Split, also known as the Mediterranean Flower, and the most beautiful city in the world, is a tourist attraction in Croatia that is renowned for its natural beauty. It provides an intoxicating mix of natural beauty, ancient history, dynamic shopping, and a famous nightlife.
While it is not a particularly dangerous city, there are certain things that would be travellers need to know about before they brave the streets of this stunning town. Much like any other city, you just need to keep your wits about you.
Use common sense
There are certain things that you should not do in any town, including Split. Venturing off alone, waving your money around, taking back alleys, or making purchases on the black market should all be avoided. Never break the law, and if you are fond of illicit substances, take note that the country’s strict policies regarding substance abuse. The people of Split are friendly and polite, and if you behave in the same way, everything should go swimmingly.
Avoid rowdy football areas
Split is a football (soccer) crazy city, and as with most European cities, the passion of the fans can often spill over into aggression. Hooliganism is controlled as much as possible by local law enforcement, but obviously the smaller alleys and certain bars are points of potential conflict. Try and avoid the local bars on game days, and generally steer clear of stadia – you will know right away which places are dangerous. Ask your concierge for more information.
Stay out of striptease bars
Many younger tourists like to take in the alternative sights on offer in European cities, but the liberal culture regarding sexuality should not be taken for granted. Many of the striptease bars in Split are tourist traps, and you will get ripped off, solicited, and potentially put in more serious situations. Again, these are the kind of places that you should rather avoid, and if you insist on going to a striptease bar in Split, ask your concierge for a recommendation. Take note that this is not a particularly safe thing to do.
Travel with recognized transport
The blight of human trafficking has left scars on the beauty that is Europe, and younger women in particular are at risk to be abducted by vulgar criminals. The key to staying safe in Split is to only travel by recognized transport – official cabs and the like are clearly marked. Lifts from strangers are obviously not safe, no matter how legitimate they may seem. Be sure to organize transport in advance, consulting your hotel for arrangements. Always travel with a friend, and don’t be scared to ask local law enforcement for assistance regarding safety.
Victoria is the guest poster behind this article. She loves visiting Split Croatia.
Written by : Victoria