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Split, Croatia

Split is a city in Central Dalmatia, Croatia. The city was originally built around the

Diocletian palace

(a palace/fort built for the retired Roman emperor Diocletian) where the locals sought refuge centuries ago. Despite initial appearances, however, the city is not a small tourist town and extends over a large area well beyond the ancient core. It is the economic hub of the eastern Adriatic shoreline (the unofficial "capital" of Dalmatia). Wandering the historic center of Split you can still clearly see the Roman walls, squares, and temples.

Because of its ideal climate, with 2,800 hours of sunlight each year, local people have a few nicknames for Split: "The most beautiful city in the world" and "Mediterranean flower". Many famous Croatian sports people are born in Split, so locals often nicknamed... Read more

Split, Croatia

Split is a city in Central Dalmatia, Croatia. The city was originally built around the

Diocletian palace

(a palace/fort built for the retired Roman emperor Diocletian) where the locals sought refuge centuries ago. Despite initial appearances, however, the city is not a small tourist town and extends over a large area well beyond the ancient core. It is the economic hub of the eastern Adriatic shoreline (the unofficial "capital" of Dalmatia). Wandering the historic center of Split you can still clearly see the Roman walls, squares, and temples.

Because of its ideal climate, with 2,800 hours of sunlight each year, local people have a few nicknames for Split: "The most beautiful city in the world" and "Mediterranean flower". Many famous Croatian sports people are born in Split, so locals often nicknamed their city as "The sportiest city in the world". The most popular sport institution is the football club Hajduk. The whole city is painted with the club's colors and logo. This is done by Torcida, the oldest supporters group in Europe, established in 1950. Besides the bell tower of St. Duje, the symbols of the city are the Dalmatian dog and a donkey. Locals have a high place for the donkey because of its past indispensable place in field work and transport across Dalmatian mountains.
Winters in Split are generally mild, with temperatures above 0°C, but despite the popular saying that the city experiences snowfall once every 30 years, there is actually at least one snowy day nearly every winter, usually in January or early February. If you find yourself in Split on a day with significant snowfall, expect serious traffic disruption. 

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Split, Croatia: Port Information

Split is a popular stop on a lot of cruise itineraries. Larger ships tend to anchor in the bay and tender passengers to shore very close to the Old Town.
Occasionally, if there is room and the Captain is willing/able, cruise ships will squeeze in to dock at a spare pier in the main port, removing the need to tender to shore. If this happens on your cruise, allow about a 15min walk to reach the Old Town.

Get around Split, Croatia

Central Split is quite compact and most sights can be easily seen and best experienced on foot, but there are frequent local buses to outlying attractions and the airport.

Car rental
It is possible to rent a car, during high season prices may be high (or cars unavailable) so consider booking before arrival.
  • Rent a Car Split NOVA, Obala kneza Domagoja bb - Pothodnik, +385 98 9836950 (reservations@rentacarsplit.net, fax: +385 21 338 447). Quality car rental, transfers and chauffeur drive with low prices. 
  • Avax Rent a Car, Obala Lazareta 3, +385 95 153 9493 (reservations@splitcahire.com, fax: +385 21 332 471), 08:00-20:00.
By bus
Public transit is organized by Promet. Most of the city buses in Split are new, but some are very old and dilapidated. Tickets can be bought at kiosks or from the bus driver. Only single-journey tickets can be bought on buses.
When you board the bus you must validate your ticket in the yellow machine or give it to the driver for validation.

By bike
  • Rent a bike Split. Split, Zajceva 7. +385 21 388 951. Bike Hire Split.
  • Rent your high quality bike rental with delivery or take the Split city bike tour covering the best that Split offers, +385 91 790 3747.
Rent a bike and enjoy beautiful biking along Split's waterfront (Riva), continue to

Marjan hill

(approximately 7 km), climb to the top of the hill for a great view on the Split town and surrounding islands. You can bike to the east side, along the coast to the nearby village of


. Another great option from Split is to take a day tour to nearby islands of Solta, Brac, Hvar or Vis. You can take the bike on a regular ferry (they leave approximately every couple of hours in the summer season) and bike along quiet roads and charming villages, explore great beaches and restaurants and return in the evening to Split!
New bikes for rental in Split area fare prices. Delivery to your address +385 95 887 56 26 (electric bikes, MTBikes, City bikes) Delivery free of charge in Split
  • New Trek bikes in Split city center Split, Majstora Jurja 4. +385 913909416. Rent a bike in Split.
By boat
There are many companies that offer speedboat transfer/taxi service to nearby destinations; half-day, daily & weekly rentals; and guided excursions with a skipper.
A couple of reputable private companies include Boat for You in Split and Adria Seafari. They provide speedboat services such as passenger transfers to islands (Hvar, Brač, Vis, etc.) from /to port of Split or Split Airport, organizes sea safari tours for small groups and providing any other sea service you may require. Also is possible to rent a whole boat with or without a skipper and explore Adriatic sea by yourself.
Another boat rental, excursions and boat transfer company: Mayer Charter Phone: 00385912518222
There is a speed boat from Split or Split airport to Brač, Hvar, Šolta, and Trogir. They offer day trips to Hvar, Pakleni islands (Palmižana) and Bol (Zlatni rat) in one day.

