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Need to Know About Split
Croatia is one of Europe’s rising stars for tourism. Thanks to is virtually untouched coastline and bounty of natural beauty, Croatia is one of Europe’s newest hotspots and cities like Split have helped bolster Croatia’s popularity. Sandwiched between the Dalmatia mountains and the glittering Adriatic sea, Split is more than just the transport hub it has long been known as. This beautiful seaside destination has ancient roots and there are ruins sprinkled in and around the city. Wander along the tree-lined waterfront promenade in the afternoon to hear locals singing, or take a seat at one of the ocean-facing cafes or restaurants to watch boats come and go from the port. Trips to neighbouring islands and scenic sunset cruises also leave from Split.
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Getting Around Split
Split is a pedestrian-friendly destination and much of the city easily seen just on foot. Cars are not permitted in the old town or inside the Diocletian’s Palace. Don’t expect many public transport options in Split; services are mainly limited to buses. Taxis can be found at dedicated taxi stations, and those with a rental car can leave their vehicle in the large parking lot outside the city’s main walls.
When is the Best Time to Book Cheap Flights to Split?
The best time to visit Split are either side of the peak summer months. Tourists swarm into Split from June to August and accommodation prices, flights and rental car rates tend to spike as a result. Time your Split travel for May, September or October to enjoy fewer crowds and pleasant temperatures. The Adriatic will still be warm enough for swimming for travellers visiting Split in early autumn. It is generally too chilly for ocean swimming during Split’s winter, but accommodation rates are at their lowest.
Travelling to Split Airport
Split Resnik Airport (SPU)
The Split Resnik Airport (SPU) is located around 20 kilometres from the city. Located on the west side of Kastela Bay, Split Resnik Airport (SPU) is the second busiest airport in Croatia. As Split’s public transport services are limited to local buses, the easiest and most convenient way of travelling from the airport to the city is by jumping into a taxi, renting a car, or waiting for the airport shuttle bus. The latter departs approximately every 30 minutes.
What to do in Split
The Diocletian Palace
It isn’t hard to find your way to the Diocletian Palace. For one, it occupies a premium patch of Split real estate by the harbour. The ruins of the limestone-and-marble Palace also form a bulk of Split’s old town; restaurants, cafes, apartments and shops have all popped up within buildings that sit inside the fortress’ walls. While the Palace is an undeniable beauty during the day, it becomes even more enchanting in the evening when illuminated.
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
The Cathedral of Saint Domnius, or the St. Duje Cathedral as it is known locally, was built to honour the first Bishop of Salona. The cathedral makes up a wider church complex, complete with bell tower and a mausoleum where the Emperor Diocletian was once interred. Travellers are welcome to climb to the top of the soaring bell tower and are rewarded with gorgeous panoramas of the city. A ticket to see inside the cathedral also includes access to the crypt, treasury and Temple of Jupiter.
As with much of Split’s architecture, this square actually makes up a part of the Diocletian Palace. This courtyard was rebuilt by Split’s citizens to mimic its use in ancient times: the formal entrance to the palace. The Square is now a gathering point for locals and visitors alike, and is also used as a theatre and stage for plays, opera performances and concerts.
Temple of Jupiter
Another sight located within the boundaries of the Diocletian Palace. Once dedicated to the King of the Roman gods, the Temple of Jupiter is now a wonderfully preserved look back into the history of Split. Homages to Jupiter have been replaced with a bronze statue of St. John the Baptist. To see the temple, take the narrowest street from the Peristyle Square. If history was the reason for you to book flights to Split, visiting the temple should definitely be on your itinerary.