wealth of natural riches, boasting almost 2000 km of rocky, indented shore and more than a thousand islands, many blanketed in luxuriant vegetation.

    An holiday to Croatia offers a lot of urbane glamour too with yacht-filled harbours and cocktail bars aplenty – especially in à-la-mode destinations such as Dubrovnik and Hvar. At the northern end of Croatia’s lengthy stretch of coastline, the peninsula of Istria contains many of the country’s most developed resorts, along with old Venetian towns like Poreč and Rovinj, and the raffish port of Pula, home to some impressive Roman remains. The island-scattered Kvarner Gulf, immediately south of Istria, is presided over by the city of Rijeka, a hard-edged port city with an energetic cultural life.

    Beyond the Kvarner Gulf lies Dalmatia, a dramatic, mountain-fringed stretch of coastline studded with islands. Northern Dalmatia’s main city is Zadar, whose busy central alleys are crammed with medieval churches. Croatia’s second city, Split, is southern Dalmatia’s main town, a vibrant and chaotic port with an ancient centre moulded around the palace of the Roman emperor, Diocletian.