Riva (Sea promenade), Split
Ulike to other coastal towns along Adriatic, Split has its own codes, habits and traditions. In the social life of the coastal inhabitants, riva has the highest importance but in the town of Split it is a sort of instiutional importance. Here one can meet and see other people and being seen by others. Every Splicanin (local expression for inhabitants) who hold to his status and reputation must be shown on the Riva (waterfront) at the preset time of day or night. One who does not appear on the waterfront actually do not even exsist.
Dress Code: Here on the waterfront, dress code and whom one meets is of crucial importance. One who is not dressed in line with the latest fashion trends, will be greeted with scorn and ridicule. The way of dressing, the type of beverage that is drunk and the people with whom one associates is sort of indicator for proving one's success of failure.
According to locals, this is the most beautiful riva in whole the world. Do not argue with them coz they are right, of course.
This tip goes for you guys; the girls from Split are the most beautiful girls in whole Croatia. They are very tall, with very loooong legs and have a beautiful smile.
Dress Code: The question is, how the make a contact with the girls? Usualy, most of the girls speak english, but also Italian, German and French. Just be original and you might have succes.
Split is a city of genuine southern spirit, the livelist old-timer among all Croatian cities. That kind of spirit you can feel, most of all, here on the Riva's promenade.
Dress Code: Be yourself, put on anything you like to look as attractive as possible coz the locals come here to show them up.
The new Split Riva (waterfront) is a disaster. The sun-shades are falling apart, the expensive concrete they used is too bright under the summer sun, the tables are cheap and the chairs uncomfortable. It is a reflection of the corruption in this once beautiful sea-side city and of designers of little concept of the complexities of this ancient city. The cafes were forced to raise their prices for coffee because of the over-inflated prices they were forced to pay for the "Ikea" furniture.
Along the harbour there is a street lined with trees, cafes, and restaurants. This is one of the nicest places to spend time in Split and is used as a meeting place by locals.
Most places stayed open until 11pm during my visit and everywhere I stopped had good coffee. A few places even had TVs to watch sporting events (I watched the Champion's League Final with an enthusiastic crowd).
The Riva is where the inhabitants of Split go to be Meditterean. This means wearing shorts and sunglasses and posing like your an Italian. If you have a scooter your macho rating will be increased greatly as it seems to impress the local girls,who are good looking enough to make you walk into palm trees and fall over cafe tables.
Dress Code: Swank it up , gigolo chic will never die in Split.