What to see in Split, Croatia

  • Diocletian's Palace (UNESCO heritage site) - The historic center of Split is built around the remains of this Roman palace. You only need to wander around to experience it but you can also pay to visit the excavated remains of the basement of the palace. The palace has well preserved main streets cardo and decumanus. Roman palace is enriched with some gothic and renaissance buildings which makes a perfect match. Palace has 4 monumental gates Porta Aurea (Zlatna vrata, Golden gate), Porta Argenta (Srebrna vrata, Silver gate), Porta Ferrea (Željezna vrata, Iron gate) and Porta Aenea (Mjedena vrata. Bronze gate). It is probably the best preserved Roman palace in general.
  • St. Duje's cathedral - Originally built around 305 AD as a mausoleum for the Roman emperor Diocletian (the oldest cathedral building in the world). The Cathedral is also a very beautiful mixture of Roman temple and the Catholic church. It also has a beautiful belltower which provides you a great panoramic view of Split, nearby islands and Marjan hill.
  • Peristil square (Peristylium) - Main square of Diocletian's palace with well preserved Roman architecture.
  • Jupiter's temple - Ancient Roman temple which became St. John's church.
  • Two original Egyptian sphinxes - One is located on Peristil square, and the other in front of Jupiter's temple or St. John's church. They were brought from Egypt by Roman emperor Diocletian.
  • Riva is the main city promenade. Since 2007. Riva has a new, "modern" look, which is not accepted by most of the people.
  • Marjan - a hill situated on the west of Split. Marjan is an oasis for many people who look for natural stress relief, a great place for long walks, jogging, and bike rides. Marjan's peak, Telegrin is 174 m high and gives a wonderful panoramic view of Split. South cliffs are popular within alpine climbers. St. Nicholas church is situated on the east of Marjan, on its south side are beautiful St. Jeronimus church and "Gospe od Betlema" church (Madonna of Betlehem). House building is strictly forbidden in order to save Marjan - the lungs of Split.
  • Varoš - one of the oldest parts of town. A place where lived most of the city peasants and fishermen. Charming streets and beautiful small houses.
  • Galerija Meštrović - gallery contains works of Ivan Meštrović, famous Croatian sculptor.
  • Archaeological Museum - the oldest museum in Croatia (1820.), about 20 min walk north of the old town. Many artifacts and monuments from Roman colonies Salona and Narona.
  • Poljud stadium. Poljud stadium known to locals as "Poljudska Ljepotica" (Poljud Beauty") is a second largest stadium in Croatia and has a capacity of 36,000 people. The stadium was originally constructed by the Yugoslavian government as part of the facilities for the 1979 Mediterranean Games and was officially opened by Josip Broz Tito, who was an avowed fan of the team who play their home games in Poljud HNK Hajduk Split. By far the most important and revered sports team in Dalmatia, a dedicated fanbase around the world has followed Hajduk throughout the team's history. There are numerous anecdotes about Hajduk never played without at least some of their loyal fans in the stands, the Torcida. It is the oldest supporters group in Europe. If you are going to visit some match do not go to the north part, which is the cheapest one, that part is reserved for Torcida.  
  • Getski vrtal, Dominisova street. is the smallest park in Split, situated in the Diocletian's palace (ONLY GREEN AREA INSIDE OF THE CITY WALLS), Dominisova street (Marko Antonio De Dominis street). In the park, there are beautiful traditional Dalmatian tiramolas (that is a way how the locals dry their clothes). During the summer these are full of clothes drying in the sunshine. In every guidebook about Split, you have pictures from the Getski vrtal. It is the location of a 500-year-old stone house which was destroyed during World War II. On the facade facing towards Getski vrtal you can see two heads made of stones. One of the heads is a sphinx with a Christian cross on the forehead and the second one is head of middle age thief. Getski (from ghetto) vrtal (garden) is made and maintained by the locals who live in houses nearby.  
  • Old graveyards. Sustipan and old Jewish cemetery.

