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Introduction

Whether it's Split's sun-kissed spot on the Adriatic Sea, or the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town, it's not hard to see why Split is one of Croatia's most popular tourist attractions. The city's most iconic attraction is Diocletian's Palace, which was built around the turn of the 4th century by the Roman emperor, Diocletian (which he built in preparation for his retirement).

During the 20th century, Split grew in prominence, especially as Yugoslavia's major seaport. When Croatia declared its independence of Yugoslavia in 1991, Split became the site of occasional violence. Today, however, it is a peaceful and remarkable city, where the natural beauty of the Adriatic Sea is complemented by the historic architecture of Old Town.

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Sights and Activities

  • Marjan hill - Beautiful Marjan hill is also known as lungs of the town. You can enjoy nature and the best view of old town and islands.
  • Riva - Split main promenade
  • Saint Duje cathedral -
  • Split-Vranjic Aquarium - Newly built aquarium in the north harbour part of the town
  • Bacvice sandy beach - Split is the town of many beaches but the Bacvice sandy beach is most famous. There are many caffe bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the area. ''Picigin'', which is a famous water recreation sport originating from Split, is often played on this beach (even during winter monthes).
  • Split city museum -
  • Peristil - Roman square in front of Saint Duje cathedral - one of the main tourist sights in town and a stage for many cultural events (Split summer games and similar).
  • Vestibul - Rectangular on the outside and oval on the inside, Vestibul is an ancient imperial antechamber preserved in appearance to the present day.

Old Town

The Old Town with Diocletian's Palace is on the Unesco World Heritage List and makes for a great half day to wander around and enjoy a gelato or coffee at one of many places available.

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Events and Festivals

Split Olympic Sailing Week

March in Split sees the arrival of the beautiful people and their equally beautiful yachts for a week of racing along Croatia’s southern coast. People-watching and celebrity-spotting are favorites at this time.

Split Summer Festival

The Split Summer Festival is an open-air feast of plays, concerts, operas, and ballet performances taking place July and August in Diocletian’s Palace, the Basement Halls and many other venues. Outdoor stages are set up for international and Croatian artists and musicians, and the festival attracts a large number of overseas visitors.

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Weather

Split has a Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny and dry summers and mild but wet winters. Temperatures are usually around 28 °C to 32 °C during the summer months of June to September and 10-14 °C during winter (December - February). Nights average around 20 °C during summer and are still well above zero during winter. Most rain (snow is rare) falls during the winter months.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max10.2 °C11 °C13.7 °C17.4 °C22.5 °C26.7 °C29.8 °C29.5 °C25.1 °C20 °C14.9 °C11.5 °C
Avg Min5.3 °C5.5 °C7.6 °C10.8 °C15.2 °C18.8 °C21.6 °C21.5 °C18.1 °C14.1 °C9.9 °C6.8 °C
Rainfall77.9 mm64.8 mm63.5 mm62 mm54.9 mm50.8 mm27.6 mm42.7 mm66.9 mm78.1 mm111.9 mm105.1 mm
Rain Days11.110.110.110.49.38.95.65.27.49.212.212.7

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Getting There

By Plane

Split Airport (SPU) offers a range of flights. Croatia Airlines flies to/from Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Dubrovnik, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Lyon, Munich, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Zagreb and Zürich. Several lowcost airlines serve the city as well, with destinations including Bristol, Geneva, London and Milan with Easyjet and many other airlines serve cities like Copenhagen, Vienna, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm, Moscow, Prague and Luxembourg.

By Train

There are no direct international connections, but there are several daily trains to Zagreb (5.5 hours overnight trains take 8.5 hours), Zadar (3.5 hours) and Šibenik (1.5 hours).

By Car

Split is connected with Zagreb and the rest of the Central Europe via A1 highway. There is also a famous Adriatic route from Rijeka to Dubrovnik (including Split) with best views on Adriatic coast.

By Bus

Buses connect Split to almost all major cities and towns in Croatia, including Zagreb, Rijeka (8 hours), Zadar (3 hours), Dubrovnik (4.5 hours) and Pula (10 hours). There are also many international connections, like the ones to Basel, Berlin, Belgrade, Ljubljana, Trieste, Sarajevo and Mostar. To Mostar there are about 7 daily buses, Sarajevo has 4 buses a day, and Belgrade and Ljubljana daily. Further away, buses usually go once or several times a week.

By Boat

Italy

  • Jadrolinija between Split and Ancona.
  • From Pescara, crossings by ferry arrive in Split, but only during the summer months of June to September. Check Jadrolinija or SNAV for details.
  • SEM Maritime Company between Ancona and Split
  • Jadrolinija from Rijeka to Split and continuing to Dubrovnik and Bari (Italy)

Domestic
Jadrolinija is the main ferry company with connections between its many islands and coastal towns. Split tours is the main operator for the area around Split (Hvar and Vis), but of course Jadrolinija has domestic connections from Split as well.
For a full overview check this ferries website.
For all other domestic connections from Split visit Adrialines for full timetables.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

There are several useful bus lines available within Split including the one to the Roman ruins north of the city and the bus to Trogir, about 45 minutes away, which also travels via the airport.

