(Historic nucleus with Diocletian's Palace entered on UNESCO World Heritage List
With an average of 7 hours of sunshine per day throughout the year (12 hours in July), the
city of Split is one of the sunniest cities in Europe. By its lush Mediterranean and
subtropic vegetation (palms, agaves, cactuses) it has since time immemorial attracted
people from all over the world.
Around A.D. 300 Emperor Diocletian built his palace in Split that, after his death became
the shelter to many exiled Roman emperors and their families. Throughout its history Split
was attacked and conquered by many who left their traces in the culture and architecture
of the city. At the beginning of the 20th century Split became the most important
Dalmatian port, growing into the economic, administrative and cultural center of Dalmatia.
Its rich historical heritage may be admired in its numerous museums: Museum of Croatian
Archaeological Monuments, Archaeological Museum (founded in 1820 and being one of the
oldest museums in Croatia); Cathedral Treasury (liturgical objects), Ethnographical
Museum, Historical and Maritime Museum, Gallery of Fine Arts and the Collection of the
Franciscan Monastery at Poljud.
Among its numerous points of interest that one must visit are Diocletian's Palace, ancient
Salona and the Me?troviŠ Gallery. Those fond of walking can go for a stroll on Marjan
Hill, a popular weekend resort of all citizens of Split with a unique scenic view of the
city, its port and surroundings.
The city with a 1700 year-old tradition is also known for the entertainment it offers,
particularly in the summer when its squares, streets and other outdoor areas are the sites
of various events that make this city a large open-air stage. From mid-July until
mid-August Split hosts its traditional Split Summer Festival (drama, opera and concerts),
Saturday Nights in Split (classical music) and festivals of pop-music (Art-Summer,
folklore performances, folk feasts ...)
Traditional festivities are: Feast of the Holy Cross, Flower Fair, Wine Fair, Feast of St.
Domnius, patron saint of the city (May 7) also celebrated as the Feast of the City of
The city offers facilities for nearly all sports; trim-tracks, swimming pools, beaches in
the city and its surroundings.
Tourist Association of the City of Split
Trg Republike 2/1
Tel.: 021/ 355-088, 355-269
Fax.: 021/ 355-358