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"A city that leaves you in splits"

Split Tourism

Once a stop over point for visitors to nearby islands, Split is now a thriving tourist destination. The largest town in Dalmatia receives its tourists with a small town vibe, breathtaking sights, and welcoming locals. A big part of the city of Split resides within the ancient walls of a Roman palace. But it doesn't just stop there, Split has so much to offer other than the marvellous chunks of history, that you'll come back again to savour the experiences here.

The gorgeous city of Split is a blend of historic and modern charm. Ranking number two among the largest cities in Croatia after Zagreb, Split paints the Dalmatian life in its true colors. Its unique setting makes it stand differently from other Adriatic coasts. The interesting combination of dramatic ocean and mountains, impressive Roman ruins and bustling suburbs gives Split its distinctive identity in Croatia. There's a lot to do in Split- you can enact as a curious historian, get playful with the sea waves, feast on flavorful Dalmatian cuisine, walk along the magnificent sea promenade, make plans for island-hopping, or just sit back and relax. You are certainly not going to get short on your to-do list.

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Split Highlights

1. Explore the Diocletian Palace

Explore the Diocletian Palace
One of the most significant Roman ruins in the present world, the old Diocletian Palace is not just a collection of gates and walls, but a breathing museum of history and Dalmatian life.

2. Take a stroll at Riva

Take a stroll at Riva
The beautiful sea promenade of Split is the pride of its locals. One of the finest promenades in Europe, Riva is a place you can't afford to miss while you visit Split.

3. Beach time!

Beach time!
Vacationing on a coastal town in incomplete without heading to the beach. And fortunately, Split has a number of beaches to beat the heat, from sandy to pebbly ones.

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The Game of Thrones connection

A significant part of the world-famous TV series Game of Thrones has been shot in Split. Traveling to Split might be an additionally wonderful experience for you if you are a hard-core GoT fan. Get set for a scene hunting in the streets of Split and find as much similar spots as you can. To offer you a helping hand, here are some locations which have been used for filming several scenes from the series: Cellars of Diocletian's Palace (Daenerys' Throne room and where the dragons are kept), Papaliceva Street (streets seen in Slave Rebellion scene), Fortress of Kliss near Split (city of Meereen), and Krka National Park.

The town of traditional vibrance

Split is the town of traditions, and you would agree to this statement with every experience you indulge yourself here into. You can plan one of your evenings in Split listening to the traditional Dalmatian Capella singing termed as 'Klapa music'. If you get lucky, you might spot a Klapa group performing aroung the Diocletian Palace. The locals in Split are very friendly and warm, and you might not want to miss the opportunity to play a game of picigin with them on one of the beaches. Picigin is a traditional ball game playing in Split played in shallow waters. You can also visit a traditional Konoba in Split, which in Dalmatia means a room where the food is cooked and stored. Its interiors are represented by the tools used for preparing food. Finding a Konoba in Split (such as Konoba Matejuska, Konoba Nevera) in present day would offer you a similar feel, with an authentic Dalmatian taste to linger on.

Language of Split

Language is not a difficulty in Split as most of the people (especially in tourist areas) can communicate in English.

History of Split

Split found its place on the map majorly as the Diocletian Palace in 295 AD, named after the then Roman emperor which took about 10 years to get built as his retirement residence. Several Roman rulers continued continued to use the palace as a retreat till the 6th century. The population in Split started to increase considerably around the palace during the 11th century. The town was conquered and lost by many invaders from time to time, until the October of 1944 when the first government of Croatia was formed by the people. Split saw substantial growth after the World War II when numerous factories were built by the government, forming a promising ship industry. Thsi also made Split an important port of Dalmatia.

Nightlife in Split

Split has a decent nightlife, with plenty of bars and night clubs. Parties in Split usually start after 11 pm, and are more happening and inclined towards the beach area than the old town. Some of the most popular bars among locals are the Ghetto Club, Fluid Bar, and To je to. Bar Gaga and Jungla are cocktail bars loved both by locals and travelers. For the club lovers, Quasimodo club, Topic Club, and O' Hara Club are the places to be.

Shopping in Split

Split is like a shopping Mecca for Dalmatian people. There are various shopping malls in the city, and also a lot of artisan and design stores in the old town. Marmontava Street is the main shopping street in Split old town. Many concept stores can be spotted in the old town where one can buy unique and locally designed souvenirs such as paintings, jewelery, bags, etc. Finger Print in Zadarska Street and GetGetGet are two such great concept stores in Split worth checking out. The Green Market or Stari Pazar near the Dioletian Palace is the market where you will find everything from fresh green produce to domestic items such as Rakija, wine, pag cheese along with cheap clother and accessories.

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FAQs on Split

What is famous about Split?

Amazing sea promenade, mixture of traditional & modern cultures, architectural delight, close proximity to beautiful islands.

What is not so good about Split?

Car-free areas, limited (free) parking spaces, bustling port area, limited activities to indulge in, average beaches.

What is the best time to visit Split?

Although Split has a mild climate throughout the year, the best time to visit this pretty Mediterranean city is May to June and September and October. During these months, days are pleasant and sunny, and being the shoulder season accomodations are easier and cheaper to find as compared to the peak season. Planning a trip to Split around this time helps you dodge the crowds and have a more relaxed vacation, with an additional advantage of coinciding it with the perfect timing for outdoor activities such as mountain biking, sea-kayaking, hiking and rafting.
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What is the local food in Split?

The rich Dalmatian cuisine is all about fresh ingredients and seasonings. Local food in Split is varied and unique, sue to the influences of various cultures brought in by invadors. Some of the dishes to try here are pasticada, local paradizet, and fresh fishes, along with local sweets and cakes. pag cheese is a Croatian speciality and must definitely be tried. Some top restaurant picks are Fife, Uje Oil Bar, Kadena, and Konoba Hvaranin. Your trip to Split nis incomplete until you try some local wine here, the best of them being Plavac Mali, Posip and Malvazija. Local red wine and pag cheese is an unbeatable combination that shouldn't be missed at all. Also, try finding grappa, another local liquor loved by Croatians. Food in Split is quite pocket-friendly, and you can easily fill your stomach with Dalmatian delicacies under 50 Kuna.
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What is the best way to reach Split?

Reaching Split is a hassle-free task. You can opt to travel by plane, bus, train or ferry. You can also use a hydroplane to reach Split.
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What are the places near Split?

The top places near to Split are Hvar island which is 42 km from Split, Makarska which is located 52 km from Split, Venice which is located 391 km from Split, Rome which is located 368 km from Split, Zadar which is located 118 km from Split

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