Ivica Profaca

Ivica Profaca is a journalist with decades of experience, and strong connection with Split, city where he was born, and where and with which he still lives. With this series of blogs he shows Split as he see it, and as he would like you to see it. Contact writer via: iprofaca@gmail.com
  • Carnival Time is Back in Town

    You might get frozen in the last day or two, experiencing Dalmatian bura at its best (or worst, depending if you were caught somewhere outside), but on Tuesday, March 5, you'll have an opportunity to heat up. Yes, it's a Carnival time! As tradition orders for centuries, same as in many other places around the world, Fat Tuesday is time when all brakes should be released, just before Ash Wednesday marks beginning of Lent in Christian world. Split is not different. Festivities in Split already ... More

  • Please be Patient, Marjan Under Treatment

    Next to the Diocletian's Palace and beaches, Marjan forest park is probably the most popular point for any visitor coming to Split. For us who live in Split, this little green hill overlooking and guarding our city is even more important, and it's been described in this blog. There are endless paths, beaches, natural beauty, viewpoints, medieval churches wherever you look, and symbolic meaning of Marjan is deeply written in Split city spirit. It's enough to say that about a hundred years ago ... More

  • Directions by Memory

    Whenever you talk with some "Splićanin" (you know that, a someone living in, or originated from Split), there is a pretty big chance that at some point you will be introduced to endless string of something "former", or "old". It's more simple than it sounds. When in need to explain some location, average "Splićanin" will rarely use an address. More likely, we like to describe some building or a spot according to what it used to be. It's not limited only ... More

  • State of Mind on Two Wheels

    Maybe it's about the weather, maybe it's because its see-and-be-seen mentality, but one of the main elements of city life in Split is to be present at its main spots. And not just any way. Just walk across Riva on a sunny Saturday morning, and check out real street fashion show, with sunglasses as almost a uniform. There is, beside sunglasses, one very special accessory that is almost "must have" for anyone who wants to be seen, and remembered. Just check parking lots on both sides of ... More

  • Guardians of Split's Spirit

    What makes a spirit of any city, including Split? Yes, there is heritage, sports, art, architecture and many other things I've been writing about in this blog. But one thing is probably the most important; people. I'm not talking only about all those famed, distinguished residents of Split who left their strong mark in history. Split has its own, little big characters known to everyone, no matter how they might look small and non-important. A Mediterranean at its best. There are such two ... More

  • Celebrating Modern Split

    When one speaks about architecture in Split, first and second thought is always city's Roman and medieval heritage. Visitors concentrate on the historical core, amazed with continuity of life 17 centuries long. But there is more. New York Museum of Modern Art recently exhibited some of the highlights of post-WW2 architecture in former Yugoslavia, and Split has its place in it, with some of its finest modern age structures. Among hundreds of exhibits on "Toward a Concrete Utopia" ... More

  • Celebrate Split!

    If you were lucky enough to visit Split during next ten days, your stay with us will have very special bonus, festivities around holiday of city's Patron Saint, Saint Domnius or Domnio. This centuries old celebration, locally known as Sudamja, takes place on May 7, but whole week before and days after the big day are filled with events which will bring you local spirit and traditions. Those days Split lives on its streets and squares, honouring its biggest holiday and local heritage. If you ... More

  • Springtime Delicacies

    Springtime brings some new colours, savours and flavours, and green market in Split looks and smell really spectacular, bursting with seasonal food. Among all of them, however, anyone from Split will always pick two as real signs of the season. Let's talk about wild asparagus and artichokes. Those who know asparagus only coming from cans, or as thick wooden plant bought in a supermarket, should try its wild, or free grown relative. You will see it anywhere at the market, usually tied in ... More

  • Enter 2018 With Photography!

    Public New Year celebrations can be more or less attractive, usually depending on taste toward music performers, or how much you like being in a crowd. Same as anywhere else in the world, it's also a case in Split. However, for me, there is one small event, something like a side-dish of outdoor New Year's Eve party which I rarely miss. Right after fireworks at Riva ends, and you share first kisses, hugs and good wishes, take a short walk up the Marmontova street to the gallery of Split Photo ... More

  • Top 10 things about Advent in Split

    Living by the sea at the Mediterranean is not exactly a synonym for winter joys, but it has its other advantages. There is a pretty big chance that you won't have white Christmas if spend it in Split, but there is equally big chance you will be able to sit, drink and eat outside. This year, Advent in Split will last longer than ever. It begins on December 2, and ends on January 16. There are also some new locations, and old ones are still there. Here are ten reasons, in no particular order, why ... More