Tourism in Split

The evolution of the name, Split

This is another common trait to places in Croatia – their names seem to have a strong chain of evolution through the rise and fall of empires over the 2500 years that this region has been in habited. Split again is no exception. The word Split draws its original name from the spiny broom shrub that is common and was given the name Spálathos by the Greeks, which later became Aspálathos. With the control changing hands to the Romans, the need to be Roman when in Rome got the Aspálathos transformed to Spalatum in compliance with the rulers’ preferences. This further changed to Spalatro during the Dalmatian Era, leading to Spalato and finally Spljet or Split when the Slavic people had their way with the name for Aspálathos.

Split today

Although the economy is still unsteady owing to the shift from social to capitalist structure, town has not collapsed under the burden of the recession. It is still a very important port city, thus retaining its age-old tradition of being the trading platform for the region as a whole. Apart from tourism that is attracted by the jaw dropping natural, cultural and historical beauty of Dalmatia and Split in particular, a lot of industry has developed since the post war period, including textiles, chemicals, plastics and paper. It is but taken for granted that being a trading center and a port city, city also has a massive industrial presence in ship building, as well as fishing. Given the fact that Split has produced an outrageously large number of stellar sportsmen, the city itself is famous and has the respect of many a sporting event including Tennis, Swimming, Football, water sports, athletics and basketball being among the sports that Split has literally championed. Needless to say, there is a strong encouragement for the citizens of town to take up sports as a profession, and Split has arguably the best sporting infrastructure in the world vis-à-vis the population of the city. Well, why wouldn’t it be, when Split has the highest ratio of sporting medals won, to population in the world!

Split Tourism

For a city that has sunshine for over 2600 hours each year, town naturally is a place where you can catch the sun. Apart from beautiful beaches, picturesque hills such as Marjan, and lush natural beauty, there is a lot of cultural heritage and architectural spectacles that draw a distinct line across the history of the city. It is also famous among the tourists as a destination where just about ‘everything is possible’, right from chilling at the beach, to a culinary extravaganza at the local restaurants, from a hike around the trails, to taking in the rich cultural taste of city at the museums, to a good drink in the evening, and clubbing thereafter. The possibilities are just about endless. Given the fact that Split’s primary revenues, is tourism, although shipping and other industries exist and thrive, there is an extensive network of hotels, hostels, resorts, villas, campsites and even house guest options available to tourists and backpackers. The best time to visit the region is Spring through fall, starting from March, right up to October or even November if you wouldn’t mind the winter showers. Split’s attraction to tourists is magnetic and the fact that most would find it difficult to leave is very reminiscent of a dialog from Pirates of the Caribbean – At the World’s End “It’s not getting there that is the problem but getting back”.
Things to do in Split.

How to come

The airport is located at Kaštela, 25km (15 miles) from the city centre. There are several trains per day that connecting town with Zagreb and Sibenik. The A1 motorway to Zagreb provides a fast, direct route from the capital. A toll is payable. Work on an extension of the A1 to Dubrovnik is underway. The E65 coastal road runs south to Dubrovnik and north to Rijeka. This snaking road is undeniably scenic, but is exceptionally busy in summer with convoys of holiday traffic. It is well connected with ferry lines with Italy (Ancona, Pescara), Rijeka, Dubrovnik and middle dalmatian islands. Here you can book your ferry Croatia ticket.