SPLIT - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Split

Split, the main port for travel to the Adriatic islands, is also home to the Diocletian Palace, built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the end of the third century AD. The Palace forms the core of the old town and has been adapted and remodelled throughout the ages so that it displays a breath-taking mix of architecture from the Roman through to the later Venetian period.


Split waterfront
Split waterfront

Louise Reddon writing in The Daily Telegraph captured the atmosphere of Split perfectly: When Emperor Diocletian was considering retirement from governing the Roman Empire, he shopped around, found no decent rest homes and decided to build his own. And so Split was born. This magnificent walled city palace was built to Diocletian's exacting standards, and today retains enough original charms to attract visitors by the thousands. Amid the remnants of his grand residences, there is a pleasingly workaday town. Pavement cafès, cosy bars and plenty of shops mix with two lively markets and chic apartments built from the very barracks where Diocletian's soldiers once lived. Visit this 1700-year-old living museum during Split‘s Summer Festival in which cultural events are often staged in the open air. Drinking cocktails with the posing parade along the ritzy palm-lined ‘Riva‘ promenade. Afterwards, head to house-music haunt, Caffe Bar Fluid, and sit outside on steps that lead to the little-known second tier of the palace. Bacvice beach, a 15-minute stroll east, has buzzy nightclubs.


Trogir and Ciovo Island

Walking through the magical streets of Trogir is a wonderful experience. It is an ancient town, laid down according to classical architectural rules from Greek and Roman times. Trogir is a UNESCO world heritage site and regarded as the best preserved Romanesque-Gothic town in Central Europe. In the middle age period Renaissance palaces and houses were built by the Venetian rulers of this area, and they are still there. As you walk through beautiful narrow cobbled streets you can glimpse medieval churches with stone carved doorways, shaded piazzas, Juliet balconies, arched medieval windows with exquisite carved pillars and rosettes. The towns fortifications were established in the 13th and 14th centuries and the principal forts on the seaward side of the town still stand.


Trogir from the air
Trogir from the air
Courtyard in Trogir
Courtyard in Trogir
Trogir waterfront at night
Trogir waterfront at night

Today Trogir is a lively tourist destination. Restaurants, simple and sophisticated, cafes and bars are located along a splendid harbour front that is busy day and night as well as in the quiet alleyways and narrow passages of the old town. The waterfront is a constant source of activity with sailing and motor yachts that are cruising the Adriatic passing through.


Trogir
Trogir

The old town is linked by a small bridge to the island of Ciovo. Ciovo offers the best swimming with, excellent beaches, some very busy, and some wild and deserted. The most popular is Saldun Bay overlooking the Trogir marina. The beach has cafes and restaurants, water sports and diving. Another good beach is Mavarscica, a pebbly bay lined with pine trees. On two small nearby islands, Drvenik Veli and Drvenik Mali, which are easily reached by a boat you can enjoy peaceful sandy beaches.


Trogir
Trogir
Trogir
Trogir
Zlatni Rat beach at Bol, Island of Brac
Zlatni Rat beach at Bol, Island of Brac

Brac

Brac is the largest of the Central Dalmatian islands with a land mass of 395 square kilometres and several towns and villages. At the centre of the island the peak of Vidova Gora rises to 778 metres. The typical landscape of the rural interior of the island is of vineyards and olive groves enclosed by stone walls. Around the coast there are many pretty bays and beaches, often edged with pine trees. Brac has a long history; the small museum in the historic settlement of Skrip charts the history of the island from pre Roman times. All around the coastline there are quiet sheltered bays with delightful pebble beaches often lined with pine trees that provide welcome shade in the midday sun. Many of the beaches are uncrowded and all have crystal clear water and are delightful for swimming. The famous Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn)beach at Bol will be packed in mid summer but this spectacular beach, a narrow spit projecting out in the sea, must be seen if you are staying on Brac. The most notable towns on the island are:


Milna

Situated in a deep bay and is a favourite destination for yachtsmen. In the summer months the harbour is filled with yachts moored in the marina and along the town quay providing plenty of custom for the quayside cafes and restaurants.


