Split is the second largest city in Croatia with more than 200 000 residents. It’s the biggest city of the Adriatic Sea. It’s considered the main transit point of the region – you can easily come here on land, by boat, or take a flight. Several wonderful sights impress tourists from ancient times as well as the modern age. The city center is part of the UNESCO world heritage since 1979. Along with its fantastic gastronomy, and numerous beaches Split is perfect for those who like good trips. No surprise that it’s so popular among tourists.
Split, the second-largest city in Croatia, is in Split-Dalmatia County. As the biggest city of Dalmatia, it’s the center of economy and administration as well. It lies in South Dalmatia at the outfall of Jadro and Žrnovica rivers. It’s on a peninsula next to the Gulf of Kaštela and the canal of Split. Split also serves as a center of transport. Besides sailing and air transport railways connect it to Zagreb.
The origin of the city’s name is not clear. It either comes from the Greek noun, aspalathos (thorn-bush), or may have Illyrian roots and connection to the Latin word, palatium (palace). Until 1918 the official name of the city was Spalato, which is also used in Italian. After that they renamed it to its current Slavic from, Split. Originally there was a Greek colony here before Roman domination. The first resident was Diocletian emperor himself, who built a palace next to the gulf in 293. After his governance, he spent his last years here. Later the Croats ruled the city that formed around the palace. Thanks to the spread of Christianity the first church was built in the 9th century. The city of Split was under the rule of Hungary from 1105. Coloman made an oath to keep the freedom of Split and the city accepted the Hungarian governance too.
After that Coloman had a ceremonious entry. The city gradually became important to Hungarian kings and Dalmatian Christianity. Béla IV came here to escape the Tatars. His daughters, Katalin and Margit are buried in the cathedral. The city was a constant object of debate between Hungary and the Venetian Kingdom. The latter came to rule it from 1420 to 1797. Later it was part of Austria, then Napoleon’s France, then Austria again. Due to the split of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy it became a state of Yugoslavia. In 1941, it was under Italian occupation until the country’s capitulation in 1943.
Split has a number of incomparably attractive beaches, where the water is clean, and the shore meets all expectations. On the Splitsko Peninsula nearly the whole seaside is suitable for swimming. Choose from a great variety of the popular sand, pebble, or wild rock beaches – especially on the shore of the Marjan mountain. We made a list of the five most popular beaches from the east to the west. These places provide more than just the sun and the sea, something unique. Even if you decide to explore them by yourself. Many people do so, no wonder sailing is so popular here. You too can find your favorite spot on the clean waves, if you hire a boat or yacht charter. Our yacht charter Split list.
It’s a pebble beach with deck chairs and beach umbrellas. But if you’d rather lay down your own beach shawl, you can easily find a place for that too. There’s a VIP platform operating with the hotel there. Other than that it’s fully open to the public. The beach is clean and has some bars around. The water is very light because it’s open and close to the sea currents. This place is relatively calm without crowds. If you wish for a more lively and crowded place, visit the neighbouring Žnjan beach.
If you’re looking for a private, isolated beach, this one is not the best idea. However, if you want to spend time around other people, you should come here. This is the central beach of the city. It’s popular among locals and young tourists. It’s a sandy beach full of deck chairs and beach umbrellas which are constantly in use. For the people who live in Split Bačvice is part of the city’s identity. An important part of the cultural heritage, a local beach game called picigin was also born here. This game is an amateur sport usually played in shallow water. Players are hitting a small ball with their palm in the air, so that it’s not touching surface of the water. At the same time Bačvice is one of the main night zones of the city. It’s the place of the Split Beach Festival.
This pebble beach is just twenty minutes away from the city center. It’s right next to the Ivan Meštrović Gallery on the south side of Marjan hill. Mostly young people in their twenties visit this part of the coast. Families generally enjoy the beach a bit further away. The water is very clean. Bars on the seaside offer cool drinks on hot summer days. If you love listening to loud music while swimming and sunbathing, this is your place. Besides that this beach is also quite popular among locals.
Kašjuni beach is easily accessible either on foot, by bus number 12, car, or even by bike. Come here directly from the city, or to refresh after a hike or jogging on Mt. Marjan. It’s worth visiting for one of Split’s best sceneries, the view of the shore from the sea. Just go in the water and look up to see Mt. Marjan in all its beauty, with pine forests, churches, and rocks. To take pleasure in this lovely landscape hire a boat or yacht charter, so you can easily visit nearby beaches too. Our boat hire Split list. Some great pastimes here are the lounge bar or discovering the sea bottom by diving. A short way off you finds the single and unofficial nudist beach in Split.
The Bene beach also lies on Mt. Marjan. It’s at the coastal holiday resort on the northwestern side of the popular forest park in a pine forest. Several sports opportunities are available. For example tennis, football, playgrounds for children, and even an outdoor gym. Besides that, kayak tours start here. Come here by bus, bike, or with a short walk through the forest. But those who arrive on the water can anchor here as well. Families love this beach since it’s ideal for children. The water is not as light as the other seaside beaches, due to the sandy sea-bed. There’s a bar right on the coast as well as a restaurant. Also, there’s the church of St. Benedict, where you can take some unique photos.
