Welcome to Split Region
Situated in central Dalmatia, Split region is one of the warmest and sunniest regions in Croatia. It is a popular summer holiday destination for families, couples, groups and solo travellers from Croatia and abroad. Aside from the crystal blue sea, beautiful beaches and mesmerising natural heritage, the region is best known for Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Ultra Europe Music Festival, Zlatni Rat beach on the island Brač and the sunniest island in the Adriatic-Hvar.
Split Airport, second busiest airport in Croatia after Zagreb airport, is just 24 kilometres away from Split city and offers flights from and to most major cities in Europe. Read More
At a Glance
There are numerous reasons why thousands of people choose to visit Split region every year. Families travelling with children love the child friendly beaches which can be found in almost every town and bay on the islands and coastline. Most of the beaches have easy access to the sea and enough shallow water for kids to play in. Public beaches offer paddle boat rental and other fun activities for children and adults. Islands in Split region are an interesting combination of popular tourist towns and secluded bays. In towns, you will find restaurants, shops, historical monuments and a lively atmosphere while bays offer privacy, peace and quiet. A typical bay on the islands has a few family vacation houses and small apartment complexes that are just a stone throw away from the beach. This is ideal for families as they can come and go from the beach whenever they want with the apartment just a few minutes away. To get the best of both worlds, many choose to set up base in one of the bays and then go on day trips or evening outings from there. This is a great option if you have a car but if not then it’s better to choose one of the towns because public transport isn’t well developed on islands. Whichever you choose you can be sure that the water will be crystal clear, the sun will be shining and you will have fun!
Couples seeking romance will find that even a stroll through the marble streets of small historic towns or sipping coffee in a local cafe while gazing at the sea will make you feel like time is standing still and you are the only two people in the world. The small historic town of Trogir, which lays within medieval walls on a small island near Split, is the perfect place for a romantic day out. Its historic core was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for exceptional perseverance of buildings, churches and towers from the Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque eras. Visit Trogir town’s Saint Lawrence’s Cathedral (Croatian: Katedrala Svetog Lovre) with the Renaissance Chapel of Saint Ivan, climb up the 47 meters high tower and enjoy the breathtaking views. Split city’s historical core is another must see while in the region. Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruled the world in 305, had a palace built for him just 6 kilometres away from cosmopolitan Salona, in the bay of Aspalathos, now known as Split. Diocletian’s Palace is one of the best-preserved monuments of Roman architecture in the world and has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1979.
Split region is not only rich in history and cultural heritage but also in natural beauty. Olive grows, lavender fields and pine tree forests create a colourful landscape and picturesque scenery all over the islands. Spread along the coast are the Dinaric Alps with the second highest mountain in Croatia- Biokovo. A part of the mountain has been proclaimed a nature park with hiking trails and walking paths. On your way to the top you’ll be amazed with the stunning views of the coast, islands and sea. On sunny days, when the sky is clear you can even see Italy in the distance. Crveno Jezero (Red Lake), located in the Dinaric Alps near the city Imotski, is one of the largest sinkholes in the world and a truly impressive karst phenomena. It got the name Red Lake because of the reddish colour of its rocky shores. Modro Jezero (Blue Lake) is another karst lake, in the area, worth seeing. If you wish to go for a dip, make sure to visit before the end of summer because the lake may completely disappear by then. It is known to dry out during hot and dry summers.
For an adrenaline rush or just an energy boost there are quite a few things to do in Split region such as Cetina river canyon zip line, rock climbing on over two dozen locations, cycling on the coast and islands, diving, sailing, trekking, horse riding and more. If you decide to spend your days sunbathing and swimming you can also try Picigin, a ball game invented in Split. Fun for the young and the old, the game is played in shallow water with a small ball which you can buy in almost every shop and stand near the beach. The main objective of the game is to keep the ball from falling into the water while tossing it between players. What makes it so much fun are all the silly ways players try to save the ball with lots of splashing around and falling into the water. You’ll be amazed with your acrobatic abilities once you get into it.
Split region’s cuisine mostly consists of Dalmatian staple seafood, meat and pasta dishes prepared with fresh ingredients, regional herbs, spices and olive oil and served with local fine wine. Restaurants, pizzerieas, wine and cheese bars, taverns, cafes, patisseries and bakeries are aplenty, each one with a unique atmosphere and tasty food. Regional specialities include Pašticada (pot-roasted beef dish prepared with red wine, prunes, vegetables and bacon and served with gnocchi or homemade pasta), Viška pogača (Vis island’s baked bread pie filled with anchovies or salty fish, onions and tomatoes), Papernjaci (honey-based biscuits made on island Hvar) and Arambašići (a staple dish in Sinj, sour cabbage rolls stuffed with diced meat and flavoured with spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg). The region also offers a variety of red and white wines which you can order in restaurants and bars or go for a wine tasting tour on one of many wine roads. If you are interested in tasting something completely different you should try Brač island’s red wine mixed with fresh goat’s milk, locally called Smutica. It has a beautiful pink colour, a unique taste and locals believe it offers many health benefits.
Split region’s nightlife is renowned across the globe for world famous DJ performances, exquisite cocktails, memorable after beach parties and nights out that often last until sunrise. The best parties are organised in Split, Makarska and the island Hvar with lots of clubs and bars to choose from. Hvar island’s Carpe Diem Club has been a party hot spot for years with even Beyonce, Jay-Z and Prince Harry visiting a few times. Split town’s Ultra Europe Music Festival, organised every year since 2013., has become one of the biggest EDM and house music festivals in Europe, featuring world famous artists such as David Guetta, Chemical Brothers, Afrojack and DJ Tiesto. The festival evolved from a two-day event to a full blown seven-day extravaganza, named Destination Ultra, which is held in Split and the islands Hvar, Brac and Vis in July.
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