Split is the 2nd largest city in Croatia and the center of the Dalmatia region. Without hiding their pride, the people of Split will tell you that their city is "the most beautiful one in the world and beyond".
One thousand seven hundred years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built a palace on the peninsula near the great Roman city Salona. He wanted to spend his last days in the palace. Diocletian Palace and the entire historical core of Split have been on the World Heritage UNESCO list ever since 1979.
Split has excellent traffic connectivity. Split International airport is just 20 minutes and highway 15 minutes driving from the city center. To reach the city from the airport, take the direct bus line from the airport to the city center or a taxi.
The walk through the ancient city will make you feel you travel through time, along with the great examples of ancient architecture like Peristyle, the middle-aged Romanesque Church, and Gothic Palace. Renaissance portals of the noblemen’s houses, Baroque facades, and modern architecture superbly merged in the rich heritage.
Split offers many cultural happenings, film music festivals, exhibitions, excellent museums, and concerts. A few years in a row is a host to a world-known Ultra Europe Music Festival.
The town is a venue for an excellent gourmet and wine experience. Recommended restaurants are Bokeria, Zrno Soli, Mazgoon, Štoria, pizzeria Bokamora.
Start your sailing adventure from Split
Split is a perfect departure point for yachting and sailing in Croatia. Whether you`d like to sail to the North, Middle, or South Dalmatia region, its central position makes it desirable.
In the region of North Dalmatia, you can sail to Primošten, Šibenik, Skradin & Krka Waterfalls, and the island of the beautiful Kornati Archipelago.
The region Middle Dalmatia includes the islands quite close to Split: Šolta, Brač, Hvar, and Vis. And the South Dalmatia covers the islands of Korčula, Mljet, Lastovo, Pelješac peninsula, and of course Dubrovnik.
If you`d like to visit the islands of South Dalmatia we recommend a One-way sailing itinerary from Spit to Dubrovnik. This means you take the boat in Split, and leave at the end of the charter week in Dubrovnik.
A short drive from the Split city center are must-visit historical and cultural sights, the ancient city of Salona, and the medieval Fortress of Klis.
Salona was an ancient city and the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. The first mention of the name Salon originates about 7th century BC as an Illyrian settlement near the spring of river Jadro.
It is the biggest archaeological park in Croatia, whose size is attested by the monumental ramparts with towers and gates, a forum with temples, an amphitheater, and cemeteries with Salonian martyrs. Salona was a town with over 60 000 inhabitants and, according to the legend, the birthplace of Emperor Diocletian.
Fortress of Klis
Twenty minutes driving from the Split city, on the cliffs of the gorge between Kozjak and Mosor stands the Klis fortress, with one eye facing the sea and another facing Zagora.
The most considerable significance of the Klis fortress for Croatian history dates back to the 15th century. It found itself at the crossroads of the three empires – the Ottoman Empire, the Venetian Republic, and the Habsburg Monarchy. Klis was the home of the Uskoks. The military units that got their name because they jumped into the enemy territory pillaged it and returned to their base.
Klis Fortress is open for visits throughout the year. Summer working hours 08.30 -20.30h. For more info about working hours and entrance tickets, please read here Klis Fortress Web.
During warm summer days, we suggest visiting in the late afternoon. You can visit the Fortress on your own or book an organized trip with a tour guide from Split or Trogir.