Split - Split guide, attractions and pictures
is a city that combines modernity and tradition, ancient walls and Roman monuments with shops, restaurants, and bars. Situated on a peninsula on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, it is the second-largest Croatian city
and is well-connected with the Apennine peninsula and a number of Adriatic islands.
The Split Airport serves Kastela and Split and is found close to the harbor and the historic town of Trogir. The airport offers flights to the Cologne Bonn Airport, Frankfurt, London, and Zagreb. Split Airport is located 25 km west of the city. Easyjet offers flights from France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, making flights more affordable. Croatian Airlines operate daily flights to Dubrovnik and flights to and from Zagreb.
The Port of Split offers daily services to Ancona, Dubrovnik, and Rijeka and handles four million passengers a year. Split is well integrated into the railway network of the country. Because the line has 1 track, it takes 4.5-5 hours to reach Zagreb. The fastest and most convenient transit through Split is by car because the city has many roads, avenues, and expressways. Note that the ferry, train, and bus terminals are found on the harbor’s eastern side, which is close to the old town. The main reference point is Riva where most beaches, nightclubs, restaurants, and hotels are found.
If you travel by bus, seat reservations and advance tickets are recommended. Buses depart from the main bus station and call at Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Zadar, Pula, and other destinations. Buses from Split to Dubrovnik pass through Bosnia, and there are border crossing points. Passengers should keep their passports and other travel documents handy for inspection. Local busses connect the suburbs of the city with the harbor and the city centre. From 5.30 pm to 11.30 am, buses run every fifteen minutes.
There are plenty of local attractions for tourists to see. Historic sites include Diocletian's Palace, Old Split, Ivan Mestrovic Gallery, and the Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius. Diocletian's Palace was built in the 4th century AD by emperor Diocletian. The palace is built using high-quality marble, limestone, and bricks made in the city of Salona. Some of the materials were imported, including capitals made in Proconnesos, fine marble, and Egyptian sphinxes and granite columns.
The city is also a home to many museums, including the Archeological Museum, the Museum of Croatian Archeological Monuments, and the Ethnographical Museum. The Archeological Museum is the oldest Croatian museum and displays 150,000 artifacts from the Early Christian, Roman, and Adriatic eras and prehistoric times. There are pieces from the Iron, Bronze, and Neolithic ages, as well as Roman mosaics and sarcophagi. The museum also features collections of metal and bone objects, clay lamps, ceramic objects, and gems. The Archeological Museum houses a library, a submarine collection of artifacts, and a rich collection of medieval and ancient coins. The Museum of Croatian Archeological Monuments offers a glimpse to the Croatian archeological heritage, featuring a collection of exhibits dating back to the medieval Croatian state and the Middle Ages. The artifacts include items of daily use, weaponry, epigraphic monuments in Latin, clay figures, jewelry, and medieval wicker. The epigraphic monuments depict the names of religious and secular dignitaries and rulers and date back to the 9th to 12th centuries.
Split is a great place for shopaholics. It is packed with shops, international chains, and boutiques and has the most shoe shops in the country. Diocletian’s Cellars is found in the basement halls of the palace. It is a market for leather goods, candlestick holders, reproductions of Roman statues, crafted jewelry, and more. The daily market is found close Obala Lozareta, and this is where tourists can buy souvenirs, flowers, confectionary, fruits, vegetables, and other products. Zlatna Vrata is a good place for antique lovers looking for vintage phones, antique ceramics, and old clocks.
There are a number of accommodation options for those who plan to spend their holiday in Split. Hotel Vestibul Palace is found close to the Riva promenade and points of interest such as the Saint Duje Cathedral and Peristil. The hotel offers spacious rooms, furbished with handmade furniture and fitted with modern amenities. Room rates range from $182 to $393 per night. Those who are looking for a luxurious hotel can check Hotel Luxe. The property is found in the city centre and close to the Split Cathedral, the palace, and the Mestrovic Gallery. The rooms are clean, well equipped, and spacious. The hotel offers a fitness facility, a sauna, and a spa tub. Rates range from $171 to $482 per night.
Royal Accommodation is a mid-range hotel found within walking distance from the bus station and the ferry port. The guestrooms are spacious and fully renovated, and the restaurant offers rich breakfast. Guests can request a transfer from the train station or the airport. Room rates start at $144.
Guesthouse Vrlic is a good option for budget travelers. Rates range from $55 to $99 per night. This family-run guesthouse is found close to Diocletian’s Palace and offers air-conditioned rooms, outdoor sitting, and a garden. All rooms are non-smoking, and there is a 24/7 reception desk and shuttle service.
If money is not a concern, check Marmont. Room rates range from $195 to $1,110. The property is found in the city centre, close to Peristil Square, Gregory of Nin Statue, and the Split Cathedral. The air-conditioned rooms feature oak wood floors, walnut furniture, and cable television.
Now that accommodation is taken care of, you are probably curious what dining options the city offers. You have to love Italian and Croatian food to enjoy your stay in Split. If you crave for a pizza or Mexican food, however, there are good restaurants to check Black Cat offers Mexican delights such as tortillas and taco. Found within walking distance from the bus station and seafront, the bistro offers tasty Mexican dishes and homemade desserts. Galija is one of the best joints on the city’s pizza scene. It is a good place for dining on a budget, families with children, and those who want to try Italian, French, Croatian, and Austrian food. The pizzas are a bit pricey, but the restaurant offers great service and atmosphere.
Kod Joze is a family-run restaurant offering Dalmatian food – from tagliatelle with seafood to deer in a special sauce. This is a good place to try the local cuisine and authentic, tasty food. The portions are big, the bread is fresh, and the food is perfectly cooked. Restaurant Boban is another midrange establishment that offers fresh fish and seafood with delicious sauces. It is a family-run restaurant that serves Mediterranean dishes, featuring a varied and interesting selection of meals. The place offers meat platters, frog brodetto, truffled monkfish, scampi bouzzara, and other interesting dishes.
Sperun is a nice, little restaurant and a favorite among foreign tourists. It offers classic Dalmatian food, a daily menu and good buffet. The menu is varied, and the meals are reasonably priced. Those who love seafood may check Bekan, which offers dishes prepared in Dalmatian style.
Konoba Marjan is a family-run restaurant that offers outstanding seafood, with different kinds of prawns and fish on the menu. It is a great place to try Dalmatian Pasticada, a traditional specialty made of beef, bacon, and a special sauce. You can try seafood risotto, shrimp with a side of Swiss chard, potatoes, and green beans, or mussels in white wine. The portions are large, and all meals are freshly cooked.
Split is also a great place for party lovers, especially during the summer and spring season. The city has many open-air clubs and bars such as Luxor Bar, Buza, Café Plus, and Red Room.
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