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« Croatia Itinerary

Day 5 – Zadar to Split

 
 
Day 4
Zadar
Coastal town of ‘Sea Organ’.
  Day 5
Zadar to Split
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« Nine days in Croatia

  Day 6
Split
Diocletian’s Palace & coastal town.

 

Woke up on Wednesday morning with a swollen red eye, yet got ready on time and headed out for a much-needed coffee. We wanted to have a one last experience of the haunting Sea Organ before we head out of Zadar, so we decided to sit in the cafe right behind the promenade of the Sea Organ. The weather was a nice 25 deg. C and sitting at the cafe listening to the waves hitting the Sea Organ was quite an experience.

We headed back to the apartment, checked out around 10:00am and on our way to the Zadar Center just outside the fortified Old Town near the footbridge. It was in about 5 minutes that the next Bus #2 was there and we reached Autobusni Kolodvor (Bus Station) in about 15 minutes. There was no one in line at the bus station, so after purchasing the tickets for the next bus (HRK 95 per person, 4.5 hours), we decided to grab a sandwich before we board for the next leg of our tour. The bus was there at the station at 9:50am and it was out at exact 10:00am.

Instead of taking the highway A1 to Split, the bus travels on highway 8, along the coast line stopping at various towns for 10 minutes each; sometimes even in between to pick up or drop off people. Highway 8 is a single lane road on each side and well-maintained throughout, except for some minor construction work in between. If you are driving further south to Dubrovnik from Zadar then we would recommend taking the freeway A1 to Split where it ends and then taking the highway 8 on to Dubrovnik. Although the views of the Adriatic Sea are awesome all the way on highway 8, the best views and towns that you might stop over (if driving) are between Split and Dubrovnik.

After making some 5-6 stops in between, we were in the port city of Split in exact 4.5 hours. Autobusni Kolodvor (Bus station) at Split is about 5 minutes walk from the Riva (promenade) and Diocletian’s Palace. The bust station and ferry dock are next to each other and if you’re staying in the fortified Old Town (Diocletian’s Palace), then just walk right from the bus station (if you’re facing the sea) and within 5-7 minutes you’ll be at the Riva.

We were received by our host at House of Sandra apartments. It was a 12 minute walk from the bus station to the apartment. We had booked the Room P1 which was a beautiful two single-bed, one bath apartment with kitchen and all the basic facilities, including Wi-Fi. It’s a 7 minute walk from the Riva up on to Kralja Zvonimira.

Accommodation in Split
As mentioned by most travel guides on Croatia, you will be facing a hoard of old women renting their apartments (with Sobe or Apartmani signs) as soon as you step out of the bus. Some of them will offer rooms or apartments in the Old Town or Diocletian’s Palace which may be expensive. Make sure to check the location of the apartment and then settle on the price. Split has a good network of bus services and even if you may have to stay a bit far off the Riva, you will get buses all year-round.

Before booking any apartment, get the location and walk up to the Tourist Information Center right outside the gates of Diocletian’s Palace on the Riva. Check the bus availability, timings and routes from the Riva to the apartment location. If it all sounds good then walk back to the bus station and close the deal. You can also take the phone number or the apartment owner before heading to Riva so you can confirm the deal over the phone before someone else can grab the deal!

 

It was a beautiful 24°C day in Split and we walked over to the Riva soaking in the majestic promenade with beautiful views of the Split port where all the ferries dock. This is the main sea-side promenade lined up with restaurants and cafes and also has one gate entrance to the Diocletian’s Palace. The Tourist Information Office is on the Riva along with some consulates and embassies of European countries like Italy, United Kingdom, Netherlands, etc.

Split Riva

Split Riva

We were tempted to walk in the palace but we wanted to do a whole walking tour and sun was going to set soon, so we decided to keep that for the next day. Walking past the TI office and consulates, we headed to the main “square” or street called Marmontova (outside of Diocletian’s Palace), over to the Croatian National Theatre (Croatian: Hrvatsko narodno kazalište).

Marmontova Street, Split

Marmontova Street, Split

Croatian National Theatre, Split

Croatian National Theatre, Split

Right next to the Croatian National Theatre is the Franciscan monastery (Croatian: Franjevački Samostan), which had a beautiful painting of Christ along with the zodiac signs and peasants worshiping the lord.

Franciscan monastery

Franciscan monastery

Inside the Franciscan monastery

Inside the Franciscan monastery

Walking past the Marmontova, we decided to stop over at the Art Gallery (Croatian: Galerija Umjetnina), which was founded in 1931. There is a permanent exhibition of paintings and sculptures from the XIVth century to the present day. From time to time contemporary artists exhibit their works. Because of their artistic ex ellence one should mention the works by Andrija Alesi and Juraj Čulinović from the XVth century, by Andrija Medulić from the XVIth century, by Matej Poncun and Frederik Benković from the XVIIth century and the paintinqs of the Gothic Renaissance an Baroque Venetian masters. Valuable icons from the XVth to the XIXth century are on display. Of special importance are the icons from the period between the XVIIIth-XIXth century which were painted by masters from Boka Kotorska. The most numerous works are those of the Croatian artists Bukovac, Medović, Desković, Meštrović, Vidović and Job. Hours: Monday 17:00-20:00; Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-13:00 and 17:00-20:00; Sundays and holidays closed. Price: HRK 20 or $4.

Galerija Umjetnina, Split

Galerija Umjetnina, Split

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A walk back to the Riva and after some Tiramisu ice-cream, we called it a day and headed back to our apartment.

 

Total Costs

Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate of USD 1 = HRK 5 at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult.
 

What Cost Notes
Morning Coffee HRK 10 or $2 Per person
Sandwich at bus station HRK 36 or $7 Per person
Bus from Zadar to Split HRK 102 or $20 Per person; HRK 95 for bus and HRK 7 for baggage
Apartment in Split HRK 500 or $98 For 2 people, 2 nights
Art Gallery HRK 20 or $4 Per person
Evening Coffee HRK 12 or $2.50 Per person
Dinner at Šperun HRK 135 or $26 For 2 persons

 

 
 
Day 4
Zadar
Coastal town of ‘Sea Organ’.
  Day 5
Zadar to Split
This section

« Nine days in Croatia

  Day 6
Split
Diocletian’s Palace & coastal town.

 


NINE DAYS IN CROATIA

 
Planning
Itinerary & Planning

 
Tips
Tips & Information
Some tips & info to get started.

 
Day 1
Zagreb
First day in capital city.

 
Day 2
Zagreb Sights
Second day in capital city.


 
Day 3
Zagreb to Zadar
Travel from Zagreb to Zadar & day there.

 
Day 4
Zadar
Coastal town of 'Sea Organ'.

 
Day 5
Zadar to Split
Travel from Zadar to Split & day there.

 
Day 6
Split
Diocletian's Palace & coastal town.

 
Day 7
Split to Dubrovnik
Travel from Split to Dubrovnik & day there.

 
Day 8
Dubrovnik
Old city built on Maritime trade.

 
Total Costs
How much did it cost?
List of all the expenses.
 

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