"With excellent public transport, Split is great for those looking to exploring the second largest city in Croatia..."
Split is a vibrant old city, situated on Croatia’s legendary Dalmatian coast. It has the perfect blend of nature and history, replete with many gorgeous beaches for those looking for a beach holiday, where the white-crested waves of the Adriatic gently lap and Diocletian’s Palace a majestic example of Roman architecture that was built for the emperor of the same name in the 4th century AD. Like many places in Dalmatia it has excellent cuisine and wine, which is fast becoming recognised as the equal of places, such as Italy and France. This alongside the vibrant nightlife, old-cobbled streets and temperate climate, makes Split one of the finest destinations in Croatian and Europe as a whole, ideal for romantic getaways, party holidays and family holidays, it caters to every imaginable taste.
Split Travel Guide
At A Glance:
A picturesque old city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, Split is famous for its beautiful beaches and the large Diocletian Palace that sits at its centre, which was built by the emperor of the same name in the 4th century. It is the second largest city in the country and has a population of around 450,000, making it a bustling and busy city that visitors are bound to enjoy.
The city’s weather is especially good during the summer, with temperatures regularly topping 25 degrees. It records warm sea temperatures throughout the summer and enjoys a cool breeze, ensuring that visitors aren’t prevented from doing things. The best time to visit is during June, July and August, although the winters are mild, meaning it is a good all-year-round destination.
History and Culture
There has been a settlement in Split since the Hellenistic period, however, it truly came to prominence in 295 AD, when the famous Roman emperor Diocletian built a residence there for his retirement. The magnificent palace took around 10 years to build and Diocletian lived there until he died in 313 AD. It was then used as a retreat or holiday home by a number of his successors, although by the Empire’s fall in the late 6th century it had fallen into disrepair. Split was a fairly successful city state, before succumbing to the Venetians in 1420, who then ruled it until 1797. Split was then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, save for a brief period of rule by Napoleon, until its break up after the first world war, when it joined the newly created Yugoslavia. It was spared damage during the wars of the 1990s, because the Yugoslav army was based there, and it joined Croatia after the country was created.
Like many cities on the Croatian coast, Split, is famous for the quality of its seafood, with local favourites, including ‘alla buzara’ a shellfish dish, where muscles, oysters and scampi are cooked in a pot with garlic, wine, parsley and breadcrumbs; ‘Crni Rizot’, black risotto that is coloured with squid ink; and ‘Dalmatian Brodetto’ (fish stew), a fish broth made with a variety of different marine creatures. They are also partial to ‘Rozata’ a sweet pudding made using rose liqueur that is a bit like crème caramel and have an extensive range of beautiful wines.
The Split aquarium is a great place for families who want an educational and fun day out that everyone will enjoy. Another great way to see marine life in Split is the glass bottomed boat, known locally as the red submarine, which provides a safe and secure environment for children to enjoy the magic of the underwater world. Magic City is an adventure park in Split, where children can have some indoor fun and use up some of their excess energy, while the many beaches that surround the city are also an excellent place for fun family holidays.
Tours and Attractions
Two of the most iconic attractions are the Palace of Diocletian and the Cathedral of St. Domnius, two of the best-preserved examples of Roman architecture that can be found anywhere in the world. The Krka National Park is majestic natural place, renowned for its 7 cascading waterfalls, luscious greenery and tranquil lakes. There are also beaches and plenty of hiking trails in the area around the city, ensuring that it is the perfect place to have a relaxing or active holiday.
There are plenty of cosy bars in the old town area, close to Diocletian’s Palace, where you can enjoy a relaxed drink with friends or family. The beach area, which is around a 15-minute walk from the main town, is the place to head if you want late-night clubs, with a plethora of them dotted around the area. Split is also home to plenty of fashionable restaurants and nice bars, ensuring that there is nightlife to cater to every single taste.