Split is one of the largest cities in Croatia with a spectacular historical center, small pebble beaches and colorful establishments. It organically combines elements of different cultures and trends in architecture. When traveling by rental car, it is worth allotting time to visit the Diocletian's Palace, the ruins of the Roman Salon, the Golden and Silver Gates, the Cathedral. Art lovers can visit one of the galleries of the city with their own collections and temporary exhibitions. Local cuisine is based on fresh vegetables and seafood. Everything is prepared with minimal heat treatment, which allows you to preserve the unique taste properties of each ingredient. As souvenirs from Split, you can bring silk ties and socks, a fountain pen, Croatian wines, prshut, cheeses.
Airport Split ( Split Airport ) - download the scheme
IATA code: SPU
Location: 20 km from Split
Official website: www.split-airport.hr
Information: +385 21 203 555
The following companies provide car rental services at Split Airport: Goldcar, Fleet rent a car, Alamo, Firefly car rental, Oryx rent a car, Hertz, Right cars, Enterprise. Rental car rental desks are located in the arrivals area. There is a parking zone near the airport, where the first 15 minutes of parking are free.
The palace of the emperor Diocletian is perhaps the most legendary construction of Split, built in the III century. The building used to be a massive fortress with an area of 4,500 square meters. Today, part of the massive structure is destroyed, but the Bronze and Iron Gates, the Church of St. Martin, the Golden Gate, the colonnade that surrounded the palace have been preserved. Having reached the basements of the Sea Gate, you can see the ancient premises where souvenir dealers are now located, and in the northeastern part - the Papalichi Palace, perfectly preserved from the 15th century. During the reign of the emperor, ceremonies were held here, and today there are theater performances.
Zrinsko - Frankopanska, 25 www.mdc.hr/split-arheoloski/
Rent a car and explore the rich archaeological heritage of Split. The museum presents valuable exhibits of prehistoric times, early Christian years, objects of the Greek colony of the Adriatic, the Middle Ages. Including ancient clay lamps, Roman glass, Greek-Hellenistic ceramics, and bone products. During the tour, you can also explore the huge collection of medieval, antique coins and visit the richest library on history and archeology.
Ul. Kraj Svetog Duje, 5
The Cathedral of St. Domnius is the main Catholic church of the city, which was built at the beginning of the IV century. It consists of several parts: the mausoleum of the emperor Diocletian and the bell tower. Most impressive are the wooden doors of the shrine, which depict 14 scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. Each of them is separated by a magnificent ornament from a tree. The main values of the temple are the relics of St. Duchess, the painting “Madonna and Child” (13th century), relics and goblets of the 13th-19th centuries, the Gospel dating from the 6th century.
Trg Gaje Bulata, 1 www.hnk-split.hr
You can plunge into the subtle atmosphere of art by going to the Croatian National Theater. Its history began at the end of the XIX century, then exclusively visiting troupes performed on the stage, mainly Italian. For a short period of existence, the theater survived reconstruction, a fire. Today you can visit dramatic, ballet, opera, symphony concerts. The main event of the year is the weekly performing arts festival, which demonstrates the achievements of Croatian drama.
The first mention of the Holy Trinity Church dates back to the 9th century. It is considered a vivid example of early medieval architecture, and the first references were found in the lists of Benedictine monasteries. Outside, the temple looks rather ascetic and gloomy. Interestingly, during the restoration there were found fragments of the altar with oblique trim and engraved texts related to pre-Roman stone sculpture. Getting to the shrine will be more convenient by renting a car.
3 kilometers from Split is the ancient Roman capital of Dalmatia, the town of Salon. Numerous buildings indicate that once the territory was a center of management and trade. Examining the ruins of the town, you can find the ruins of theaters, baths. Well-preserved individual elements of the amphitheater, which once housed 20,000 spectators. Some stone figures are decorated with ornaments, specific symbols. Workmanship, image accuracy makes a lasting impression. Interestingly, the ruins were discovered by archaeologists relatively recently. Experts say that future generations will also find new architectural monuments in these places.
The city-museum of Trogir, founded in the III century BC, impresses with a large number of buildings, towers, temples and narrow streets. Walking around the city, it is worth visiting the Cathedral (XIII century), which is under the protection of UNESCO, the Camerlengo fortress and city gates dating from the XV century. Fans of interesting architectural solutions can visit the Gothic Dominican Church, located on the waterfront, the Romanesque church of St. John the Baptist, the neo-Gothic Chipico Palace. There is a port in Trogir that accepts ships and yachts, but if you want to sunbathe on the beach, you will have to go outside the city. In the old part of Trogir there are many souvenir shops where you can buy commemorative gizmos, and if you want to buy something edible or beach items, you should take a walk to the local market.
On a rental car, go on an excursion to a picturesque place located near Split - Krka National Park. The territory is huge, so for a self-guided tour at the entrance it is better to take a map. Walking along the eco-trails, it is worth visiting the Skradinsky Buk waterfall, in which, by the way, you can swim in fine weather, visit the observation deck and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. No less memorable will be a boat trip to the island of Visovac, which will take about 4 hours.
The island of Brac is one of the most beautiful places in Croatia. Fans of outdoor activities will be able to do any water sport, those who prefer hiking will enjoy spending time strolling through the ancient pedestrian areas and exploring local attractions. The island is famous not only for its beautiful views, historical monuments, but also for delicious seafood, fish and decadent rosé. If you intend to stay here for a few days, it is worth paying attention to the popular resort cities Bol and Supetar, especially loved by tourists.
