The largest city in Dalmatia, is proud of its seaside location and fishing tradition, so why not try some seafood while you're here!? I had a whole dinner that was delicious, served with a salad and bread. It's rare that your fish will come filleted, so be prepared to remove the bones on your own. My waiter told me the fish is called "Komarca" and I'm not exactly sure what the English translation would be, but I can attest to the fact that it is a tasty white fish.
An ancient chapel
Seeing a photo of a tiny 8th century church, one of just two remaining in Split from that time, set us off on something of a quest - first to find out its name and then to locate it in the city. The name was relatively easy - it was the Church of the Trinity - Sveto Trojstvo - but no-one we asked had much idea of where it was. Never one to give up where a Byzantine-era church is concerned (he's a passionate student of that period of history) MrL persevered until we had a reasonable idea of where to start looking.
The church stands on a bit of rough ground between the football stadium and the hill known as Glavicine. The nearest main road is Zrinsko-Frankpanska - I've marked it 1 on the map (photo 3 - Sv Mikule, the city's other ancient church is marked as 2, we'l get there next time).
Newly restored, the church was closed when we got there - it does open intermittently apparently - so we had to content ourselves with photographing it and peering through a tiny
crack in the door.
Split Airport (code SPU) is situated in Kastela, about 25km north-west from Split.
The main airline flying from Split is Croatia Airlines, offering 4-5 daily flights to Zagreb (35 minutes), as well as direct flights to Rome, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Prague. Via Zagreb you can catch connections to other European destinations.
Other airlines that fly from Split are Adria Airways (to Ljubljana), Czech Airlines (Prague), Malev (Budapest), Sky Europe (Bratislava, Budapest), Snowflake (Stockholm, Copenhagen), Air Adriatic (Göteborg, London) and a number of charter airlines.
Airport building is modern and in constant reconstructions in the last 2-3 years. As other airports in Croatia, it is quite small with limited shopping and café/restaurant possibilities but offering all of the usual services you might need (Info-office, Newsstands, Bank & Post office, Currency exchange, ATMs, Car rentals, Tourist information etc.)
Catamarans and hydrofoils
If you are travelling without a car then it's faster to take one of the catamarans or hydrofoils from Split to the islands. They make an extensive network of waterbuses enabling local people and students from Brac and Solta for instance to live on the island and work or study in Split.
Since beaches in Split are not very spectacular there are many excursion catamarans during the summer departing from Split in the morning and returning from the islands in the evening - making this an excellent opportunity for one-day trips to islands.
Note that during the winter it is safer to count on slower ferries since catamarans and especially hydrofoils can't sail on bad weather.
Peristyle & Temple of Jupiter
Diocletian was a Roman Emperor who chose to build this Palace in Split for his retirement. He lived during the period AD 245 to 313. At the time of building the palace the harbour came right up to the main entrance and trading ships berthed metres from the main gate.
The Palace waslike a typical Roman military camp, it was 215 metres long and 180 metres wide and enclosed by very thick walls, in places 28 metres high.