By its size, Split today represents the second largest city in Croatia. Although there is no such administrative title, Split is usually mentioned as Dalmatia’s capital. It is the biggest passenger ferry port located on the eastern coast of Adriatic Sea. Precisely, it is located between river Žrnovnica (eastern edge) and Jadro (western edge). The total population reaches 275.000 people according to the last census in 2010. One of the city’s landmarks, one of the symbols is Marjan hill on the western part also called the lungs of the city because of its dense pine forest. From the Marjan lookouts, especially during sunny days, you have the magnificent view of the city in its full beauty: Diocletian’s palace, Riva, ACI marina where majority of our yacht charter fleet in Croatia is located, ferry port, Brač channel, islands… (picture below: one of the Marjan hill lookouts)
City of Champions
When you look at population/sport champion ratio, it will be clear to you why among many adjectives attached to Split; oldest city on the Mediterranean, sunniest, prettiest… the one that should particularly be mentioned is – sportiest! Among other curious things, Split is home of 69 Olympic medal holders. Dalmatians and Split residents are especially crazy about football and football club HNK HAJDUK from Split. They consider it to be an emblem od Dalmatia so when it comes to city’s symbols you will hear that Split’s “holy trinity” present HNK HAJDUK football team, Marjan hill and St. Dujam’s cathedral (St. Dujam is the patron saint of Split city). The reason of its global popularity lies in unique combination of different factors: its more than 1700 years long tradition, Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace, favorable weather conditions with approximately 2700 sunny hours per year, cultural center and many others. (picture below: St. Dujam's cathedral seen from inside Diocletian's palace)
If you read travel magazines, guide books, yacht charter magazines or similar literature related to Split and Dalmatia you will find out how city lives and breathes in slow Mediterranean tempo, where people are addicted to easy going lifestyle, respecting and adoring coffee time rituals. So, do not get confused when you step on Riva, main seaside promenade in the city center and see it crowded with people sitting and drinking coffee. It is not bank holiday, it is a way of living. On the other hand, that feeling that every day is actually bank holiday easily gets under you skin and you get used to it. (picture below: Riva)
If you already chose Split to be the starting point of your yacht charter vacation in Croatia – you will not regret it. If you still have any doubts abo it, we invite you to do a virtual tour of Split.