Split Info

  • Split General Info

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Split - the cultural, economic and administrative center of Central Dalmatia, with about 300,000 inhabitants - because of its Mediterranean charm and delightful historical monuments, many people call Split "the most beautiful town in the world". As the largest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast and a major transport hub, Split (‘Spalato’ in Italian) is both exciting and relaxing.

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With a large, busy port sending ferries out to the Dalmatian islands and beyond, Split is  almost an inevitable stop when visiting Dalmatia. The ancient, maze-like Diocletian’s Palace (a World Heritage site) makes a visit to the city more than worthwhile.

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In the centre of town, within the ancient walls of Diocletian’s Palace, rises the majestic cathedral surrounded by a tangle of marble streets with various businesses, shops, bars and cafes. The western end of town is a vast, wooded mountain park with beaches below and pathways above where cycling, jogging, walking, mountain climbing and swimming are some the activities one can take part in.

The most dramatic introduction to Split is definitely an arrival by sea. Observed from the Adriatic the picturesque façade of the city is framed by high coastal mountains set against the sky. Nearly the entire length of the city, stretching west  to east can be seen from a ferry as it approaches the city port making it a unique site.

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  • Split Art and Culture

Split is a culturally vibrant city with all seasons rich in all kinds of events featuring Croatian and international artists. Whether you're into theater, ballet, opera, art, classical or modern live music of all descriptions you are sure to find a good selection on offer. Although online booking and reservations are practically not possible the Split tourist office can tell you what is on when and how to get tickets.

Here are the best festivals and events in Split to sample during your visit. 

February

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The traditional pre-Lent Carnival is celebrated enthusiastically in Split.

April

Days of Marulic-Croatian Theatre Festival

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Held around April 22, this festival celebrates Split's most renowned playwright, Marko Marulic who on April 22, 1501 completed Judita, the first truly "Croatian" literary work written in Croatian language,. The festival brings together theater troupes from around the country to compete for top prizes in various categories. Surrounding the theatrical productions are a number of conferences discussing the state of current Croatian theatre.

Split Guitar Festival

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This new festival is scheduled for the last week of April. Guitarists from around the world are welcome to sign up for master classes and to compete for an eventual prize. Meanwhile the public is treated to guitar concerts around town. 

Croatia Boat Show

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Every year it gets bigger, lusher, better organized and better attended. If you're batty about boats this truly international event is the place to be. The Boat Show is held inside the main port  in the heart of the city where Apartments Split have a number of apartments to choose from should you wish to visit.

May

International Flower Fair

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Set inside the ancient cellars of Diocletians palace built in 305 AD this impressive and growing flower fair is attracting amateurs and professionals from all over the world. The flowers are kept in the cool, damp atmosphere of the basement halls of the palace which keeps the displays fresh and vibrant for the duration of the fair.

St Duje Day

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Held on May 7th, this festival celebrates Split's patron saint, St Duje (St Dominius). It is the biggest procession in Dalmatia attracting people from all over Dalmatia and dalmatian hinterlands. Local arts, crafts and folklore performances are to be seen. The town turns out for a big procession and there are various games and prizes as well as a ceremony in Split's Cathedral of St Duje. Often, a giant risotto is cooked in the town center! This is very much a people's event with lots of attractions for children. Most of the activity is centered on the Split Riva (the main promenade) and central piazzas and streets. It is a great opportunity to see some of Dalmatian folklore and the rich colorful historic civilian, military and religious festival dresses on display. The central location of this event is perfectly served by Apartments Split apartments and studios, many of which are based in the immediate area around the Cathedral of St Duje.

June

Days of Radunica

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Radunica is the oldest part of Split east of the palace walls and this recently revived festival refers to traditional St John and St Peter celebrations. Much of the celebration takes place in and around the neighborhood's streets and squares in the last week of June. It is organized entirely by the inhabitants of Radunica and games, traditional music and food are on offer. Radunica is only a couple of minutes walk from the very center of town and close to many of the Apartments Split studios and apartments.

Festival of popular music

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Also around the end of June or beginning of July, this festival is where to catch up with the latest Croatian pop stars. 

July - August

Split Summer Festival

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Concerts, plays, ballets and operas are performed on open-air stages throughout the summer in this venerable festival that accents theater. The Peristyle and the Basement Halls of Diocletian's Palace are favorite venues. The opening and closing ceremonies are also fabulous and many of the performers come from outside of Croatia. Staying with Apartments Split enables visitors with an interest in classical music and theater to be in the very middle of all this amazing activity.

