Welcome to Split – the center of Middle Dalmatia which is 1700 years old! Roman emperor Diocletian had a good reason to built his palace in this place, which can still be confirmed today by Split's many visitors. You can see for yourself and experience Dalmatian charm and see what it is made of by coming to the town. Go for a walk around town and let it tell you its story, supported by its many cultural monuments. In the evening visit you can visit many bars or discotheques, see some of theater performances, go to a good concert or to a photograph exhibition. All these many events are parts of a cultural festival called Splitsko ljeto (Summer in Split). Preserve your memories in a bottle of olive oil or a bouquet of rosemary that will remaind you of summer for a long time.
- Number of residents: 189 000
- Geographical position: Middle Dalmatia
- Climate: Mediterranean
- Average summer temperature: 27° C
- Average winter temperature: 5° C
According to some theories Split was founded even before the 4th century. However, it is considered today that the first resident of Split was emperor Diocletian who decided to built his palace in Split where he would enjoy his "retirement". The palace was built around the year 293, and luxurious empirical villa had impressive 30 thousand square meters. Rough years followed since the residents of nearby Salona came into the town running away from Avars and Slavs. Later there were many governments and rulers, from Croatian, to Hungarian to Venetian, French and Austro-Hungarian rulers. All these cultures, rulers and governments left their traces on Split making it the center of Middle Dalmatia and one of its undoubtable symbols.to top
Where ever you go, there are good restaurants waiting for you, with an offer of fish specialties, prosciutto or cheese, and after a good meal you can taste sweet crispy Dalmatian cakes called kroštule, a typical Dalmatian sweet.
As an appetizer we recommend famous Dalmatian brandy "lozovača" and "travarica" which will open your appetite and prepare you for delicacies to follow. Traditional way of hosting guests in Dalmatia startS with one such appetizer, followed by prosciutto, fine most often oil dipped cheese. This is often eaten together with olives, black or green, as you prefer.
Other tasty dishes are fish soups with polenta, grilled fish or octopus under the baking lid. Dalmatian cuisine is simple and very healthy, and is prepared in a simple manner. You wouldn't believe what magic can be made with some olive oil, garlic, pepper and salt.
For dessert we suggest "fritule" or their smaller and crispier variant, "kroštule". You must be asking yourself, what to drink with all these delicacies? Dalmatian like to say that since fish swims in the sea, it must also swim in wine, which means that a glass of wine is necessary when preparing fish. Dessert wine "prošek" is usually drunk to desserts.
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People from Split are known to love sports, and there are many famous sport players from the town such as Goran Ivanišević, Toni Kukoč or Slaven Bilić, so it is often that when talking about Croatia, people often connect these names to it. The love of Split residents for its football team "Hajduk" and football is a special story... Maybe all this can be an inspiration for you to awake the sport player in yourself and start playing tennis, start to dive, swim, drive a bicycle or climb Marijan rocks.
As already mentioned, there are many sport activities at hand, since Split inhabitants are rather dedicated to sport and often compete in sports. If you want to play tennis, there are plenty of tennis courts such as the ones in Stobreč.
In the evening, Marjan, a hill over Split is filled with walkers, joggers, rollers and bicycle drivers who enjoy the fresh air and good climate. You can join as well! The sea, on the other side, is a special story. Sailing lovers in Split will surely find a true Meka, since the possibility and choice of sailing boats to rent is truly great. Split is also a starting port for many sailing routs, so head on a tour of Middle Dalmatian islands. If you are no sailor, but do love the sea, there are many cruising tours starting from Split. You can join one of them and the fun begins.to top
Fun and night life
We have already given some suggestions in the afore mentioned stories, but if you prefer not to leave town, and you don't want to stay on the beach the whole day, we suggest one of the favorite ways for Split people to spend their afternoon. Walk on the Split waterfront called Riva and drink coffee in one of the cafés on the waterfront. Take time and enjoy in long drinking of coffee, watch the people go by, relax. You will soon see the meaning of "fjaka", specific state of mind, when time stands still, problems seem far away and easily solvable.
The Riva is the popular place for gathering and nightlife and discotheques. Warm summer nights are ideal for good time to be remembered after the summer vacation. You know the scenario: colorful cocktails, music and dancing till dawn.
For those who prefer a more peaceful type of entertainment with cultural manifestation, we suggest visiting some of the shows on Split summer, a cultural festival where you can see good theater and recitals. There are also vocal singing concerts by vocal groups called "klape" or permanent exhibitions in town galleries.to top
How to get there?
- By car:
- Zagreb-Split 375 km highway
- Split-Zadar 160 km regional road
- Split-Šibenik 86 km
- By plane: www.croatiaairlines.hr
- By bus: www.akz.hr
- By train: www.hznet.hr
- Local and international ferry lines: www.jadrolinija.hr
In the very center of Split there is a popular beach called Bačvice. This is a sandy beach, which is also a meeting place of Split citizens. Another famous sandy beach is Firula, situated also near the center of the town. Other beaches in the vicinity are mostly pebbled and suitable for sunbathing and relaxing, and they are also safe for small children. Beach Bene near Marjan forest combines pebbled and rocky surfaces.to top
What to see?
Cultural monuments in Split will tell you a tale of this millennial town. Walk to the impressive statue of Grgur Ninski and hold it by his big toe, it will bring you luck or fulfill your wish. On the very entrance to town lies Salona, the larges archeological locality on the Eastern coast of the Adriatic. In the very center of Split you can see the spa with its very own source of healing sulphur rich water.
You must also visit the Diocletian palace when you visit Split. The walls, three doors (Golden, Silver and Iron), mausoleum, main square, and Peristil have been preserved to these days. We must not forget the Jupiter temple or Vestibule, a square south of Peristil.
One of our first recommendation is definitely the Marjan hill over Split, which is a favorite destination of Split residents. Alpine pine tree forest spreads over 168 hectares, and from its lookout you can see the islands in front of Split that are also worth visiting. On Marjan there is also a small zoo garden, which will surely interest the children. Plenty of fresh air and pleasant temperatures under the pines are reasons why Marjan is called the "town lungs".
A picturesque place Kaštel Stari is the oldest of the seven places situated on the attractive coast between Trogir and Split. The town was founded in a fertile valley where grapes and fruit have been grown for centuries. Croatian noblemen have chosen Kaštel Stari for its beautiful beaches to build several castles and fortresses here in the 15th century. If you come to Kaštel Stari be sure to visit the castle of family Ćipiko from 1481, a Renaissance church of St. Joseph as well as the remaining 6 castles: Kaštel Sućurac, Kaštel Gomilica, Kaštel Kambelovac, Kaštel Lukšić, Kaštel Novi, Kaštel Štafilić.to top