Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Split Croatian coastal city

Split Croatian coastal city

Split Croatian coastal citySplit Croatian coastal city impressed me from my first glimpse, even more impressed when I got to my apartment. Two bedrooms and a good kitchen in a great location for $70 aud per night. Also the landlord Neven, could not be more helpful.

Harbourside Boulevard

Split Croatian coastal city

Spectacular at dusk

Split Croatian coastal city

No cars in the middle of town.

 photo IMG_7245.jpgThis nice street leads to my apartment.



   photo IMG_7230.jpgMy favourite time of the day and a great time to take photos.  

Cathedral of Saint Domnius

  Cathedral Saint Domnius   The Cathedral of Saint Domnius, consecrated at the turn of the 7th century AD, is regarded as the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in use in its original structure. The structure itself, built in AD 305 as the Mausoleum of Diocletian, is the second oldest structure used by any Christian Cathedral.  

Cathedral of Saint Domnius

Cathedral of Saint Domnius

Cathedral of Saint Domnius

Split Croatian coastal city

Bokeria restaurant

  Bokeria Restaurant SplitRated 25 from 219 restaurants by TripAdvisor.  

Bokeria restaurant

  Bokeria Restaurant SplitI ordered Ribs and potato salad and I must say they were the best ribs I have had in many years.  

Inside the Golden Gate

Split Croatian coastal city The northern gate of the Palace (called the Golden Gate) had been conceived as the main entrance to the Palace and so it had been elaborately decorated with statues of the Emperor Diocletian and his co-regent Maximilian.  

The Golden Gate

The Golden Gate Split

Croatian National Theatre

Split Croatian coastal cityOriginally opened in 1893, the theatre is owned and operated by the City of Split and is one of the oldest surviving theatres in Dalmatia.

The Prokurative

  The ProkurativeProkurative, or officially the Republic Square, the famed Mediterranean Square in the center of the city.  

Coffee by the harbour

Split Croatian coastal city

Model of the city

  Split Croatian coastal cityThis model of the city gives you a very good idea of the layout.  

Narrow streets of Split

  Split Croatian coastal city  

My apartment, a great location

  Split Croatian coastal cityCalled the Apartments Marmont it is the yellow building on the left. Two bedrooms and a good kitchen in a great location for $70 aud per night. The friendly landlord Neven could not be more helpful. Book it through Agoda as I do for a terrific rate.  

My apartment is on the first floor.


Split Croatian coastal city


View from my apartment

Split Croatian coastal cityFrom my balcony you look down on some of the cafes and restaurants. The location is perfect just a short walk to all the shops and attractions.

Street art

Street art photo IMG_7305.jpg

Morning coffee and a cigarette

  Split Croatian coastal cityMy biggest and only complaint in Croatia is they smoke everywhere, worst of all inside restaurants.

 “No Stress” cafe

Cafe No Stress SplitI love the name of this cafe, it really sums up my main goal in life.

Best breakfast

Split Croatian coastal cityEasily the best breakfast I have had in Croatia, very good food, service and coffee.

Overlooking the harbour

Split harborI hope you enjoyed my post on Split Croatian coastal city, I’m taking a 4’5 hour bus trip to Dubrovnik tomorrow. Split is a very nice city, put it on your bucket list. Split Croatian coastal city

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. 🙂 Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.


  1. Dear David!

    Thank you so much for nice review what you left on Tripadvisor.
    I am very happy what I met you and I hope to see again in Split or Pattaya.
    I hope that you tried cavapcic in Sarajevo. Did you arrival in Budapest
    Have a good night
    Neven Elezovic