5 reasons to head to Split, Croatia this European summer.
I know it may be a little early to start thinking about summer if you are in the Northern hemisphere but what else are you going to do while us in the south enjoy ours? I figure if you aren’t snowboarding right now you may as well be planning your European summer and what better place than Split, Croatia?
Here’s 5 reasons to put Split, Croatia on your summer vacation list.
1. The Beaches
Like the rest of the mediterranean, Split possesses some of the most idyllic beaches you will find. From old town Split, there are many beaches only a short walk away and they provide beautiful views of the islands. Many of the beaches have sun chairs and umbrellas but can be expensive to hire so if you have your own it is worth bringing along. I was in Split in June and the large crowds had not yet arrived, the weather was still warm but I’m sure July and August would have had even hotter days. The trade-off I guess would be the crowds.
2. Historical Split
Old town Split is like all the other coastal cities of Croatia providing beautiful old buildings and narrow winding lane ways rich in history. One can admire the many old archways or shop for a cravat (neck tie) which was invented in Croatia. Split has such a beautiful historic district where one can spend a hot day getting lost in the maze of cool shady streets.
3. The price
Sadly most of us are not loaded like Mark Zuckerberg or Katy Perry and consideration of our budget is required. Luckily Croatia is on place in the mediterranean which is relatively cheap. Croatian apartments can be rented for very little (~60EURO) a night and provide more space and comfort than hotels and obviously backpackers can be found for much less. Food, coffee and water are also cheap provided you stick to the non-tourist areas and back streets. Funnily enough this is where the best food is also found!
4. The Markets
Entering the historic district of Split small tunnels containing markets provide interesting wares from handmade jewellery to artwork. The markets are a definite highlight of Split and unlike other markets of the world, the sellers are friendly and polite and allow you to casually peruse without hassle. Being set in the old tunnels of the historic area also makes the markets a great place for photography.
5. The Vibe
Split still has a small town vibe and the locals are friendly and fairly laid back. From relaxing on the beach and working on your tan to strolling through the back streets to find the perfect pizza Split has the feeling of being stress free. If you want to forget all your problems, Split is the place to be.
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