Split, Croatia - Old Town
Panoramic view of the Old Town (Photo credit: Dick Schulz)

Split Travel Guide

QUICK FACTS

  • With a population of 178,000, Split is the second largest city in Croatia.
  • Split enjoys 2800 hours of sunlight each year.
  • The city of Split is painted in the blue and white colors of it’s much loved football team, Hajduk.
  • Nickname: Mediterranean Flower

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Currency: Croatian Kuna (HRK).
  • Spoken languages: Croatian (English spoken by those in the tourism industry).
  • Best time to visit: from June to September (the summer months).
  • Arriving via airport: a taxi to the city centre of Split costs 270 HRK. Alternatively, bus number 37 runs regularly throughout the day and costs 30 HRK.

WHERE TO STAY

Most of the must-see sights of Split are located within walking distance of the city centre. There are many budget hotels and hostels nestled amongst the back streets as well as some midrange and pricier options down towards the Harbour. You may be able to find a cheap home-stay room at the bus or ferry terminal from locals offering their rooms!

GETTING AROUND

  • As most of Split’s major attractions are located within walking distance of each other, walking is the most practical way of getting around Split.
  • A bus network runs across the entire city throughout the day. Tickets can be purchased directly from the driver and start from 11 HRK (single fare).
  • There are a number of rental places that offer scooters and bicycles for rent. Prices start from 250 HRK for the day.

SPLIT NIGHTLIFE

  • Drinking age is 18, and last call is 1 AM (some establishments are open all night).
  • Split has a vibrant nightlife all year round, however it is heaving during the summer months when many events and festivals draw the crowds.
  • Riva is home to many bars and restaurants.
  • Head to Bačvice Beach for the nightclubs.

UNIQUE LANDMARKS TO VISIT

  • Diocletian’s Palace: marvel at the impressive ancient ruins (built in 350 AD) and get lost in the markets hidden in the palace cellar.
  • St. Duje’s Cathedral: built in 305 AD, this is the oldest cathedral in the world. Climb the bell tower for a fabulous view of Split.
  • Riva, main city promenade: visit the many shops, cafes, restaurants and markets that line the waterfront of this stunning port.
  • Check out the city’s two sphinxes, originally brought from Egypt to Split by Diocletian.
  • Statue of Gregory of Nin: adjust your hidden money belt, and put your camera to one side as you rub Gregory’s toe. It screams tourist, but rubbing the tow is said to bring good luck!

INTERESTING WALKS

  • Take a stroll up Marjan hill, admiring the view of Split and the surrounding islands. Wander through the St. Jeronimus Caves.
  • Varos is one of the oldest parts of town, once home to peasants and fishermen. Stroll through this fascinating part of town, and take in the unique architecture.

LOCAL WISDOM

  • Avoid the striptease bars – these are a tourist trap.
  • Bačvice beach is the home of Picugin, a traditional beach game that is played using a small bat. Each summer, the world championship is played in Split.
  • Where to find good cheap eats: anywhere between Old Town and the bus station.
  • Dangerous areas: Split is a safe place to visit. As with any place that attracts a lot of visitors, it pays to keep your belongings close by at all times.

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Recommended trip duration: 3-4 days


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Split Travel Guide was last modified: September 28th, 2016 by Nick
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