Split is the ideal destination for long, lazy strolls. Wandering around, you'll find lots of Roman ruins, like the Diocletian Palace, and the imposing architecture of the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, the world's oldest Catholic cathedral still in use. You can give these spectacular buildings context by learning about their rich past in the city's excellent museums. You'll also find lots of shops too, from modern malls, to local boutiques and open air markets, as well as lovely local art galleries. Nearby, are the cascading waters of the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park and the tremendous waterfalls of Krka National Park, two stunning natural reserves. The beaches of Split are also a highlight - at Bačvice Beach, you'll find shallow, translucent waters, and at Firule Beach, you'll get to tread sand as soft as powder. If you like water activities, try jet skiing, parasailing and banana boats. Or why not rent your own boat complete with a captain and head out into the Adriatic Sea? With lots of islets and islands to explore and many must-see sights accessible only by boat, this is one of the best ways to see the charms of the Adriatic. Visit the shimmering caves of the Blue Grotto, the sands and sites of Hvar Island, or enjoy a peaceful desert-island getaway at Susak. .