September

Split Film Festival

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Avant-garde filmmakers, experimentalists and visual radicals have a chance to exhibit their creations in venues around Split. The best works win prizes. The festival has grown from a very small series of events organized by film enthusiasts from Split to a considerable offering of some of the most cutting edge directors  and producers from Europe and beyond. Cafes can be seen filled with progressive international film making talent during this festival and, as the festival takes place in venues in the Split city center, Apartments Split is a great option if looking for accommodation when visiting.

Split Eating and Drinking

Split restaurantstend to stick to tried & true favourites to please their local customers and the locals are usually not looking for Sushi and Szechuan.  Grilled fresh fish, stewed meat, homemade pasta and fluffy pizza are the local comfort foods that you'll find on most menus. Even though restaurants in Split may lack a lot of variety, the quality usually ranges from good to excellent.Which is why they're often crowded! Reserve in advance if possible.

Prices can be affordable if you choose carefully. A two-course dinner for two with wine starts at about €25 but can be much higher, especially for fish or seafood meals. Here are some of the best Split restaurants all located in or near the town centre:

It's right next to the fish market with a specialty of--guess what--fish and seafood! The style is smart-casual and the freshness is impeccable.

  • Sperun

Locals and tourists alike flock here for perfect pasta, tempting tuna, savoury seafood and whatever the chef has in mind.

No city is truly cosmopolitan unless it has a vegetarian restaurant and Makrovega represents Split's entry onto the veggie-vegan circuit.

  • Buffet Fife

Hearty and unpretentious food served up by hearty and unpretentious owner. The specialty is “pasticada”, a meaty stew much appreciated by the fishermen that hang out here.

Also east of the centre is this classy spot where you can sample the full range of Croatian cooking from Istrian truffles to Dalmatian grilled fish and meat.

  • Pizzeria Galija

Owned by a former basketball player, this is generally conceded to be the best pizzeria in town and it's a popular hangout for young people.

  • Konoba Varos

This informal konoba with beams and wood banquettes is usually packed. Its specialty is meat cooked "under a bell", that is, slow roasted.

  • Split Leisure and Pleasure

  • Beaches

The most convenient, busiest, youngest and sandiest beach is Bacvice Beach right in front of the Bacvice restaurant-nightlife complex. Wide with shallow waters, this beach fills up fast on hot days as it is most easily accessible though it's just one of a series of beaches that line the Split coast. You can shower off on the beach and down a cold beer in one of the beach side cafes.

 

Is it clean? Surprisingly clean considering its proximity to such a big city. In 2006 Bacvice Beach was awarded a Blue Flag  status for the cleanliness of the water and  its beach facilities which it has retained ever since.

A calmer, prettier scene lies on the Kasjuni beach. It's a bit of a walk from the town centre as it's at the foot of Marjan hill, past the Mestrovic gallery. (You can also take a bus). Narrow and rocky, this strip of coast is bordered by a pine forest and the waters are as cool and blue as you'll ever see. Apartmets Split also offers a choice of accommodation close to this tranquil end of the city.

Further on, at the western most point of Marjan park is the tranquil Bene beach, also bordered by pine groves and with a family atmosphere. There are tennis courts, pony rides and a playground plus picnic facilities and a cafe- bar-restaurant. Take the No. 12 bus to the last stop or take a walk through the park land and take in the pine rosemary and oregano aromas before you take a dip to cool off.

True beach aficionados will want to head out of town to the coves of Brela, striking Zlatni Rat beachon Brac Island, or the island of Solta, just offshore.

  • Markets

Split's daily market is a sight worth seeing, whether or not you want to buy anything. Just steps from the ferry wharf and the bus terminal, this busy market is open daily from 7am to 1pm. Not only will you find the best deals on fruit, vegetables, olive oil, local brandies and other edibles and drinkables but there are tables of tools, utensils, clothes, boot, electronica and other odds and ends. Mostly frequented by locals, this market attracts plenty of rural people who come to sell their wares. 

Also worth a look is Split's fish market(open 8am to 12am) where the local fishermen proudly display the night's catch. It's in the heart of Diocletian's Palace.

In the basement halls of Diocletian's Palaceare stalls displaying jewelry and craftsof local artisans. Although touristy, it's a good place to pick up that special souvenir that could only come from Split.

  • Day trips from Split

It's hard to run out of sights to see in Split but if you do, Split makes an excellent base to explore central Dalmatia. You can also check our Other serviceslink to check available day trips from our offer.

It's helpful to have a car in Split but not necessary as Split is well connected by bus with other coastal destinations. The ferry schedules and distances make it practical to use Split as a base for visiting the islands of Hvar, Korculaand Vis.

