Sunday, March 3, 2013

Shortly about Split

Split is second biggest city in Croatia, right after the capital of Croatia, Zagreb. It is also the biggest city in Dalmatia with more than 250 000 inhabitants. The center of the city is well known for Diocletian's palace, the construction from 4th century, which is under UNESCO.

Diocletian's palace


The city draws its name from the spiny broom (calicotome spinosa; brnistra or žuka in modern Croatian), a common shrub in the area, after which the Greek colony of Aspálathos or Spálathos, from which the city originates, was named. As the city became a Roman possession, the Latin name became "Spalatum", which in the Middle Ages evolved into "Spalatro" in the Dalmatian language of the city's Romance population. The  version became "Split", while the Italian version was "Spalato". During a period in the early 19th century the name was "Spljet", and finally "Split" once more.


Split has a Mediterranean climate . It has hot, relatively dry summers and mild, wet winters (however, winters can sometimes feel cold, because of the north wind called "Bura" and its windchill factor - for example, if the air temperature is 5 °C (41 °F) and strong bura is blowing, it feels like -10 °C (14 °F).

Snow is very rare in Split


Split's economy is still suffering the backlash from there cession caused by the transfer to a market economy and privatization. In the Yugoslav era, however, the city had been a highly significant economic centre with a modern and diverse industrial and economic base and paper industry, in addition to a large revenues from tourism. In 1981 Split's GDP per capita was 137% of the Yugoslav average. Today, most of the factories are out of business (or are far below pre-war production and employment capacity) and the city has been trying to concentrate on commerce and services, consequently leaving an alarmingly large number of factory workers unemployed.


One of the most recognisable aspects of Split culture is popular music. In my opinion most notable musicians are Oliver Dragojević, Daleka Obala, Magazin, Severina, Gibonni etc.


The University of Split (Croatian: Sveučilište u Splitu) was founded in 1974. In the last few years it has grown to a big extent. Now it has 26,000 students and is organized in 12 faculties. Currently the new campus is being built, and it will be finished sometime in 2012. It will house all of the faculties, a large student centre with a sports hall, sporting grounds and a university library.

Library in Split

That was a short introduction to the one of the most beautiful cities not only in Croatia but in whole world. Hope you like it! :)


  1. Mate knows Croatia very well. I visited him when I was touring Split and he takes great pride in showing people a wide variety of aspects of Croatian history, culture, and beauty.