Split city could be called the most festive city of Croatia.
Split was founded in the year 305; it recently turned 1710 years old!
Sightseeing in Split
Throughout the last seventeen centuries many civilisations have left their trace there, and, as the saying goes, “different epochs are tied here by the clothes-lines stretched from one house to another.”
The name of the city comes from the Latin word “palatium” — “a palace”, as in 295 it appeared in the place of a luxurious palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, which was back then encircled by massive walls, behind which the citizens of the neighbouring towns pillaged by Avar and Slav tribes in the 8th century.
It wasn’t the palace that was built in Split: it was Split itself that grew around the palace, which the Roman Emperor Diocletian built for himself in the 3rd century.
The marble for the palace was brought from Turkey, the granite columns and the sphinxes from Egypt. The square building was so huge (its area is three hectares) that in time it turned into a fortress protecting the locals from barbarian attacks.
Many years later a city appeared. Gradually, the palace, qualified by UNESCO to be one of the world treasuries of the world cultural heritage, trend into a fortress city, which nowadays is the main landmark of Split.
The Mausoleum of the Roman Emperor Diocletian in the Сathedral of Saint Duje of Split is the oldest building among the European cathedrals.
The Split bell tower of the Cathedral of Saint Domnius was built in the 13th century.
The height of the bell tower is 57 meters.
The Split guests can climb the steps to the top of the tower, offering amazing view of the Split town and Adriatic sea.
Such masterpieces as the temple of Jupiter, the Сathedral of Saint Duje, Procuration square made in the Venetian style, the Silver and Golden gates can be rightly considered among the most interesting cultural monuments of the Adriatic.
The unique architecture of the city, which is a mix of several styles, made it charming and unique.
A few buildings of the past still exist: these are the Emperor’s mausoleum (it became part of the Cathedral of St Duje), the temple of Jupiter, three watchtowers and the Peristyle — a rectangular hall under the open sky, surrounded by marble columns, which is nowadays favoured by street musicians and amateur choirs.
The Secret of Egyptian Sphinx in Split city
Attention of all visitors of Peristil square – a heart of Diocletian’s Palace in the Split city – is invariably attracted by a figure of Sphinx, calmly and majestically laying next to the western entrance to The Cathedral St. Duje.
Realy, it is quite hard to don’t notice almost 3-meters-high sculpture, whole made of black granite.
Where to go in Split?
Wine & cheese bar Paradox in Split
Right behind the theater in Split, in the very heart of town, an interesting bar has recently been opened. From a distance, Paradox looks like just another cafe. But when you get closer, you can see it’s nothing like the others in Split.
Paradox’s menu is focused on wine and cheese. You can choose from among over 20 cheeses and 100 wines, most of which are Croatian.
It’s interesting to note that the owners have decided to have in their selection only those wines and cheeses made by
small producers, so you can enjoy the likes of Zeleni bodul, Crni bodul, Gligora cheese from Pag, Krasnarski cheese, goat cheese.
The wines available include those from the wineries of Tomic, Dubokovic, Didic, Roncevic, Tomac, Korta Katrarina… This is the first bar of its kind in Croatia.
Contact phone of Wine & cheese bar Paradox +385 21 787 778
Address Wine & cheese bar Paradox ulica bana Josipa Jelačića 3, Split
Web site Wine & cheese bar Paradox www.paradox.hr
Karting Arena in Split
The Karting Arena Split is located in one of the largest shopping centre of Split — City center ONE — in the garage.
Karting Arena stretches to as many as 1500 m2.
It is the biggest karting center in Dalmatia.
Karting Arena Split working hours:
From 11:00 to 22:00 Monday – Thursday
From 10:00 to 22:00 Friday – Sunday
Phone of carting center Arena Split +385 21 645522
Web site of Karting center Arena Split kartingarenasplit.com
Shopping in Split
Split is the second largest city of Croatia after the capital Zagreb.
In Split city there are several large modern shopping and entertainment centers, with cafes, restaurants, cinemas, play areas.
A visit to the shopping centers of Split is an excellent place for family leisure on a rainy day.
Beaches of Split & Split riviera
In Split city there are four well-equipped public city beaches – sandy and small pebbles. Sandy Split beach – Bacvice known for its beach disco.
Podstrana resort is located in a green area, conveniently close to the city of Split and the Split airport, and to the main landmarks of Split.
Riviera Split there are also the variety and beautiful beaches of the nearby resorts – Podstrana & Stobrec, just 10 km from Split, and island Brac , island Solta, and Ciovo island, which connects by road bridge with the mainland
Split isn’t just history and architecture, but it is also a popular resort of Croatia with its modern hotels of Split and pituresque lagoons, and from here one can travel to the amazing Dalmatian islands of Brac and island Hvar, and go to three national parks — the National park KRKA, the National park Plitvice lakes and Kornati national natural park, and there are also many excursions organised in Split, for example, sea trips along the water area of Split, in the famous beach Bol of Brac island, the Blue Cave of the island of Bishevo.