It is a little known fact that there is a local suburban railway service between Split and Kaštel Stari at the shore of Kaštelanski Zaljev (Kastelanski bay).

By Foot

Although Split is a large city, the places of interest for travellers are in the central core area, including the Old Town and the places adjacent to the Old Town, like the harbour, boulevard and Marjan Hill.

By Bike

There aren't many bycile paths in the town but it is possible to reach all the sights with bike. Rent a bike and enjoy beautiful biking along Split's waterfront (Riva), continue to Marjan hill (approximately 7 km), climb to the top of the hill for great view on the Split town and surrounding islands. You can bike to the east side, along the coast to nearby village of Stobrec. Another great option from Split is to take a day tour to nearby islands of Solta, Brac, Hvar or Vis. You can take the bike on a regular ferry (they leave approximately every couple of hours in the summer season) and bike along quite roads and charming villages, explore great beaches and restaurants and return in the evening to Split!

Hajduk Split mural

Hajduk Split mural

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Eat

The most famous local delicates is Soparnik. It originates from nearby Poljica region (formerly known as Poljička Republika or Republic of Poljica in the Middle Ages). It is a dough filled with chard and baked in the fireplace. On top comes olive oil and garlic. You can find it on Pazar (green market).

Italian influences dominate on Croatia's coast, amongst the best are; Risotto with tender white scampi or black calamari, a dish beloved by all Croatians. A wide selection of salumi, magnificent Istrian and Dalmatian hams (Dalmatinski pršut - comparable to Parma or Speck) and cheese from the island of Pag, are well worth trying, as are the large varieties of excellent Croatian wines and beers.

Do not miss Dalmatian pašticada s njokama (Gnocchi).

Please note; in a world suffocating under the weight of processed foods, Croatia's coastal cuisine is unique in that most of its produce is organic.

Ćevapi or Ćevapčići (diminutive), are small grilled rolls of minced beef, pork, or lamb, or a combination of any of these three. Usually served with chopped onions, Kajmak (similar to clotted cream) or Ajvar (a relish made from bell peppers, aubergines, garlic and chilli). Ćevapi are traditional Bosnian dish and they are popular across the Balkans.

Split's eateries are to be found in a variety of settings, ranging from the romantic to the vibrant. It isn’t difficult to enjoy superb food and wine in a classical environment with good friends and/or family.

Plenty of fast food joints between the Old Town and the bus station.

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Drink

Dalmatia is well known for its world class wines, but when in Split it is a must to try soda drinks called Pipi and Orela, produced by local beverage manufacturer Dalmacijavino.

Lots of outdoor cafés are to be found along the Riva seafront.

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Sleep

There is a wide variety of private accommodation available in Split, as well as a few hostels. Some of the best prices can probably be obtained by going to the bus station or ferry terminal and haggling with the many people there offering accommodation - even fairly late at night, there are still many people offering beds.

Upscale

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are available in all major cities. They are relatively cheap and reliable. A free Wi-Fi signal can be found virtually in every city and can be found in cafés, restaurants, hotels, some libraries, schools, colleges etc. Mostly it's free, but sometimes a fee is required or you can use it for a limited time only. Internet connections with unlimited downloads costs 178 kn (€24) per month via T-Com and just 99 kn with some other providers like Metronet or Iskon.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Croatia is: 385. To make an international call from Croatia, the code is: 00.

Croatia uses the GSM 900/1800 system for mobile phones. There are three providers, T-Mobile (also operates the Bonbon prepaid brand), Vip (also operates the Tomato prepaid brand) and Tele2. Over 98% of the country's area is covered. If you have an unlocked phone, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for 20 kn. There have been promotions in which SIM cards were given avay for free with newspapers (7 kn) and sometimes even literally handed out on the street. GSM phones bundled with T-Mobile or Vip prepaid SIM cards can be found in post offices, grocery stores and kiosks at varying prices.

An alternative to using a mobile phone is Calling Cards which can be found in postal offices and kiosks, there are two providers, Dencall and Hitme. You can buy cards from 25 kn.

Post

Hrvatska Posta is the national postal service of Croatia and has pretty fast and reliable service throughout the country and internationally. It takes several days by airmail to other countries in Europe, but over a week to the US for example. They have a direct link to the pricelist, where you can see the prices of sending postcards, letters and parcels both domestically as well as to other countries. Post boxes are yellow in Croatia and the times of collections are indicated on the box. The opening times of post offices vary, but mostly they are open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday to Friday and until 2:00pm on Saturdays, though some might keep shorter or even a longer hours, just ask around. You can buy stamps here, or at newsstands. Prices start at around 10Kn for sending a letter or postcard to neighbouring countries, a few more further away. If you want to send packages internationally, it might be better to check companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS. They are reliable, fast and usually not much more expensive than Croatia's postal service.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 43.515996
  • Longitude: 16.446622

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