Splitska
Splitska
Milna
Milna

Splitska

Situated around a delightful harbour, the town of Splitska, is one of the most attractive communities on the island.


Pucisca

Situated around a sheltered harbour, Pucisa has a character defined by its fine stone buildings set in terraces on the steep hillside. Here young stone masons are trained and can be seen practising their skills at The School of Stone Masons on the harbour front.


Bol Town
Bol Town
Bol beach
Bol beach

Bol

On the southern side of the island, Bol, has examples of 15th and 17th century architecture but is best known for its famous beach, Zlatni Rat, or Golden Horn, a shingle spit stretching out over 600 metres into the sea.


Sumartin

Sumartin is a quiet village at the eastern end of the island of Brac. Shops, cafes and restaurants front the harbour from where a regular car ferry crosses to Makarska on the mainland.


Sumartin
Sumartin
Postira
Postira

Postira

Postira's narrow winding streets lead down to a busy harbour bursting with small boasts and surrounded by lively cafes, shops and restaurants. A few kilometres inland from Postira the interesting and ancient village of Dol is renowned for its restaurants serving local produce grown in the valley.


Supetar

Supetar's busy harbour is where the regular car ferry from Split disembarks. The town's many shops and restaurants front the charming harbour and stretch along the water front. Evenings in Supetar are lively as the town is one of the main tourist centres on the island.


Monastery near Bol
Monastery near Bol
Pucisca
Pucisca

Activities on the island

Paintball is available on Vidova Gora, the highest mountain on all of the Croatian islands with fantastic views, walks, and a restaurant in the summer. Excursions to the mainland to go rafting on the Cetina river are organized from Supetar. Bol is the main centre for water sports such as windsurfing and diving.



Our Villas in Split


Apartments Meridiana
Apartments Meridiana A small development of villas which contain studios and one and two bedroom apartments located a few metres from the beach. Air conditioned. WiFi. Free parking.
Villa Split View
Villa Split View A three bedroom, two bathroom villa with swimming pool and amazing views of the sea, islands and Split town in the distance. Air conditioning, TV, WiFi and barbecue. 3km from the beach and 10km from Split.
Grand Villa Palms
Grand Villa Palms A peaceful and luxurious retreat with five bedrooms, just two metres from the sea and beach. Swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna providing a stay of ultimate relaxation. Gym, air-conditioning and wireless internet connection.
Villa Lady Marianne
Villa Lady Marianne A luxurious four bedroom, four bathroom villa with a large pool, just 200 metres from the sea. Fully air-conditioned, equipped with satellite LCD TV, wireless internet access and sauna. Shorts stays accepted, min 3 nights.
Villa Delphina
Villa Delphina A luxury, modern air-conditioned villa with terraces, garden and pool, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two kitchens, BBQ, WiFi, gym, beach 120 metres away, pet friendly.
Villa Byblos
Villa Byblos A five bedroom, four bathroom air-conditioned luxury villa, beachside location. First row to the sea. Garden, pool, BBQ, WIFI, parking. Beach 10 metres.
Villa Trapeze
Villa Trapeze A lovely luxury, modern, three bedroom, three bathroom air-conditioned villa with a private garden and pool, beach 50 metres away, close to all amenities. BBQ. WiFi. Garage for one car plus a parking space. Fantastic balconies with great views of sea and islands. Tennis court and school.
Villa Davorka
Villa Davorka A new, luxury, air-conditioned, two-bedroom villa, with large organic Mediterranean garden and pool by the sea. BBQ, WiFi, parking, pets on request. Superb sea views.
Villa Split Belle
Villa Split Belle A luxury, air-conditioned, 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa with a private garden and heated pool, BBQ, WiFi.


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