I’m not exaggerating saying that people of Split are different from the population of other Croatian cities. They are called ‘Splicani’ in Croatian language. Generally they are known for sociable nature and to be very proud of their city.
They may also appear to be a presumptuous people. Above all when they say that their city is ‘the most beautiful one in the world and beyond’. Do not be surprised when you hear a common phrase ‘Nima Splita do Split’. It literally means – There is no town like Split.
Splicani are very fond of singing, good food and wine. They are very fond of sport. For instance, they like football, as a number 1 sport. After that, comes water polo, tennis, basketball, athletic, rowing and swimming. The local (football) soccer team, Hajduk is one of the best supported teams in the country. The football Poljud Stadium has been declared as ‘the stadium with the best atmosphere in Europe’.
People of Split features
Inhabitants of Split (Splićani) belong to three separate and distinct groups. However these differences were more relevant in the eighties and the nineties. Split’s inhabitants are called ‘Splicani’ but it was always a difference between ‘to live in Split’ and ‘to be born there’.
After the period of the war for independence, things have drastically changed, after the arrival of people from other parts of the former Yugoslavia, especially from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
From the historical point of view, the inhabitants of Split belong to three separate and distinct groups according to the geographic origin.
The first group - Fetivi
To this group belongs the old urban families, called ‘Fetvi Splicani’ (real Split natives) closely linked to the city and using traditional local dialect and sometimes sarcastically called ‘Mandrili’ (a monkey space). This group was a rather close with very strict rules as to be considered ‘true born’ all your descendants had to be born in the city of Split. Today after the inevitable historical changes, ‘fetivi’ are absolute minority.
The second group - Boduli
The second group ‘Boduli’ (according ‘ferivi’ rules I also belong to this group even I am born in Split but my parents are originally from Hvar island) are immigrants from the nearby Central Dalmatian islands arrived in the 20th century and from some islands (Vis and Lastovo) during the period of Tito’s government when these island were military bases, economically underdeveloped. Even this group is characterized by the use of local dialects.
The third group - Vlaji
The third group, recently more numerous is known as ‘Vlaji’ , immigrants from rural hinterland (Dalmatinska Zagora). To this group after the last Homeland War (1992 – 1995) joined the refugees from Herzegovina (ethnically similar to the Vlaji of Split’s hinterland). Actually according to ‘Fetivi’ all inhabitants that couldn’t see the sea from their homes, belong to ‘Vlaji’.
How Split women look like?
If this city, according people of Split is ‘most beautiful city in the world’ than it should be normal that in the most beautiful city, you’ll find the most beautiful women in the world. When in Split, it’s impossible not to notice a lot of beautiful women with perfectly make-up and immaculate fashion sense, particularly along the Riva promenade.