Usually, when we are returning back to Split city from a day at the sea whether it is a boat excursion or just transfer in question, very often we get question from our guests: „What is that? That green hill left of the city?“
Well, that is Marjan hill, Park Forest. It is so closely connected to Split city and its inhabitants that you can hear people talking about Split like „the town beneath the Marjan hill“. It is most important recreational zone and lung of the city and according to some scientist Marjan influences a lot on Split’s micro climate. It is hill, peninsula and park forest located on the western part of Split peninsula.
The hill itself is just 178 meters high, and the highest peak is called Telegrin. As said before, this hill cannot be divided from the city and Split peninsula, and it stretches from Marmontova Street to the West. Its length is cca 3,5 kilometers and it is 1,5 kilometer wide. Its south part, together with Sustipan peninsula forms an protective arch protecting Split port from waves and wind influence coming from Kaštela bay. Its surface is close to 340 ha and half of it is covered in pine wood.
In 1964 Marjan was protected as a Park Forrest and by that fully protected by the laws of the Republic. Name MARJAN is mentioned for the first time in the first half of 8th century as Marianum and it has been changing the pronunciation during the course of time: Marulianus, Mergnanus, Murnanus, Marnanus, Murnano, Marnano, Mergnano, Mernjan, Marglian, Mirgnan, Megnan. There is also one other name, not connected to previous ones – Mons Kyrie eleison – coming from religious processions and field blessings – so typical for times datein few centuries ago. The name we use today dates back in the 19th century by derivation of name Merjan (still in use within older residetns of Split).
History of Marjan and Split city
Marjan area is connected to Split and can’t be observed separately. First and oldest traces if human existence were found on the slopes of „Bambina glavica“ located on the south slopes and date back to ancient history of mankind. Romans and Roman Empire left more significant notes about Marjan. Their presence dates to the times even before Diocletian’s palace was built, when cape Marjan hosted the temple of Roman goddess Diana (goddess of hunt). Also, at that time the path leading from the temple to the Spalatum settlement existed and that is evidence of how important Marjan hill was. At that time, historians say, Marjan was covered with heavy oak forest. Notes from medieval times also mention Marjan, especially in the City Code from 1312 where it says cutting trees on Marjan is explicitly forbidden.
From medieval time, a lot of eremite settlements existed and many of them later became the foundations for churches. Nowadays, there is quite a few churches on the hill and some of them are valuable as archeological monuments. At the end of 19th and beginning of 20th century, Marjan was naked and free of all forest and served as pasturage and at that time intensive afforestation begins. The result is clearly visible today.
Today, Marjan hill is Park Forest, adored as picnic destination of all its inhabitants and visitors and during summer time it is beach destination both for domestic people and visitors. And also, thanks to the heavy shade provided by pine trees, you can see a lot of people jogging, roller skating, riding a bicycle or just walking.
We look forward meeting you in one of our boats during a private boat excursion when you will probably ask our skippers “What is that green hill over there!?” and they will be more than happy to explain. But remember, whether you book one of our private boat excursion or not – make sure you reserve some time while in Split to visit its symbol – Marjan hill.
Sometime ago, the web site called THE ELITE DAILY, known also under the nick „voice of generation Y“, published an article naming some reasons why Croatia is a new ‘hotspot’ destination for young travellers. And here are their reasons WHY CROATIA?
In the introduction, they say all the tourism experts say how Croatia has increasing number of young passengers. One of the main reasons is TV SHOW – Game of Thrones filmed in Dubrovnik. In Dubrovnik, one of the best destinations in the world, you can feel like being in a fantasy, they say.
The other reason is prefect, just perfect Mediterranean climate or some of the sunniest islands in Mediterranean (Hvar Island), clean fresh water and turquoise Adriatic sea.
Third reason is closely connected to Ultra Music Festival in Split – Croatia is often titled as new Ibiza or new music Mecca that slowly but surely becomes a top destination for all music lovers and DJ fans.
Exciting sailing and cruising, amazing private boat excursions, more than 2100 islands and islets and the nautical offer accessible to general population and not reserved only for rich and famous – are also the reasons why you MUST come to Croatia for holidays.
Reason number 5 – for the same amount of money you simply get more than you would in other destinations. For example, young travellers can enjoy in tasty meals for just 10 to 15 USD and have a beer for just 3 USD – a lot less than in other destinations.
Despite all expectations, culture is big motive and sixths reason young travellers mentions when talking about Croatia. Cities older tha 1700 years, founded by Roman Emperors, Coliseums and Amphitheatres, Museums, UNESCO heritage sites…..do we really need to continue?
Natural beauties are also one factor contributing to Croatia’s popularity among youngsters- 9 National Parks, numerous Nature’s Parks, protected areas, Islands…. all of this should make you understand why it is also famous among world celebrities like Tom Cruise, British Prince Harry, Beyoncé and many others…
Food and Vine – a special chapter! Top Croatian vines and amazingly fresh, GMO free food puts Croatia into direct and open rivalry with France and Italy. Food and vine in Croatia are guarantees you will remember your time here for a loooong time.
The last reason is rich and extremely complicated history of this country and its surrounding areas. You as a guest will probably be surprised and confused with historic Who? Why? When? and How? But ….have no fear, since 80% of locals don’t understand the whole historic picture – no one will expect from you to understand it. Just come and spend the time of your life!
Internet portal dedicated to European best destinations proclaimed one of Croatian / Dalmatia beaches MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACH in Europe. No need to say, we knew it already, even before it got recognised and we included it in our private boat excursions itinerary. We present – STINIVA BEACH on VIS Island.
Croatia has very developed coast line, one of the most developed in the world and more than 2100 islands and islets. Thanks to that fact, Croatia and particularly its southern region Dalmatia has enormous growth in nautical tourism that doesn’t seem to stop. When we say nautical tourism we think of classical yacht charter, sailboat charter and other boating services like private boat excursions and private boat transfers with speed boats. Don’t hesitate – explore STINIVA BEACH!
Having so developed coastline it means Croatia offers so many bays, coves and beaches to explore and, according to the BUZZ FEED, it seems it has the nicest beach in Europe – magnificent STINIVA BEACH. It is located western of Mala Travna bay or as the locals call it “Mola Trovna”. If you look at it from the seaside the entrance to this beach is guarder or closed by two big cliffs creating passage just 4 meters wide. Between those guardians you will see a glimpse of pebble beach but not until you really “enter” the area – you get to feel like in ancient Roman amphitheatre. Booking a private boat excursion and exploring this wonder of nature seems like the smartest idea, especially if you know how steep and unpleasant the approach from the mainland is. Surrounded by high cliffs means the half of the beach is in shade always and you don’t have to worry about hot summer sun.
If you go by car and want to reach it from mainland, you should go to the village Žužec and then you need to take a walkway that can take more than 20 minutes.
Our advice is clear and simple: want to visit Stiniva Beach – book a boat trip and save time and nerves!