This living, breathing museum of Roman, gothic, Renaissance and baroque splendour overlooks the endless blue Adriatic Sea on the Dalmatian coast. Founded in AD295, Split has lost none of its charm, except today, rather than Roman pleasure palaces, Split complements its stunning historical vestiges with fashion boutiques, chic cafes and steamy nightclubs. But it remains the same in its essence – Split is a pleasure-seekers paradise.
Split’s imperial palaces, like the labyrinthine Diocletian’s Palace; its mausoleums and ancient fortifications are today protected by UNESCO while Split’s past is venerated in the many museums in the city, from Archaeological to Ethnographical. The spider’s web of winding cobbled streets have lost none of their historical magic and allure.
Today the modern waterfront, the Riva, celebrates the meeting of city and sea with a beautiful public square and glamorous promenade heaving with classy restaurants, cafes and bars. Of course, one of the main attractions for holiday-makers to Split is its stunning beaches. Bavice is where many locals gather to play volleyball and soak up the rays. For quieter bathing, the offshore island beaches are worth exploring, like the stunning 2 kilometre stretch of white sand, Zlatni Rat.
Hikers can escape to the lush, pine-strewn summit of Marjan Hill, 180 metres above the Adriatic for breath-taking views and cool breezes before enjoying the comings and goings in People’s Square below. This elegant 14th century meeting place has, at its heart, a 15th century town hall in all its Venetian-gothic glory.
If the lure of the sea begins to call there is plenty of fun to be had on the water, from sailing and sea-kayaking to scuba diving and snorkelling around the famous Blue Grotto.
The Roman’s, known for their hedonistic lifestyle, had the right idea when they made Split.
The following information is correct as of February 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
Split Airport is located just 15 miles from the centre of Split and just 4 miles from Trogir to the west. It takes approximately 40 minutes to make the journey to Split by car. Local buses 37 and 38 leave the airport every 20 minutes for the city centre and take 40 minutes. There are also shuttle buses and taxis available from outside the terminal building.
What you need to know
Currency: The Croatian Kuna
Visas: UK and EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Croatia. A passport valid for three months beyond the date of departure is required, or in the case of EU nationals, a valid ID card. Nationals of other countries may require en entry visa. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.
Laws: There is a ban that prohibits smoking in all indoor public places throughout Croatia incuding in bars, cafes, restaurants and clubs and all public transport. The legal age for purchasing alcohol is 18 but there is no minimum age that may consume it.
Best Time to Visit
Nestled on the Adriatic Sea, Croatia has a continental climate with a Mediterranean influence. July and August are the hottest and busiest months of the year with temperatures frequently in the high 30’s. From May right through to October, there is plenty of sunshine in Split so it makes sense to visit in the slightly cheaper seasons of spring and autumn when the weather is still hot but not as stifling, and flights are cheaper and tourists fewer. Winters tend to get very cold with some snow and often rain on the coasts.
Visiting in January will offer the chance to experience an orthodox Christmas on the 7th January. Split Carnival kicks off February with processions and dancing while March brings with it Olympic Sailing Week. The Theatre and Spanish Guitar Festivals liven up April while the international Flower Fair gives May a delightful aroma. Summers in Split are marked by the Split Summer Festival, a Jazz Festival and many smaller religious holidays. As autumns and winter approach there are Film Festivals, Independence Day celebrations and festive happenings all over the city.
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