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Useful information for a shore excursion in and around Split
We have put together information on the most beautiful sights, a map of the cruise port and many useful information for a shore excursion in and around Split below.
The most beautiful sights in Split and surroundings
National Park Krka
The Krka national park lies in the north east of split and was founded in 1955. With it’s unique waterfalls of the same named river this place is an absolute must-see during a cruse excursion from split. In addition to the spectacular waterfalls, there are other attractions such as ruins of ancient fortifications, monastery and watermills.
The Palace of Diocletian is a building from the Roman era and was built in 10 years around 300 AD. In the magnificent palace, which has been a World Heritage Site since 1979, there are many shops, restaurants and places to visit, such as the Diocletian Mausoleum or a Roman Catholic cathedral. In the basement of the palace you will find numerous small shops where you can buy souvenirs, jewelry or postcards. You can also admire archaeological exhibits.
Medjugorje, a pilgrimage site in Bosnia-Herzegovina is located approximately an 1.5 hour drive from split. It is known as a holy place, because since the early 1980s there were many inexplicable appearances of St. Mary, which are said to have occurred here. In addition to several places of worship, there are sights such as the St. Jacobus church, which was built in the 19th century, as well as the Kreuzberg, which is 0.6 miles away. This is a 27 ft high cross on Mount Krizevac, a popular destination for pilgrims from all over the world.
Close to Diocletian’s Palace is Marjan Park. This is an approximately 590 ft high peninsula mountain, which offers a breathtaking view of the city and the surrounding islands. The park invites you to come relax, walk and is also used for sports activities. There is also a small zoo on the mountain.
In the 19th century, the inhabitants began to plant the mountain and since then has been cared for by the association Marjan. Today the park is known as the “lung of the city”.
Map of the cruise port in Split
Cruise ships usually moor at Pier Lukobran. This is located on the southeastern side of the harbor (see map). Alternatively, you will be brought ashore by a tender boat. From there, the city center is less than one mile away. That takes about 10 minutes on foot.
What you should know before your cruise excursion in and around Split
Shipping companies and routes
Split has become a very popular tourist destination on the Mediterranean and Adriatic routes recently and is served by nationally and internationally well-known shipping companies.
Cruise operators that call at split are NCL, MSC, P&O Cruises or Royal Caribbean for instance.
Immigration and visa
Croatia is a part of the EU but not a member of the Schengen area. However, Canadian, US and UK citizens do not require a visa to enter Croatia for tourism or business stays under ninety (90) days.
Please make sure to bring a valid passport with you, which extends at least 90 days after your initial arrival.
Taxi and public transport
In Split the cheapest way to get around is by bus. Tickets can be purchased directly from the bus driver or in kiosks. Tickets purchased in the kiosk must be presented to the bus driver before departure and validated with a stamp.
The ticket prices depend on the zones in which you move. The urban area is located in Zone 1. You will need to pay 11 kuna, which is 1.17$ and 0.91 pounds for a single trip. Please note that a Zone 1 ticket is only valid for one direction and only for 45 minutes. If you are planning a trip to Omis or Trogir, you can take bus 37 to Trogir or bus 60 to Omis for 21 kuna, which is 3.27$ and 2.54 pounds.
At the port there is a bus stop next to the train station, but the city center can also be reached on foot.
A relatively expensive option is the taxi: the basic price is already about 30 kuna (4.67$ and 3.64 pounds), which are calculated in addition to the mile price.
In Croatia, the Croatian Kuna is used as currency, but the Euro is also accepted. When you withdraw local money at an ATM in Split, remember that you may also be able to use the Kuna in Dubrovnik, Zadar or another Croatian port.
For a beach holiday the best travel time are the hot summer months June to August, when it is usually over 30 °C which is 86 °F. The water temperature is about 25 °C which is 77 °F. Even in winter it’s not very cold in Split. On rainy days the temperature is between 5 to 10 °C which is 41 and 50 °F. Basically, mild temperatures are expected between May and October.
Website of the Port Authority and Tourism Organization
Terminal operator: Port Split
Online Guide: wikitravel
Video: The Croatian port city of Split
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