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Split, the city of history in the sunshine.
The historical city of Split is located on Croatia’s impressive coastline and is a popular destination for both domestic and international holidaymakers. Lured by the stunning architecture, pretty beaches and the almost guaranteed sunshine, the city’s reputation continues to grow. Split is also an important port for Croatia and is the gateway to many of the nation’s renowned islands including Hvar, in addition it is a regular stop for international cruise ships. Therefore Split sees a vast number of travellers passing through, but its appeal as a standalone destination should not be overlooked.
Out of a Roman palace came a bustling city
Split’s most famous landmark is also the nucleus from which the city developed; the ancient Roman structure of Diocletian’s Palace. The historical quarter has been expanded around these remains and they set the tone for the architecture and feel of the city. This central area is crammed with tiny streets, connecting a network of squares all contained within the old city walls.
Many of the architectural highlights can be found in and around this compact district, with St. Duje’s Cathedral being one of the most significant. Dating back to the fourth century, the building now contains a picturesque bell tower which offers stunning views across the city and out to the Adriatic Sea. Amongst all the history there are also a variety of Split hotels including many smaller family-operated business, a trait extended to the quaint restaurants and bars which delight locals and tourists alike. Indeed many visitors enjoy wandering the streets and admiring the buildings whilst soaking up the traditional Croatian way of life.
A popular coastline, with several beaches
The historic quarter ends at the harbour where the waterfront takes over with its array of boats and scenic esplanade. A multitude of bars and restaurants line the waterfront with endless visitors enjoying the sunshine and al fresco dining even through the mild Split winter. Some of the larger international hotels in Split can be located along this strip, looking out across the charming harbour but also minutes away from the historical wonders. Further along the coast there are a range of beaches to be found, particularly around the peninsula. The beaches of Kaštelet, Kašjuni and Bene are all situated further away from the centre but present the most scenic options, whilst Bačvice Beach is much closer to the city centre. Bačvice is much less attractive than the others but is mainly frequented by locals and thus shows a more accurate depiction of everyday life. Several hotels stretch eastbound along the coastline from Bačvice, including multiple of the larger resort style accommodation available in Split.
Culture amongst the tourism
Despite being such a prominent tourist destination, Split also maintains a strong individual identity and culture. The colours of the local football team are impossible to avoid, the town is tattooed with murals and any local bar proudly displays the club’s crest. Indeed Hajduk Split are one of the most successful and greatest supported clubs in Croatia, a trip to their Poljud Stadium presents an perfect reflection of how much they mean to the area. Close to the stadium is Marjan Hill, a large park complex favoured for its greenery and tranquil atmosphere, plus some of the finest rock-climbing spots in all of the Split area. Further examples of smaller hotels in Split can also be found in the suburban foothills of Marjan, neighbourhoods that are typical of coastal Croatia. Local markets provide another chance to feel the regional culture, the colourful Pazar is a prime example of this, home to a collection of Split residents selling a mixture of fresh produce, everyday household items, plus a host of souvenirs. Cuisine wise, Split has a blend of Balkan and Mediterranean influence, with dishes such as cevapcici sitting alongside a mix of seafood and Italian favourites. Visitors are truly spoilt when it comes to restaurants as there are dozens upon dozens ranging from take-away stalls to gourmet fine dining.
Split as a transport hub
As previously mentioned, Split caters to a vast amount of travellers transiting on to the islands lying off the coast amongst the Adriatic Sea. Guests often fly into Split airport and spend a night or two in a hotel before taking a ferry onwards. The airport is around twenty-five kilometres from the city but there are a few hotels outside of Split, closer to the airport, ideal for those catching an early flight. In terms of taking a ferry onwards, most leave from the harbour opposite the train station. For those looking to explore further afield, there are islands that are close enough to be day trips allowing visitors to still base themselves in a hotel in Split. The two closest islands are Solta and Brač, home to dozens more beaches and a variety of stunning landscapes. Ferries also head down to Dubrovnik, including multiple stops at further islands along the way, whilst international ferries even link Ancona and Pescara in Italy to Split.