Split In Your Pocket

Located in central Dalmatia and with a Mediterranean climate, Split has a mild winter with lots of sun beaming down from above, thus allowing both locals and tourists the wonderful opportunity of sitting on the waterfront and sipping on coffee. You may also happen to notice some braver locals who can not, do not and will not resist the temptation of playing the recreational sport picigin at Bačvice beach, no matter what the temperature drops to! 

During the winter months you can enjoy a tour of the old historic town, which is a living monument of culture and history. There you can take lots of photos in peace without the hustle and bustle of having to evade the large number of tourists as seen during the summer months. For that very reason, you can pick and choose in peace a place to dine with the wonderful range of restaurants and cafés that are open, knowing you don’t have to wait in cues nor lose time on finding a car park. 

The city has over the last few years risen on the gastronomic map as one destination not to be missed, so why not take advantage of the winter season and go on a culinary adventure of discovering new flavours as offered in the finest restaurants, taverns, and patisseries. Choose from traditional Dalmatian cuisine presented in modern and contemporary ways, the word konoba  mean tavern, these are traditional eateries that define the smell of the sea and offer local dishes that have lasted centuries. In recent years,other world cuisines have found their way through the picturesque small streets of the city where you can find international flavours from Japan through to Turkey and more.  All lovers of anything and everything sweet need to remember the word slastičarna, these are often cute'n'cosy little places that offer a huge selection of cakes, ice creams, biscuits, cookies and more...

Last but not least, you certainly cannot leave Split if you haven’t tried the local version of brunch called marenda. Marenda is not, what it may seem at first, just satisfying a person's need for food. It is a whole lot more, a populations habit, which you need to see through a window. Because, when a group of friends gather together, in the early morning, and sit down at a table with a full plate, it is difficult to discern whether they have gathered for the delicacies, or if they made their way around the delicacies in order to make their conversation more comfortable and friendlier, so that they can return back to their jobs easier, which they fled, for marenda, for a moment.
Marenda to Dalmatians is what five o'clock tea is to the English.
The time you spend waiting for marenda you're like a locked and loaded gun, whether you're a first grader who likes to eat, or a mature man. Marenda time could pay tribute to the modern world in which we live. Marenda has always taken place somewhere between ten o'clock in the morning and noon. By ten, let alone by noon, the working class would have starved a hundred times, and when this hunger is combined with Mediterranean casualness, then you can enjoy. You can still eat everything at this meal- from tripe and pašta fažol (Dalmatian beans with pasta), to polpeta u šugu (meatballs and sauce) and manistra usuvo (spaghetti and meat sauce), to boiled meat and fried sardines and even veal shank. Modern times, however, have moved the time of marenda. Today, there are less and less workers, the employed individual eats later and often eats alone, and there are less taverns and more restaurants.
Delicacies are, however, the same, and tripe and fažol, and polpete u šugu and minestrone usuvo, and boiled meat and fried sardines, as well as veal shanks. 

After you've eaten well, stroll west-side to the waterfront where you can breathe in the fresh sea air and relax on the wooden deck chairs. Similarly, from here you can climb up to the Marjan Hill, the watchtower overlooking the city that offers breath-taking views of the city, its surrounding islands and the Adriatic Sea in general, tip top for memories. Enjoy walking through the woods, and for fans of fitness, lots of people can be seen jogging here in peace, while art lovers should certainly not bypass the Meštrović Gallery, which is located here.

The cultural offer of Split during the winter months is abundant with museums and galleries offering a number of interesting exhibitions and workshops. The Croatian National Theatre in Split has a rich program of theatre productions, ballets, operas, concerts and more, all of which can be found at www.hnk-split.hr. Several venues will host popular names on the national and world music front, and live gigs can be found mainly at the O'Hara and Quasimodo Clubs, as well as literary events (Program Bookvica), stand-up comedy and more.

If fashion is your passion, or even vintage through to arts and crafts, go onto the Facebook page Judin Pazaar, to find out when the popular next flea market event will be held; it’s environmentally friendly, for a good cause and a great way to spend a day. And for those who prefer shopping, then we recommend exploring some of the smaller art galleries, concept stores, oleoteka in the city centre or visit one of the shopping centres which have all of the popular fashion brands with cafés, cinema, and more.

Split is a city that refuses to sleep in the winter, there is no room for hibernation here! At this time of year, serenity offers a vastly different experience than in winter, both of which have their values. Make the most of your time in the city of Diocletian and if you happen to spend one extra day, then definitely do not miss the Surroundings of Split. For example, Omiš is very popular for all lovers of adrenaline sports, and more on other destinations can be seen at: www.inyourpocket.com/split/Split-Dalmatia-County.


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