Book Flights to Split (SPU)

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Book Flights to Split (SPU)

Interesting facts about Split

With over 2600 hours of sunshine annually, Split is a wonderful Mediterranean destination for either a quick weekend getaway or a longer summer holiday. As one of the oldest cities in Dalmatia, Split has many historical attractions too. A good all-round destination in Croatia, find out more with this Finnair travel guide to Split.

Sights in Split

At the very centre of the city is the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace. Wander around the vast, fortress-like remains and enjoy the many restaurants and bars within the Roman walls. Visit Split Archaeological Museum to learn about the area’s history and be awed by the ancient Cathedral of Saint Domnius, one of the oldest cathedrals in the world. Other historic sites around the city include Jupiter’s Temple, which is now used as a church, two original sphinxes from Egypt and various remains around Peristil Square. See some beautiful works of local art dating back to the 14th century at the Gallery of Fine Arts and admire striking sculptures by Ivan Meštrović at Galerija Meštrović. Sports fans should stop by Poljud Stadium. If you’re hoping your favourite team will win, go to Grgur Ninski and touch the statue’s toe; it’s said to bring good luck! The campanile bell tower offers terrific views over the city and coast, while those seeking a more nature-based experience can soak up the vistas from atop Marjan Hill. Be sure to also look at St Jeronimus Caves and Church while up there. Thrill seekers can go rock climbing, and the surrounding areas are ideal for hiking. If relaxation is high on your agenda, the sandy beaches of Bene, Bačvice, Kaštelet and Kašjuni won’t disappoint. Watch for people playing the traditional beach ball game of picigin. Another must while in Split is to visit a wine cellar and taste the delicious, world-renowned specialties of the Dalmatian area. There are many big events in Split during the summer, including the Split Music Festival and Summer Theatre Festival.

Things to See and Do Near Split

  • Hvar – Catch a boat over to this island to explore the pretty town and admire the luxury vessels in the harbour. There are five boat services per day during the peak tourist season.
  • Salona – This ancient Roman town was one of the largest settlements across the whole of the Roman Empire. The well-preserved ruins offer an enchanting glimpse into the past.
  • Brač – Another island off the coast of Split, boasting gorgeous sandy beaches, sparkling waters and fragrant pine trees.
  • Trogir – This UNESCO-listed historic town is one of the most charming and best-preserved towns from the medieval period across all of Europe.

Shopping in Split

The popular Croatian summer destination has a shopping scene that will make most visitors more than happy.

  • Split Market – A fairly large market with a wide selection of goods, you’ll find not only fresh produce and other foodstuffs, but clothing, toys, beach accessories, souvenirs and more.
  • Joker Centre – One of the newest shopping centres in Split, there are around 50 stores spread over four levels. From clothing and footwear to household goods and electronics, this mall sells a wide assortment of items. There’s a supermarket within the complex too.
  • City Center One Split – The biggest shopping centre in Dalmatia, this three-storey mall has a variety of local and international brands.

Food and Drink

  • Soparnik – Baked on a fire, this filled dough is very similar to a crepe or thin pancake. Stuffed with onion and leafy greens, it has garlic and olive oil on the top.
  • Ham – You’ll find a wide variety of locally-produced hams from the Dalmatian region.
  • Ćevapi – Comprising small balls of rolled-up minced meat, which are often served with freshly chopped onions and either a creamy sauce or a chunky relish. The meat may be lamb, beef, pork or a combination.
  • Pašticada s njokama – This is the local version of gnocchi.
  • Wine – The entire region of Dalmatia is known for producing top-class wines, but some local wines to try from Split include Orela and Pipi.

Transport in Split

Many major sights in Split are close to each other and there is a good public transportation system that connects the city with the airport and its surroundings.

  • By foot – The heart of Split is fairly compact and the close proximity of attractions means that many visitors mainly walk from place to place.
  • By bicycle – There are several places to rent bicycles around Split. Riding is generally pleasant and safe, letting you independently explore the scenic waterfront area and Marjan Hill. You can even take your rented bicycles on the ferries to the islands for a convenient transportation option during day trips.
  • Buses – There are several bus routes in Split and vehicles are generally fairly new and in good condition. Tickets are affordably priced. If you’re just purchasing a single ticket, keep in mind that it is slightly cheaper to obtain tickets from the kiosks rather than from the driver. Other ticket types include double journey, a book of five double tickets and a monthly pass. You must validate your ticket on the bus.
  • Taxis – While Split does have plentiful taxis, they are often not so easy to spot on the streets. It is recommended to either call and book a taxi or go to a designated taxi rank. Taxis have meters that display the fare due.
  • Boats – Many boat companies operate around Split, providing frequent services to nearby islands. It is also possible to charter a boat for half a day, a full day, or longer, to explore away from the crowds.

Weather in Split

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