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Terrible smell along the Riva

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Terrible smell along the Riva

Just curious if the terrible methane smell that we experienced along the Riva was a one-time thing, or whether it's there all the time. I couldn't see any obvious sewage being pumped into the water. We wanted to sit in a cafe and people watch but the smell was too sickening, so we left after about 5 minutes. So glad we stayed in Trogir!

Split, Croatia
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1. Re: Terrible smell along the Riva

All you had to do is move away....the smell has been here for 2000 years from an underground sulfur spring that legend says is one of the reasons Diocletian built his palace here--sulfur was thought of and still is used medically to cure certain bone ailments. The fabulous art deco building a stone;s throw from where you were sitting is actually a clinic that still does this treatment and the 100 year old fish market next to it was purposely built there to take advantage of the fact that flies, like humans, are also repelled by such fumes. Fortunately, the smell is only in one specific area....sorry you didnt move!

Ely, Minnesota
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2. Re: Terrible smell along the Riva

Interesting info Sightseeing!

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3. Re: Terrible smell along the Riva

Yes, very interesting. I haven't heard of this before.

Split, Croatia
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Well all of the guides tell the same story and it is in several histories...but the smell can get intense and it sure seemslike something really is nasty. But another bit of local lore recounts the time a former Split mayor jumped into the harbor to prove how clean the water was to impress the locals. Fact is the local beaches in Split are all "blue flag"..meaning meets or exceeds highest EU standard for cleanliness

Moscow, Russia
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5. Re: Terrible smell along the Riva

Interesting, thanks. I guess that' s what I get for not buying a guidebook...

Rijeka
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6. Re: Terrible smell along the Riva

Now when you know it's legendary smell you should breathe in some history and enjoy it.

"Blue flag" can be deceiving.It's clean but not the top of the range.Water is lab tested with acceptable levels,life-guard presence,perimeter net set ,has other amenities etc. It's like EU standard for food.It has "proper" shape,meets pesticide requirements and comes from certified (next to the carbon plant) plantation.

Secluded pristine tropical-like beaches are flagless.

Edited: 07 September 2013, 10:23
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7. Re: Terrible smell along the Riva

Perfect...but alas no pristine beaches in Split...Cat Island in the Bahamas gets my vote for worlds most secluded and pristine...endless miles of sand and dazzling Caribbean

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8. Re: Terrible smell along the Riva

In full fairness considering it's size,population and all add-ons Split has few miles of almost uninterrupted beach access.Bene area has thick shade and close to pristine water.

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9. Re: Terrible smell along the Riva

Buy not powder white sand and no tourists!

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10. Re: Terrible smell along the Riva

Funny Kefa..."breathe in some history and enjoy it".

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