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, the city is linked to Apennine Peninsula and Adriatic islands. The town was founded as Greek colony (named Aspalathos) in 3rd-2nd century BC. In 1979, the historic downtown was designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Archaeological Museum's main collection is housed at Zrinsko-Frankopanska 25. Fine Arts Gallery (Galerija umjetnina), is an art museum having works from 14th century to present day. The most popular tourist attraction in the resort is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Palace of Diocletian.
Port Split has annual passenger traffic around 4 million, ranking it Mediterranean's 3rd busiest. Daily scheduled coastal ferries serve the routes to Dubrovnik, Rijeka and Ancona (Italy). During summer, the port is linked with other Italian cities. Most Dalmatian islands are reachable only through Split harbour (Split Tours and Jadrolinija ferries), including Brac, Hvar, Solta, Korcula, Lastovo, Vis.
Split is a major cruise travel destination, with over 260 ship calls and around 130,000 cruise tourists annually. The cruise port features a natural, well sheltered deep-water harbour.
Since April 2019, a new daily cruiseferry service links the Dalmatian seaside resorts and port cities Split and Zadar via Sibenik. The new route provides Croatians and international tourists (arriving by planes in Zadar and Split) the more picturesque sea-travel alternative. The fast-ferry service is provided by the company ENVIRA Sibenik. The ferryboat leaves Split at 9 am, departs from Sibenik at 10:35 am and arrives in Zadar at 0:40 pm. The return crossing leaves Zadar at 5:30 pm, Sibenik at 7:35 pm and arrives in Split at 9:10 pm.
Brodosplit is Croatia's biggest shipyard, employing around 2000 workers. Here were built over 350 ships, including oil tankers, bulk carriers, container ships, dredgers, frigates (warships), off-shore platforms, patrol boats, submarines, passenger ships (sailing, ferry and cruise). Most of the newbuild vessels (around 80%) are exported.
The shipyard is located at Supaval bay (peninsula's northern side). It was founded in 1922 and moved to Supaval bay in 1932. Before company's privatization in 2013, Brodosplit was a joint stock company, in which Croatia's Government was majority holder. In 2013, the company was acquired by DIV Group (large producer of metal based products).
Since 2014, Brodosplit works in partnership with Europe's largest shipbuilding company Fincantieri (Italy), At the shipyard in Croatia are constructed hull sections and complete steel blocks for cruise liners, with individual block weight over 1200 tons and length over 100 m. These are fitted sections later assembled at Fincantieri's shipyards in Italy. The pre-fabricated in Split cruise ship sections are fully equipped with pipe fitting and electrical routing. The hull parts (watertight on both sides) are loaded on barges and towed to the Italian shipyards to be mounted on the mega-liners under construction in Italy.
Among the new passenger ships built here are:
- Viking Amorella (1988)
- Tallink Isabelle (1989)
- Frans Suell / Viking Gabriella (1992)
- Thomas Mann / Crown Seaways (1994)
- Arethusa (2007)
- Piana (2011)
- Flying Clipper (2018)
- Hondius (2019)
- (unnamed) Quark Expeditions ship (2020)
In 2016, Brodosplit signed shipbuilding contracts worth USD 1,9 billion. Here were also constructed the 63 steel gates for MOSE (Venice City flood barrier project). Based on all signed contracts, in the period 2019-2025, Brodosplit generated over EUR 5 million monthly income, or total profit around EUR 500 million Kunas (EUR 65-70) a year.
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.
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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