Split is known to be one of the most famous tourist destinations in Croatia. I don't even need to mention all the spectacular attractions featured by the town of St. Dominus. I will just refer to Marjan Forest Park and Diocletian's Palace.
Since 2021 will be one of the most unpredictable years for tourism in the history of the world, I decided to take a walk around the town to check how is it handling corona pandemic.
The experience of Split in pandemic times
The first and foremost thing to do in Split is to take a walk on Riva. The atmosphere you feel there translates to all aspects of the town.
After taking a short walk on Riva, I could feel that the town is vibrant. Although Croatia is still In a partial lockdown, the people are back on the streets, and the mood is good.
Since it is not yet allowed to hang out in restaurants and bars (they are supposed to be operational again in March), people are just sitting on public benches and chatting about usual topics. There are many young people around since schools have reopened recently.
The walk around the town these days is a bit of unique experience; it takes us back to the old days when there was no so much noise from the bars, and when the murmur of the people was louder than music played.
The visitors from the EU haven't yet arrived in Split, but if the positive pandemic trend will continue, I expect the first tourist wave in March.
The advantage of an early visit to Split is a relaxed and intimate atmosphere of the town, which you can't really feel during the hot summer days when there are crowds on the street. That's why spring may be a good time for a visit this year.