The minute you arrive in Split, the warm breeze on your cheek lets you forget your daily routine and prepares you for a relaxing Mediterranean experience. Split is a coastal town, well developed and strategically positioned - it is no trouble reaching it as both - the highway and the Split Airport are right in its vicinity. No matter how your dream holiday looks like, laying on the warm pebbly beaches and cooling off in the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, strolling ancient cities, admiring untouched nature or tasting local nightlife, the Croatian Dalmatian coast will quickly become your dream vacation. The best way to explore the area is by car, so we warmly recommend a car hire in Split. There are plenty car hire agencies, such as Sixt, Avis, Europcar, Hertz and others located in the city.
Like in most European countries, driving shouldn’t be a problem. The only irritation may be heavy traffic (especially in the summer), or roadwork. Roads are well-maintained and motorways offer quick travel over long distances. If you’re an impatient driver, try to avoid driving to the city centre during the summer months when the streets can be a bit chaotic. Explore the surroundings and then park your rental in one of the many parking areas nearby. Keep in mind that the maximum BAC level is 0.05 % and 0.02 % for drivers with less than 3 years of experience in driving. If you’re wondering when the best time to travel to Split is, it all depends on what you are looking for. Weather is pleasant throughout the year, although winters can be unpredictable. May, June and September are best for sporting activities when temperatures are not as high as July and August. Events and festivals occur throughout the year, but the big ones are usually held in the summer.
Depending on your mood or time of the day, you can head towards Split or take a walk through narrow streets of Trogir The UNESCO World Heritage city of Trogir is just 3mi /6km from the Split Airport, where you will most likely collect your hired car. After visiting Trogir, head to Split, the principal city of the area and the second largest city, an everlasting rival to Zagreb, especially in regards to soccer. You will quickly discover that the “Game” and the locals’ devotion to it is of mythic proportions. You do not need a vehicle to explore the town, but a rental will come in handy if you are staying out of the ancient centre, and even more so if you decide to visit the nearby islands of Brač and Hvar or the Cetina River. These islands and the river are spectacular, and you really should consider a car hire.
Ready for some sea and sun? There are plenty of nice beaches close by, but for the real Mediterranean experience, take a ferry to islands of Brač or Hvar, two of roughly 1,246 Croatian islands (the exact number is still a mystery). Car ferries travel from the two ports of Gat Sv. Duje and Gat Sv.Petra, so have no fear, car hire in Split still applies. Moreover, taking your rental may be essential, especially for windsurf addicts who will want to visit the famous Zlatni rat beach (English: Golden Cape) in Bol on the island of Brač – rated one of world’s top-10 beaches by Lonely Planet (2009).
For celebrity hunters, the city of Hvar on island of Hvar might be a better choice where might bump into actor Brad Pitt who has been spotted walking the streets of Hvar. If you miss Brad, there’s still plenty of atmosphere to take in at Hvar, Jelsa and Stari grad, including surprising fields of lavender. In July, at the time of harvest, the scent of lavender overflows the island.
Another ferry boat trip is a visit to the island of Šolta. This place is not super touristy, which might suit you and it's only a one-hour trip boat trip and you can lay on beaches, sip on coffee and stroll the towns of Rogač, Maslinica and Nečujam. Cars aren't permitted on these ferry boats. However, if you don't want to leave your rental back in Split, you can take the car and passenger ferry called Jadrolinija that will take you from Split to Rogač.
For nature lovers, the surroundings of Split offer a unique experience of canoeing or kayaking up the Cetina River that meets the Adriatic Sea at the idyllic town of Omiš, once the base of famous Corsairs of Almissa (pirates of Omiš), only 15mi / 25km/south-east of Split.
To conclude your holidays in the Split area, you have two options: Pack your bags and go back home, or. . . take a scenic coastal drive (136mi / 220km) toward a Mediterranean pearl, the city of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is another world! The city republic that never surrendered to Venetians nor to the Turks, but instead, grew its prosperity and cultural richness by trading with the many nations throughout the Mediterranean.
You will not be disappointed in the food and drinks section either. Traditional dishes based on fresh fish, meaty stews and fried seafood go so well with light white bread, local olive oil drizzled over a green salad, and white wine mixed with sparkling water.
Wine is a big deal for the Croatian culinary world. Many Split winemakers still produce homemade wine using traditional and local varieties, which are now becoming popular among wine specialist. Among white wine, Malvazija is very popular. During the day, you, enjoy it mixed with sparkling water; when the night falls, it goes perfectly with every seafood dish. Plavac and Boganuša are also popular sorts. Red wine like Merlot and Kabernet are also widely praised. Many locals drink them mixed with still water, known as Bevanda. If you enjoy spirits, try some Slivovica or Travarica. They’re both pretty potent, but according to locals, it’s the best way to ease digestion and get the party started.
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