Before you prepare to visit any foreign city, it is advisable to find out as much as you can about your chosen destinations. You can look through tourist guides, or try and track down some local insight online, but you are invariably in for a few shocks if you don’t get the lowdown from someone in the know. Problem is that too many tourist guides are overly positive, and websites can be full of paranoia and doom, so finding real advice is hard to come by. Luckily, you have found your way to a wealth of really poignant, useful information right here! So if you are planning on visiting Split in Croatia, read on to find out everything that you haven’t heard about this amazing European gem.
Split is football crazy – You have been warned
Football, or soccer as you may know it, is the most popular sport in the world, and its loyal fans are renowned for their passion and dedication to their teams. While this is true of most sports, the passions in Split run deep, and sometimes when alcohol is introduced, the passion spills over and translates into aggression. If you are caught in the wrong place at the wrong time you might end up in the crossfire. Before your trip takes some time to check out the league schedule and plan your accommodation and itinerary carefully so that you avoid danger areas.
Avoid the temptation of striptease bars
For many tourists, a holiday without a trip to a local strip bar is not a holiday at all. Europe is renowned for beautiful people and a liberal atmosphere, but in Split, your local strip bar may prove to be the end of your holiday. Many of the bars are fronts for petty theft, drug deals, and solicitation, so it is best for you to rather steer clear. IF you insist on sampling these kinds of sights, then ask for advice from a concierge at a local hotel – you don’t need to stay in the hotel to get some information! This is safer than risking a roughing up and a robbery, or a night in a Croatian prison (or something more serious).
Prepare for snow
As soon as you type “Split, Croatia” into your search bar, images of stunning ocean views and sunshine will immediately pop up. And while it is true that the summer in Split is an incredible sight that you need to be seen to be believed, the fact is that the winters get very chilly. Snow is a guarantee at least once or twice in winter, and because it is rare, transport stops, so you should plan.
This article comes from guest poster Victoria who loves visiting Split.