Split, Croatia’s second largest city, offers a stunning coastal location on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea and is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. A popular tourist destination, the largest city in the Dalmatia region is home to a historic old town, the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace, and the famous Riva Promenade.
After taking the bus to Split from the capital Zagreb, upon arrival at the bus station in the port area you will be greeted by ships, boats and yachts of all sizes, as well as bars, restaurants and restaurants. bustling markets.
Just a ten-minute walk from the bustling promenade, you’ll find peace and relaxation in the form of Heritage Hotel Fermai Split MGallery, a boutique property that’s part of Accor’s MGallery Hotel Collection.
Why stay here?
There’s plenty of style in this Art Nouveau beauty. Built in 1914, the building was previously used by the University of Split before reopening as a hotel in 2020. Completely renovated with modern furnishings and striking designs that complement the older architecture, the ground floor of the boutique hotel houses the lobby and restaurant while upstairs there are 31 rooms, two junior suites and two premium suites.
Like the rest of the rooms, ours was designed with an ultra-chic theme with a clean color palette – whites, creams, blacks and browns. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom was stylish, and the hardwood floors, wooden furniture, coffee machine, and Molton Brown toiletries added some extra touches to the overall style.
As well as being a short walk from the Old Town, getting to Heritage Hotel Fermai from Split Airport is less than 30 minutes by taxi.
Eat and drink
The hotel’s light and elegant restaurant is where guests will take their breakfast. Before a busy day exploring the old town, indulge in a tasty mix of pastries, breads, fruits and cooked meals. At the Café Fermai bar, you can enjoy local wines and light snacks. Dinner is not served at the hotel, but with the old town and promenade so close, you won’t be short of restaurants.
A widely recommended place in Split is the Teraca Vidilica bar and restaurant, located on the Marjan hill. Definitely reserve a table, especially for sunset, as the views from here are spectacular.
What to do in Split
If you must visit Split, it is almost impossible not to find yourself wandering the streets of the old town. Located next to the Riva promenade, the old town has hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars to explore, as well as museums and squares. The enormous Diocletian’s Palace, one of the best-preserved Roman monuments in Europe, is Split’s most famous attraction and a must-visit.
If you prefer the outdoors, you will find plenty of beaches for swimming, sunbathing or cliff jumping. For walkers, it is also worth climbing Marjan Hill for the stunning view of the city. In the Marjan Park-Forest you will also find the aforementioned Teraca Vidilica. This is a great place to take a break from walking where you can enjoy a sunset cocktail, eat or take pictures.
One of the most popular things for visitors is to book a boat trip to nearby islands such as Brač, Šolta, Hvar, Vis and Korčula. For a night or two, Dubrovnik is a four hour and fifteen minute ferry ride with daily departures from the port at 7.40am.
We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the hotel and the city. With thousands of tourists, many arriving by cruise ship, Split can be a very busy place, especially in summer. But a stay at the Heritage Hotel Fermai allowed us to relax in comfort and enjoy a charming setting in a bustling coastal destination.
Prices at the Heritage Hotel Fermai Split MGallery start from £164 per night, based on two people sharing a loft room in low season; accor.com