- Dalmatia - Zadar & Split
Split is also a favorite jumping-off point for exploration of Croatia’s Dalmatian coast and the thousands of islands in its archipelago.
Part of the region around Split, the islands of Brac, Solta, Hvar and Vis are known for their beautiful landscapes and hierarchies of bigger and smaller settlements.
With many property types available including plots of land with sea views, stone farm houses for renovation, new apartment developments and old stone town houses, the strong demand from foreign buyers, tourist industry growth and new infrastructure projects have continued to push up property prices all along the Adriatic coastline.
Split’s growth became particularly rapid in the 7th century, when the inhabitants of the destroyed Greek and Roman metropolis Salonae (present-day Solin) took refuge within its walls.
The lovely ruins of Solin outside the city can still be explored today. Many of Split's historical and cultural buildings can be found within the walls of Diocletian's Palace, the most important sight in the city. In 1979 The Diocletian Palace was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and it remains at the heart of Croatia’s second-largest city.
In addition, numerous museums, the National Theatre, and old churches and other archeological sites in the Split region make it an important cultural attraction.
About an hour’s drive from Split can be found Vodice, one of Croatia’s biggest tourist centres in Middle Dalmatia. Also situated on the sunny Adriatic coast, a modern tourist harbor has been built in the Gulf of Vodice with a nearby sporting harbor where various vessels are available for hire.
The Gulf of Vodice is bordered at a distance of only one mile by the islands of Prvic, Tijat and Logoru, and attracts tourists and residents alike with its water sports. Going westward from town, within two kilometers can also be found the very attractive fishermen village of Tribunj.
With Croatia’s growing popularity as a holiday destination and Split being well situated on the Adriatic coastline, interest in purchasing property, or real estate, in the country continues to rise year over year.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Split International Airport is located 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from Split city center.
Split is well served by air from Zagreb with Croatia Airlines flights, and also has direct international links with Rome and London.
In May 2006 Wizzair announced flights from London Luton direct to Split and Zagreb.
Numerous ferries (Jadrolinija) connect Split with the nearby Adriatic islands (Hvar, Brac, Vis, Lastovo etc) and there is a coastal ferry service between the city and Rijeka to the north and Dubrovnik to the south.
There are also ferry services between Ancona and Pescara, Italy and Split with frequency depending on the time of year.