What to see around Split?
in 5 km – the ruins of the Ancient Roman city Salona & the Turkish fortress Klis
in 10 km – caves Vranjace
in 10 km – city Trogir (UNESCO)
in 25 km – city Omis, rafting on the Cetina river, the Pirate fortress
in 80 km – National park Biokovo & city-resort Makarska
in 70 km – National natural park KRKA & city Sibenik
in 170 km – National natural park Plitvice lakes
in 250 km – famous city Dubrovnik (UNESCO)
Video about Split:
Hotels in Split
Hotel Radisson Blu Resort 4* Split
SUPERB rating 8.7 / 10
Review score based on 493 reviews
Distance to the nearest beach: seafront
Distance to center of Split: 2,5 m
Distance to airport Split: 20 km
Add: Wi-Fi free, outdoor terraces, luxurious Spa centre, saunas, solarium, massages, gym, Turkish Baths, outdoor pool, just a few steps from small pebbles beach
Cost room 2 per: from 116 euro
Apartments Gajeta 3* Split
SUPERB rating 9.1 / 10
Review score based on 243 reviews
Distance to the nearest beach: 10 min walk
Distance to center of Split: 50 m
Distance to airport Split: 25 km
Add: located in various buildings within a 50 m radius in the centre of Split, air-conditioned apartments have kitchen or kitchenette, dining area, TV, DVD, CD player
Cost rent apartment: from 46 euro
Apartments Suzy 4* Split
FABULOUS rating 8.8 / 10
Review score based on 88 reviews
Distance to the nearest beach: 50 m
Distance to center of Split: 5 min walk
Distance to airport Split: 20 km
Add: surrounded by parks and pine trees, all units are air-conditioned, free Wi-Fi, free private parking, featuring parquet floors and walls coloured in pastel tones
Cost rent apartment: from 40 euro
Apartments Firule Beach 3* Split
FABULOUS rating 8.7 / 10
Review score based on 30 reviews
Distance to the nearest beach: 150 m
Distance to center of Split: 1,5 km
Distance to airport Split: 25 km
Add: set near the famous Bacvice beach, modern apartments, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, dishwasher, washing machine, some with a balcony, free public parking
Cost rent apartment: from 62 euro
Villa “Sky” Podstrana – 12 km from Split
for 6 persons + 1 baby cot
with pool, olive&grapes garden, sun terasa with grill, and…
… fantastic panoramic the sea view!
Holiday on Villa “Sky” is for lovers of peace and quiet, walks in the mountains, magnificent views, photography…
The villa has 2 bedrooms, living room, fully equipped kitchen with dining room, bathroom with shower, outdoor terrace with garden furniture and grill, outdoor pool with terasa for sunbathing
Get to Split
Getting to Split by plane
The airport of the city of Split — Kastel — is in 15 km from the city centre. It is the destination of planes travelling from other Croatian cities, and from many foreign countries.
Official web of Split airport www.split-airport.hr
Contact phone Split airport +385 021 203 555
Get to Split by train
Croatia is connected to other European countries by railway.
Croatian railway website with the train schedules travelling around Croatia, with the possibility online booking a ticket www.hzpp.hr
The railway station of Split is located in the very centre of the city, close to the Split bus station, and the Split ferry centre www.jadrolinija.hr, from where ferries travelling to Croatian islands and to Italy.
Аddress Split railway – 21000 Split Zlodrina poljana, 20
Railway traffic connects Split with – Zagreb Croatia capital and other cities Croatia; many foreign cities – Prague, Budapest and Belgrade & foreign European countries – Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Serbia.
Get to Split by bus
Bus traffic connects Split with all cities of Croatia.
Split bus station is located in the very centre of the city, close to the Split railway and the Split ferry station. Official web of Split bus station www.ak-split.hr
Get to Split by ferry
The ferry port of Split is one of the largest ones in Croatia.
Ferries and catamaran ships travel from the ferry port of Split to many islands of Croatia — the island of Brac, the island of Hvar, the islands of Solta, island Vis, Korcula, Lastovo, Maly and Veliki Drvenik, and the Trogir city.
Get from Split to Dubrovnik city by sea
Speed catamaran line connect Split city and Dubrovnik city.
The line is seasonal from June 1 to October 1.
The departure time from Dubrovnik city at 7:00, the arrival time to Split city at 12:55.
The departure time from Split city at 16:15, the arrival time to Dubrovnik city 22:10
The travel time of catamaran Split-Dubrovnik-Split – 5 hours 55 minutes. The catamaran can carry 320 passengers
Ticket of speed catamaran Dubrovnik-Split costs 210 kn (~ 28 euro)
You can see exact timetable of the catamaran, stops and online buy the tickets on www.jadrolinija.hr
Get to Split by car
Motorways connect Split with all cities and regions of Croatia.
Split can be reached by the free motorway Jadranska (E65), which goes along all of Croatia’s coastline, or the paid highway (A1). The turn closest to Split is Dugopolje.
Distance from Split to cities of Croatia
to city Trogir – 10 km
to resort Omis – 25 km
to resort Makarska – 70 km
to city Dubrovnik – 250 km
to city Sibenik – 70 km
to city Zadar – 140 km
to city Rijeka – 415 km
to city Pula – 520 km
to capital Zagreb – 390 km
Get to Italy from Split
From Split ferry port ferries ships travel to port Ancona of Italy daily.
Official web of Croatian ferry line www.jadrolinija.hr
Rent a car in Split
Map of Split
Weather in Split
Average monthly temperatures in Split:
January +10 С
February +12 С
March +14 С
April +18 С
May +23 С
June +27 С
July +30 С
August +31 С
September +26 С
October +20 С
November +15 С
December +12 С
Average monthly water temperatures in Split:
January +11 С
February +12 С
March +14 С
April +15 С
May +19 С
June +21 С
July +24 С
August +26 С
September +22 С
October +20 С
November +17 С
December +13 С