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About Split

The first thing that strikes you on arrival in Split, Croatia, is how very busy it is. The quayside is lined with local ferry boats -- some wood-trimmed and charmingly old fashioned, with room for no more than about 12 passengers -- and there are hordes of young backpackers embarking or disembarking as they make their way around one of Europe's most beautiful regions.

Bigger ferries and cruise ships come into the main terminal, and from there it's a short but uphill walk to the Old Town with its market and the world-famous jewel that lies at Split's heart, the magnificent Palace of Diocletian.

En route you'll encounter plenty of those gap-year kids, some toting backpacks or wheeling cases, others sitting -- rapt in young love -- on the many wooden, sea-facing benches that line the harbor front.

Split's youthful buzz arises partly from its status as a university town and partly from its position as a jumping-off point for exploring Dalmatia's lovely coast and islands. So it's hardly surprising that it has such a young population -- and the affordable bars and lively nightlife that go with it.

But older travelers arriving by cruise ship should not feel left out, for there is much to enjoy in this delightful port, from elegant pastel-colored tea shops and great restaurants to even better shops.

There's also a museum featuring the works of Ivan Mestrovic, one of Croatia's greatest sculptors. And, of course, there's that magnificent palace, built by a Roman emperor around 2,000 years ago.
  

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8 Night
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236 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jul 16, 2022
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Sea Cloud Cruises
Sep 22, 2022
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Leaving:Dubrovnik
Jul 9, 2022
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Leaving:Kusadasi
May 31, 2023
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14 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
Sep 24, 2022
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jun 10, 2022
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8 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Oct 9, 2021
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8 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Sep 28, 2022
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8 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
May 9, 2022
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Aug 23, 2022
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Oct 16, 2022
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Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Oct 27, 2021
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Leaving:Bari
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Oct 25, 2021
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Leaving:Trieste
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Leaving:Durban
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
May 11, 2022
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Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Nov 17, 2022
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21 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
May 5, 2022
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Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jun 6, 2022
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Leaving:Athens
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Jun 6, 2022
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Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Azamara
Mar 31, 2022
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6 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Dec 17, 2022
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Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Apr 23, 2022
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9 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Azamara
Jul 26, 2023
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15 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Apr 24, 2022
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Why go to Split?

Pros:

Diocletian's Palace, the main attraction in Split, is just a short walk from the cruise terminal

Cons:

The waterfront areas are usually filled with tourists, so be prepared for crowds

Bottom Line:

The busy, bustling port of Split expertly mixes Old-World charm with a youthful vibe

Split Cruise Port Facilities?

The area around the port caters well to young travelers, with plenty of cheap and cheerful cafes, exchange bureaus and Internet centers. Head a little up the hill opposite the terminal and you'll find a street market selling beach towels, hats, sunglasses, newspapers and other tourist paraphernalia. But the main action is to your left, in the Old Town and around the palace.

Good to Know?

Be aware that traffic is heavy and drivers have a rather cavalier approach to stopping at crossings. (Don't just step out!)

The waterfront and streets around the palace are often thronged by tourists, so be prepared for crowds.

Taxi fares can vary. Be sure to agree on the rate in advance and check any "extras."

Getting Around?

Diocletian's Palace and the Old Town are within easy walking distance of the dock. If you want to venture farther afield, you'll find a well-served taxi stand right outside the passenger terminal and a bus station to your left.

Look right, across the road, and you'll see a tourist information center; there's also a post office and a place to leave luggage. Stroll along the harbor front and you'll see ferries offering trips to Korcula, Hvar and Dubrovnik.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Croatia's currency is the kuna (the name refers to small, weasel-like creatures whose pelts were traded for goods in the distant past). One kuna is made up of 100 lipa. (For the latest exchange rate, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.)

You'll find several ATMs along the Riva promenade, which runs parallel to the port. (You'll find it to your left when you leave the passenger terminal.)

Language?

The locals speak Croatian among themselves, but fortunately for tourists, most also speak English. Basic phrases worth knowing include "Dobro jutro/Dobra vecer" ("Good morning/Good evening"), "molim/hvala" ("please/thank you") and "Racun, molim" ("The bill, please").

In an emergency, dial 112 or call 192 for the police, 193 for the fire brigade or 194 for an ambulance.

Where You're Docked?

Split is a very easy port to navigate; simply turn left outside the shipping terminal and you can walk into town along the Riva (the harbor-front promenade), or head right (up the hill) and then left for Diocletian's Palace.


Split Cruise Reviews
In the morning we took a 5-hour tour, “Hvar Island by RIB,” through the scenic islands off the Dalmatian coast. This is rated demanding, not because there is a lot of walking, but because the boat ride could be... Read More
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cboyle
Great guide Philip. Glad we took the walking tour. We had been in Split 2x before but never took a tour, never saw the basement before.... Read More
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Floridiana
Interesting site as it's still occupied. Guide very informative about present day Split.... Read More
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cruisefan2017
Since this was a second visit to Split we relaxed on the Promonard with drinks.... Read More
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