Split Travel Guide

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Split Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great food warm sea water. 

  • Con
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     Can be really crowded during summer months 

  • In a nutshell
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     Great starting place for seeing Dalmatia. 

Split Things to Do

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  • Diocletian's Palace

    The upper side of the palace is... a fabulous mess. A whole town has grown inside it, with some original remains, as the peristyle and Jupiter's temple, side by side with posterior constructions, some classified, as the cathedral built upon Diocletian's mausoleum. To complete the scene, the town lives, in bars, shops and crowds wandering all...

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  • Old Town

    Actually it is called Trg Brace Radic but if you ask to the locals where it is your question could be unanswered. For the locals it is simply known as Vocni Trg and nobody call it otherwise then that. In some passed times it used to be very busy fruit market. It is nice and peacefull square with the monumental statue of Marko Marulic, 15th century...

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  • Riva & Harbour

    Riva is Split's waterfront where cafes and restaurants line up and is a perfect place to people watch and look out to the main bay and harbour. The harbour area and the old town including the Diocletian Palace are on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

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Split Restaurants

  • Pizzeria Galija

    Yesterday at lunch we ordered a glass of white wine with water. In menu listed one price, the waiter brought the bill where the price was higher. To the question why, he replied that he had decided to bring us better wine. In fact he simply decided to cheat a little. The difference in bill was small, but this case left a bad feeling and the sense...

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  • Luxor

    We didn't eat here so I can't comment on the food or waiter service as others have. What I can say is that there is probably no more atmospheric place in Croatia to have drink than in the 'Peristil' just outside the Luxor. It's a small square surrounded by the roman buildings, with subdued lighting and a guitarist playing every evening we were...

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  • Konoba Marjan

    Don't miss this small friendly restaurant tucked away up a side street from the Riva. It's run by husband & wife team Marija and Ivan. Don't be put off if you don't see many people inside -the food is worth it. It's also airconditioned, which is great when its a bit hot. It has a small menu but there is something for everyone and the fish plate is...

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Split Nightlife

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  • Nightclubs

    The nightlife in central split (i.e around the palace area and on the front) tends to be a bit disappointing if you’re after pulsating clubs with load music and lots of meetings going on. The evenings start with sitting outside the café’s and as the evening progresses the music gets a bit louder in the bars above the café’s but never seem to really...

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  • Bacvice

    The complex of bars, cafes and restaurants at Bacvice is the place to spend an evening when visiting Split. Split's old town closes fairly early in the evenings (or at least it did when we visited in May 2007, but perhaps not so in the summer months), with only a few cafes and restaurants remaining open after dark. Therefore, much of the city's...

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  • Riva (Sea promenade)

    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...

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Split Transportation

  • Buses (Coaches)

    Split is well served by both local and intercity buses, and the station is very central, right next to the station and ferry port. You can buy tickets there, and the office is open late even on weekends, although it seemed to shut randomly for a quick "pauze" at inopportune moments. The buses here run to major Balkan destinations, like Zagreb,...

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  • Sea travel

    By ferry/ catamaran from Split you can travel to : - Ancona, Italy - Supetar, Brač - Stari Grad, Hvar - Rogač, Šolta - Vis, Vis - Bol, Brač and Jelsa, Hvar - Hvar, Hvar and Vela Luka, Korčula The Split-Trogir water taxi from the Riva- a little over an hour along the coast to Trogir for under 5 euros. It is a great way to get...

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  • Local Buses

    You don't need buses to visit Split, but if you want to get to the airport, or visit Trogir or the Roman ruins at Salona, then you'll need to figure them out. Basically bus 37 takes you to the airport, and carries on to Trogir, and bus 1 will take you to Salona. The station is quite central, about 800m north of the palace. Some maps seem to put it...

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Split Shopping

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  • Marmontova ulica (street)

    The main shopping area in Split for designer and name-brand goods (mostly for women) is the marble-lined street of Marmontova. It runs from the waterfront all the way back to the Trg Gaje Bulata, which is where the Croatian National Theatre is located. You will find jewelry, clothing, shoes and other goods and brands such as Versace, Armani, and...

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  • Outdoor Market (Trznica / Pazar)

    There is big open air market place at the eastern side of the Diocletian Palace offering everything you need and what you dont need at all. Cheap but low quality cloths and shoes from China, a bit expensive and a bit more quality cloths and shoes from Turky, ugly souveniers who knows from where, fake cheese from Livno or island of Pag etc. But...

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  • Souvenirs

    If you are a football fan you may want to buy a Hajduk souvenir. There is a Hajduk fan shop conveniently located in the old part of Split just off Marmontova. For the pin collectors I have to say that there is no proper pin available unfortunately.

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Split Local Customs

  • Outdoor life

    The old core of Split is a network of short and narrow streets, very typical for all Mediterranean city structures raised in the medieval times. It is attractive for most of the tourists especially if Anericans or north Europeans. Such a streets could be extremelly charming in particularly if loaded with the small shops and cafe bars, but also,...

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  • Local food

    Split has a local beverage that can be found in many of the cafes and restaurants around town. It's called "Pipi" and has a cute little blonde with pigtails on the front. It's absolutely delicious, and I wholeheartedly became addicted to the stuff while I was there. Also, it's pretty cool to check out the bottles it comes in. Of course many of the...

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  • Local Sports Supporters

    This is the Croatian name for the inhabitants of Split. They are well known for the gregarious nature, love of singing, good food and drink and particularly for their devotion to sport. The local soccer team, Hajduk ("The Bandit") is one of the best supported teams in the country and plays in the Poljud Stadium, which the Rough Guide to European...

