5 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Split, Croatia

August 12, 2012 in Croatia by Victoria Heckstall

As a savvy tourist, it is important to know all of the facts about your destination. Luckily, Split is not a particularly dangerous or unstable place. In fact, quite the opposite is true – it is renowned as one of the safest places in Europe, and is completely safe for travellers of all ages and inclinations. If you are planning to head in that direction, here are a few things that you need to know. Pack and prepare accordingly. My visit to Split, Croatia was something that was truly amazing and I recommend it to anyone who wants to experience a new culture while having a grand time in the process.

It is a physically demanding city

Split is situated in some challenging geography, so if you are planning on heading out, pack and dress accordingly. Transport is more than adequate, but the streets are long and the surrounding terrain is generally quite tough. If you have children travelling with you then perhaps you should plan your itinerary around this fact, because small legs can only handle so much. Take plenty of water with you, as it does get rather warm, but the nights might be chilly.

Beer is not guaranteed

There is a bizarre rule in Split, at certain bars, where tourist consumption of beer is prohibited. While you will have no issue getting any other drink, the beer, particularly local beer, is reserved. It is a strange curfew type effect. You should get enough beer in before this quiet period sets in. However, if you have intentions of having wild nights Split, Croatia is not the place for you to do so.

The club scene is very young

Slightly older travellers, who are used to heading out at all hours, may be a little shocked when they go out in Split. The clubs are aimed at quite a young market, and in some places age restrictions are in place. The music is aimed at this group, and can be quite off putting. It is advisable to head to a café style venue, which will probably have music, and to kick back and relax.

Transport is abundant

One thing that is clearly a cut above in Split is the transport system, both within the city itself and travelling to more distant tourist attractions. This accessibility is great, but again, if you are travelling with young children, make sure you keep them in your site. Also, if you have older children, make sure that they are competent travellers. Navigating the large city is not easy, and they need to be calm, and capable, before being sent out to roam.

You are safe

Despite the above warnings, Split is a very safe city. You can travel safely at night, and you should not have too many hassles. However, you will need to have your wits about you at all times, as you would when travelling to any other destination. Ask your concierge for advice about areas to avoid, don’t look for fights, and keep your private property, important documents, and money safe.

While these are fairly general tips, they may mean the difference between you having an incredible experience and merely a great one. Enjoy your stay, be safe, and prepare to be overwhelmed. I had a great visit while in the city and I am sure you will to.

Victoria is a freelance travel writer who loves to write about the many experiences that she has been able to go on. Additionally, if you are interested in learning more about Split, Croatia she recommends going to the Go There Guide as that is her favorite place to search for new travel destinations.