What to do in Split, Croatia

  • Sunbathe and swim on the beach at Bačvice. To reach this beach walk south along the waterfront from the bus station and then follow the road that crosses the railway line. There are many cafes and places to eat ice cream. This is certainly not the best beach in Croatia (it is packed solid most of the summer), but it will give you a feeling of 'real' Croatia as the vast majority of people who go there are from Split. There are also beaches around hill Marjan. Most popular are Kaštelet, Kašjuni, and beautiful pine forest beach Bene. On Bene beach, there is a restaurant and a recreation center. Bus No. 12 travels there.
  • Climb the Campanile bell tower next to the palace mausoleum. The stairs cling to the inside of the tower, and in places, the steps cross the large open window spaces. The ascent is certainly not for those with vertigo, but the views from the top are marvelous.
  • The historic core of Split with Diocletian palace is among the first urban complexes to enter the list of the UNESCO world heritage in the year 1979. Most probably this one of a kind Imperial Palace was built from 298-305 AD and is one of the most significant original structures of the period mostly because so much of it has been preserved. Later this Palace contributed to the broadening of the town because as the city evolved beyond its walls. The unique substructure halls were newly explored and each year more of them are open to the public. Some have fascinating artifacts on display. Duration 90 min. In English language. Starts in front of the tourist info center, please arrive 15 min before the tour is due to commence.
  • Snorkeling Experience. Snorkeling and diving Experience by boat from the Split harbor. Licenced PADI diving center.
  • Green Market (Pazar). Split's Pazar is the place to go for a variety of wares such as fruits and veggies, clothing and other odds and ends. Lots of local color and excitement.  
  • Picigin, Bačvice. Traditional beach game with a small ball (Bačvice beach). In summer every year there is a world championship in picigin.  
  • Grgur Ninski. It is said that if you touch the big toe of the statue and make a wish, your wish will come true.  
  • St Jeronimus caves and church (Sveti Jere Dalmatinac). 1 hour walking from the Diocletian palace, situated on Marjan hill. Amazing place with a beautiful view of the islands. Locals have a story that St Jeronimus (born in Stridon) lived in these caves. More likely to be that he lived in Palestine. But the fact remains that he was proud of his Dalmatian origin. He translated the Bible from the old Greek language to the old Latin language.  
There are lots of companies running boats, such as Busabout, Topdeck, and Contiki.
The majority of sailing charters start from the city of Split. There are many charter agencies where you can charter a sailing or motor yacht which are based in Split. Most of them operate from ACI marina Split, marina Zenta or marina Spinut. There are also many charter agencies based in marina Kaštela which is based in the vicinity of Split.
When you charter a yacht through a charter agency and arrive at the designated marina there are a few things that need to be done.
The most important thing is the yacht check in (usually Saturday around 4 PM). Take your time doing yacht check in. Familiarize yourself with the chartered yacht and with the yacht equipment. The rule of thumb is the more time you take for the yacht check in, the less time you will need for the yacht check out.
After that, you have to do the shopping for the charter vacation. Don't neglect the groceries shopping because the sea is unpredictable and you don't want to get stuck on the boat without sufficient provisions of food and drink.
You can do the shopping in a marina although the prices are usually much higher there, or you can order from yacht provisioning services who usually deliver the products to the marina at no extra fee. In Jam Yacht Supply offer an online provisioning catalog and you can order from a large selection of groceries and other products months in advance, everything you order awaits for you at the marina.
  • Daily sailing tours, +385 21 717 813 (info@hvar-adventure.com). Daily sailing tours from Split to Brac, Hvar and other nearby destinations.  

