Split

Let’s split

This elegant Croatian waterfront city on the Dalmatian coast is compact (making it walkable), historic (being built around an ancient palace) and highly likeable (with a lovely climate from early Spring onwards). Go and explore a touch of ancient civilisation by the sea, rich in life and full of colour.

Shopping

Aside from the Old Town’s boutiques and souvenir stalls (of which there are some great examples in the basement of the palace), the dedicated shopping area you’re most likely to come across is Split’s daily market. Located right next to the ferry wharf, it’s an enjoyable place to browse even if you’re not buying, with fresh produce for sale alongside clothes, knick-knacks and all manner of other ephemera. In terms of mall shopping, City Center One (Vukovarska 207) markets itself as the biggest in Dalmatia and houses everything from an Adidas store to an H&M. The new Mall of Split (Domovinskog Rata) is another fresh option.

Food & Drink

Italian food is a thick influence along much of Croatia’s coastline, and this is certainly felt in Split. Pasta, pizza and risotto are all commonplace, with seafood also a dominant presence on menus. Nostromo (Kraj Svete Marije 10), aptly located next to the fish market, is arguably the best place in town to sample traditional seafood recipes. Pizzeria Galija (Tončićeva 12) is an affordable option with good pizzas, while Trattoria Bajamont (Bajamontijeva 3) offers fish dishes, pasta and risotto. Elsewhere, Buffet Fife (Trumbićeva Obala 11) is something of an institution, renowned among locals for its Dalmatian home cooking.

Events

Croatia Boat Show
April
Drawing the great and the good of the nautical world, this annual exhibition showcases some of the most advanced yachts and vessels on the market today. If you’re not a millionaire, it’s still fun to attend.

Festival of Street Performers
June
A gathering of buskers and entertainers spread over more than a fortnight, with performances and plays held each evening. It draws numerous international performers and uses many of the city’s squares and streets.

Split Summer Festival
July-August
Primarily dedicated to opera, this celebration of stage arts holds productions by hand-picked theatres from the international scene. Other events spring up around the festival, among them jazz concerts, exhibitions, plays and ballets.

Days of Diocletian
August
Essentially a mass mock-up of the days of the Roman Empire, this yearly happening sees participants dressing up in togas and tunics to bring a slice of living history to Diocletian’s Palace. Expect vintage carriages and staged re-enactments of classical scenes.

Split Film Festival
September
A week-long festival of new film, running since the mid-1990s and now established as a valuable platform for domestic and international filmmakers. Radical works are common – Lars von Trier is a previous guest.

Hotels

The remains of Diocletian’s Palace are Split’s undisputed centrepiece, so proximity to this core attraction is always a selling point for hotels. Sitting just a minute away, Hotel Marmont (Zadarska 13) therefore draws plenty of attention, with each of its 21 rooms offering at least partial views of the palace. Also within Split’s UNESCO-listed Old Town is St Luke Residence (Kraj Svetog Luke 29), which offers rooms and self-catering apartments, while always notable for those on a budget is the funky Goli+Bosi Design Hostel (Morpurgova Poljana 2). Further out of town, the Radisson Blu Resort Split (Put Trstenika 19) is a classy seafront option.

Essentials

  • Language

  • Currency

    Kuna

  • Time zone

    GMT +1 hour (GMT +2 hours in summer)

  • Flight time

    3 hours 35

  • Holiday type

    Beach, Summer sun, City break

Weather

  • 23/04/2014 -

    Sunny skies

    21C max 12C min
  • 24/04/2014 -

    Light drizzle

    21C max 13C min
  • 25/04/2014 -

    Thundery outbreaks possible

    24C max 13C min
  • 26/04/2014 -

    Patchy rain possible

    21C max 13C min
  • 27/04/2014 -

    Light rain shower

    19C max 11C min
  • 28/04/2014 -

    Sunny skies

    19C max 13C min
  • 29/04/2014 -

    Patchy rain possible

    19C max 9C min
  • Jan
    11°C max 6°C min
  • Feb
    11°C max 6°C min
  • Mar
    11°C max 8°C min
  • Apr
    18°C max 12°C min
  • May
    24°C max 17°C min
  • Jun
    24°C max 21°C min
  • Jul
    23°C max 23°C min
  • Aug
    30°C max 22°C min
  • Sep
    25°C max 18°C min
  • Oct
    20°C max 15°C min
  • Nov
    15°C max 10°C min
  • Dec
    12°C max 7°C min

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