Split is an Adriatic Sea cruise port located in Croatia. By population (around 180,000, metro over 345,000) the city is ranked the country's second largest - following the capital Zagreb. Other major Croatian passenger (cruise and ferry) ports include Dubrovnik, Zadar, Rijeka, Sibenik.
- A popular tourist destination and intraregional transport hub, the city is linked to the Apennine peninsula and the Adriatic islands. It is home to Diocletian's Palace, erected for the Roman emperor (305 CE). The city was founded as Greek colony of Aspalathos in the 3rd or 2nd century BC.
- Brodosplit is the biggest shipyard in Croatia and employs approx 2,300 people. It has built more than 350 ships, including a lot of tankers, both non-panamax and panamax, as well as bulk carriers, container ships, dredgers, frigates, off-shore platforms, patrol boats, submarines and passenger ships. Around 80% of the vessels built are exported.
- In 1979, Split's historic center was included into UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The city is said to be one of the centres of culture in Croatia. The main collection of the Archaeological Museum is housed at Zrinsko-Frankopanska 25 in Split. The Gallery of Fine Arts (Galerija umjetnina), at Kralja Tomislava 15, is an art museum containing works from the 14th century to present day providing an overview of the developments in the local art scene.
- Port of Split, with an annual traffic of 4M passengers, is the 3rd busiest port in the Mediterranean. It features daily coastal routes to Dubrovnik, Rijeka, and Ancona Italy. During summer season Split is linked with other Italian cities, including Pescara. Most of central Dalmatian islands are reachable only through Split harbor (with Split Tours and Jadrolinija ferries). This includes the islands of Brac, Hvar and Solta, as well as the more distant Korcula, Lastovo and Vis. Split is becoming a major cruise destination, with more than 260 ship calls, carrying around 130,000 passengers.
- Split cruise port features a natural sheltered deep-water harbour. The most popular tourist attraction in the resort is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Palace of Diocletian.
Highlights: Diocletian Palace, Solin and Trogir
Split cruise terminal
Split cruise port terminal is located approx 24 km (15 ml) from Split Airport. The walking distance to the old city is around 10-min.
Smaller cruise ships dock near the ferry terminal at Split Ferry Port. The passenger terminal serves ferries to Hvar, Vrac, Slota, and also to Italy (Ancona). Bigger cruise vessels anchor in the harbour and their passengers are tendered ashore. The station for cruise tender boats is even closer to Old Town than the cruise terminal.
The passenger terminal doesn’t offer many facilities, but numerous cafes, banks and shops are located just across the main docking area. At the pier there is a taxi rank. The city's main tourist attractions - Palace of Diocletian, is only 1 km (0,6 ml) from the cruise terminal. The closest beach is Bacvice Beach (1,2 km / 0,7 ml away).
Split tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Diocletian’s Palace: you will need not more than 13 minutes walking from Split cruise port to reach the famous attraction. The palace is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The amazing palace was built by the Roman Emperor and dates from 295 AD. The measures of the structure are 215mX180m. There are four monument-like gates. The walls are with height of 25 meters. The apartment of the Emperor has stunning sea view, the quarters for soldiers and servants have inland look. The entrance of the palace is from the seafront promenade (the Riva) through the Bronze Gate.
- Cathedral: in the 7th century, the mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian was transformed into a church. Now it is the Cathedral of Split. It is located in the old town , on the Peristil.
- Mestrovi Gallery: enjoy the works of Ivan Mestrovi, famous Croation sculptor. Located in the old town, west part.
- Trogir: the medieval attractions is a World Heritage Site UNESCO listed. It is located 27 km from Split cruise port, direction west. It is located on a tiny island and the connection to the mainland is via beautiful bridge for walking. The most famous sight in Trogir is the cathedral. It dates from the 13th century. There is a information office on Trg Ivana Pavla II 1.
- The Cetina Valley: great place for water-rafting. The valley is located 28 km from Split cruise port, direction south-east. The valley is at the meeting point (Omiš) of River Cetina with the sea. Several companies offer rafting trips with qualified instructors.
The Split cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Split, Croatia.
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Port Split cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Split, Croatia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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5 January, 2018