Salona: A Time-Traveling Day-Trip from Split, Croatia

the ruins of Salona, Croatia.

Croatia has almost any many Roman ruins as its Italian neighbor to the west, a fact we’re still relishing entering week two of our grand Croatian road trip. While exploring Diocletian’s Palace (blog post to come) in Split was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done, it pales in comparison to the ruins of Salona, the former capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia and a short 20 minute drive from the city, making it a perfect day trip for those looking to escape Split and bask in the presence of 1700 year old ruins. It can be completed in a couple of hours, though it would be easy to spend an entire day if you desired.

 

Upon arrival, take a page from the Croatian guide to parking and leave your car wherever feasible! There was ample parking when we arrived, though we mistakenly followed one of Salona’s caretakers well past the entry gate (loose interpretation of the word gate) first, leading to a confusing (read: oh shit) moment where we failed to pay and parked basically on the ruins. Apparently, it was okay for him to do so because he works there; Croatia seems to be a land of many laws that are merely a suggestion.
Roman ruins in Salona, Croatia

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