Split is a city in Central Dalmatia, Croatia. The city was originally built around the Diocletian palace (a palace/fort built for the retired Roman emperor Diocletian) where the locals sought refuge centuries ago. Despite initial appearances, however, the city is not a small tourist town, and extends over a large area well beyond the ancient core. With over 300,000 people in the wider bay area, it's the economic hub of the eastern Adriatic shoreline (the unofficial "capital" of Dalmatia). Wandering the historic centre of Split you can still clearly see the Roman walls, squares, and temples.
Because of its ideal climate, with 2,800 hours of sunlight each year, local people have a few nicknames for Split: "The most beautiful city in the world" and "Mediterranean flower". Many famous Croatian sports people are born in Split, so locals often nicknamed their city as "The sportiest city in the world". The most popular sport institution is the football club Hajduk. The whole city is painted with the club's colors and logo. This is done by Torcida, the oldest supporters group in Europe, established in 1950. Beside bell tower of St. Duje, the symbols of city are the Dalmatian dog and a donkey. Locals have a high place for the donkey because of its past indispensable place in field work and transport across Dalmatian mountains. Split is much, much larger than other coastal towns (Rovinj, Pula, Zadar, Sibenik) and has modernized as the city has grown. If you're expecting the same charm as these cities and towns, you will be disappointed.