The city of Split is the second largest in Croatia and the most important in the region of Dalmatia. Situated on a small peninsula on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, the city is at the foot of Kozjak and Mosor mountains and is fulfilled with history.
Split is mainly famous because of its impressive construction, the Diocletian’s Palace. The palace is made of a white stone coming from a nearby island, the Island of Brač, and which was also used in the construction of the White House in the US.
In the construction of Diocletian’s Palace that is the main attraction of the city, there is a residence, a dynastic temple, and a mausoleum. It’s super cool to notice that until today a lot of people still live inside the Palace, where there are also hundreds of shops, restaurants, hotels and coffee places, imposing the new and modern to the secular and ancient.
When visiting the city, allow yourself to get lost in the alleys of the Palace and you may have the good fortune to find a group of men, usually dressed more formally in places with great acoustics, they are a Klapa group, and they cherish visitors with wonderful music. Klapa, which can be translated as “a group of friends”, are characteristic of the Dalmatian region and the appreciation for this kind of music is so big, that it was even recognized in 2012 as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
When it comes to history Split passed by several governments before becoming, finally, part of Croatia. Since its foundation, the city was ruled by Rome, the Byzantine Empire and, intermittently, the Croatian and Hungarian nobility. In 1420, the Republic of Venice took control of the city but lost in 1797 to Austria-Hungary. In the period 1806-1813, the city was under Napoleonic control. After the World War, Split became the most important port in Yugoslavia and it was only after the end of World War II, that the city became definitely Croatian territory.
These historical facts made the city what it is today, a mixture of tradition and modernity. To complete, such rich history gets united with the natural beauty of the Adriatic Sea making the city a perfect destination for everybody.
In front of the Palace, you will also find the famous Riva, the main place where are located various restaurants, coffee bars and open markets with art, handcraft, food, beauty products, lavender, and souvenirs.
If you are in Split and is desperate for a swim in the Adriatic, we can suggest you a dip in one of the most famous beaches in Split, Bačvice Beach. It’s less than ten minutes’ walk from Split’s main bus station and ferry terminal – what means it is a city beach, used by everyone. The beach has infrastructure with a couple of bars, nightclubs and even showers.
If you think your trip is not complete without some shopping, the main place to see in the Old Town is the Marmontova Street. Even though you will be able to stroll and enjoy lots of different shops through the whole Old Town, Marmontova Street is the main shopping street in the city center of Split, where you will also find international shops like Benetton and Zara.
Besides the famous international stores, it’s nice to keep an eye open for the national small shops and boutiques. Split is a very promising center of design and fashion where it’s possible to find unique and unforgettable pieces of clothes, jewelry, accessories, and handcraft.
Come visit this beautiful city on the Croatian coast, with us!
Kamauf Tours have several options of tours for those who want to visit the city of Split. Send us an email with your ideas and we will be happy to find you the trip that bests suit your wishes.
Heart & Soul: The best and more complete way to visit the Old Town of Split. Through our city tour, you will be able to understand a bit more about the history of the city and also get to know a lot of interesting curiosities. We will guide you through the main sightseeing of the city and also through its hidden treasures.
Walk and Cook: This tour is recommended for those who like to know the history and culture of a city, in addition to the flavors of the local cuisine in an unusual and creative way. Accompanied by a Croatian chef, after a visit to the main sights of Split, we will buy fresh ingredients and prepare a delicious traditional dish. Come taste the best of Split with us!
Walk and Wine: For those who want to visit the main attractions of Split and also enjoy a good wine, this is the recommended tour. Join us on a walk by the main sights of the city, discovering its history and curiosities. At the end of the city tour, we will visit a charming winery, taste and discover the delicious flavors of some of the best Croatian wines.