As the largest city on the Adriatic coast, stunning Split has plenty to offer the traveller, whether you are a history buff, beach lover or outdoor enthusiast. The red roofs of the Old Town are an iconic sight, coupled with the warm rays of the sun and the oh-so-welcoming waters of the Adriatic Sea lapping on the shores; a visit to Split fulfills your requirements for a long awaited holiday. Here’s a rough guide of what you can expect from Split…
What to do
Frequently described as a “Mediterranean Flower”, and on a grander scale,“the most beautiful city in the world”, the attractive streets of Old Town Split will beckon for exploration as soon as you arrive. Paved in white marble, the streets glisten in the sun and the historical buildings will take you back in time. Where better to start than at Diocletian’s Palace; consuming a huge proportion of the Old Town, it is UNESCO listed and although its construction was purported to be the retirement home for the emperor Diocletian in 35 AD, it is now a hub of Split, with shops and bars filling the walls.
Away from the Old Town however, much more awaits you. The nearby beaches, such as Bacvice, are the perfect setting for summer days with the crystal clear sea to keep you company, whilst an afternoon can be spent scaling nearby Marjan Hill where you will find Split Zoo on its crest.
Home to the second largest airport in the country, it’s safe to say that access to Split is pretty good, with frequent scheduled flights from all major European cities. The choice of budget carriers which serve Split ensure you will find plenty of competitively priced flights.
When to visit
Receiving around 2,800 hours of sunlight each year and boasting a Mediterranean climate, the weather in Split is definitely an appealing asset. The average annual temperature is 16°c (60°f), although the temperatures rise to around 30°c (86°f) in summer and fall to around 5°c (41°f) in winter. The summer months, of which July is the hottest, prove to be the most popular with visitors but with extremely cold weather a rarity, it’s a city that can be visited throughout the year.
There are a huge number of events to enjoy in Split throughout the year so you will likely be able to enjoy one or more festivals during your time here. The Split Summer Festival is perhaps its best known event, featuring dance, drama, ballet and opera at a variety of locations across the city. The film festival, lasting for one week at the start of September is also a popular choice and of course the Carnival in February which marks Mardi Gras is always a cause for celebration.
Ideally placed in the midst of the coastline, there are plenty of fantastic day trips to enjoy. Take a day out exploring the exceptionalPlitvice Lakes National Park; undoubtedly Croatia’s crowning jewel. The many islands which float off the coast, such as Brac Island, are served by regular ferries and boat trips and many relaxing but enjoyable days can be spent exploring their hidden treasures and snorkelling in the sea.
This is just a rough introduction to Split; as one of Croatia’s best loved holiday destinations it is safe to say that there is plenty more to see, do and enjoy here.
About the Author:
Kerri Ware is a travel blogger and writes for EconomyCarHire.com, a car hire broker offering great deals for car hire across Croatia; hire a car at Split Airport and explore. Follow us on Twitter @economycarhire.