Here are some ideas for day trips from Split:

Brac Island
It's the largestisland closest to Split.A number of daily ferries connect Split with Supetar and passenger boats go to Bol.It makes a relaxing change from bustling Split.

Brela Beach
It might be Croatia's most beautiful beach and is less than an hour by bus.

Baska Voda
This is another pretty port and beach scenically settled at the foot of mountains. 

Makarska
Makarska is a smaller and cuter version of Split with a nice harbourside promenade. Split locals go there on Sunday for a stroll.

Solin
Ramble amid theRoman ruinsof this once formidable city that is easily reachable by Split public buses.

Kastela
This scenic series of coastal villages arose around 15th and 16th-century castles. Enjoy the small-town atmosphere, the castles and the beaches. 

Solta
Beat a quick retreat from busy Split by taking a ferry to this nearby island.

Trogir
This architectural gemhas been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Omis-You'll know it when you see it. Therockswill be towering over you next to the Cetina river.

  • Split Nightlife

So here is our version of how a good evening program could look like:

Nightlife tour:

After finishing dinner, I would go down to the Riva and have a drink in one of the numerous coffee bars along the Riva for example ST – Riva

ST-Riva:

Is situated on water side of the Diocletian Palace, like all other bars ST-Riva has tables and chairs on the Riva, but the real charm of the place is to get a seat at the first floor balcony overlooking the Riva.

At around 10 PM you can move in to the palace where the following places can be recommended

Gaga:

in one of the small streets leading from the piazzasquare, you find the bar Gaga, Gaga is as you will see not very big, but extremely popular in the summer season. If you want a place to sit and enjoy a cocktail from the outdoor bar, you should not arrive later then 11 PM.

Red room:

in the northern part of the old town on a large square you find the bar Red room, once you enter the bar, you will know why it is called red room. Red room and the other bars situated at the square, have furnished the square with living room chairs, so if you are looking for a comfortable sit, while enjoying a beer or cocktail, this is the place to go.

Luxor:

how does this sound? You sit in the centre of the old town on the Peristil square and enjoy a glass of red wine while listening to some of Splits best young musicians, if that is how you like to spend your evening, Luxor is for sure the place to go.

Puls:

Less the 100 meters from the Riva you will find maybe the most popular area for the early evening hours, the 3 bars Puls, Fluid and Ghetto, and especially the narrow street in front of them, is packed almost every evening during summer. When you head to the area from the Riva, the first bar you will find is Puls, the charm of the place is the small tables and chairs placed on the stairs outside of the bar.

Fluid:

If you manage to move up the stairs in front of Puls, you will end at fluid which is a very small bar, the outside area is limited to 6 or 8 small tables and lots of people standing, what you should do, is to stick your head inside and check the round room, which is built into the palace wall.

Ghetto:

A few meters after Fluid, you find the place Ghetto which if situated in a courtyard, where live bands often are playing, the audience, the music and the interior design of Ghetto gives the place an atmosphere like a underground club.

I you still are up for party after midnight, it is time to move on to one of Splits discotheques, best time to go is around 1 AM.

Vanilla Club:

Is situated behind the Poljud Stadium which is a 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive in a taxi from the old town, Vanilla is a popular place, which is often packed during the summer month, but do to the large terrace you can always find a corner where you can enjoy a cocktail. Live music acts, mostly by local artist, several times a week

Capacity: 1000 people.

Audience: 20+, you have to be relatively well dressed, don’t expect to get in wearing beach clothes.

Entrance fee:  if there is live music you will have to pay entrance fee around 30 to 50 kuna.

Hemingway Split:

Is the Split branch of the Hemingway clubs, which also can be found in Zagreb, Opatija and Rijeka, the place is the most exclusive club you can find in Split, the outside area, which is directly at the water, was complete renovated a few years ago and now include outside VIP lounges and the longest bar in Split. During summer month you have international artists (bands and Dj’s) on the program several times a week.

Capacity: around 2000 people

Audience: 20+, you have to be relatively well dressed, don’t expect to get in wearing beach clothes.

Entrance fee:  if there is live music you will have to pay entrance fee around 30 to 50 kuna.

Bačvice bar:

If you spend a day on the Bačvice beach you might notice the buildings on the left side of the beach, in the evening this place turns in to a party “mile”, one of the most popular places, especially among the younger audience, is the Club Bačvice, here you have techno beats and cave dancers to speed up the party.

Capacity: around 500 people – bar is not in a closed area.

Audience: 18-25, older people are of course also welcome.

Entrance fee:  No fee