Although Split and Dalmatia are generally associated with sun, sea and essentially summer time activities, it is a fact that, especially during the last few years, the city of Split has become an attractive destination whole year round. A proof of this is an ever increasing number of tourist arrivals and stays through the whole year. Apart from wondrous natural beauties, the city has started to offer a wide range of different content, both cultural and entertaining. Among numerous and diverse events and fairs, a very distinct one is certainly the Christmas fair, part of whose atmosphere will be described here.
Even though the temperature of 17 degrees Celsius may be deceiving and send out a spring time feeling, as well as a possibility of meeting people dressed not entirely appropriate to winter, the real Christmas spirit is given away by a whole load of small festive cottages and shops luring passersby with music, delicious food, mulled wine and traditional souvenirs. Each street being distinctly decorated really gives out a feeling of the whole city radiating with light, Christmas trees, snowflakes, shining stars and other ornaments, usually associated with holiday season. During the day it is a tradition to drink coffee in one of the gardens of city’s numerous cafes. Families stroll around the city and browse through the various merchandise on offer in small shops, and come night time, the city transform into a real oasis of fun. Aside from being a huge attraction on Riva boardwalk, a number of local and foreign entertainers perform at a few different locations:
Advent on Pjaca square
The holiday season is celebrated from 4th of December until 8th of January at specially decorated and spruced up Split Pjaca square though gastronomy, music and cultural activities. Join the musical time machine and every week experience advent delights from all around Croatia. Be a part of this unforgettable event which brings you back to the glory days of Pjaca square, a crowning jewel of Split’s tradition.
Advent on Prokurative square
Christmas miracles this year arrive to wonderful Prokurative square, which will definitely become the center of attention during the upcoming holidays. A rich offer of gastronomy delicatessen and affordable drinks, as well as abundant program of entertainment, will bring joy and warmth to you day after day. Please note that exactly this square transforms into an astonishing dancing podium during the night.
The Fruit square
It is highly unlikely that anyone will be left unsatisfied with a wide selection of mulled wine, both red and white, quality liquors and brandies, as well as daily offer of warm meals, sausages, jerky, traditional Dalmatian delicatessen, as well as sweet local pies. During the late night hours, the stage belongs to various DJs of electro music and the party lasts until the early morning. In case you had one too many drinks, there is a traditional manner of dealing with hangover. In other words, on Christmas day, as well as on the other days during the holiday season, it is not uncommon to head for the Bačvice beach in your swimsuit and a Christmas hat for a round of picigin, a local and nowadays globally acknowledged sport played on a beach.
Through the perfect mixture of exquisite nature, ideal climate and a rich cultural heritage, even during these days Split city has undeniably and consistently demonstrated that it is a god given destination to visit. In the end, you really ought to attempt to make the best out of the few remaining days and should you not have an arrangement where to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, definitely consider coming to Split. Make sure to join in, because the program on offer is truly spectacular. Pelican Tours staff is always available should you have any questions or requests for additional help during your stay.