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Split is the second largest city in Croatia. It is a dynamic and vibrant holiday resort that turns into life over the lively summer season. Its pulsating heart is concentrated in the compact Old Town, composed of the orderly streets and monuments of the imposing Roman emperor's abode.

Just a stone´s throw away from the Palace, Riva, the evocative seafront promenade, runs parallel to the city in a hub of activities that buzzes with life since the early hours – wealthy in shops, cafes and bars, the seafront boardwalk is where both locals and tourists congregate day and night, mingling and mixing.

If the city centre and the crowded beaches have become a major draw for tourists, Split peninsula is where serenity reign supreme and a backdrop of Mediterranean flora shapes the atmosphere.

The pretty city of Split has a rich history. Since ancient times it has, in various guises, served as the economic and administrative centre of the beautiful Croatian Adriatic coastal region, today called Dalmatia.

The city sits mainly on a peninsula on the eastern part of the island of Ciovo, although it has nowadays spread onto the mainland and encompasses the mouth of the River Cetina.

From the 5th to the 2nd century BC Greek colonists settled the mainland and adjacent islands. Later came the Romans, in particular the Emperor Diocletian, who, being of Dalmatian origin, elected to build a huge palace at a spot then called Salona, in the year 303.

Chosen by the Roman emperor Diocletian as his city of residence, Split accommodates his Palace, an over 1700 years old giant that comprehends an intricate complex of quaint alleys and square. Due to its vastness and impressively excellent conservation, the ancient colossus can be referred to as a city within a city. While the charm of the city's historical sites captivates the multitude of holiday-makers who flock to Split throughout the hot Croatian summer, the unspoiled nature and crystalline waters just make them fall in love.

The people of Split claim that their city is "the most beautiful one in the world and beyond," and the well spirited Split aims to convince you of this!

The city is full of life and soul, and the friendly local people of Split are waiting to welcome you with open arms. Only a few cities in the world can offer such variety of entertainment and excursions in their closest surroundings as Split.

A town grew up around the palace, and eventually, by the Middle Ages, the city of Split had begun to develop.

The Diocletian's Palace still stands in the very heart of the old part of Split, which charms visitors with its cobbled streets and Roman architecture.

The greater Split area is characterised by its lush vegetation and green areas, particularly Marjan Hill on the west of the peninsula with its ancient indigenous forest.

The city makes an ideal base from which to explore the islands, beauty spots, and historic villages in central Dalmatia.

Split is also world renowned among seafarers for the quality, and quantity, of its marinas. There are 44 of them in the city area together, drawing yachts and catamarans from all over Europe and making it a great cruising destination in the Adriatic.

The ancient walls of the Old City encircle squares, crescents and architectural beauties that create a cultural hub for the travellers to discover. Split has a rich history as you will notice when exploring the city. Here you will find historical sites like The Cathedral Of St. Domnius, Pjaca Clock Tower and Diocletian’s Palace to name a few.

Split has also a beautiful nature, its crystalline waters, long stretches of white beaches and a green lung embedded in the peninsula are a major draw for nature-lovers, offering hundreds of options for outdoor activities or water-sports.

Thanks to its stunning surroundings the captivating city of Split has beautifully developed around tourism, creating a destination where its natural peculiarities have been enhanced by a vibrant atmosphere of bars, restaurants and shops.

Combining the principles of the Dalmatian cuisine with the healthy way of cooking of Mediterranean traditions, Split´s culinary heritage is a perfectly balanced blend of authentic flavours.

Its close proximity to the Adriatic Sea makes Split a destination where sampling seafood dishes is a must-do, and indulging on the excellence of traditional delicacies is unmissable.

Some of Split’s best restaurants can be found outskirt of the Old Town as well as inside of the Old Town, boasting a fine array of eateries ranging from down-to-earth traditional taverns to upscale restaurants serving fusion cuisine.

Some of Split’s best restaurants can be found in the heart of the Old Town as well as the marina, boasting a fine array of eateries ranging from down-to-earth traditional taverns to upscale restaurants serving fusion cuisine.

f you can´t image life without coffee, then you should not worry when travelling to Croatia. Travellers will soon discover the growing amount of cafes dotting the narrow cobbled streets and decorating the ancient squares. Cafeterias is seen as a gathering points in the historical Split and coffee (Kava) is extremely strong and aromatic and will definitely give you some new energy.

The trendy Riva and its sweeping view of the sea is certainly a favourite among-coffee lover, treating them with an atmospheric ambiance and delicious coffee, where the lively crowd passes by leisurely and the marine breeze tickles the nostrils.

The picturesque alleys that run throughout town are also dotted with quaint cafeterias, embodying perfectly the laid-back lifestyle of the hearty Croatians and reflecting a hospitality culture that dates back in time.

A city with a hectic and dynamic nightlife, Split bars and disco-pubs are lined up down its charming crescents where pub crawling has become a most-loved ritual among the holiday-makers, eager to rub shoulders with Split´s bar scene and cheering with shots of rakija (Croatian brandies).

Generally, in the evenings the crowd from the Riva heads towards the Old Town, where the late night ambiance is provided by the crumbling palace and squares. It makes the Old Town a perfect place for a late supper.

Split´s city center features some decent clubs and late bar, seeing many of them based within the Old Town. However, the best of the clubs is situated on the outskirts of the holiday resort, where partying lasts till the early hours and fun is guaranteed.

Split has many shops, department stores and a range of small authentic art galleries, souvenir and antique shops in the alleys within the walls of the Palace. In the middle of summer these tiny streets are covered by the shady coolness of the stone walls, making a lengthy shopping trip a pleasure. The spooky basement of the Palace itself has turned into a colourful mixture of souvenirs´ stalls and artworks, displaying its bohemian backdrop from where to catch a glimpse of the city´s historical value and its welcoming approach to tourism.

 

Climate

Split has a Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and warm, wet winters. Average summer daytime highs range between 73°F (23°C) and 89°F (32°C). Winter temperatures are much cooler with average daytime highs reaching around 52°F (11°C).

Getting Around

The central part of the city is compact and easily walkable, so getting around in Split is fairly easy.

Buses connect Split to most of the nearby beach resorts from the main terminus next to the train station, and public buses also operate out of the local bus station north of the old town centre.

Radio taxis are available day and night from ranks near major tourist areas and hotels, or can be ordered by telephone.

Language

The official language is Croatian.

Money

The official unit of currency is the Kuna (HRK). One Kuna is divided into 100 Lipa. ATMs are plentiful throughout the country and banks, authorised bureaux de change, post offices or most hotels will exchange foreign currency or travellers cheques.

Banks open Monday to Saturday and some banks also open on Sundays in the main cities.

Major credit cards are widely accepted at the main hotels and restaurants, and may be used to draw cash from ATMs, which are widely available throughout the country.

Time
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

 

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