Split is situated on the peninsula at the centre of the eastern Adriatic coast. It is an attractive multilevel tourist destination and a transport hub to the Dalmatian rivieras and islands.
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Location and climate
Split is a safe harbour, protected and secluded from the continental hinterland by the hill Marjan as well as the mountains of Kozjak and Mosor. It has mild Mediterranean climate with 2.700 sunshine hours per year, which makes it a pleasant oasis even in the winter time.
History and sights
Split has a 1700 years old history. The city was an important administrative, historical and religious centre of Croatia. The first inhabitant, Diocletian, decided to build a luxurious villa in this bay, where he retired after leaving the throne as the Roman emperor. His palace today represents the heart of the city. It is valuable historical and cultural monument on the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage list. Split was ruled by Napoleon's army, Croatian kings, Venetian administration and Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Visit one of the oldest museums in Croatia – the Archeological Museum from the 1820. Also worth visiting are Meštrović's gallery, The Collection of Franciscan Monastery in Poljud and the Art Gallery, established in 1931.
Split is the main cultural, urban and traffic centre of Dalmatia, connected with many Dalmatian tourist destinations by mainland and sea. The city offers variety of activities, from basketball, football and tennis to fishing, rowing and water skiing. The most famous sandy beach is Bačvice, where you can play the popular “picigin”. During the summertime Split becomes a huge stage under the open sky for all culture and party lovers. The traditional Split Summer Festival takes place from mid July till mid August, when numerous concerts, operas and dramas are performed. Saturday nights are dedicated to classical music concerts. St. Duje's Day, who is a patron saint of the city, is celebrated on 7th May.
How to arrive?
The Split airport is around 25 km away from Split. It has direct flight from many European cities. There are also several flights from the capital Zagreb to Split and vice versa on a daily basis and the flight lasts approximately 35 minutes.
By car or bus
The fastest way to Split, if you are coming from the direction of north, is the highway Zagreb – Split, or you can use the alternative old route Zagreb – Karlovac – Plitvice – Gračac – Knin – Split. If you are arriving from the direction of Italy, you can use the highway, or if you prefer to travel along the coast, use the Adriatic highway from Rijeka toward the south.
There are regular ferry lines from Rijeka or Dubrovnik toward Split, and also international ferry or fast lines from Italy (Bari, Pescara, Gulianova, Civitanova, Ancona).