Introducing the city

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About Split

Recognised as the largest city in Dalmatia, Split in Croatia offers a host of fascinating museums and historical architecture alongside a beautiful port-side setting boasting fantastic cafes and restaurants.

Split blooms under the nickname ‘The Mediterranean Flower’ and it’s a fitting title for a city that continues to blossom in around 2,800 hours of sunlight every year. Croatia’s second largest city, sitting in the Dalmatia region with a population of around 180,000, has flourished into one of the country’s main tourist hubs with budding culture and ancient roots.

History lovers will be bowled over by the age-old attractions here including Diocletian Palace where as beach-bathers can relax on nearby sandy bays. Ferries depart regularly from the port as visitors look to explore the beautiful surrounding islands such as Brač, Šolta and Hvar. Those that stay rooted in Split however, can make the most of boutiques, restaurants and cafes which are tucked away down the city's narrow, paved streets or along the picture-perfect Riva waterfront. With an ever-growing influx of tourists, Split continues to delight visiting holidaymakers.

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When Should You Visit?

June is the best time to visit when the school summer holidays are yet to begin and average highs are reaching around 26 degrees Celsius.

A hugely popular beach destination in the summer, temperatures regularly reach 30 degrees Celsius in the city’s hottest month of July, where as late spring and autumn see temperatures hovering around 20 degrees Celsius. January is the coldest month of the year and in general, winters are mild. The wettest month is December and the months of July and August have the least rainfall.

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Travioor top tips

Bus pass
Cycle
Beaches

Insider Info

  • If you’re on a timescale, there’s a hop-on hop-off bus pass you can get which is valid for up to 24 hours getting you around lots of alternative sights away from the main tourist attractions in the city centre.

  • One of the best and cheapest ways to explore the city is by bike. The narrow cobbled streets aren’t ideal for anything bigger and there’s also a great route along the Riva waterfront which continues on to Marjan Hill where you can enjoy some great views of the city and its surrounds.

  • Although it’s the most popular, Bačvice beach can get incredibly crowded, particularly in summer. You can catch a bus to alternatives or if you’re looking for paradise, you can get a speedboat to one of the surrounding islands.

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Food and drink

Main Course £7.11 | 60.00 kn

3-Course Meal £29.63 | 250.00 kn

Cappuccino £1.30 | 11.00 kn

Beer £2.13 | 18.00 kn

The Scene

The cuisine found on Croatia’s coast is some of the best you will find in the country with the majority featuring fresh organic ingredients. There are also an array of Italian influences seen in favourites like Risotto with scampi or black calamari. One particular local delicacy you have to try is Soparnik (crepe-like dough stuffed with Swiss chard and onions, topped with olive oil and garlic) which originates from the Poljica region. There’s every type of restaurant setting in Split, from intimate and romantic to vibrant venues with music.

If you’d like to enjoy a quick snack and a coffee, there are many cafes along Riva Seafront where you can sit in the open air and partake in some people watching. For something a little more refreshing, soda drinks Pipi and Orela are produced locally, or how about some wine? The Dalmatia region is known for producing some top quality varieties.

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History

Split’s Story

In the 3rd century there is evidence of a Greek settlement in what is now known as Split. However, by the end of this century, Roman Emperor Diocletian had a grand palace built where he resided until he died. The Romans continued to make use of the palace until they were invaded by the Avars and Slavs with many people seeking refuge behind its high walls over many years.

In the period leading up to the 14th century, Split grew in stature with various churches and other buildings of interest erected, and trade blossomed given the city’s position on the coastline. In 1420, Split lost its autonomy and was conquered by the Venetians who ruled until 1797. This period saw flamboyant Venetian residences created and huge bastions built for safety, as well as top poets and artists emerging, injecting Renaissance into the city.

When the Venetians’ time came to an end, the Austrians and the French enjoyed a period of rule over Split until 1918 when it became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Yugoslavia). In 1920 it took the place of Zadar as the main city in Dalmatia and after brief periods of being occupied by the Italians and Germans in the second world war, by 1944 Split was liberated again and the first’s people’s government was shaped. By this time the city was the region’s most important port and enjoyed a good spell of growth and expansion up until Croatia gained independence in 1991, although tourism in recent years has helped the city pick itself back up.

Language

Bok/Dobar dan | Hello
Hvala | Thank you

Croatian

Croatian is the official language in Split although you will find that there are also some speakers of Italian and German. All along the coast, English is widely spoken in the main tourist hotspots and in most hotels, restaurants and shops. You may find that the elderly don’t speak much English if any, but the younger population will at the very least know the basics. If you’d like to learn some Croatian basics, we’ve listed some below:

  • Goodbye: Do viđenja
  • Do you speak English?: Govoriš li engleski? (informal)
  • Excuse me: Pardon/Oprostite

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Need to know

+385 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Most people usually tip around 10% in restaurants.
  • Croatian Kuna is the local currency.
  • Make sure you carry cash as many places might not accept your card.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Croatia here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. The Palace

Visit Diocletian’s Palace, considered the city’s top attraction.

2. The Cathedral

Admire the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and climb its 60 metre bell tower for spectacular views.

3. Bačvice Beach

Sunbathe and relax at the city’s most popular sandy spot, Bačvice beach.

4. Riva Waterfront

Enjoy a few drinks and a bite to eat along the Riva waterfront.

5. Markets

Walk the famous green and fish markets taking in their buzzing atmosphere.


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