Matice Hrvatske br.88, Split, Croatia
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St Duje Cathedral
St. Anthony statue by cl;ock tower and gate entry
Typical building with grass on the rooftop
Main entry door
Cruiseline Stop at Split on May 4th
Arriving at 9am and have to be back on the ship at 6pm...so we have limited time. Where is a good place for lunch? What can I see in this short period of time? What's local and what is worth reaching via other transportation? Beaches that we should visit?
Re: Cruiseline Stop at Split on May 4th
The beaches around Split itself are not all that marvellous. The Old City, set inside the walls of the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace is fabulous. Take a look at some of the Split pages here and you will get a very good idea of all the city has to offer - climb the bell tower by the cathedral (originally the emperor's mausoleum) for a great view over the city. The restaurant on the terrace of the Peristil hotel (by the Silver Gate, behind the cathedral) is very nice
Re: Cruiseline Stop at Split on May 4th
An excellent traditional restaurant or 'konoba' is 'Fife'. All the locals know about it and I wouldn't consider going to Split without having half my meals at Fife, haha. The prices are good, the food is good, but depending on what time you go there (even in the middle of the day), you might have to wait a little for service. It just depends. You can eat out on the terrace and enjoy the view under the shade. Try the 'pasticada' or fried squid. Delicious! :) Once you get to the harbour, walk along the Riva, until you come to an actual road, cross the road, walk past a few shops such as a rental place, a barbershop, etc, and then you'll see it. My favorite!
Travel Tips for Split
There is a really great Internet Cafe a few doors down from the bus station. It faces the water and is stuck in between a couple of fast food places. The time on the internet is unbelievably cheap but the best part of it is that they also sell used English books. If you buy a book then you get 15 minutes of free Internet. Once you read the book, you can even return it and get another one. The guys who run the place are really great. One is a trasnplanted Aussie and he is extremely knowledgable about the area. You can ask him questions about anything from the weather to the neighboring islands and he'll do his best to answer them. They'll also sell you drinks if you're thirsty.
This is really a tip about taking care of the clothes you have packed, rather than what to bring with you.
At last! a laundrette has opened in Split - the first in Dalmatia - and as it is just a stone's throw from the Riva, really easy to access. It's the brainchild of an enterprising Australian couple from Perth (they run tours and sea-kayaking adventures as well) and they offer a whole range of services aside from taking care of your laundry. As well as self-service and fully serviced laundry, you can check your emails and leave your luggage here for a few hours as well as have your questions about Croatia answered by the friendly and helpful staff.
They're open every day in the summer season (April -October 0800-2000) and 0900-1700 Monday to Saturday the rest of the year.
You'll find them behind the Franciscan church at the opposite end of the Riva from the port at Sperun No 1.
Trogir - the small town and harbor at the end of the Kastelanski bay, 27 kilometres from Split. It lies on the small island between the island of Ciovo and land (draw bridge). Two millennia of stormy history have been written on this small islet straddling the isthmus between the gentle hills and fertile plain on the mainland and the coast of the island Ciovo.
Buses to Bosnia & Herzegovina: Part 1
From Split, there are coaches to many other cities and towns in Croatia and the wider Balkan region.
Some of the more popular routes (with several buses departing each day) are to Dubrovnik (further south along Croatia's Dalmatian coast) and to the Bosnian cities of Mostar, Medugorje and Sarajevo.
In May 2007, my friend and I caught a bus from Split to Mostar during a visit to the Balkans. The following information was correct as at that time:
- We purchased our tickets from one of the ticket offices beside the bus station the day before we travelled. The guidebook recommended that we purchase tickets in advance due to this route being popular. In the event, we needn't have purchased them in advance as our coach had only a dozen or so passengers on board. This situation is perhaps different in the busier Summer months;
- Our modern air-conditioned coach was operated by Pan Globaltour Med, a company which operated around half a dozen daily buses between Split and Mostar in May 2007. We opted against the earlier buses departing at 7:00am and 9:30am and caught the 10:55am bus. Further buses departed during the afternoon and evening. If you want an early start, I noticed that there was also a 6:00am bus operated by another company;
- Our one way tickets cost 84 Kunas (approx 8 GBP) per person. Storing luggage in the coach's undercarriage cost a further 6 Kunas (approx 0.60 GBP) per bag;
Continued in part 2 due to lack of space...
Touristy but nice
This is probably the most touristy thing to do in Split (Other than asking for the directions to the palace when standing inside it ;) but who cares? It's nice.
At Peristyle you can have a drink served by waiters of Luxor cafe on the steps surrounding the square. There are seat cushions around the square, if you sit down there you will be served. Definitely one of the nicest ideas to not destroy the look of the square by a big cafe terrace. The square around. A gorgeous place for having a coffee! And good for people watching, too!
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