Is It Worth Visiting Split, Croatia in September?
On the simple question is September in Split Croatia suitable month for vacation , the answer is even simpler, you can’t definitely be wrong.
What makes Split different in September? One of the main benefits of this month is that the summer madness is over. Instead of the daily hustle and bustle of August, the city’s streets, ferry port, restaurants, get more livable atmosphere.
This month is considered a “shoulder season” like May and June when you will have all tourist conveniences but no crowds.
From meteorologic point of view, September is still considered a summer month. Average high temperature in September is 25.1 °C (77.2 °F). September has average seven rainy days and Split and central Dalmatian islands boast 247 sunshine hours in September.
Pros and Cons of September in Split
If you decide for holidays in Split in this month, there are much more pros than cons factors.
- September offers still a lot of sunny days ideal for swimming and sunbathing.
- September is especially in the second half, characterized by decreasing of tourist crowds. (schools in European countries open usually from September 10th to 15th)
- The usual crowd in Split’s ferry port is only the past. Particularly in September, car ferry and fast catamarans are still running on high season sailing schedule.
- September is still excellent for all outdoor activities.
- All museums and galleries are still open in September in Split.
- For those planning to travel from Split to Dubrovnik, Krilo catamaran company and Jadrolinija, keep all schedules still effective. In this month it’s still possible to plan island hopping between Vis, Hvar, Brac, Korcula, Lastovo and Mljet islands.
- In September, the hotels and private accommodation owners are preparing to reduce their prices up to 30%.
If you are looking for interesting events that take place in Split, I must say, September events are limited on only several. The most interesting are:
Split Film Festival – International Festival of New Film 2017 from Sep 9 to Sep 16 2017. It highly promotes Croatian film but also gives strong regard to international feature and short film, paying attention to directors who explore the aesthetic potential of film.
The International Festival of New Film (Split Film Festival) is the oldest international film media manifestation of the Republic of Croatia. It was instituted in Split in 1996. Find more info on website – Split Film Festival .
Change of Diocletian’s guards – It’s still possible to attend in September in Split, the changing of the guard that takes place every day at noon.
During the change of the guard appears emperor Diocletian himself alongside six of his soldiers, welcoming the people holding a commemorative speech. inviting the guests to his palace.
If you are in Split, do not miss the ceremonial change of Diocletian’s guard, as one of unique cultural events.
Some cultural events continue in September in Split as a part of summer events. Among them like ‘Urban Culture’ started in June 23 and will end on September 10th.
It’s a performance of urban music and culture, from pop and hip-hop to jazz and other genres. This event takes place daily in Strossmayer’s Garden ( Park Josipa Jurja Strossmayera ) or as the locals call it Dardin.
Food and wine events
In September in Split there are several events that promote local wines and culinary specialties.
VinoLike – from June 1 to September 30 the connoisseurs of wine can take place in some top range wine tasting this summer.
From week to week, local wine producers will get the chance to promote their wines to the public across various city venues and restaurants. Each week one winery will become the main focal point and it’s a great way to meet all passionate lovers for a good wine drop. Their motto is ‘wine is life’ !
Oil tasting – From August 10 to September 30 every day at 11 am, within the walls of the Diocletian’s palace you can taste all the flavors of olive oil.
A trained guide will teach you the difference between the traditional and modern way of making olive oil, and how to recognize high-quality olive oil by tasting three varieties of olive oil. For 45 minutes of tasting the price is 99 Kuna.
From Solin’s Pot – On September 2, 2017 in nearby Split village, Solin will take place a gastronomic happening ‘From Solin’s Pot’ where locals compete in preparing dishes based on local flour ground at a local watermill – the mlinica. Dishes include home-made pasta in meat sauces, breads and cakes.
The Salsa and Šalša Festival – On Sunday September 3, 2017 in the coastal town of Kaštel Štafilic, take place a touch of hot passionate salsa dancing, combined with spicy salsa sauce, (šalša in Croatian) that is the personification of every Mediterranean cuisine.
Lively Cuban dance rhythm will accompany contestants who will compete in preparing original meals made of salsa tomato sauce, so make sure you join the locals and their guests for this wonderful event.