About Split

Split is the second biggest city in Croatia and one of the older cities in Croatia and in Europe, as well. Today it has around 180.000 inhabitants. It was developed from Diocletian’s Palace which was a residence of the emperor Diocletian which was built at the beginning of 4th century A.C. After the fall of nearby Roman colony Salona in 7th century A.C., Salonitan people moved to Diocletian Palace. Diocletian tomb was reconstructed into cathedral of Split with a belfry. With a time, the city has grown and has spread outside of the Palace.

Diocletian Palace and the entire historical core of Split have been on the World Heritage UNESCO list ever since 1979.

Interesting thing about Split is that you can find the examples of different periods and styles of the architecture at the same place or very close one to another: antique, medieval period, renaissance, baroque…

Split is much more than glorious architectural scenery. Split is also a venue for excellent gourmet and vine experiences, numerous cultural happenings like film and theatre festivals, exhibitions, excellent museums and concerts, a city which offers eclectic modes of entertainment starting with numerous clubs and bars, through street festivals to events such as Ultra Europe Festival visited each year by up to 100 thousand young people from around one hundred countries of the world. Split with its sport results is something only a handful of cities of similar size around the world can boast about as it is the home of a dozen Olympic medal winners as well as other sports medals.


The view from Marjan hill

Things to see in Split



Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian’s Palace is an ancient palace built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the beginning of the fourth century AD, that today forms about half the old town and city center of Split, in Croatia.



Vestibule is a part of the Diocletian’s Palace. It was used to enter the residential part of the palace. Southeast of the Vestibule is the mediaeval part of the city, with the oldest early Romanesque house from the tenth century. It leans on the very Vestibule. On the other side of the square, in the former church of St. Andrew built in the seventh century, in the place where the imperial chambers once were, the Ethnographic museum finds its place. 

During the summer season, it is a place where klapas sing traditional Dalmatian a capella music:



The Cathedral of Saint Domnius

The Cathedral of Saint Domnius known locally as the Saint Dujam or colloquially Saint Duje (Sveti Duje), is the Catholic cathedral in Split, Croatia. The cathedral is dedicated to Virgin Mary and the belfry to Saint Dujam who is the patron of Split. Primarily it was the Mausoleum of the Roman Emperor Diocletian.


The Riva

The Riva is the cities living room, the most popular and most important public place in Split.


Voćni trg/Fruit Square

The official name of this square is Trg braće Radić/Square of the Radić brothers, but it is more familiar under its unofficial name Voćni trg/Fruit Square. Its “familiar” name comes from the fact that it was once home to the bustling and colourful market where women from the surrounding villages came to sell their fruit. On the neighbouring square, west of the Fruit Square, fruit was sold. At the square, there is the octagonal Venetian tower, the leftover of the former fortress, built in the 15th century for the defence of, at the time, a small town. Opposite the tower is a magnificent Palace of the old family Milesi from the 17th century. Just in front of it stands the monument to the father of the Croatian literature, the citizen of Split, Marko Marulić. The author of the monument, as well as the author of the Statue of Gregorius of Nin is Ivan Meštrović.


Pjaca/Narodni trg/People’s Square

Pjaca (People’s Square, another square nobody in Split calls by its real name), is first mentioned in 13th century as St Lawrence’s Square, and it was the first inhabited part of Split outside the Diocletian Palace, leaning to its western wall. he city clock has been ticking for centuries on Pjaca, unique by his 24 instead of 12 digits.


The Statue of Gregorious of Nin

The Statue of Gregorius of Nin. Gregorious of Nin was a medieval Croatian bishop of Nin who strongly opposed the official circles of the Church and introduced the national language in the religious services after the Great Assembly in 925.



Prokurative or as they are officially called, Republic Square resemble the Venice St. Marks Square. They are located west of the Riva and they were named after the arches found on the neo-Renaissance buildings surrounding the square on three sides.



The southwest cape of the Split harbour is called Sustipan after a Middle Aged monastery of St. Stephen under the pine trees, which served as the resting ground to the Croatian Kings. At the beginning of the 19th century Sustipan became Split’s first cemetery. In the second half of 20th century, Sustipan is turned into a beautiful park. Nowdays, it is a popular place for wedding photos.


The Fortress of Gripe

 The Fortress of Gripe is the complex built in 17th century as a fortification for defence against Ottoman Empire. During the Austro-Hungarian Empire it was used as the military base and during the Kingdom of Jugoslavia, as a prison, as well. Nowdays, there is the Sea Museum of Split, Archive of Split and Academy of Arts.


The Croatian National Theatre in Split

The theatre building was originally constructed as the Split Municipal Theatre in 1893 during the tenure of then mayor Gajo Bulat. The building was designed by local architects Emilio Vecchietti and Ante Bezić while the interior decoration was done by Eugenio Scomparini, Napoleone Cozzi and Josip Varvodić.


Marjan hill

Marjan hill is the hill above Split. It is covered in a dense Mediterranean pine forest and completely surrounded by the city and the sea, making it a unique sight. Originally used as a park by the citizens as early as the 3rd century, it is a favorite weekend excursion destination and a recreational center for the city.



Bačvice beach

Bačvice beach is the most famous beach in Split. This sandy beach is a few minutes’ walk east of the ferry terminal. It is as a place where people from Split usually play picigin, a game only played in and around Split, which works rather like a netless version of volleyball in the sea, involving a lot of acrobatic leaping around as players try to prevent a small ball from hitting the water.

How to get to Split

Dear participants,

here you can find some information that can help you plan your trip to Split.

There are few ways of coming to Split. Here are some websites that could help you.


Travelling by car: 

If you want to get to Split by car and you don’t have your own, you can find a few websites of car sharing here:





There are facebook groups as well, like:






Travelling by bus: 

Bus station Split: http://www.ak-split.hr/EN/index.html


Travelling by train:



Travelling by plane:

Split Airport is located at the very exit of the town of Kaštela, towards Trogir. It is at 20 km distance from Split, and at 6 km from Trogir. How to get from the airport to the city center? Check here:


Split Airport:




Travelling by boat/ferry:





Little vocabulary of Split’s slang

We use vocals A LOT.


Situation number one: 

Two friends meet unexpectidly:

“Oooooooooo!” (Hello, it’s nice to see you!)

“Eeeeeee!” (Hello, it’s nice to see you too!)

“I?” (How are you? / What’s up? / What’s new?)

“Aaaaaa….” (Not that good… something is not ok.)

“Uuuuuu….” (Too bad to hear that from you.)

“Ae…” (That’s how it is.)

Sitaution number two:

The most common expression that we use is “Ae”.

“Ae” (Yes, that’s how it is.)

“Ae” (Really? I cannot believe it. I am very surprised!)

“Ae” (Yes, didn’t I told you?)