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About Split

Split is the dynamic bustling city of Croatia. With a population of 178,102 residents, it is the second-largest city in the country. Split is the miraculous chance to experience turquoise-water backdrops and breath-taking mountain views! Touristic attractions of this picturesque city, includes Marjan Hill, Diocletian’s Palace, Bacvice Beach, the green market – Pazar and Poljud Stadium.

Cheap flights to Split are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to explore the adventure filled city! Split is home of Split International Airport (SPU), which is located a short 40-minute drive from the city centre. Split International Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including Croatia Airlines and Lufthansa. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Split is approximately 14 hours and 55 minutes!

Why visit Split

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Bar-hopping

For wine lovers and social butterflies, Croatia’s best bar crawl is hosted at The Diocletian’s Palace. Discover secret alley-ways with friends, and experience this ethereal ruin overlooking the seafront.

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Split Market

The 24-hour bustling market is home to local stallholders. Indulge in flavoursome fruits and vegetables. Encounter age-old vendors with deep-filled stories to tell, amidst the roaring buzz of trade.

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Marjan

This nature reserve is bursting with fragrant pinewoods. Marjan is a mind-altering hill that affords views over the sea, to the islands of Brač, Šolta, and Čiovo.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Croatia
Currency Croatian Kuna
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.5 HRK
Language Croatian
Hub Airport Split Airport
Airline Croatia Airlines
Time Zone GMT +1
Travel Adaptor Type C and F

Best time to visit Split

Split is a bustling city, with plenty of festivities throughout the year. The decadent city has a mild climate. Split does experience snow during winter (December to February) but not that often. Temperatures in summer (June to September) can reach the mid-30s. The best time to visit is during the months of May and June, and September and October. Visitors can expect sunny days without the crowds. The weather is ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling.

Weather & Climate in Split

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 5°C 6°C 8°C 11°C 15°C 19°C 22°C 22°C 18°C 14°C 10°C 6°C
High °C 10°C 11°C 14°C 17°C 23°C 27°C 31°C 30°C 25°C 20°C 15°C 12°C
Rainfall (mm) 79 65 64 64 56 52 28 40 72 78 114 104

Overview

Dalmatia’s largest city offers a multitude of treasures. Previously used as a point on the transit routes, toward the islands, Split now manages to intrigue passers-by, making the city their final destination. Along its narrow streets, Split dazzles you with lovely boutiques, restaurants and galleries. Dalmatian lifestyle consumes the atmosphere, where visitors are able to learn about the city’s history and absorb contemporary designs.

The Riva (seafront promenade) is one of Europe’s finest gems. Pleasant views can be enjoyed on a balcony at a local café. Split’s roots lead to the Diocletian Palace. The Roman Emperor, Diocletian, chose this spot in Split to build his luxurious retirement palace in AD 925. It is a unique mix of architecture, which is found in a labyrinth of exciting narrow streets. Today, the Diocletian Palace can be accessed by all. Tourists should definitely do the walking tour of the palace. See the underground cellars, Peristyle Square and Cathedral of St Duje. The pre-historic fortress has become the old town of Split.

Visa & Customs

South African citizens who plan to visit Croatia are required to have a Schengen Visa.

You will need the following documents to apply for a visa:

• Application form • One colour photo • Valid passport • Proof of purpose of stay in Croatia • Ensure your passport has a validity of at least 6 months. • At least 2 blank pages for entry stamps.

The South African Consulate to Croatia is situated in Zagreb at the following address:

Vinkoviceva 710 000 Zagreb Croatia

Telephone: +385 1 4894111

Health & Safety

Tourists do not require any mandatory vaccinations to enter Croatia. However, all travellers are encouraged to do routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and yearly flu shot. A vaccination for Hepatitis A is also recommended for most travellers.

It is wise to invest in travel insurance before visiting the city.

Once in the city, tourists should:

• Use sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15. • Wear protective clothing. • Swim only in designated swimming areas • Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks. • Pay attention to the traffic around you, especially in crowded areas.

Croatia is considered the safest European destination you can visit. However, it is wise to be cautious in any new city in which find yourself.

• Tourists should ensure that they lock their car. • Keep valuables in sight at all times. • Be wary of pick-pockets and bag snatchers in public spaces such as museums and beaches. • Avoid any political discussions in public places. Locals still have strong opinions about regional issues.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Split
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100.00 R100.00 R89.27
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25.00 R25.00 R27.77
Cappucino (regular) R22.20 R22.63 R18.87
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10.00 R10.00 R11.90
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R38.00 R40.00 R49.59
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