Split

Split is the second largest city in Croatia and capital of Dalmatia, world known for its 1700 years old Diocletian's palace, the best preserved monument of late antiquity in the whole world.

 To learn about Split, we reccommend a sightseeing tour with a local guide. This 1700-year-old city will fascinate you with its history, culture and lifestyle. The layout of the Roman Palace now outlines the core of the city, and today this is the place where people live, socialise and do business. From PERISTIL, the main square of the Place, you can visit the massive Substructures of Diocletian's Palace (open 9-19h April; 8:30-20h May&Oct, except SUN 8:30-17h; 8:30-21h Jun-Sept. Different hours valid on national holidays.), climb the Cathedral of St. Duje bell tower for amazing view of Old Town roofs and the nearby islands (open 8-19h) or enter the Cathedral (one of the smallest in the world) and Jupiter's Temple (MON-SAT 8-19h, SUN open around noon for Mass service;).

 To leave the Old Town, take a walk along the seaside in direction west and after about 30 minutes you will get to the Gallery of Ivan Meštrović, world renowned Croatian sculptor with impressive collection of female figures (open TUE-SUN 9-19h May-Sept; TUE-SAT 9-16 h, SUN 10-15h in April & Oct;).

A short 5 minute walk from the port in direction east will get you to Bačvice beach, most famous and for majority of citizens favourite beach, where you can watch and maybe join people playing a special game called ‘Picigin’. You will recognize it by men in tight Speedos flinging themselves over the water after a little rubber ball.

 Highlight of your morning walk will be a trip to ‘Pazar’- a colourful green market just across the port, and to scent full ‘Peškarija’ - fish market in Marmontova Street.

 Buy an original Croatian cravat (neck tie) at special ‘Croata’ shop at main square ‘Peristil’ or ‘Hajduk’ souvenir - Split football team adored by Torcida fans. Interesting hand made products can be found at the stands in the Substructures of the Diocletian Palace.

WHERE TO EAT?
Small fisherman port ‘Matejuška’ on the west side of the main waterfront promenade Riva is surrounded by ‘konobas’- typical Dalmatian taverns with traditional local food. Some of them are “Fife”, “Varoš”, “Hvaranin”, “Šperun” and “Tinel”. At pizzeria “Galija” you’ll try the most famous pizza in Split but you can try some good pizzas at konoba/pizzeria “Maslina” or pizzeria “Bakra”.
For top quality fish try restaurant “Noštromo” set directly on Peškarija (fish market) and for simple but delicious traditional food with fine wines try Bookeria or Uje.
 At the end of the western promenade there is ACI marina and restaurants Velum and Zrno Soli with view of the yachts. On the other side from the harbour, in Bačvice area, try a lovely Mediterranean restaurant “Edico-Terra” or “Stellon”, which at night turns into a club.

DRINKS & PARTY
Main waterfront promenade Riva is a place to enjoy drinks and coffee. In summer there are events, concerts and performances organized on Riva for everyone to enjoy. For wine and snacks try wine bars Zinfandel or Paradox or stroll the streets of the old town and try any of many bars and cafes. Later you can head to Bačivice beach where many bars and clubs are, O’Hara club at Zenta marina, or Hemingway club near Poljud Stadium.

 For more detailed information visit local tourist offices on Riva and on Peristil. There you can also get a SPLIT CARD which allows various discounts.