Located on a peninsula surrounded from north and south by the Adriatic Sea, as well as conveniently and strategically situated by the mouth of the Gulf of Kaštela, the city of Split has existed since the 6th century BC. In its immediate vicinity are the islands Bra?, ?iovo, Hvar and Šolta, as well as the Splitski Canal, named after the city. Split was settled as a Greek colony in the 6th century BC and has grown to a current population of 220,000 people. It is the second largest city in Croatia, and the largest in Dalmatia.The area’s incomparable waters and excellent access to the sea has made it a territory historically coveted by neighbors near and far. Over the centuries, the Romans, Avars, Slavs, Byzantines, Venetians, Neapolitans, Hungarians, Ottomans, Habsburgs, and Italians have ruled the region. This hugely varied group of conquerors makes for an interesting and unique atmosphere in the city. The architecture shows great stylistic diversity and makes the city a more exciting and memorable place to visit. Conquerors also gave the city its name: “Split” is supposed to come from the Latin word “Spalatum”, given to the area by the Romans because of the prevalence of a white thorny flower that grew in the region. Over the centuries, and through various conquerors, the name Spalatum evolved to become Split.Split boasts not only impressive location, scenery, and history, but is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was included on that impressive list in large part due to Diocletian’s Palace, an integral part of the town, which was built in the early 4th century. Another historically important building in the city center, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, from the same era, is also protected due to the city’s UNESCO status.
For local swimming in the summer, you can find the beach Ba?vice close to the city. A leisurely walk east will lead you to other beaches, including Ov?ice, Firule, Trstenik and Duilovo. Within the city, you will find a daily fish market on Marmont Street, which has fresh seafood from the small, close by Dock Matejuška. The once humble waterfront Veli Varoš has, over the years, developed into a prestigious and expensive residential area.
Since the 16th century, the ports of Split have consistently been the destination for goods and wares coming from India and Persia. The Split city is also consistently the most important maritime hub in the entire Balkan region, and in the 1920s, the railroad system was developed for the transportation of goods out of Split to Rijeka and Zagreb via Gospi?. After the end of World War II, and as an integral part of Yugoslavia, Split could use its beautiful, natural ports for further profit for itself, though it did also lose some pieces.
In the late 1950s, new shipyards and cargo terminals were built in the industrial areas of Soline and Kaštela, and today they are the biggest passenger ports in Croatia, and the third largest in the Mediterranean. Today they are also used for ferries and cruise ships along with industrial ones. In 2008, a total of four million ship and yacht charter passengers arrived in Split; in 2010, about 18,000 boats arrived at the city’s ports; and in the high season, about 2,000 cars were transported daily to or from islands such as Lastovo, Vis, Kor?ula, Šolta, Drvenik Veliki and Drvenik Mali. There are even connections to Dubrovnik, as well as to Ancona and Pescara in Italy.
In an ambitious, already approved proposal, Split is planning to increase the capacity of visiting ship and yacht charter passengers to seven million per year starting in 2015. Steps are being taken to adjust the city’s maritime infrastructure; the St. Nicholas pier must be extended, and two terminals at Resnik and Divulje, and cargo facilities must be removed in Vranjic and Soline.
Because of its central location directly on the harbor, ACI Marina Split is, with its 364 landing spots and a maximum depth of nine meters, a very popular and also often fully booked marina. Alternative accommodations nearby with comparable service and standards are the marinas and landing spots at the Hotel Le Meridien, at the Split Riva Marina directly by the beloved shore street that is the place to be seen, in the Splitska harbor, by the Sportska Lucica Marjan Yacht Club, and at the Sportska Lucica Poljud Yacht Club. Further locations are at Zvoncac, Zenta and Znian, in Kastel Gomilica, Kastela Kastel Sucurac, Kastel Novi, Spinut, Slatine and Strozanac, in Bajnice, and in Krilo. Somewhat further away, though also easy to get to from Split, there are landing places and anchor spots at Rogasnicias, Sibenik, Trogir, Marina Kremik, and Primosten.
The pleasant and practical aspects to these ports and marinas are, above all else, their close proximity to the old town and historic sites of Split, the city’s numerous delicious gastronomic options, hotels and accommodation, a variety of shopping options, museums, parks, and other local attractions. Many of these are located within walking distance of the various marinas. The only port on the island Bra? is at the 1000-person community of Milna on the west coast. The picturesque bays of Lu?ice and Duboka are just around the corner. If you don't know where to sail, YACHTICO has prepared a route suggestion for you here.
A very detailed, comprehensive and easy-to-use page, also with the option of English-language viewing, can be found at the website for the almost 30-year-old Adriatic Croatia International Club D.D.. The website also has tons of information for sailors, such as suggested tours, cruises, and routes in the area around Split. This organization, together with the Yacht Club Croatia, has organized the ACI Match Race Cup in Rovinj and Dubrovnik as well as in Umag and Split. Another useful address is that of the ACI Sailing Center on Cres, where training and teambuilding programs are offered on twelve identical JOD 35 sailboats. The office for the ACI in Split is located at number 8 Uvala Baluni Street.A regatta that is becoming evermore popular is the Adriatic Lagoon Regatta, for catamarans. With participants coming from Russia, the Ukraine, Great Britain, Germany, the US, Italy, Slovenia, Serbia and of course also Croatia, this regatta takes place every year in the end of April and the beginning of May right on the waters near Split. A tradition no less famous, beloved, or rich in tradition is the Mrdujska Regatta. Since 1927, the Labud Club has held the regatta, in which boatsmen sail between Split and the small, uninhabited island Mrduja in August. Like the rest of middle Dalmatia,
On YACHTICO.com, you will find over 300 sailboats, motorboats, catamarans, canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and other types of boats in Split. With prices between 500 and 6,000 Euros per week and boats from two to 122 meters in length, the right boat is waiting for you. Even after searching for special requests such as a teak deck, number of berths, and size of the yacht, you will successfully find boats that were built between 2000 and 2013. Two yachts can be booked with a skipper and crew, and for a little more than half the boats available, a boat driver’s license is necessary. The number of cabins varies between two to more than 11.