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Split Warnings and Dangers

  • On your own risk

    The Tourist Board of the Split city warns tourists not to trust accommodation offered by people who stop you on the street, as it is always of low quality and low personal security. Of course there is a true in it, but also the tourist community wants to control all money that tourists pay for overnights.

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  • Ništa kontra Splita

    The locals worshiping their town which is, according to them, the center of the world and the most beautiful town that exist. When in precence of locals Split, bunder no circumstance, you shouldn't do this:- talking against St. Doimus, the patron saint of the city,- talking against "Hajduk", the local football club,- talking about politics, that...

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  • Very safe

    Split felt like an extremely safe city, especially in the tourist areas in and around the old town. I stayed just outside the centre in an apartment populated mostly by locals. They were all friendly and relaxed, and so were the neighbours. I didn't feel unsafe at any time of the day or night. Even the bus and train station, often a haven for...

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Split Tourist Traps

  • The big laugh

    And... bla,bla, bla, and look at the acoustic quality of this room, and, bla, bla, bla, (the sympathetic guide debited all the prepared speech), and there you have a statue of Diocletian and... oops! Diocletian was facing the wall! The surprised exclamation of the guide was so spontaneous, that no one could stop a long laugh, after what Pepe...

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  • Women on the streets

    Ot is not my experience but a friends of mine.I saw here lots of people happy with cheap accommodation eith older women seeking guests at the street.So, my friend took that same accommodation adn got a realtivly clean room. She was supposed to stay there for 4 nights but on the morning of her 3rd day police with inspestion baged in and sent all the...

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  • Puerto de Split

    Hay otro puerto mejor en Split pero alli no entraba el Barco y tuvimos que ir al antiguo y justo el barco que se ve detras es un barco Frances que la tripulacion entara son mujeres ya te digo

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Split What to Pack

  • Clean clothes!

    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...

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  • In Your Pocket guide

    Our surprise was great when we discovered the number one issue of the the Split In Your Pocket guide. It was a free copy and we actually got it in the tourist office in Supetar on Brac island. But you may enquire at the tourist office in Split whether they have any.

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  • PADDED MAT FOR THE BEACH

    If your feet are sensitive I suggest bringing shoes to wear in the water since the bottom of the ocean is mostly rocks. If you plan on laying out at the beach, I recommend you bring something padded. I was surprised not to see a sandy beach but most of the beach was build out of concrete. The water was shallow for quite a distance so it was nice...

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Split Off The Beaten Path

  • Trogir

    This island town is only 20 miles form Split and a nice visits for one day. There are sites to take in such as CAthedral of St. Lovre and bell tower, museum(but it was closed and has been for 2 years-so wait it out), Kamerlengo fortress at the end of the island, Lucic Palace, Town square and clock tower to name a few. There are not many places...

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  • Solin

    This was the main living center for the Illyrian Delmaeti tribe and in the Greeks used it for trading over many centuries in BC. The Romans continued that trading commerce that covered much of the inland regions. The creation of Christianity got a foothold here in 200-300AD, and many churches were erected without much disturbance by the Romans for...

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  • Poljud (area and stadium)

    Opposite the Poljud football stadium you will find lots of giant blocks of flats that date back to socialist Yugoslavia. There are hardly any shops there and the buildings are pretty depressing. We walked through them on our way back from the stadium to the old town. In these building lots and lots of Torcida people live. They are the original fans...

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Split Sports & Outdoors

  • Hajduk Football Club

    The Hajduk football club was founded in 1911 in a restaurant in Prague. In 2011 it will have it's 100 years jubilee and the club has never changed its name. The club is very successful and has seen countries come and go like the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and Yugoslavia. The fans of the Hajduk football club are called Torcida. In 1950 some fans...

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  • Walking & Hiking

    Sea kayak tour around the town of Split, fantastic view to experience the town, be active and enjoy the sea. A lot of interesting sites, great beaches! Bring your own equipment or rent the kayaks through Red adventures tour company by using their website www.adventure-in-croatia.com They rent the kayaks (with delivery) and have organized tours.

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  • Tennis

    Goran Ivanisevic - Wimbledon Champion 2001. Ivanisevic and those fans, plus scores of thousands more besides, were dancing again when another title came home to Split. The whole country, it seemed, came to a standstill and 150,000 were on the streets to greet him and to party with him. Goran Ivanisevic, Wimbledon champion, was home. 'Thank you for...

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Split Favorites

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  • Old Town (general)

    I really like walking around the old town of Split after dark when the crowds have gone and just the cats are roaming around. Well, not quite but still you will get a totally different impression and you can take some night shots. One night there was a concert in the Peristil of a really good singer. Also with less people around you may notice...

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  • Riva & Harbour area

    Hi there. There is parking available at the Riva. If you follow signs to the ferry port you will see the barrier for it to the right of the Jadrolinija ticket office, just near the market and Diocletian's Palace. Just take a ticket and pay when you leave. It is not a secure parking area, just an open air parking area, but as the previous answer...

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  • Cathedral & Bell Tower

    Split's Old Town and the Diocletian's Palace are full of interesting sights, including this impressive six storey campanile that rises above the Cathedral of St. Domnius in the heart of the palace. It was begun in the 13th century, but wasn't finally completed until 1908. The views from the top are great. You'll be able to get your bearings in the...

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