Cover Photo: The Gates of Split | Tricia A. Mitchell
My pulse quickened and I ran faster. The crunch of the gravel beneath my feet grew louder.
The cypress trees and Mediterranean agave began to clear, and the scenery that makes running in this park so alluring came into view.
Shimmering blue waves of the Adriatic sea were catching the rays of the evening sun, framed by the slender islands of the Dalmatian coast. This is the view from the south side of Marjan Hill, and it is one of the most stunning I have ever seen.
Marjan is an ancient hill that borders the city of Split, Croatia. It was the forested backyard of Emperor Diocletian when he retired here in 305 CE.
For 1,700 years the hill has seen war and peace, and the romance and intrigue that comes with being in a strategic corner of the Mediterranean.
Today, the hill is the favored walking, hiking, running, and cycling destination for the residents of Split. Trails of pavement, gravel, and stone weave through the park, offering hours of fresh air and invigorating exercise for all who seek it.
Marjan is one of the primary reasons Tricia and I repeatedly return to Split. Learn more about it in this post on Tricia’s blog.