The city of Split is the second largest city of Croatia with 178.102 inhabitants and the largest city on the Croatian coast of Adriatic, much more than a popular tourist spot.
Split is every historian’s dream city. Its rich history is displayed across the whole city, with numerous archaeological sites and buildings under UNESCO heritage protection. Split’s main attraction is without a doubt Diocletian’s Palace. The Diocletian’s palace makes the heart of the historic center of Split. Each year thousands of tourists flock the many halls of the palace, learning about the city’s rich history. Split has many architectural styles depending of the different cultural reigns under which Split has been historically. Split is also a cultural center and home to many museums that celebrate and preserve Croatian culture. Sports are also part of the culture of the inhabitants of Split. Many medal winners, including the Olympic and the world championships, were born and raised in Split. It is also a University Center - Split houses the best Croatian University encompassing 11 faculties, one art academy, 5 university departments and 5 research institutes.
Strategic importance for the economy of Split is its location, as evidenced by the fact that Split is the second largest Croatian seaport, the third largest seaport in the Mediterranean, and the second largest airport by number of passengers. Split has a mild Mediterranean climate with 2700 hours of sun per year and more than 300 sunny days a year, which represents the great potential for energy transition to renewable energy resources and energy independence. The economy of Split consists of tourism service, Mediterranean agriculture and fishing, naval construction and shipbuilding, manufacturing and trade, civil construction, electricity and water supply, waste management, ICT sector, financial activities and real estate business, administrative and support service activities, scientific, health and social welfare activities.
Being a popular tourist destination, it is not a surprise that Split’ main economic factor is the tourism industry. Split also houses Brodosplit JSC., the largest shipyard in Croatia, whose ships and production have received international recognition. In the past few years Split has become a popular cruise ship destination.
Existing projects and Goals
City of Split has started to implement many smart city projects thus improving the quality of life for its citizens. Many of the plans and activities are being realized, including digitalization of energy systems, digitalization of government services, green mobility and enhancing the bicycle network, intelligent transport systems, traffic security video surveillance systems, modernization and management of public lightning system, energy renovation of publicly owned buildings, modernization of the municipal waste management. Improving the public green spaces is a project that consists of activities that can also include citizens to directly participate in greening and cultivating. Split also offers free WiFi for visitors and inhabitants on many city locations.