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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Split, Croatia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

What do I need to know before moving to Split?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Split, they said:

"Split, is a beautiful city with a rich history, located on the Adriatic Sea, known for its stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, and warm, sunny climate. Before moving to Split, it's important to understand that the official language is Croatian, and while English is commonly spoken in tourist areas, it may not be as widely spoken in residential areas. The cost of living in Split is generally lower than in many Western European countries, but it's still important to budget carefully, especially if you plan to live in the city center where prices can be higher. The local currency is the Croatian Kuna, not the Euro, so you'll need to be prepared to exchange your money. Split has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters, so pack your clothing accordingly. Public transportation in Split is reliable and affordable, with a network of buses and ferries connecting different parts of the city and nearby islands. Croatia is part of the European Union but not the Schengen Area, which means you may need a visa to live there, depending on your nationality. Healthcare in Croatia is of a high standard, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance to cover any medical costs. Croatian cuisine is diverse and delicious, heavily influenced by Italy and other Mediterranean countries, so be prepared to enjoy a variety of seafood, meat dishes, and local wines. Split is a safe city with a low crime rate, but like any other city, it's important to be aware of your surroundings and take basic precautions. The city is also known for its festivals and events, particularly in the summer, which can be a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Finally, Croatians are known for their hospitality and love of sports, particularly football, so don't be surprised if you're invited to a local game," wrote one member in Split.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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