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- How big is Split?
- Split is the largest city in Croatia’s popular Dalmatia region and it covers an area of 63 square kilometres.
- How many people live in Split?
- Approximately 200,000 people live in the city of Split.
- What are the language and the currency?
- The currency used here is the Kuna (HRK) and the official language is Croatian.
- View of Split from Marjan Hill
Things to see in Split
- What is one of the top attractions in Split?
- Diocletian’s Palace is definitely one of the top attractions in Split, and you can’t help but check it out when you’re in the city centre as it is a living monument, with the people of Split still making their homes in and around the ruins. The Roman Emperor Diocletian used the palace as his retirement pad and the ruins date back to the 3rd century. Not only can you see the ruins throughout the heart of the city, you can also visit the basement halls of the Palace, a maze of rooms filled with cool stonework, statues and more.
- What else should I do while I’m here?
Try to check out the Galerija Mestrovic, which is well worth a look. This cool gallery is housed inside a stunning villa built by famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic and hosts lots of Mestrovic’s sculptures. Other pieces by national and international artists are also displayed at the gallery.
Another cool place to visit is St. Domnius’s Cathedral and Tower located right at the heart of the city centre. You won’t miss this spot, thanks to its tall tower which you can climb to get great views of the city. The cathedral itself has a small but incredibly ornate interior.
To learn some more about the area’s history and connections with Ancient Rome, check out the Archaeological Museum on Frankopanska. This large museum hosts a great collection of artefacts including old Roman helmets, jewellery, pottery, coins and much more. If you decide to visit, make sure to have a wander around the grounds too as they’re home to some cool statues and stonework.
- Is there anything I can do for free?
There are plenty of things to do for free in Split. In fact, some of the coolest things to do in the city won’t cost you a thing. For example, why not go for a stroll along Riva, the main promenade in Split. Stretching out along by the waterfront, it is a really popular spot with both locals and visitors. As it’s so central, it’s a popular meeting place and on fine days it’s particularly popular with people who come to sit around, chat and enjoy the sun.
If you’re looking to get some great views of the city while getting a bit of exercise, make your way up Marjan Hill. The steps leading up to the top of the hill start off of Trumbićeva obala, just a short walk from Riva. Not only will you get incredible views of the city and surrounding areas from the lookout points on the hill, you’ll also be able to hike along trails, see some cool old buildings and lots more.
One of Split’s most popular spots is sun-soaked Bačvice Beach. This Blue Flag beach is a great place for swimming or sunbathing, and there are also a couple of places at the beach where you can go rock jumping into the ocean.
Want your luck to change? If so, make sure you visit the statue of Grgur Ninski located on the north side of Diocletian’s Palace. Also known as Gregory of Nin, Grgur Ninski is recognised as one of the fathers of the Croatian language. It’s said that if you rub the big toe of his imposing statue, it’ll bring you good luck.
- Say I want to hit the shops. Where should I go?
Marmontova is the main shopping street in Split. It stretches all the way from the waterfront at Riva up to the Croatian National Theatre. This stretch is popular with both locals and visitors who come to check out shops like Esprit, Accessorize, Zara and plenty more.
Another popular shopping spot in Split is the Pazar. This green market is open daily and is not just home to food and drink stalls. You’ll also find a large range of clothes, shoes, hats, sunglasses and more on offer. This is also a good place for picking up souvenirs.
If you’re looking to get your hands on some local handcrafts, look no further than Diocletian’s Cellars, located in the lowest levels of Diocletian’s Palace. Various local artisans set up stalls along both sides of the main thoroughfare through the cellars, and at these stalls you’ll see a huge variety of items including handmade jewellery, pottery, bags and t-shirts.
Going out in Split
- Where are most of the bars found?
- You’ll find a lot of bars in the city centre, in and around the ruins of Diocletian’s Palace. However, keep in mind that there are also a number of cool clubs and bars at Bačvice Beach.
- Do I need to carry my ID with me when going out?
- It’s a good idea to carry some form of ID with you when going out in Split, even though you may not be asked for it.
- Where would you recommend?
For a cool night out in a pretty boho setting, check out Ghetto on Dosud. This spot has an outdoor bar area, as well as plenty of places to chill out inside. As well as offering a great drinks selection including lots of cocktails, Ghetto regularly hosts live DJs, art exhibitions and more.
One of the most popular backpacker haunts in Split is Charlie’s Bar on Kruziceva. Happy Hour at the bar takes place every day between 7pm and 8pm, during which time you’ll find specials on shooters, jugs of beer and more. It’s a small enough spot inside but there are plenty of tables to sit at outside. Not only can you get plenty of drinks here, you can also enjoy the various theme nights from karaoke to pyjama parties.
A great way to meet people while having a crazy night out is to try out the Pub Crawl Split, which is especially popular during the summer months. It’s a great way to hang out with fellow travellers while getting to check out some of the best bars and clubs in Split. Tailored to suit the crowd, these pub crawls depart from Peristil at 9pm every night during the summer and by appointment during the rest of the year.
You’ll find a number of different bars lining one side of Riva, Split’s main promenade. One of these is F-Caffe, a cool place to chill out with a drink at any time of day or night. Take a seat in one of the comfy chairs at this laid-back spot, and enjoy a morning coffee, a reviving beer in the afternoon or cocktails at night. As it’s so close to Riva, this bar is also a great place for people-watching.
One of the most popular spots down at Bačvice Beach is the Bačvice Cocktail Bar/Club. Once the sun sets, live DJs provide the music and you’ll be able to dance into the wee hours of the morning, while sampling reasonably priced cocktails and much more from the bar.
Eating Out in Split
- Is it expensive to eat out in Split?
- It really doesn’t have to be, as there are lots of eateries throughout the city serving up delicious dishes at very affordable prices.
- Any places you’d recommend?
If you’re a pizza fan, you’ll want to check out Galija on Tončićeva. This restaurant serves up a huge selection of pizzas with a wide variety of lip-smacking toppings. Pull up a seat at one of the outdoor tables and you’ll be able to enjoy a tasty meal while enjoying the fine weather and watching the world go by.
Located on Teutin in a slightly out of the way spot, Maslina is a real hit with locals. A huge selection of dishes are available on the varied menu including everything from hearty pasta dishes to exotic octopus salad, plus plenty more.
For a filling lunch, check out Rizzos on Tončićeva which serves up a great choice of sandwiches. You’ll be drawn to this spot by the aroma of freshly baked bread and once you’re inside you’ll discover a huge array of sandwich fillings to choose from. There’s no seating inside, but there are a couple of tall tables outside.
Another local favourite, Buffet Fife on Trumbićeva obala is a pretty rustic looking spot. Take a seat at one of the communal benches outside or grab a table inside, and you’ll notice a stream of locals turning up to enjoy a delicious dinner. There’s lots of fresh seafood on the menu, along with stew, veal and lots more. Portions are quite large and prices are very reasonable.
- Anything else I need to know?
- One of the best local specialities to try while visiting Split is ‘burek’. It makes a great breakfast or lunch, and is also just a nice filling snack. Basically, ‘burek’ is a delicious pie which is made from a kind of filo pastry filled with either meat or cheese. It’s definitely worth a try.
Transport in Split
- What kinds of public transport will I find in Split?
- Split is home to a network of buses numbered 1 through 18 which run all over the city during the day. A night service is provided by the number 19 bus.
- Will I need to use public transport at all?
- Split is a small city so you’ll be able to get to pretty much all of the main attractions on foot. During busier periods in the city centre, be prepared to take your time, as the narrow streets can get crowded.