Reasons to visit the city of Split, Croatia

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Why should you visit Split? Honestly, you should not even be questioning yourself about this. But in case you are, or you already thought about visiting but the idea got lost, or maybe you are looking for a place to visit this summer… In any case, read this posts and get convinced!

Let’s begin with a welcome: dobro došli u Split!

The history

Split’s old town is packed with memories of a past history. The Diocletian’s Palace, located in the core of the old town, is one of the most popular attractions in Split. It was built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian (yes, him and him alone! ahah) with the purpose of it being his retirement house.

As time went by, the palace turned into a city that grew past its walls. The remarkable thing is that nowadays the old town is full of cafes, restaurants, stores and houses inhabited by the locals. A city with 17 centuries old that manages to feel alive. No wonder that the palace and the entire Split’s historical center are part of the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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The weather

Croatia actually has two distinct types of climate: one in the coastal area and a different one in the interior part of the country.

Along the coastline, Croatia has a Mediterranean climate. This basically means that the winter is cold but the temperatures rarely are below 5 °C – I’m aware that this is not even considered “cold ” for some people… But don’t be deceived! I spent a winter in Split and I have to tell you: the wind is real! The Dalmatian area gets hit by “bura”, a strong cold wind that comes from the north. “Bura” is common in March when there’s usually rain – wind, rain and cold… a combination of the gods -, but it can be felt all year round. The bright side is that despite the “cold”  there are still plenty of sunny days in autumn/winter.

In the summer, Split is blessed with sunny weather and warm sea water. The perfect weather to go to the beach, to tan and swim in the sea, to explore the streets of the city and enjoy good ice creams.

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The food

Although having a Mediterranean diet, Croatian cuisine is not the same throughout the country. In fact, it varies by region due to cultural and historical influences, as well as climate differences.

Here in Dalmatia, prosciutto and cheese accompanied with bread make the beginning of every meal.

As for traditional Croatian dishes, I tried a few and I can’t say bad things!

  • Sarma/Paprike – minced meat rolled around cabbage leaves/peppers;
  • Njoke – a dough made with potato, flour and eggs that is usually eaten with meat;
  • Zagrebački odrezak – meat dish with veal that is stuffed with ham and cheese;
  • Fažol – bean soup with sausage and meat;
  • Sirnica – the traditional Easter bread, similar to the Italian panettone.

As it’s traditional in Mediterranean cuisine, along with olives and olive oil, capers, bread and wine are part of the Croatian gastronomy.

The door to explore the islands

If you come to Croatia to explore the islands of the Dalmatia region, chances are you will stop in Split. The main airport is located in Kaštela, near Split. Therefore, people have to pass in Split to then get a ferry to reach the islands.

So… if you have to stop in the city, why not explore it!

The scenery

As you know, Split is located in the middle of the mountains and the Adriatic sea.

In fact, Split is surrounded by three mountains: Kozjak, Perun and Mosor. These are perfect if you like adventure and nature, as there are many organized trips to climb and explore these mountains. When you reach a high point, take a breath and enjoy the amazing view around you. Also, the Klis Fortress has an altitude of 360 meters (1,180 ft) and from here a killer view is also guaranteed.

In downtown Split, the scenery changes. At sea level, you can enjoy the boats and cruises arriving at the port, the crowds walking in Riva, the multiple cafes, the Diocletian Palace and the charming streets of the old town.

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The beaches

Ohh the Adriatic sea and its clear blue sea… I usually swim in the ocean so I had a “wow” moment when I managed to see the little fishes through the water. Although the stones on the beach (instead of sand) took a little to get used to.

The beaches in Split are great, just the view around you is amazing. My favorites are the beaches in Kašjuni and Žnjan. Kašjuni is a small beach that’s surrounded by cliffs, perfect to just relax. Žnjan is a much bigger beach and it has tons of coffees/bars. I like to go during the morning and take a swim, lay on the towel to dry/tan a little, and then sit in one of the bars to drink an iced coffee. And yes, I’m drinking iced coffee and not coffee with milk because it is H.O.T.!


I hope this post has put all your doubts aside. Split is great, Split is magical, Split is alive. So how about you come visit the city and see it for yourself?

 

For more information about the Split, click here.

Check my last blog post about my visit to Krka National Park.

2 Replies to “Reasons to visit the city of Split, Croatia”

  1. Congratulations!! Great job, it really sharpened my spirit to come visit

    1. I’m glad, Dina 😉 and you definitely should visit!

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