Perfectly nestled in the dramatic coastal mountains, its gorgeous turquoise waters create a stunning backdrop for arriving vessels. Split is also situated in the perfect anchorage point to explore Croatia's lovely coastal islands, such as Hvar, Brac and Vis. Split is chaotic, enchanting and represents a breath of history blended with contemporary design. It also acts as the economic core of the eastern Adriatic shoreline and the major transport hub for surrounding towns and cities.
Exploring the streets of Split, you’ll encounter Roman warriors and idyllic Croatian houses. Split has fantastic nightlife, architecture, marinas and a great coast for sailing. The tree-lined harbourside promenade, the ‘Riva’, has many cafes and bars and has undergone a makeover in recent years – much to the locals’ disapproval – and Split is increasingly attracting tourists from all over the world. Make sure you walk up the woodsy Marjan Hill to the west and enjoy the sweeping views over town. Then, rent a bike at the foot of the hill and bike around the coast, visiting Split’s many surrounding beaches. One of the most popular areas of Split is the Bacvice neighbourhood to the east of the Old Town, where the beaches and nightlife attract people from all over the Croatian coast.
The historical centre of Split is built around the remains of the Diocletian’s Palace, which is considered one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Palace has four monumental gates and visitors can wander around its remains, its dark, dank basements and well-preserved narrow main streets. Diocletian’s Palace is also home to most of Split’s museums and galleries. Just outside the outskirts of the city, the ruins of Roman Salona, the Renaissance town of Trogir and the medieval Croatian stronghold of Klis are the main attractions.
As you sail across the Croatian coast, Split is certainly a destination we recommend you stop in. Depart your vessel in the morning and start the day in the white-marble-paved People's Square. Then, head for the Golden Gate, once the most important entrance to the city. On your way you’ll pass the impressive Gothic Papalic Palace and visit one of the world's smallest churches, the sixth-century St Martin's, built in a guard passage above the gate. While you’re there, don’t forget to rub the shiny big toe of Grgur, which locals say will guarantee your return to Split!
At night, join the locals for a shot of rakija (grappa) at one of the many friendly bars in the lively former ghetto area on the west wall of the palace. And as you end your evening relaxing on your private boat and gazing up at the Croatian sky that’s just bursting with stars, you’ll understand why Split truly is a must visit during any sailing holiday in Croatia.
Getting to Split couldn’t be easier. Split is well connected by international flights all around Europe. Once you arrive at Split airport, it’s only a short taxi ride to Split, or you can catch the No. 37 or No. 38 bus. It’s also possible to get the train from various European cities to Split, although the majority of routes require a change in Zagreb, which is only a short 45 minute flight (or 6-8 hour train ride) away. Numerous buses run all throughout Croatia, so getting to Split once you’re in the country is easy.