Situated right in the middle of Dalmatia’s most enchanting stretch, Split is a city where history speaks from every corner, a city with Mediterranean soul, warm heart and a modern vibe.
Songs and poems written here talk about sea, the sun, stone, wine, music, olives, family and love. They paint a picture of a city that grew out of a Roman palace and even now, centuries later, still lives at the speed of a heartbeat. As locals like to explain – Pomalo – meaning «take it easy», enjoy life, breathe, don’t stress, notice how beautiful world is.
The story of Split takes us back 1700 years when the Roman emperor Diocletian, tired of wars and court intrigues, decided to go back to the land of his birth and build a majestic palace where he would enjoy his last days. It took them 10 years (295 – 305 AD) to build a palace which was adorned with Corinth columns, mausoleum (now the cathedral), the Temple of Jupiter, incredible cellars and a private natural thermal spa to heal this old warrior’s wounds and rheumatic pain.
Over the next few centuries the palace slowly turned into a city, which to this day lures with its rich tradition, glorious history and beauty of its natural and cultural heritage. Diocletian’s Palace and the entire historical centre of Split have been on the World Heritage UNESCO list ever since 1979. Not only for the extraordinary preservation of the Palace, but also because the Palace continues living and breathing a full life although it has gradually been transformed into a network of houses, tenements, churches and chapels by the various peoples who came to live here after Diocletian’s successors had departed. All historical layers from ancient Rome, middle ages till today are still visible and alive.
Split is much more than glorious architectural scenery. It is also a venue for excellent gourmet and vine experiences, numerous cultural happenings like film and theatre festivals, exhibitions, excellent museums and concerts. It is a city which offers eclectic modes of entertainment starting with numerous clubs and bars, through street festivals. The Ultra Europe Festival is visited each year by up to 100 thousand young people from more than a hundred countries of the world. With its seafront cafés and ancient alleyways, palm trees and parks this vibrant and energetic city is one of the Mediterranean’s most compelling cities.
Our Teacher Training Center is located a short 5 minute walk from the centre of the city as well as Marjan Forest Park and its beautiful beaches so this vicinity allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds. Whether you’d prefer to spend your time after classes strolling through the enchanting forest and then walking down to the beaches, or feeling the unique urban buzz of the city, the capital of Dalmatia is ready to prove that “there is no place like Split”, as locals like to point out.