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.
If you find yourself in Split in December, then the season of Advent is a true shining light with a rich program in store. Lots of events will be taking place in and around town as well as the traditional Christmas fair where you can find souvenirs for loved ones; the waterfront will be jam packed with mulled wine, sausages, fritters and other goodies to keep you warm during the fresher evenings. Advent in the Piazza offers a gastronomic journey through the whole of Croatia.
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.
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.
To add a bit of chill to this sunny city, a huge ice-rink has opened at the Spaladium Arena for all fans of ice-skating. It’s open for all, from the young to old, to the amateur or semi-pro! It starts from December 15 and runs through to January 16, 2016. You can skate every day from 09:00 - 24:00 and on weekends until 01:00. Or you can visit the Ice Park at the City Centre One shopping complex, where you can skate up until January 17, every day from 09:00 - 22:00, enjoying the sound and light effects.
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.