In recent years the city of Split has realized the importance of investments in hotel accommodation, so in the last tourist season it entered with a total of 45 open hotels, with seven new smaller and larger hotel facilities opened in the past year alone, most newly opened hotels in one year in Split in this decade.
This increased hotel capacity by 10 per cent and new hotel beds have been filled months in advance. Thus, 3641 beds are now available to guests of Split in hotels, i.e. 320 hotel beds more than last year. So, it is not surprising that airlines have foreseen that this is exactly the city with which one hundred other cities in Europe need to be directly connected, so the airport today has almost three million passengers.
The second city in Croatia has increased the number of hotel beds in the last ten years by almost 400%! And, most importantly, the trend continues, and the hotel is increasing. Small and family hoteliers in Split were the first individual drivers of the flywheel of tourism in the city center, so ten years ago they started building a hotel with 10 to 30 rooms each. So, in this highly protected and limited space, two dozen smaller hotel facilities have sprung up, with four or five stars, marked “heritage.” Split has enriched its accommodation offer in hotels in the last year with seven new ones. Thus, the first guests received hotel “Briig”, “Time”, “Vila Nepos” integral hotel in the historic center, “Boban Luxury Suites”, boutique hotel “Time”, hotel “Pax” and hotel “Ora”.
Featuring a bar, free private parking, a shared lounge and a garden, Time Boutique Hotel is in Split, 0.6 mi from Bacvice Beach. It offers family rooms and a terrace. It features an indoor pool, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. A spa and wellness center and a sauna are at guests’ disposal.
Central Square Heritage Hotel enjoys an attractive location in the center of Split, 0.6 mi from Bacvice Beach, 0.8 mi from Ovčice Beach and 0.9 mi from Firule. This 4-star hotel offers room service, an ATM machine, a tour desk, a ticket service and free WiFi. Popular points of interest near Central Square Heritage Hotel include Youth Park Stadium, Pjaca People’s Square and Gregory of Nin Monument.
We must not forget here the Hotel Vestibul Palace, located in the heart of Diocletian’s Palace and is surrounded by ancient Roman walls. It offers elegant and bright rooms with handmade furniture and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group.
Located just steps away from the popular Bacvice Beach, one of the new hotels is the Briig Boutique Hotel, just steps away from the popular Bacvice Beach, and offers a rooftop pool with a bar and a well-equipped spa. Briig Boutique Hotel offers a modern lounge bar and a restaurant with a terrace so guests can enjoy an open-air meal in fine weather, while the hotel’s spa area offers a sauna, hot tub and various massages. There is also a fitness room.
Let’s also add that by the end of 2020, we will be looking to ensure that we have a full range of new plans. Since 2010, the first guests will receive “Marriott International” with the brand “Courtyard by Marriott”, which will open the “Dalmatia Tower”, with 190 rooms and four suites. “Amphora Resort” on the Žnjan plateau, with a total of 207 rooms, a congress hall, a range of catering facilities, with three swimming pools and a lavish wellness area, is almost ready to work, while the last works are also performed on the hotel “Ambasador” on Split Matejušca, which will Have 101 rooms and apartment, 240 seats in the restaurant, spa, gym, nightclub and underground garage with 59 seats, and hotel “Villa Harmony” on Bačvice with about 55 beds.
The “Bluesun Group”, should soon start building a 50-million-euro hotel with a five-star hotel called “Diocletian” in Trstenic bay. On a plot of about eight thousand square meters, a high-level house with seven floors and 400 beds, a congress hall, swimming pools, spa, or about a thousand hotel beds in total in the city… The global trend of short trips to cities (city break) went hand in hand and opened the door to Split to sit high on the list of new, desirable and undiscovered destinations. And apart from Split, there is only an hour and a half of speea boat rides, which offers you the possibility of daily excursions.
One of the most attractive is a safe visit to the Blue Cave, located in Balun bay on the eastern side of the island of Biševo, which is a real lure for excursion boats throughout Dalmatia.
The Blue Cave excursion
The Blue cave is inevitably compared to the famous Grotta Azzurra, a cave very similar to the Blue Cave on the Italian island of Capri. More beautiful than Grotto Azurre Only, while on Capri, which with 10 square kilometers slightly larger than Biševo (6 km2), there are 12,000 people living on Biševo, as many as there were five years ago. The blue cave was still in 1951. This April, the Vis archipelago geopark was named a protected geomorphological monument.
On this excursion you can enjoy two more beautiful locations of the unique bay of Stinivu and the island of Budikovac. Stiniva Beach was recently declared the most beautiful European beach, which it certainly deserved, among other things, its beautiful entrance located between large cliffs, and the island of Budikovac with its untouched beaches as perfect for peaceful and relaxed swimming. Fenced with tall slides on all sides, Stiniva is always in the shadows with at least one half of its half.
Veli Budikovac is an uninhabited islet in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea. Veliki Budikovac, lies northeast of the islet of Ravnika. It is located about 3 km southeast of rukavac on the island of Vis. Next to it is the islet of Mali Budikovac. Beautiful clean sea, beach and small bar make this place the perfect place for relaxing, swimming and diving for what equipment you can get on speedboat.
Here you can spend about an hour so you can enjoy the sun, explore the sea world and maybe grab some cocktails at the bar.
Interesting fact – not far from the island of Budikovac is the wreckage of the American flying fortress B-17, which during World War II was unable to land at the airport because the runway was occupied and the heavy bomber was circling vis, and the pilot was forced to land at sea. He managed to happily land a large bomber on the sea surface near Cape Polivalo near Rukavac. The crew quickly abandoned the plane, which soon sank, and landed slightly on the seabed. A well-preserved plane, due to its high depth, today can only be visited by technical divers, trained for diving with gas mixtures. Excellent visibility, plenty of fish and the imposing size of a heavy bomber lying on a white sandy bottom will delight any diver who visits it. From a depth of about 40 to 45 meters, you can see in the clear sea the outline of this great bomber. The plane lies leaning on the left leg of the chassis and tail wheel, while the right wing lies on the sand. The nose of the plane was crushed by a blow to the bottom, but the cockpit and the rest of the plane are completely whole.