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
  • Let's go hiking!

    September is just around the corner, probably first rains will signal that summer is going to its end. Of course, swimming season in Dalmatia will go on till the late October, but temperatures will drop for a few degrees and open a season of some other types of enjoying nature than just dropping on some beach. Meaning, go hiking! Of course, lots of people go hiking during the summer, but Dalmatian mountains are tough, mostly rocky and sometimes you can feel like being in an oven up there. ... More

  • Meet Diocletian

    Diocletian equals Split. No matter what we know about this Roman Emperor, no matter if we like or not his performance at the world's most powerful position of his age, it's an obvious fact that without Diocletian Split wouldn't exist. Or, to be more precise, it wouldn't be Split as we know it and love it. Celebrating this man, born probably in 244 AD as a peasant's son near Roman city of Salona (today's Solin) means celebrating Split and its history. Part of such celebration will be incoming ... More

  • A City of UNESCO, part two

    In October 2016 I wrote a blog about Split being one of UNESCO's capitals of the world. If this sounds like one of those overconfident bragging so usual in Split, try to beat one of arguments I made; there are really not so many places in the world who can say there are no less than six World Heritage locations within under than two hours of trip by car or ferry from the city centre. You can check that list in a blog I linked, but it actually needs a significant update. Now there are eight ... More

  • Enjoy Ultra Europe in Safety

    Ultra Europe 2017 is just around the corner, there is only one day left till the biggest music event in Croatia, which attracts tens of thousands electronic music and partying fans. Ultra Europe is pure joy, and I'm certain that those three days will be unforgettable for everyone who arrives to Poljud Stadium. However, to make that experience full, the one should take care of safety, but also about the community he or she arrived to. Here are some simple recommendations by organizers you need ... More

  • Season of Fjaka

    Enjoy these hot days? Well, probably, especially if you don't have it rest of the year, and if you are close to some refreshment. Locals in Dalmatia have very specific way of fight against summer heat. It's called fjaka (pron. something like fyackah). So, what is it? For those familiar with Mediterranean way of life, Spanish siesta would be the closest relative. Still, fjaka is a little bit wider term than just taking a break in the hottest part of a day. It's hard to define it, so the best ... More

  • Agave's Swan Song

    If you decide to visit Marjan forest park these days for walking, jogging, swimming or any other of many activities possible there, you will probably see beautiful natural phenomena, blossoming of agave. Straight from the heart of cactus-like plant (it's from lily family) grows something that looks like gigantic asparagus, and eventually will get a shape of a tree up to ten meters high. It's a flower of Agave Americana, also known as "century plant" because of a belief that it ... More

  • Summer in Split Begins With Films

    In Split we know: summer begins with films watching. And it begins with a bang, with one of the most interesting and most visited film festivals in Croatia - Mediterranean Film Festival Split. Starting from June 8 85 films from 26 nations and in ten days will be screened at three venues, open air cinema Bačvice, Zlatna vrata cinematheque, and cinema Tesla terrace. Those who attended in previous years know that FMFS (acronym for Croatian name of the Festival mediteranskog filma Split) is an ... More

  • Gastro Get: Eat Your Way Through Split Traditions

    It worked really well this winter, during Advent in Split, so why not repeating winning formula? Gastro Get is coming back around May 7, when Split celebrates a day of its patron saint, Saint Domnio's Day. Routine remains the same. Several restaurants and bars in the northwest part of the Diocletian's Palace join together in excellent gastronomy event, with menus specially designed for this part of the year, and according to occasion. Everything starts on May 4, and during following four days ... More

  • Where Name Split Came From?

    One of the most often questions visitors ask about Split is an origin of its name. No, we are not birth-place of Banana Split, nor first cases of split personality were observed here. And these are just two of many jokes and word games one can hear from any English-speaking person. I can still remember that some 20 years ago, when I was leaving Dallas, TX after six month stay, friends gave me a cake with "Ivica Splits for Split" written on it. So, really, where name Split is coming ... More

  • Mysterious Beauty from Salona

    Split has its glorious history and heritage, but in its closest vicinity, in Solin there are many important remains dating back to the Roman Empire. It's enough to mention Salona, capital of Roman province Dalmatia, and important city of 50-60 thousand people. Its remains are a little bit neglected with all other historical attractions that can be seen in this part of Croatia, but it sure deserves all the attention. Seeing such well-preserved remains of some big Roman city is not really common ... More