Split - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Composite panorama showing the view over Split from the bell tower in the old city, put together as if the bell tower was not there. Image taken September 2011.
Split - FURTHER INFORMATION
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 AttractionsAs 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.
- Muzej Grada (City Museum) - small museum in the Old City depicting the history of Split, entrance fees apply.
- Ethnographic Musuem - founded in 1910 it is the oldest ethnographic museum in Croatia full of artefacts from Dalmatia.
- Galerija Emanuel Vidović - found on the east side of the Old City showing the work of Emanuel Vidovic (1870-1953), considered Split's greatest painter.
- Galerija umjetnina (Gallery of Fine Arts) - founded in 1931 the gallery contains permanent and changing exhibitions of many major Croatian artists.
- Marjan Viewpoint - 10 minutes walk from the harbour up a hill giving good views over the city.
- Hrvatsko narodno kazalište (HNK) - home to the Croatian National Theatre.
- Statue of Gregory of Nin - found outside the Golden Gate of Diocletian's Palace with one toe rubbed smooth through years of being rubbed by tourist for good luck.
- Kaštelet Meštrović and The Holy Cross Chapel - old chapel now an art gallery full of various sculptures.
- 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.
Split Tourist Information Office
Phone: +385 (0)21/345-606
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
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.