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Split-Middle Dalmatia

SPLIT

Split is a beautiful Croatian city on the coast of the turquoise Adriatic Sea, surrounded by picturesque forests and hills. Modern Split includes road junctions, flyovers, green parks, cruise ships, good pebble beaches, shopping centers, a stunning promenade with a forest of yacht masts and a cozy historical center. Modern buildings made of glass and concrete are adjacent to houses of the 15-19th centuries, while fashion boutiques showcase windows on the ancient city square. Besides, its historical center and Diocletian's Palace in Split are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Indeed, history does not press on a person with prim silence, dusty exhibits and arrogant old man omniscience. This museum city will amaze you with its cheerful wisdom, incredible energy, bright colors intriguing unpredictability. You will definitely not get bored while being on tours in Split!

Split is famous for its small pebble beaches and clear sea. The water is so clear that through it corals are clearly visible, located at a depth of about 50 meters. Moreover, the nature of this region really impresses vacationers. In some places, the pine forest approaches almost is close to the water, due to which a unique microclimate is maintained here. Summer holidays in Split not only energizes, but also helps to improve health!

Sitting on the promenade and watching the mooring of snow-white yachts, the flight of seagulls above the water, the swaying of palm trees in the wind and the unhurried pace of life of the local population, you might think that you are somewhere in Mallorca, but the magnificent walls of Diocletian Palace will remind you of Split.


Beachlife


On the territory of Split, there are both sandy and small pebble beaches you can relax very well. The coast is equipped with everything that is necessary for a comfortable stay: changing stalls, sunbeds, umbrellas. The entrance to the beaches is free and almost smooth everywhere. Split beaches are very clean, the sea is bright turquoise due to quartzite, whose deposits are at the bottom, and very transparent (visibility is up to 50 meters in depth). Beaches in Split are presented for every taste.

If you like sandy beaches, come to Bacvice beach - one of the most popular city beaches located just a kilometer from the historical center. The main feature is the sand cover and well-developed infrastructure. This is a great place for families with children - the entrance to the water is shallow, the bottom is soft, the shallow depth is safe for babies. There is everything adults need to relax, including nearby restaurants. There are several cafes and restaurants with wonderful views: the sea on one side and pine forests, sometimes approaching the very edge of the water, on the other. Night parties and various youth festivals are regularly held. Outdoor enthusiasts can also like this beach as many interesting activities are available to them - waterskiing, kayaking, diving and many others.

The rest of the beaches attract fewer people, but the infrastructure is not inferior to Bacvice. If you like peace and quiet, you should pay attention to the coastal areas that are more distant from the city center. Kastelet also belongs to the comfortable pebble beaches, and on Ježinac there are green spaces that provide a pleasant shade on the shore. The first recreation area forms a small bay, which is located to the west of Bacvice beach. You’re guaranteed a family-friendly holiday in Split being on this beach - a gentle descent into the water, the water is clear that quickly warms up. There are well-equipped parking places, cafes and restaurants nearby.

If you rest on Bacvice, you can easily get to Trstenik beach along the pedestrian path. You can relax here for free, using the necessary infrastructure - sunbeds, a shower, a snack in a cafe. The coating is pebble, so slippers are required. People also come here for kayaking and yachting. The hotel territory smoothly passes into the longest beach of the resort - Zhnyan, a great place for family holidays in Split. There are many attractions - for children and adults, there are sports fields, trampolines and slides. Zhnyan in Croatia is a real Mecca for fans of windsurfing and kitesurfing. Excellent conditions for water sports are created here - this is facilitated by the kilometer-long beach, centers where you can rent equipment and use the services of instructors.

In addition to a comfortable beach holiday in Split, you can go climbing and diving. On Kashuni beach, you can find rocks of different heights - from 2 to 10 meters, which are easy to climb without special equipment, and jump into the water without risk to health. Rocks are concentrated on the wild, undeveloped part of the beach.


