Things to avoid in Split.
Split has been a popular tourist destination for many decades now, all the way from the beginning of the 20th century. However, in the last decade, it has particularly become a very popular destination, and because of that, there are some things that you could call ‘tourist traps’. We will try to help you dodge those things, although that is a very hard thing to do completely and 100% successfully.
Firstly, let’s talk about the TAXI services. The public transportation in Split is fairly bad, especially in the night-time, when it’s practically non-existent. So if you want to get from spot A to spot B, you’re going to need something else. So you can walk or take a Taxi. The official Taxi of the city of Split (Auto-Radio Taxi) is a pretty bad solution. Its reputation is very poor and due to a lot of bad press (mostly well-deserved one), the locals almost never use it. This has spawned a bunch of private Taxi services like GoGreen Taxi, Cammeo Taxi, Yellow Taxi, Kajla Taxi and so on. Most of these guys are essentially the same people who used to work for that main Taxi service, but are now trying their luck with another name. Uber is another option that thankfully we have in this city, which has its own drawbacks, without a doubt, but at least you know how much the price of the ride will be before you even sit in the car (and who is your driver), a fact unknown to other taxi providers in Split. So our advice would be to walk if you don’t really need a ride. Split is a fairly small city, but if that is not an option for you and your situation, Uber could be the best option out there.
Regarding eating outside in restaurants and konobas (a local name for a dining establishment) you should know this. Anything on the main sea promenade (Riva) should be avoided. Either because of the prices or even more because of the quality of the products served. The main promenade in this concept spans from Marmontova street to most southeastern tower of Diocletian’s palace. The best option is always to ask locals or to see where do locals eat and especially where they don’t eat. A bunch of restaurants are open only during the summer season, which is enough to make you think, ‘If they are so good why, are they closed during the winter?’. That should be a first sign that this place is a place to avoid. A rule of thumb which is almost always good also is ‘If the place looks crappy and it’s still open, then the food must be good!’. Places that focus much more on the appearance and the interior, often lack something on the food quality front.
If you need to get Kunas (still, the local currency), We wouldn’t always recommend going to an exchange office. Yes, it sounds counter-intuitive. If you have money to exchange, you’ll often get the best exchange rates at a bank. So try finding a bank, there are a lot of them around here and you should get a better conversion rate of your money there. Also, remember that the banks aren’t open on the weekends. If an exchange office is your only option, make sure you clarify the rate they charge for the exchange.
Hope this helps having a more carefree vacation in our beautiful and old city. So this is some of the advice we like to give to our guests, if you have any other specific questions, don’t hesitate to ask.