SPLIT is the largest city in Dalmatia, and the second largest in Croatia. Split fascinates the visitors with hints of history, lively spirit of youth and special Mediterranean, but yet entirely Croatian charm. Because of its location, proximity to the central Dalmatian islands and the extremely rich charter offer, Split is the largest nautical centre of Central Dalmatia.
Split is the largest city in Dalmatia, the second largest in Croatia and the administrative centre of Split-Dalmatia County. The core of the city is the ancient Diocletian's Palace, which is under protection of UNESCO since 1979.
The first inhabitant of Split was the Roman Emperor Diocletian around 293 AD, who has decided to build a luxurious imperial villa in which he withdrew after his abdication. Several centuries after the villa was built the inhabitants of nearby Salona, fleeing from Avars and Slavs, inhabited the palace and its surroundings. Many authorities, from Croatian kings in 10th century AD, Hungarian and Venetian administration, to French rulers and Austro-Hungary monarchy ruled the city. Even today, 17 centuries later, the construction remains: palace walls with entrance and corner towers, ground floor rooms in the southern part of the palace and the central, most beautiful part of the palace where the emperor's mausoleum is located, the Temple of Jupiter and the central square Peristyle with vestibule.
There are many beaches in the city and its surroundings, of which the most famous is sandy beach Bačvice almost in the centre of Split. It is rich in cultural and entertainment life, especially in summer, when Split with its squares, courtyards and other areas turns into a huge open-air stage. In the high season a traditional festival Split summer is organized where visitors can see plays, operas and concerts.
Split has a variety of restaurants and taverns where you can enjoy local specialties. Food is pleasantly accompanied by well-known Dalmatian black (Dingac, Procedure, Faros, Babić) and white (Pošip, Maraština, Grk, Bogdanuša) wines.
Nearby nautical centres
We suggest you visit
- Diocletian's Palace
- Cathedral of St. Duje
- Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments
- Meštrović Gallery
- Ethnographic Museum
- Museum of the City of Split
Arrival in Split
- Airport Split (22 km)
- highway Zagreb - Split
- Adriatic highway from Rijeka
- Zagreb 375 km
- Roma 590 km
- Ljubljana 505 km
- Graz 670 km
- Croatian cities are connected by fast and Railways comfortable that you can get from Zagreb to Split
- Ferry lines - from Ancona - Pescara to Split and Rijeka