Solin is a historic town in Croatia, located near the city of Split. It is best known for its ancient Roman ruins, such as the amphitheater, the basilica and the necropolis. Solin is also the birthplace of Emperor Diocletian, who built his famous palace in Split.
Solin is open to visitors all year round, but the best time to visit is from April to October, when the weather is pleasant and the flowers are in bloom. The ticket price for the archaeological park is 20 kuna (about 3 euros) for adults and 10 kuna (about 1.5 euros) for children and students. The ticket is valid for one day and allows you to enter all the sites in the park.
To get to Solin from Split, you can take a bus (number 1 or 37) or a taxi. The bus ride takes about 20 minutes and costs 11 kuna (about 1.5 euros) one way. The taxi ride takes about 15 minutes and costs around 100 kuna (about 13 euros) one way.
Some tips for visiting Solin are:
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, as you will be walking on uneven terrain and in the sun.
- Bring water and snacks, as there are no shops or cafes in the park.
- Respect the signs and do not touch or climb on the ruins.
- Avoid visiting on Sundays and public holidays, as it can get crowded.
Some of the highlights of Solin are:
- The amphitheater, which was built in the 2nd century AD and could seat up to 18,000 spectators. It was used for gladiator fights, animal hunts and theatrical performances.
- The basilica, which was built in the 4th century AD and was one of the largest Christian churches in the Roman Empire. It was decorated with mosaics, frescoes and marble columns.
- The necropolis, which was a cemetery for the elite of Solin. It contains hundreds of sarcophagi, some of which are carved with scenes from mythology and history.