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Visiting Split

A jewel on the Adriatic coast, Split is one of the most visited destinations in Croatia. This city is built around one of its main attractions namely Diocletian’s Palace, which dates back to Ancient Rome. A living monument, the ruins of the Palace are home to narrow winding streets filled with shops, museums, churches and plenty more. A small city, Split is easy to navigate and boasts plenty of things to see and do, no matter what time of day or night.

july19splitcityinfoA jewel on the Adriatic coast, Split is one of the most visited destinations in Croatia. This city is built around one of its main attractions namely Diocletian’s Palace, which dates back to Ancient Rome. A living monument, the ruins of the Palace are home to narrow winding streets filled with shops, museums, churches and plenty more.

Split also boasts numerous attractions to tempt more active travellers including Marjan Hill with its many hiking trails and lookout points. Thanks to Split’s sunny climate and popular beaches including much-loved Bačvice Beach, it’s also a popular city with sunseekers.

And the fun doesn’t stop once the sun sets. From regular live entertainment on Riva, the city’s main promenade, to a huge variety of world-class restaurants, bars and clubs, Split is a favourite with night owls from around the world.

A small city, Split is easy to navigate and boasts plenty of things to see and do, no matter what time of day or night.

july19spliteatingout2Split is filled with restaurants serving up delicious food at very affordable prices. As the city is located beside the sea, expect to find a lot of seafood on menus across town. You’ll also come across a lot of Italian-influenced cuisine. Many of the city’s most popular eateries can be found in and around Diocletian’s Palace in the city centre.

If you’re looking to try a local speciality while you’re in town, we’d recommend burek. It’s served at lots of different spots around town, is a favourite with locals and is particularly popular for breakfast. Burek is made from a kind of filo pastry filled with either meat or cheese, and is pretty delicious.

Getting There

By plane:

Split Airport is located some 30km outside of the city centre. There are two main ways to get from this airport into Split: you can either take a taxi or you can hop on bus number 37 which heads into town at regular intervals each day.

By train:

Services to Split’s main train station are very basic but do include trains arriving from Zagreb, the Croatian capital.

By bus:

Bus services from across Croatia and beyond arrive at and depart from the city’s main bus terminal. Some of the Croatian cities covered by these services include Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Zadar and Rijeka. Keep in mind that there is a small fee for luggage and this is paid to the driver before boarding the bus.

Getting Around

On foot:

It’s easy to get around Split on foot as most of the main attractions are within walking distance of each other. When the city is filled with visitors, be prepared to amble instead of rush in the city’s historic centre, as the streets here are pretty narrow.

By bus:

If you’re not in the mood to walk, you’ll find that Split is served by a handy network of buses numbered 1 through 18. The buses run all across the city throughout the day. There’s also the number 19, which is the city’s night bus service.

By bike/scooter:

Another good way of getting around Split is by bike or scooter, which you’ll be able to pick up at a number of different rental places.

july19splitattractionsYou’ll find plenty of things to see and do in Split, whether you prefer strolling around museums or sunbathing on the beach. In fact, much of Split’s city centre is an attraction in its own right, as it’s built in and around the ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, which dates back to the Roman Empire.

Right at the heart of Diocletian’s Palace you’ll find St. Domnius’s Cathedral, somewhere you’ll definitely want to check out during your stay. It’s hard to miss this cathedral, thanks to its tall tower which provides fantastic views of the city.

Another place to get a great look at Split and the surrounding areas is Marjan Hill. Head up the stairs from Trumbićeva obala and it won’t take long to get to the first of various lookout points. This hill also boasts lots of different hiking trails and plenty of other things for you to check out.

Bačvice Beach is one of the city’s most popular beaches. This Blue Flag beach is a favourite with both locals and visitors, who go there to sunbathe and swim. There’s even a good spot for rock jumping into the ocean, if you’re looking for a bit of an adrenaline rush.

In terms of museums, you can check out the Archaeological Museum, Galerija Umjetnina, Galerija Mestrović and more. These museums do charge a small admission fee but their cool collections are well-worth a look.

july19splitgoingoutThere are plenty of bars and clubs for you to check out in Split. Many of these are in and around the city centre area so you won’t have to go far to find them. If you do want to go a little farther afield, make your way to Bačvice Beach where you’ll also find a number of great nightspots.

A popular way of meeting people and getting to hang out at some of the city’s coolest bars and clubs is by going on a pub crawl with Pub Crawl Split. During the summer, these pub crawls take place every night, leaving from Peristil by the cathedral at 9pm. A wild night is guaranteed, and on busy nights these pub crawls can attract up to around 50 people.

One of our favourite things to do at night in Split is to head down to the city’s main promenade, Riva, after the sun sets. Lined with cafés, restaurants and bars, it’s located right beside the ocean and is popular meeting spot for locals and visitors alike. At night, space on the benches along Riva is at a premium, thanks to all the people who go there to hang out and chat. You’ll often find stalls set up along the promenade, even after dark, plus lots of the city’s festivals are centred on this area.

Visa Requirements
All that residents of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland and many other European countries need to enter Croatia is an up-to-date passport, but you will also require a visa if staying for longer than three months. Nationals of all other countries should contact the Croatian Embassy in your home country before travelling.

Currency
The currency used here is the Croatian kuna.

Language
The language spoken in Split is Croatian.

Climate
It’s no wonder that Split is such a popular holiday destination, as its Mediterranean climate means that the city gets plenty of beautiful weather throughout the year. Summers tend to be hot and sunny, while winters are warm and see a bit more rain. July is generally the hottest month with mean temperatures of approximately 25ºC. The coldest month tends to be January when temperatures drop to around 7ºC. In terms of rain, November and December are usually the wettest months, seeing roughly 112mm of rain each. Split gets plenty of sun too, with around 2,600 hours of sunlight shining down on the city each year.

Time Zone
Split uses Central European Time which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

Opening Hours
Many of the city’s shopping centres and department stores are open from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 9pm. Lots of the shops in the city are closed on Sundays.

Tourist Offices
The main tourist office is located at Peristil bb.

Currency Exchange
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks around the city. Euros can be withdrawn from the numerous ATM machines scattered around, using international debit cards displaying the Cirrus symbol and also with a number of international credit cards.

Electricity
Electricity in Croatia is 220 Volts AC/50 Hz. 2-pin round plugs are used.

Telephones
The international calling code for Croatia is +385 and the area code for Split is 021. To dial from abroad you dial 00, followed by 385, the local area code 21 and the local number. If you wish to call abroad from Croatia, again you dial 00, followed by the international calling code for your particular country, the local area code and then the local number.

Post Office
Split’s central post office is located at Hercegovačka 1.

Tipping
If the service charge is not included on the bill, you should leave a tip of between ten and fifteen percent.

Public Holidays
In Croatia they take place on January 1st, January 6th, Easter Monday, May 1st, June 22nd, June 25th, August 5th, August 15th, October 8th, November 1st, December 25th and December 26th. It is worth noting what the public holidays are before travelling as the majority of businesses, banks and shops usually shut for the day.

 

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