Main sights in Split
Besides the amazingly clean water of the beaches, there are several historical buildings, museums, and churches in the city. It’s not a surprise that some call Split the most beautiful city in the world. Behind the ancient walls of the palace of Diocletian there’s the old town. Once it served as a summer house for the emperor. The palace, built around 295, is one of the most notable pieces of Roman architecture on the eastern side of the Adriatic. The St. Doimus cathedral is also here, formerly it was the mausoleum of Diocletian. Don’t forget to visit the palace of Papalić which is the most famous gothic building of the city from the 15th century. When it comes to baroque there’s another beautiful palace called Cindro palace.
In addition to history, the nightclubs in Split offer a great pastime for young people. Visit the most popular one called Vanilla club, where you can choose from several genres of music to fit your own taste. Various events attract visitors, such as Diocletian days, when residents show visitors the 1700 year long history of their beloved city. They march on the streets of the former palace wearing togas and tunics. Antique carriages take the emperor and his wife along the Riviera.
Weather of Split
There’s the Mediterranean climate on the Adriatic coast. Summers are dry and hot, winters are mild and rainy, and the sun shines a lot. Split weather information.
Catamaran charter in Split
The port of Split is the main destination for seagoing boats on the Adriatic Sea thanks to the strategic position of the Mediterranean region (ports of Venice and the Aegean Sea). Its rich history and numerous sights attract thousands of tourists day by day. Originally the port was a trading place first established by Greek settlers, later conquered by Romans. It was still significant in the middle ages. By the end of the 18th century, however, the port of Rijeka became the center of trade and transport in the region. Split’s loss of significance was probably due to the dominance of the Ottoman and Austrian Empires.
The natural location and size of the port allowed fast development and made it Croatia’s special port of international economic interests. In the late 2000’s they started the realization of an investor’s project. The goal was to increase the transport of passengers and cargo. Thus, the port could now host 7 million passengers.By 2010 about 18000 boats came to Split’s port annually. From 2011 the port became the biggest in Croatia and the third biggest in the Adriatic region. Nowadays we can claim for sure that the city and its port are an inevitable destination of seagoing boats and all cruiser companies. In this way, it has great significance in yachting, both locally and internationally.
Split is an ideal choice for visitors of all ages. You sure won’t be disappointed in this popular destination. Just a few of the several wonderful pastimes are sailing, sightseeing, bathing, hiking and partying. If you wish for a relaxed, old-school city tour, you couldn’t find a better spot. But if you prefer a refreshing, youthful adventure, still don’t miss this beautiful Mediterranean city. Visit its beaches, music festivals, and clubs.
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Day 1. Split (ACI Marina) – Kaštel Gomilica 9,73 km (6,04 mi), Day 2. Kaštel Gomilica – Trogir (ACI Marina) 15.47 km (9.62 mi), Day 3. Trogir (ACI Marina) – Primosten 38,16 (23,71 mi), Day 4. Primosten -Vis (Vis-island) 65,08 (40,44 mi), Day 5. Vis (Vis-island) – Stari Grad (Hvar-island) 40,14 km (24,94 mi), Day 6. Stari Grad (Hvar-island) – Sumartin (Brač-island) 37,74 km (23,45 mi), Day 7. Sumartin (Brač-island) – Supetar (Brač-island) – Split (ACI Marina) 52,90 km (32,87 mi).
Day 1.Split – Kastel Gomilica 13,25 km (8,23 mi), Day 2. Split – Trogir 15.47 km (9.62 mi), Day 3. Trogir – Rogoznica 31.26 km (19.43 mi), Day 4. Rogoznica – Primosten 10.38 km (6.45 mi), Day 5. Primosten – Sibenik 20.95 km (13.02 mi), Day 6. Sibenik – Skadrin (Krk) 16.83 km (10.46 mi), Day 7. Krk – Tribunj 28.70 km (17.83 mi), Day 8. Tribunj – Murter 17.80 km (11.06 mi), Day 9. Murter – Kaprije 23.26 km (14.46 mi), Day 10. Kaprije – Rogac 63.20 km (39.27 mi), Day 11. Rogac – Vis 47.02 km (29.22 mi), Day 12. Vis – Stari Grad 39.63 km (24.62 mi), Day 13. Stari Grad – Sumartin (Brac Island) 37.74 km (23.45 mi), Day 14. Sumartin – Omis – Split 51,86 km (32,23 mi).
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Day 1: Dubrovnik (ACI Marina Dubrovnik) – Koločep 10,85 km (6,74 mi), Day 2: Koločep – Sipan (Šipanska Luka) 17,11 km (10,63 mi), Day 3: Sipan – Mljet (Sobra) 22,80 km (14,16 mi), Day 4: Mljet – Korčula (ACI Korcula Marina) 47,89 km (29,76 mi), Day 5: Korčula – Vis (Vis) 80,11 km (49,78 mi), Day 6: Vis – Hvar (Stari Grad) 40,90 km (25,41 mi), Day 7: Stari Grad – Brac (Supetar) – Split (ACI Marina Split) 57,38 km (35,65 mi).
Day 1. Dubrovnik (ACI Marina Dubrovnik) – Koločep 10,85 km (6,74 mi), Day 2. Koločep – Korčula (ACI Korcula Marina) 77,85 km (48,37 mi), Day 3. Korčula – Hvar (Stari Grad) 87,83 km (54,57 mi), Day 4. Hvar – Split (ACI Marina Split) 42,26 km (26,26 mi), Day 5. Split – Korcula (Vela Luka) 78,88 km (49,01 mi), Day 6. Korcula – Mljet (Sobra) 92,34 km (57,38 mi), Day 7. Mljet – Sipan (Šipanska Luka) – Dubrovnik 50,28 km (31,24 mi).
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