Our Split


The first inhabitant of Split was the Roman emperor Diocletian who started to build his palace in this friendly bay around 293 AD. After his abdication he withdrew to this luxurious palace of about 30 thousand square meters.
The following turbulent centuries made the palace into a town first populated by the citizens of the nearby Salona, fleeing before Avars and Slavs. The town overgrew the walls of the palace and its authorities kept changing - from Croatian kings in 10th century AD, Hungarian and Venetian administration, to French rulers and Austro-Hungarian monarchy.

Split is an eternally young town with about 200.000 inhabitants which give it a warm Mediterranean temperament. It has lived by its urban rhythm for 1700 years, with its heart in the Palace of Diocletian and it expects you wholeheartedly. From that time till now a millennial duration of the town under the protection of UNESCO and inscribed in the Register of World cultural inheritance is writing the history and the present age of the unique metropolis of Dalmatia. Famous historical monuments: The Palace of Diocletian on the foundations of which Split was born, with its 30.000 sq.m., represents a unique monument of antique building. The Palace jealously keeps alive a story of love of ancient times and Christianity, of the mausoleum which is nowadays the most ancient and the smallest cathedral in the world, on the Jove's Temple which was a baptismal font of Croatian kings, on Peristil which represents today the most beautiful stage in the world and of the town which represents a door of culture for Dalmatian region.

Such past left its traces combined in the town everyday life. The city, however, went on remaining the centre of this part of the coast till our day. This mixture of historic layers brought some clumsiness and some things done too fast but today all that makes a part of its originality.

The big city today lives by the silent beats of history, lively spirit of the young and its particular Mediterranean charm.


Split has always had the reputation of being the hometown of some of the greatest sports figures. Many wonder how is it possible that Split is the city in the world which counts 200 000 inhabitants and 5 NBA players - Kukoč, Rađa, Tabak, Šundov and Ukić. The city's love of football is illustrated by the fact that Hajduk is included among football clubs which have the greatest number of supporters in the world and throughout history this was the place that gave birth to some of the world's best u yachtsmen, rowers, water polo and handball players, swimmers... The icons of Croatian sport today are the world's best handball player Ivano Balić, the swimmer Duje Draganja, tennis player Mario Ančić, the high jumper Blanka Vlašić, the brothers Skelin... The city of Split transformed the welcoming party of Wimbledon winner into a euphoric spectacle the world had never seen before. Who is to “blame” that there is a bobsled team coming from a little Mediterranean city and sleighing down mountains, who can catch up to the queen of athletics, Branka Vlašić? Who could forget the gladiator Branko Cikatić, the Olympic medals won by Đurđica Bjedov, basketball players Jerkov, Tvrdić and Šolman. The basketball players of the team Jugoplastika were three-time European champions and three water polo clubs have many times over won some of the greatest European trophies.

Celebrating 100 years of football club Hajduk Split with thousands of flares and signal rockets

There are 73 Olympic medals in a single city which on a geographic map might appear small but on a sports map this is the world’s sports metropolis.

Split is simply the city of sport, the place where medal winners in almost every sports discipline are born and raised. There must be something in the water here that grants the athletes from Split an unseen strength. Maybe it is that defiant spirit. Yes, defiance, that is what the athletes keep mentioning. They stubbornly defy those who are better, richer, and more powerful, that defiant spirit can take on the entire world and that is why when it comes to sport Split is simply the best in the world.

Split proved to be an excellent host by organizing the Mediterranean Sports Games in 1979, the European Athletics Championship in 1990, World Handball Champiomship  and many other international sports manifestations. The team from Brazil played football in Split, the famous Real came here to play basketball, and the legendary rowers from Oxford and Cambridge got a taste of the Adriatic Sea by competing in the city’s annual regatta. Firule have always been the place to go and witness excellent tennis matches,  Sustipan is where the world’s best yachtsmen came to try their luck.

Split is a city meant for success. But Split can achieve even more and do it swifter – higher – stronger.

Because Split has what it takes to succeed.

Split as a city of sport deserves more and is ready for new victories; European Universities Basketball Championship!!!!!