Flights to Split
Flights from 16. April until 22. October, 2017.
Split, the second-largest city in Croatia, lies on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. It has been one of the most popular holiday destinations in Croatia throughout its history. The city’s extremely long history can still be felt today, especially in the Old Town. Split offers visitors places of interest dating back to ancient times, when the construction of Diocletian’s Palace started. Old buildings have now been combined with modern ones, making the city’s atmosphere particularly enjoyable. The city has numerous cafés, shops and restaurants, most of them located on the wonderful beach promenade.
As you walk around Split, everything in the city reminds you of its impressively long history. Every step takes you to an old antique statue, monument or historical building. In addition to sightseeing, you can also visit one of Split’s beautiful beaches, where you can relax, lie on the beach and enjoy the breathtakingly blue Adriatic Sea.
Diocletian’s Palace is one of the best preserved examples of Roman architecture of its kind. The palace was initially built as a luxury villa, intended for use as the summer residence of the rulers and a garrison of the Roman army. The residents of the palace and the townspeople of Split have redesigned the building throughout its existence, which is why the interior architecture and outer walls with their towers no longer resemble the original building. However, the general layout and concept of the palace remain the same, just as they were planned and built so long ago. The main entrance to the palace is via the Bronze gate.
In the middle of the palace stands the Cathedral of St Domnius, which was supposed to the mausoleum of the Roman emperor Diocletian, but his remains disappeared from it. The history of the cathedral dates back to ca 15 BC, which makes it one of the oldest cathedrals in the world.
If possible, you should also pay a visit to the cathedral’s Bell Tower (57 m), which offers breath-taking views over Split.
Riva still looks just like it did two centuries ago, when the French started designing it under Napoleon’s authority. At present, Riva is the most important place in Split, as city life centres around this promenade – little shops and cafés, bars and so on. Most celebrations are also held here, from Split Carnival to Sudamja (festivities dedicated to St Domnius).
Bačvice is known as the Copacabana of Split, because the beach is always buzzing with locals and tourists enjoying sunny Croatia and swimming in the warm, crystal-clear waters of the sea. The beach is located in the centre of the city and has space for more than 10,000 people. Bačvice is a great beach during the day and turns into the centre of Split’s night life in the evenings.
Since Split is located on the Adriatic coast, the region is blessed with an impressive selection of fish. Waiters at restaurants often walk around with large carts to show the day’s catch to visitors. Customers can point out the fish they want and wait while the local chefs turn it into a delicious meal. Croatia is also known for the famous Dalmatian ham, so don’t miss your chance to try some!
Konoba Kod Joze is a 10-minute walk from the Old Town. The restaurant has a homely atmosphere and you should try their delicious lobster dish. It is said to be the best seafood restaurant in Split.
Matejuska tavern is a family restaurant near the harbour. The atmosphere in the restaurant is wonderful and the food is delicious. The restaurant can seat just under 30 people, which is why you should book a table in advance (especially in summer). The place serves traditional local seafood and meat dishes. The dishes are simple, authentic and true to the local food culture. The menu changes often, as the chefs use the freshest ingredients they can find at any given time.
Villa Spiza is an extremely small but wonderful restaurant in the old Town. The place is well hidden and may be difficult to spot at first, but locals know it well – so don’t hesitate to ask! The ingredients used are always fresh and similar to many other places. The staff visit the market every day to see what’s available. It is certainly one eatery in Split that’s definitely worth a visit!
Split Airport is situated around 25 km west of the city. There is a good bus connection between the town and the airport and all buses depart from the front of the terminal. The bus ride takes around 40 minutes. All buses take passengers to Split bus station, which is located in the city centre next to the railway station and harbour. Bus tickets cost 30 kuna (the local currency), which is about €4.00.
It is also possible to take a taxi to your desired destination from the airport. A taxi ride takes around 30 minutes but costs considerably more – 250 kuna, which is about €33.