Set on Croatia’s picturesque Dalmatian Coast in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia’s second largest city offers a wealth of activities for tourists and locals alike. Featuring excellent beaches, a historic Old Town, and a number of cultural attractions and museums, there’s something for everyone in this city of more than 200,000 people. Despite influences from a range of eras, the city maintains a modern and young feel, with a burgeoning café culture, and a major university which more than 30,000 students attend.
Many empires have put their mark on Split over the years including the Greeks, Romans, and also the Austrians. Power was finally being returned to the Croatians following their independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.
Islands in the Adriatic surround Split and are popular with tourists and day-trippers. The Port of Split is officially the second busiest passenger port in Croatia, handling more than 4 million passengers annually.
Located off the Adriatic Sea, the Port of Split is situated in a protected bay, and surrounded by the offshore Dalmatian islands. The town centre is a short 5 minute walk away from Split Harbour, where cruise ships, passenger ferries, yachts and fishing vessels are moored.
Split’s port is equipped for a high numbers of passengers, including those arriving by cruise ship. Vessels up to 250 metres long can be accommodated at the dock, while larger ships will tender passengers to shore.
- Rail line
- Bus depot
- Taxi rank
- Ferry connections.
How to Get Around
Most of the attractions in central Split can be explored easily on foot from the port. In particular, the ancient UNESCO-listed Diocletian's Palace, which comprises the Old Town, is nearby. To the east of the Diocletian’s Palace is the city’s main transport hub where bus, ferries and trains can be taken.
Bike rental is available along the Riva, the main waterfront promenade. Taxis are also available; however, they are not cheap. For visitors, it’s always best to negotiate a fare in advance to avoid being overcharged.
Travel times from the port:
- It is a 5 minute walk to Diocletian’s Palace
- It is a 3 minute walk to the Riva.
- It is a 31 minute journey to Split Airport by car
- It is a 12 minute journey to Marjan Hill by car.
- Currency - Croatia uses the kuna, of which denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 & 50 lipa coins are used, and 1 and 2 kuna coins. Commemorative coins in higher values are also found, but are rare. 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 kuna banknotes are also distributed.
- Time Zone - Split runs on Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather - Visitors can expect warm to humid summers in Split, with most of the rain falling during the winter months, enough for Split to not be classified as having a typical Mediterranean climate. The average high during July is 29 degrees Celsius, and during January the average maximum sits at 10 degrees Celsius, with a low of 5.4 degrees Celsius.
- Diocletian Palace - Step inside the walled enclave of the Diocletian Palace. Rather than a traditional idea of a palace, the historic Old Town is more of a separate city within Split. Covering nearly 10 acres, enjoy interesting shops, temples and marvel at more than 15 towers. Climb the steps to the heart of the complex where you can look up at the massive cathedral and Roman monuments.
- The Riva of Split - Stroll along the Riva, and soak up the sun on Split’s modern promenade, which was completed in 2007. The promenade is dotted with great places to eat and drink, as well as many nightlife venues when the sun goes down. Explore the Bacvice neighbourhood, which is a 10-minute walk east of the dock and where Split’s major public beach is located.
- Marjan Hill - Make the trek up to the green expanse of Marjan Hill, on the western end of the Split peninsula. An array of local Mediterranean flowers and trees, sweeping views across the bay, and an archaeological museum and gallery can be found here.
- City Museum of Split – Founded in 1946 and opened to the public in 1952, the City Museum is a must-see for those wanting to learn more about Split’s unique history and can be found in the northeast section of the Old Town. A collection of weaponry, coins, furniture and drawings are exhibited. The museum is open from 9am till 5pm, Monday to Saturday and 9am till 2pm on Sundays. An adult ticket costs 20kn and children cost 10kn each.