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Villa Manus with pool

Villa Manus with pool

Kvarner Bay - Opatija
Jadranka Apartments

Jadranka Apartments

Mljet Island - Sobra
Hotel Mediteran

Hotel Mediteran

Zadar, Dalmatia (HR)
Dalmatino, Komarna

Dalmatino, Komarna

South Dalmatia (HR)

Regions: - Split-Dalmatia County

Split is the largest and most important city in Dalmatia, the administrative center of Croatia's Split - Dalmatia county. It is situated on a small peninsula on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, in the foothills of Kozjak and Mosormountains. With a population of 188,694 (2001) it is the second largest city in Croatia.

Split is an important transportation centre for Dalmatia and the wider region. In addition to the Zagreb-Split highway (A1), all the road traffic along the Adriatic coast on the route Zadar - Dubrovnik flows by the city. The airport in Kaštela is the third largest in Croatia in terms of passenger numbers (788,000 in 2004), with year-round services to Zagreb and Frankfurt in Germany and heavy tourist traffic in the summer.

Split passenger seaport is one of the largest on the eastern Adriatic coast with daily coastal routes to Rijeka, Dubrovnik and Ancona in Italy. During summer season Split is connected with other Italian cities as well (like Pescara). Most of the middle Dalmatian islands are only reachable through the Split harbour (usually with Jadrolinija ferries). This includes both the closer islands of Brač, Hvar and Šolta, and the more distant Vis, Korčula and Lastovo.

Split is also known as one of the centres of Croatian culture. Its literary tradition can be traced to medieaval times, and includes names like Marko Marulić, while in more modern times Split excelled by authors famous for their sense of humour. Among them the most notable is Miljenko Smoje.

Split also houses two important archeological museums - one dedicated to antique, another to early medieval period.

But the most recognisable aspect of Split culture is popular music. Notable composers include Ivo Tijardović and Zdenko Runjić.

There is great cultural activity during summers, when the prestigious Split Music Festival is held, followed by Split Summer (Splitsko ljeto) theatre festival.

Despite colourful settings and characters, as well as cinema tradition that could be traced to early 20th Century and works of Josip Karaman, there were relativley few films shot in or around Split. One of rare films is 2004 drama Ta divna splitska noæ (That Wonderful Night in Split), which won critical accolades, often being referred as the best Croatian movie since independence.

Split's most famous resident is the former tennis star Goran Ivanišević. Another rising tennis star is 'Little Goran', Mario Ančić, also from Split. The local football team is Hajduk Split. Basketball is also popular, with notable players like Toni Kukoč and Dino Radja. Members of local club rowing club Gusar won numerous Olympic and world championship medals. Other popular sports are: swimming, handball and sailing.

The biggest sports events to be held in Split were the Mediterranean Games in 1979 and the European Athletics Championships in 1990.

Picigin is a local sport played on several of the city beaches Bačvice. It is played in shallow water with a small ball.

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