Chatting over a coffee is a big part of the daily social scene.
Fortified with caffeine, I set off to explore Diocletian's Palace - Split's main attraction and a UNESCO site.
After a few hours exploring the lavender fields, villages and trails of Hvar Island, last stop is a café in the main square - the town's 'living room', where parents chat, kids play, business people have meetings and tourists plan their itineraries.
Also here is Hvar's Theatre, one of the oldest in Europe, dating back to 1612, but watching what goes on in the square provides all the entertainment needed - and of course, coffee. Marjan Peninsula From Split’s Riva, take a short walk through the Veli Varoš area and up the steps to the Marjan Peninsula – you can either stop for a scenic view and drink at Teraca Vidilica or take a half day and explore this green peninsula, with its pathways, forests and beaches and island views. Dalmatian Islands Bring flat shoes for exploring the palace, as streets can be uneven and slippy; water shoes with a sole to protect from sea urchins for sea swimming (or buy a pair locally); and dancing shoes for night time.
Around the year 293, the Roman emperor Diocletian chose this site on the Adriatic Sea for his magnificent retirement home.