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Image1 Split Croatia is the largest and most important city in Dalmatia, the administrative centre of Croatia's Split-Dalmatia county. It is situated on a small peninsula on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, in the foothills of Kozjak and Mosor mountains. With a population of 200.000 it is the second largest city in Croatia.

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The pretty city of Split has a rich history. Since ancient times it has, in various guises, served as the economic and administrative centre of the beautiful Croatian Adriatic coastal region, today called Dalmatia. The city sits mainly on a peninsula on the eastern part of the island of Ciovo, although it has nowadays spread onto the mainland and encompasses the mouth of the River Cetina. From the 5th to the 2nd century BC Greek colonists settled the mainland and adjacent islands. Later, came the Romans: in particular the Emperor Diocletian, who, being of Dalmatian origin, elected to build a huge palace at a spot then called Salona, in AD303. A town grew up around the palace, and eventually, by the Middle Ages, the city of Split had begun to develop. Diocletian’s Palace still stands in the very heart of the old part of Split, which charms visitors with its cobbled streets. The greater Split area is characterised by its lush vegetation and green areas, particularly Marjan Hill on the west of the peninsula with its ancient indigenous forest. The city makes an ideal base from which to explore the islands, beauty spots, and historic villages in central Dalmatia.

Transportation/ Arriving

By plane | The airport is located 20 kilometers from Split proper. For more information about this self proclaimed "most important airport at the eastern side of Adriatic Sea" visit the Split airport official website:
Split | Aerodrom - Split, 21120 Split, Kastelanska cesta 96, p.p. 2, Tel (021) 203 555, (021) 203 171, Fax: (021) 203 422, Croatian website www.split-airport.hr

Buses | The bus station (Obala Kneza Domagoja bb, tel. 33 84 83/33 84 86. Ticket windows: Open 06:00 - 22:30, Sun 07:00 - 21:30.) is located across the street from the ferry building and adjacent to the train station. Although small, the station is absolutely user-friendly and there is usually at least a few staff members who speak English on hand at all times. Toilets (Open 05:00 - 23:00.) are located to the right of the main ticket window and cost 3Kn. Left luggage (Open 06:00 - 22:00.) is located in front of Platform (Peron) N°3 and costs 2.50Kn/day or 15Kn/day. Currency exchanges are located across the street in the ferry building while the closest ATM is in front of the post office (Hrvatska Poðta) at Domagojeva obala 4. After you've procured some cash you can call mum and tell her how nice it is in Croatia by sauntering up to one of the many kiosks on Obala Kneza Domagoja and procuring a phone card. Most work from 05:00 - 23:00. Public telephones are generously sprinkled along the street. Getting to town is idiot-proof. With the entrance to the bus station behind you the old town will be to your right. Just follow the waterfront and you'll be in town in about six and a half minutes.

Boat / Ferries | The Split ferry building is a bit dishevelled but kind enough to the forlorn non-Croatian speaking foreigner. The main hall (Obala Kneza Domagoja bb, tel. 33 83 33. Local ferry ticket windows: Open 05:45 - 20:30. International and fast ferry ticket windows: Open 07:00 - 20:00.) can be claustrophobic and seemingly totally without order during the high season. Worry not, just push your way through the crowd until you find something resembling a line. Directly outside the main hall there is an automated currency exchange and ATM. To the right of the entrance are the toilets, which cost 3Kn. Café Adria (Tel. 34 76 98. Open 06:00 - 22:00.) is located in front of the ferry building should you want a coffee or light snack. Left luggage facilities, kiosks selling phone cards, and more fast food options are across the street at both the bus and train stations. Getting to town is simple. With the ferry building and the café behind you the old town is located about an eight-minute walk to your left along the waterfront.

Train | The train system in Croatia is far from developed. It is then only logical that the train station (Obala Kneza Domagoja 11, tel. 060 83 34 44. Ticket windows: Open 06:00 - 10:30, 11:00 - 17:00, 17:30 - 22:00.) would also a bit on the retarded side. You're best off checking the schedule in the main hall instead of asking at the information desk for information. They seem to not take their name literally. Following the Izlaz (Exit) signs from the tracks will lead you to the left of the main building. The left luggage facilities (Obala Kneza Domagoja 6. Open 06:30 - 10:30, 11:00 - 17:00, 17:30 - 21:30.) are located to the right of the main building. You must exit out onto the street first as the tracks and the left luggage area are separated by a fence. Storage costs 8Kn/hr or 18Kn/day. If you're feeling lonely, you can purchase a phone card at the kiosk in front of the station (Open 05:00 - 23:00) and call home. Public telephones are generously sprinkled along the street. Finding an ATM or currency exchange and getting to town are a simple process. See By bus station for more information.

By car | Crossing the Croatian border is relatively hassle-free if you have an EU, American or Canadian passport. driving along the narrow corridor that is their coastal highway isn't. Expect large busses to slow down traffic, cars passing on blind curves and absolutely beautiful scenery, which isn't hindered by a large shoulder. Once you are in Split, parking will be difficult. If your hotel doesn't offer parking and there is none available on the street, your best option is to leave the vehicle in the lot adjacent to the ferry building (Put Supavla 1, tel. 38 08 04) where parking costs 50 Kuna /day or 5 Kuna/hr.

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