Nightlife


The landscape in Split is the most impressive with dusk, when the first lights of coastal towns and the illumination of many yachts plowing these waters light up. And the resort never sleeps. It is no secret that the main symbol of the nightlife of Croatia is the island of Hvar, which looks like “Balkan Ibiza”. Split is in the shadow of the "club glory" of the neighbor, but can offer its guests quiet wine bars, home-style parties and street music festivals. Split's quite vibrant nightlife is observed in the area of ​​the maritime station: there are performances by street musicians, and many cafes and restaurants, each of which offers its own show programs.

After sunset, the fun begins in the old town, where there are numerous bars and home restaurants. One of the new ones is Zinfandel, where you can try local - surprisingly good - wines. After that, you just have to turn a corner - and you are on the steps leading to the city synagogue, where, sitting on pillows, locals and tourists sip cocktails. For the best view of the Adriatic, you need to go to the Hemingway bar.


Good to Know


Airlines: Many airlines flying to Split, including both budget and conventional airlines. We will always offer you the best price to buy flight tickets.
Airport: Split Airport (also known as Resnik Airport)
Distance from airport: about 25 minutes / 23 kilometers.
Flight time: 5 hours.
Language: Croatian
Timezone: Central European Standard Time
Population: around 178.000
Passport: Valid passport is mandatory.
Currency: Croatian kuna (HRK)
Tipping: Not included. Customary to up to 10% of the bill.
Electricity: In Croatia (230V, 50Hz AC; the standard European (round-pronged) plugs)
Seat only: to book seats only – please find our link to great fares: www.aventura.is
Tourist tax: In Croatia, up to 25%.
Water: Safe to drink


Things to do


1. Taste the freshest seafood. VVisiting the Adriatic coast without tasting the seafood is a real gastronomic crime. The first thing to try when you are in Split is the fish seafood brodetta, which is stewed in red wine and seasoned with hot spices. Fans of all unusual things will appreciate the black risotto - rice with seafood with the addition of cuttlefish ink. From the classics, you can taste fish soup (available in almost any institution) and octopus salad. For a fine snack, local wines are ideal with fresh oysters from nearby farms.

2. Dive into the underwater world of Split. Clear water, providing visibility of 20-30 meters, an unusual marine fauna, an abundance of the remains of sunken ships - all this makes Split and neighboring cities very attractive for divers. There are a lot of diving centers along the coast. They offer divers to explore coral reefs, caves, sunken ships (due to the lack of strong undercurrents, shipwrecks retain their appearance for a very long time). No additional diving permits are required - just your desire.

3. Go for impressions to the nearby islands. Having plunged into the sea and exploring the city far and wide, guests of Split, as a rule, go for impressions to the nearby island of Hvar, of St Andrew and Marjan Hill. The island of Hvar, also known as the "Island of adventure", is a must-see if you like to sail, enjoy climbing or just enjoy walking in picturesque places. You can end the day here in silence, admiring the setting sun, or at a noisy party in one of many bars. The island of St. Andrew is ideal for those who appreciate the pristine beauty of nature. Civilization has arrived here for a long time, and local hotels meet all international standards, but there are not so many tourists. Marjan Hill, located on the peninsula of the same name, is often visited not only by tourists, but also by the inhabitants of Split. And this is not surprising: it is difficult to find a more suitable place for a picnic or walk along the coast. The main attraction of the hill is the magnificent palace built under the Roman emperor Diocletian.

4. Go for excursions in Split. Visit local museums that will open many secrets covered with a touch of antiquity. Walking far and wide is just about Split, where you can climb the 60-meter bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Domnius and go down to the ancient crypts, walk along the promenade or go on a trip in a small submarine. Museums in Split also hold many archaeological and cultural values. The most interesting in this regard will be the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments and the Ethnographic Museum.

5. Relax in the park and open a great view of the city. After visiting the ancient ruins and historical museums, it will be pleasant to relax in the Maryan park. From its highest point, an amazing view of the city and the sea opens, and peacocks walk along the picturesque paths.

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