The city of Split is served by its self-named facility, Split Airport (SPU). This is one of the busiest airports in Croatia, and welcomes international flights from all over Europe. The airport isn’t huge, but it comes with all the main facilities you’ll need when arriving or departing. You’ll find access to the internet, ATMs, a duty-free shops, and a couple of food outlets where you can pick up a coffee or a snack.
There is only a short distance of 6km between the city and the airport, and travellers can hop on the local buses or shuttles to make their way into town. Otherwise, there are taxis that are always available outside the terminal, and will cost you 200-250HRK ($39-49).
Fly to beautiful Split with Croatia Airlines, Qantas, Air Serbia, KLM, Swiss Air, Lufthansa, Air China, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, EVA Air, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Qatar Airways, S7, Finnair, Cathay Pacific, SAS, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Air France and Virgin Australia.
Why visit Split?
The city of Split is not as famous as its sister city of Dubrovnik, nor as large as the capital of Zagreb, but that is what makes Split perhaps the most charming of all three. Sitting on the coast, looking out to the beautiful Adriatic Sea, and backed by coastal mountains, Split will command your attention. It is a beautiful city, with a medieval core, Roman ruins, and a contemporary dining and shopping scene that will have you wondering why it isn’t Croatia’s flagship city.
Things to do in Split
Diocletian’s Palace should be number one on any itinerary to Split. This incredibly well preserved Roman Palace has stood for 1700 years, and is an important UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Marina Tower, the Temple of Jupiter, Peristyle Square, and Diocletian’s Mausoleum.
A nice tie-in attraction is the Split Archaeological Museum, founded in the early 19th century and boasting collections running through the prehistoric era, through to the Greeks, Romans, Early Christians and the Middle Ages.
For another side of Split, head to the Peoples Square, which is made up of buildings in the Renaissance and Gothic style, standing in pleasant contrast to the older parts of town. Stop by the statue of Grgur Ninski, and touch his thumb, an act that is meant to bring happiness and grant your wishes!
If you want to make the most of the coast, then you can reach the beaches of Zlatni Rat and the Pakleni Islands pretty easily from Split. Brela beach is the most vaunted of this area, as the sands are white and the waters are clear as crystal, but all along this part of the coast you will find fantastic spots for sun, sea and sand.
Best time to visit Split
· Summer months (June-August) offers travellers the dry, sunny weather that compliments a coastal city like Split. Expect the days to see averages of 24-28°C in this season.
· September and October are also great months to visit, the sea is still warm, the prices are much lower, and you’re still in with a chance to catch some rays. Highs reach 21-25°C.
Arriving in Split
· It is likely that if you fly from Australia you will connect through Sydney (SYD), and subject to several layovers, usually in destinations like Hong Kong (HKG), Bangkok (BKK), Vienna (VIE) and Frankfurt (FRA).
· Croatian Kuna (HRK).
· For Australians, Croatia allows entry of up to 90 days without a visa. It is important to double-check these conditions before you travel, and the easiest place to do this is on the smart traveller advice website on Croatiawhich details any changes to restrictions.
Please note that information is correct as of September 2016
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