Another popular tourist destination among those who love colorful towns and historical monuments is Šibenik. The first step is to see the Cathedral of St. James, built of unique white stone in the 15th century, climb to the top of the hill to see the panoramas of the city from the fortress of St. Anne. No less interesting will be an excursion to the Archbishop's Palace and the New Church. At 6 kilometers from the city there is a beach where you can go diving, rowing or sailing on a yacht. In between a busy tourist program, you should visit the restaurants of Sibenik, offering the most diverse cuisine for every taste.
Obala Hrv.Preporoda, 7 www.brasserieon7.com
For a morning meal in Split, Brasserie on 7 is suitable. Sitting on the boardwalk and admiring the bay, you can enjoy tuna steak, yogurt with muesli and fruit, a signature cake and a cup of coffee. The beautiful presentation awakens the appetite even more, and the high quality of service leaves pleasant memories of the establishment. To come to Brasserie on 7 for breakfast at the opening and try all the freshest, it is worth renting a car.
Brace Kaliterna, 6 www.ma-toni.com
If strolling through the city center, you are pretty hungry, go to Konoba Matoni for a hearty lunch. The first thing that impresses is the authentic medieval-style interior. It is worth trying a salad with smoked duck breast and orange, pasta, steak, and chocolate cake. Regardless of which dish you choose, the portion will be large and the serving will be fast. There are delicacies on the menu for both the meat-eater and the vegan.
Trumbiceva Obala, 2 https://www.facebook.com/pg/totosburgerbar/about/?tab=overview
Toto´s Burger Bar is one of the most popular Split establishments whose menu offers dishes for every taste: fast food, gluten-free dishes, healthy food. In good weather, the windows are wide open, and sitting at the window with delicious food, enjoying the views of the city is a pleasure. The highlight of the place is burgers and fresh fresh fruits and vegetables. The staff is always friendly and attentive to each guest, and the stylish interior makes an impression even on an avid tourist.
Obala Hrvatskog Narodnog Preporoda No. 6 www.bota-sare.hr
For the freshest and finest cooked seafood, head to Oyster & Sushi Bar Bota, renting a car. Sushi with tuna, Adriatic oysters, tuna tartar, sashimi, white wine - whatever you order will be delicious. Sweet tooth also does not get bored: the institution has a large selection of desserts. During the day, you can eat hearty with children, and in the evening come for a romantic dinner or for a get-together with friends.
Ujeviceva Poljana, 2 www.tasteofcroatia.org/wine-bars/wine-cheese-bar-paradox
Wine & Cheese Bar Paradox is one of those establishments where you can slowly enjoy cheese, olives and wine in the evenings. National Croatian, international, white, pink, red, sparkling - here is a selection of wines for every taste and budget. On the background, pleasant music plays, organically complementing the romantic atmosphere. The staff works quickly, harmoniously and imperceptibly: a pleasant evening leisure at the Wine & Cheese Bar Paradox is provided to each guest.
Ul. kralja Zvonimira, 6
+385 21 314 444 www.hotelluxesplit.com double room - from € 124
Hotel Luxe is a 3-minute walk from the Old Town. The rooms are spacious and the interior of each room is professionally designed by designers. The staff is extremely helpful and polite, in case of unusual situations, you can seek help. For business trips, a functional conference room is equipped, for relaxation - a fitness center, spa area. On the eve of the holidays the hotel is festively decorated, so a joyful mood is guaranteed for each guest.
Ul. Luciceva, 13
+385 98 331 475 www.splitapartments-peric.com double room - from € 69
If you are planning on a rental car and looking for a reasonably priced accommodation option, opt for Split Apartments - Peric Hotel. In addition to good service and comfortable rooms, guests will appreciate a convenient location. The hotel is centrally located, the main attraction - Deocletian's Palace can be reached in 10 minutes. It offers free parking, shuttle service, laundry.
Setaliste Pape Ivana Pavla II
+385 21 815 055 hotelfanat.com double room - from € 136
Hotel Fanat is a colorful hotel located right by the sea. The staff politely greets each guest, helps them to sit comfortably and tells everything about the sights and restaurants of the city. The apartments are spacious and clean, every little thing here helps to relax after a long flight or walk. You can have a delicious breakfast in the restaurant and spend a romantic dinner in the evening. Exquisite cuisine and original presentation will surely be remembered by every tourist.
Poljana Grgura Ninskog, 1
+385 21 785 208 www.antique-split.com double room - from € 124
Those who want to move in time and live in a completely unique place should choose Antique Split Luxury Rooms when choosing a hotel. The boutique hotel is located in the Diocletian's Palace, it features old-fashioned rooms, colorful interiors and a unique atmosphere of history. From the windows you can see the main square, the cathedral and cozy city streets. The staff works harmoniously, trying to make each guest's stay unforgettable.
Sustipanski put, 23
+385 21 398 622 hoteljadran.eu double room - from € 92
For a family trip, Hotel Jadran is an excellent choice. The hotel is located in the park, everything here has a pleasant stay. The rooms are cozy and clean, overlooking the beach. Those who prefer comfort in every detail are offered deluxe rooms. The staff is extremely polite and attentive, you can safely seek any help. You can have a delicious breakfast in the restaurant, and spend the evening with a glass of wine in the bar. For tourists on rented cars free parking is equipped.
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