After our busy day in Venice our next port of call was Split in Croatia. This was our last port of call on this cruise and was our first time in Split.
The port was very busy with ferries and we were lucky to see the Croatian aircraft display team practising over the bay.
In the evening we watched another epic performance by Graffitti Classics.
Our cruise through the Suez Canal started in Dubai and took us to Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Salalah, then the transit of the Suez Canal, Valletta, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Venice, Split and finally back to Valletta.
Day 23 Tuesday 9th April: Split, Croatia
We were woken up just after 7 am by the pilot boat as Oceana approached Split. Oceana docked at a quay that was outside of the main harbour. Between the quay and the harbour we could see a large derelict warehouse.
After breakfast we walked off the ship and passed the derelict warehouse. At the end of the key there was another derelict building that had Washing hanging on one of its balconies.
On the left we passed the large open areas where cars and trucks were gathering to board ferries. On our side of the road was lined with a very busy bus terminal with lots of passengers waiting for their coaches.
The Old Town in Split
We turned left along the promenade into a pedestrian zone and then on into the old town. This was pedestrianised and we walked up through the gate into the old town. The streets were narrow and we realised just how difficult it must be in there to make deliveries when we saw small electric trucks carrying building supplies pass us.
We followed the crowds around the narrow streets, past lots of shops and in places empty spaces where buildings had been.
In one spot we watched other tourists climb steps and go through a gate and then walk along and into town wall. Then all of them returned back as they descended towards us with security guards pushing them along. The guards locked the gates so I had to make do with this view of the wall above.
We walked out of the town through the Golden Gate to look at the large statue there.
Further along we could see this tower.
The statue’s foot is a good luck charm
On our way back we post and went into an art gallery to admire the mono prints of local residents. The photographer was clearly talented as the images were superb.