What to eat and drink in Split, Croatia


The most famous local delicates is Soparnik. It originates from nearby Poljica region (formerly known as Poljička Republika or Republic of Poljica). It is a crepe-like dough filled with Swiss chard and onions and baked on fireplace. On top comes olive oil and garlic. You can find it on Pazar (green market).
Italian influences dominate on Croatia's coast, amongst the best are; Risotto with tender white scampi or black calamari, a dish beloved by all Croatians. A wide selection of salumi, magnificent Istrian and Dalmatian hams (Dalmatinski pršut - comparable to Parma or Speck) and cheese from the island of Pag, are well worth trying, as are the large varieties of excellent Croatian wines and beers.
Do not miss Dalmatian pašticada s njokama (Gnocchi).
Please note; in a world suffocating under the weight of processed foods, Croatia's coastal cuisine is unique in that most of its produce is organic.
Ćevapi or Ćevapčići (diminutive), are small grilled rolls of minced beef, pork, or lamb, or a combination of any of these three. Usually served with chopped onions, Kajmak (similar to clotted cream) or Ajvar (a relish made from bell peppers, aubergines, garlic and chilli). Ćevapi are traditional Bosnian dish and they are popular across the Balkans.
Split's eateries are to be found in a variety of settings, ranging from the romantic to the vibrant. It isn’t difficult to enjoy superb food and wine in a classical environment with good friends and/or family.
Plenty of fast food joints between the Old Town and the bus station.
  • Nostromo, Kraj Svete Marije 10 (just off Marmontova). Good seafood and salad in a rather smoky ambiance with friendly service.
  • Picaferaj, Popovica 2 (a block W from Trg Republike). Varied menu, a couple of outside tables.
  • Cetina, Radunica 16, +385 21 482 243. Varied menu including local specialties, good value, friendly service (English spoken), no credit cards.
  • Kod Joze, Sredmanuska 4, +385 21 347 397. The traditional family-run konoba serves tasty dishes in style. Prices very reasonable considering the quality and atmosphere.
  • Buffet Picaferaj, popovica 2. Small side street restaurant run by a young married couple, incredible food at a very fair price.
  • Fino Friško, Čulića dvori 2. Because of its proximity to school, this bakery always has fresh and tasty food.  
  • Mala kuća, Domovinskog rata 27d, Put firula 39. daily 9 AM-12 midnight. Fast food with delicious marinated chicken grill sandwich.  
  • Popaj, Pojišanska b.b., Šetalište Ivana Meštrovića b.b. The most popular fast food in Split with great pizzeta and a very big ham sandwich.  
  • Hajduk, Matošića 4. The best ice cream in town with a big selection of flavors.
  • Pizzeria Bakra, Radovanova 2. 10 AM-11 PM. Definitely one of the best Pizza in town, baked on fireplace.  
  • Biser Orijenta, Bihaćka 2a (top floor of Lavčević building). 11:30 AM-midnight. Good "European Chinese" cuisine. Not too popular among the locals, but the prices are fair and the service is friendly. 
  • Konoba Marjan, Senjska, 1, +385 98 9346848. Risottos, pasticada (marinaded veal cooked in sauce), and excellent fish. Prices are very reasonable and the staff very friendly. English is spoken.  
  • Makro Vega, Lestina 4, Split, Croatia. Vegetarian and vegan cuisine at moderate prices in a zen atmosphere. Near the palace.  


Dalmatia is well known for its world-class wines, but when in Split it is a must to try soda drinks called Pipi and Orela, produced by local beverage manufacturer Dalmacijavino.
Lots of outdoor cafés are to be found along the Riva seafront.
  • St Riva, (Riva seafront). Has an upper story that overlooks the promenade.
  • Leopald's Delicatessen Bar, (Just). From. Large selection of craft local beers and a decent selection of cured meats and goats cheese. They even sell Donkey Salami.   
  • Shook, Mihovilova sirina 4 (In the heart of Old Town). Chill out cafe/bar with electronic beat in a busy passageway. 
  • Gaga Bar, (tucked away in a corner, just off Narodni Trg). Cozy atmosphere, a long list of cocktails, Latin and contemporary music. Atmosphere is nice, but the waiters are not. More tourists than locals.
  • Tonik Juice Bar, Ban Mladenova 5 (one block west of Riva's end). Fresh made juices, smoothies and coffee.
  • Buffet Picaferaj, Popovica 2. A small restaurant on a side street that serves fresh seafood dishes. Run by a young married couple.   
  • Na kantunu, Dominisova 9 (within the Diocletian palace). After 3 rounds waiter will bring traditional rakija with honey (medica)-nice and strong. Supporters of Hajduk Split are there, so when there is a match in Split it may become too crowded. It is probably the smallest bar in Split with just 8 tables inside in a 15 m² space. Great atmosphere. In front of the cafe bar, there are a few tables where you can sit if the weather is nice.
  • Pizzeria- Zalogajnica DOMINA, Nigerova street, 095 9074561. Great small pizzeria with reasonable prices and cozy atmosphere.  
  • Getto club, Dosud. Art club, gay-friendly.  

Shopping in Split, Croatia

  • Marmontova. Shopping street in the center.  
  • Pazar, Stari Pazar 2. Green market with fruit, vegetables and more. The best time to visit the market is on Saturday morning.  
  • Ribarnica, Obrov 2. Fish market.   
  • Konzum. Croatia's largest supermarket chain.  
  • Profil, Algoritam and VBZ. Bookshops with some English-language titles.  
  • Tommy. Supermarket chain, easy to find in most of Dalmatia.  
Shopping malls
  • City Center One, Vukovarska 207, daily 9 AM-9 PM, cinema and cafe bars 9 AM-11 PM. Opened in 2010. 3 floors (5 garage levels) and Cineplexx cinema.  
  • Joker Put Brodarice 6. Opened in 2007. 50 shops on 4 floors with Tommy supermarket, DM, Hervis sports shop, Deichmann and a McDonalds. 15-20 min walk from the city center with buses stopping near the front of the center. There is a cinema on the first floor. The top floor has a fitness club, restaurant and a sky bar with an outdoor swimming pool.

Safety in Split, Croatia

Do not go to striptease bars because they are a tourist trap.
Beware of the area around the main bus terminal. There are many people there, tourists and locals alike. Pickpocketing do happen there and the local police do not seem to be doing much about it; no patrolling, etc.

Language spoken in Split, Croatia

Croatian is the official language. English is widely spoken. 


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