Split is Croatia’s second largest city and the largest on its Adriatic coast with a population of 250,000 people. It is very beautiful and unusual city, with hundred year old buildings and streets that interlace with modern architecture and design, making a perfect combination which, once you see, will stay in your mind forever. Moreover, Split possesses unbelievable oasis of untouched nature. Marjan Hill to the west of Split. is a protected nature park, situated right near the center of the Split old town. Local people call it “the lungs of Split”, because of the thousands of pine trees and crystal clear blue sea at the foot of Marjan which give off plenty of pure oxygen.
Split has an interesting history, which starts with the Diocletian Palace, built in 295 AD by the Roman emperor Diocletian who ordered a residence to be built there for his retirement. It took ten years to build, and is today the last remaining Roman palace that is actually lived in. Diocletian lived there until his death in 313 AD.
Since then Split has changed hands a few times. It was conquered by the Venetians in 1420, then fell to the Austrian Hungarians in 1797, there was a brief period when the French occupied the town, before becoming part of Yugoslavia in 1918. Much of the current day development occurred after 1920 when Zadar, Dalmatia’s official capital, became an Italian enclave. In 1941, after the city was occupied by the Italians, a very strong resistance movement soon evolved and the city was first liberated in 1943, after the capitulation of Italy, and then finally in October of 1944 when the first people’s government of Croatia was formed.
Today, Split is the economic, administrative, educational, sports and tourist center of Split Dalmatia County. It is also UNESCO protected and a wonderful place to visit. Moreover, it is the main transport hub for getting to the neighboring Dalmatia Islands. There is lot’s to do and see in Split; in fact it is an excellent place to base yourself if you are touring the area due to its position in the Centre of Dalmatia.
As a result property in Split is hugely popular, especially old stone houses in the center of Split, as well as apartments in the heart of old town Split and in the Diocletian Palace, as well as properties and real estate in the local area. Currently those looking to buy into the Split real estate market are mostly foreign nationals looking for an investment property or an investment / second home or a business opportunity. In fact in the last few years there have been a number of buyers who have purchased old stone period houses, renovated them and turned them into successful luxury bed & breakfast businesses. There is also a growing trend of Croatian’s who moved abroad, that have now retired and are looking for a place to own and stay when they return to visit family and friends.
If you are interested in purchasing a property in Split, or would like some more information on the Split real estate market please contact us.