Split is a favorite tourist destination and the second largest city in Croatia bordering the Marjan hill (187 m) on the west. It is linked as a major transport pivot and focus point on the Roman Palace of the Emperor Diocletian that lies in the city walls. Although it is said to believe that Split was established in 305CE, it was actually founded in the 4th century as a Greek settlement, Spálathos.
Split is the largest city in Dalmatia and has a superb transport system connecting to the rest of Croatia. The highway connects Split to Zadar, Karlovac, Zagreb and Lika by railway. The Split-Kaštela international airport and the smaller airfield on the island of Brač are mostly used for summer charter flights. The Split region proudly owns the UNESCO World Heritage sites; the Emperor Diocletian's Palace dating from 305 BC and the town of Trogir. The “dalmatinska pašticada” (veal or lamb stew with vegetables) is a favorite and takes two days to prepare.
INSIDER TIP: If you feel like trying something interesting, order the Brač or Hvar “smutice” a mixture of red wine and sheep/goat milk.
In the city of Split there are numerous of activities in addition to sightseeing on a Segway, where you can escape and participate in out-door adventures that the mountains, islands, beaches and rivers provide. From the Riva Promenade you can go on “Marijeta” a semi-submarine exploring the sea and observation deck allows a view of the city. Day trips to the islands of Vis and Hvar are available where you can swim in the famous Blue Cave.
Orlet your imagination fly in the Split Aquarium with creatures from the Adriatic Sea. The Marjan Hill allures adventure seekers of sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, sea kayaking and snorkeling. The hill’s park is fantastic for rock climbing, hiking and mountain bike tours. The Cetina Canyon located approx. 30 km from Split, offers sailing, stand-up paddling, trekking, zip lining, biking and river rafting tours for the whole family.
If you are fascinated with the ancient history and city of Split, be sure to visit the Museums that the city has to offer such as the oldest museum in Croatia, founded in 1820 - Split Archaeological Museum, The Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments, The City Museum of Split and The Ethnographic Museum.
The marble-paved Marmontova Street decorated with palm trees is only for pedestrians on the western seaside of the Riva to Trg Gaje Bulata (square) with the bright yellow building of the Croatian National Theater. Here you will find high-end stores of branded clothes and shoes such as Versace, Armani and D&G.
As history continued, the Croatian born Roman Emperor, Diocletian, ruled during the year 284 to 305 CE in Spálathos. It took approx. 20 000 slaves ten years to build his massive retirement sanctuary of white limestone and marble facing the sea. The names of architects, Filotas and Zotikos, contracted for the building of the palace was found on recent archaeological findings, carved into the foundation stones.
The Palace that captures the eastern half of the city was nearly 10 acres of housing for servants and solders, villa, temples, the cellar (greatest sustained area of the art of the stone masons with high ceiling column supports), underground passages “podrum” (mirroring the original blue print of the palace), 4 gates (Porta Aurea -Golden Gate in the north, Porta Argentea -Silver Gate in the east, Porta Ferrea- Iron Gate in the west, and Porta Aenea- Bronze Gate in the south) and 16 towers where only three remain today.
Take a well deserved break after sightseeing in Split and visit some of the city's top beaches. The beaches in and around Split is easily accessible and plenty to choose from alongside the beautiful Adriatic Sea.
The sandy Bacvice beach is only 10 mins stroll from the harbor on the east and is the main beach of Split. Bacvice beach is a “Blue Flag “certified beach, meaning that it meets the stringent standards of the Foundation for Environmental Education. The beach is great for families and young children as it has a leisure park with a jumping castle, slides, trampoline, boat rentals and even a massage! The clarity of the water makes it a perfect location for water sports and “picigin” a game played with a ball in shallow water during summer times and at night disco club Shakespeare keep the nightlife young.
Insider Tip: How to play "picigin"; this is a group game of minimum 5 players, played in shallow water with a tennis ball. Firstly the tennis ball needs to be balanced, by removing the green layer to make it bounce better. Once the balance is achieved the palm of your hand, keeping it in the air while passing it on to others, hits the ball. It is not a competitive game but more a game where everybody is playing together and not against each other. Picigin can sometimes bring out acrobatic moves and splashes from the players trying to keep the ball in the air. There is even a World Championship in Split played every year since 2005. Points are awarded for bounces of the ball and skills of the players.
A deluxe hotel located only 1 km from the UNESCO-listed Diocletian's Palace that offers guests a comfortable and luxurious stay in Split. Hotel Atrium features the Platinum Casino, the trendy City Bar, the à la Carte Restaurant Cardo and the Atrium that serves an all-American breakfast. The hotel is situated 22km from Split Kaštela Airport.
Radisson Blu Resort (4 stars)
The luxurious hotel is located right on the beach and 2.5 km away from the city center of Split. The hotel features a Spa Center, the Fig Leaf restaurant, The Door lounge bar and beautiful views over the islands of Brač and Šolta that will leave you with lasting memories of Split.
Hotel Jadran (3 stars)
A gorgeous hotel located on the seaside of the Adriatic Sea, Hotel Jadran is only a 15 min stroll from the old city center of Split. The hotel offers a swimming pool, restaurant and sunny terraces to relax en enjoy their holiday.
If you are an independent driver, the A1 highway opened in 2005 which links the Split with the rest of Croatia which triggered economic improvement with trade, tourism and reviving agriculture (fisheries, olive and wine production), building materials, chemicals, paper and the annual Croatia Boat Show. The city has flourished in tourism and Split is the center of Dalmatia, a quick hop on the plane from Europe with more affordable seasonal flights available.