Split - Split visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Split' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Split-Dalmatia County.
Split is the second largest city in Croatia and the largest city on the Dalmatian coast with an important harbour and port. Built between the eastern part of the Gulf of Kaštela and the Split Channel, t is an important transit hub to the Adriatic islands and the Apennine peninsula. The city is a popular tourist destination full of history with several nearby beaches.
Split is one of the oldest cities in the region, with archaeological evidence as the location of the Greek colony of Aspálathos in the 6th century BC. It was occupied by the Romans, who called it 'Spalatum' and then dominated by a magnificent palace built by Diocletian for his retirement in AD 305, which still forms the core of the Old City today.
The history of Split following the Roman era is complicated as warring empires fought for prominence in the region through the centuries, including the Byzantine empire, the Venetians, Hungarian Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire among others. Each has left it's mark, and as a result Split is rich in history and architecture.
Split - Tourist Attractions
As well as being a major transit hub to the surrounding region, Split is also a popular tourist destination in it's own right. It has plenty to offer visitors with many gems hidden within the narrow alleyways of the old city. While the most expensive restaurants and hotels are found along the harbour front, equally good, but cheaper, food and accommodation can be found only a couple of minutes walk further inland. Among the top tourist attractions in Split are:
Diocletian Palace - remains of the 4th century Roman palace that used to occupy the whole of the walled area of Split, entrance fees apply.
Split Cathedral - former mausoleum of Diocletian in the Old City, entrance fees apply.
Bell Tower - next to the Cathedral offering fantastic panoramic views over Split and the surrounding area, entrance fees apply.
Galleria Meštrović - gallery and museum containing many sculptures and works of art set in a country house.
Beaches - there are various beaches around Split, popular for bathing ans swimming within easy access of the hotels, including Jezinac Beach and Zvoncac Bay by Marjan Hill as well as Bacvice Beach near the harbour.
Flight: Split International Airport found 20km west of Split, transfer by either taxi or bus. Ferry: Regular ferries from Dubrovnik, Korcula, Mljet, Pescara, Rijeka, Vis, Hvar, Spetare (Brac), Stari Grad, Drvenik and Ancona in Italy. Road: Split lies on the 8 coastal road, about 30km north of Omiš and 60km north of Makarska. It is 150km south of Zadar.