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Basic information

  • Area: 63 km² (24.3 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +385
  • Currency: Kuna (HRK)
  • Population (EST): 221,456
  • Official language: Croatian
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Split – Overview

The historical city of Split is located on the Dalmatian Coast in south-western Croatia. Its stunning architecture, year round programme of special events and plethora of activities help to make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in both Croatia and Eastern Europe.

Shopaholics are catered for with famous high street and luxury shops that are located on Marmontova Ulica Street. The famous Outdoor Market provides visitors with a more authentic and traditional shopping experience, where vendors sell fresh produce, flowers and local handicrafts. Local vendors line the streets in the summer months, particularly around tourist attractions such as the Diocletian Palace, and provide the perfect place to pick up a holiday souvenir.

Visitors will be spoilt for choice when eating out, as there are a number of dining options to suit all tastes and budgets. Split’s location on the Adriatic Sea gives it an excellent selection of fresh seafood which is used in traditional dishes such as the popular Croatian brudet – a delicious mixed fish stew. Vegetarians and vegans are also catered for with tasty fresh salads, along with several restaurants that offer only meat-free dishes. There are also several international restaurants serving up Italian, American, Asian and French cuisine. Fast food chains can be found on the main high-street, while local cafes provide a great place to pick up a quick snack for those in a hurry.

Split’s stunning historical archetechture can be admired throughout the Old Town district, which is classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visitors can gain an insight into the cities rich past at the Archaeological Museum, which displays a number of Croatian artifacts, while several galleries showcase important works of art from some of the countries most prolific artists. Split’s idyllic seafront location allows visitors to spot some extravagant yachts and boats in the Harbour, while small tourist boats depart for day trips along the Dalmatian Coast in the summer months.

Another reason why Split is such an attractive holiday destination is its beautiful Mediterranean climate. Summer lasts from May to September with long hours of sunlight and temperatures that average around the mid-twenties. July is the hottest month with air temperatures frequently exceeding 30 °C - so remember to pack the sunscreen! Winters are pleasant and mild with temperatures rarely dropping below 5 °C. Rainfall occurs most frequently during November – January, although it can occur all year round.

Split has all the facilities required to make a vacation more enjoyable and convenient, including a number of 24 hour ATM’s in the city centre and bureau de change booths located in major banks and in Split Airport. A Tourist Information Centre is situated next to the Diocletian Palace and helpful staff are happy to give visitors free maps, guides and information. The currency used is the Croatian Kuna (HRK).