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9 places to visit in and around Split

Split, Croatia is often viewed as a base-city for island hopping day trips, but its buzzing Dalmatian culture begs a second look. The city is a fascinating nexus of tradition and stylish modernity, and its beautiful coastline of course doesn’t hurt either.

Diocletian's Palace/Basement Halls

Diocletian's Palace/Basement Halls

This gigantic ancient fortress should be your first stop in Split. The entire city center is ruins of this incredible complex that today houses bars, restaurants, and shops.

Marjan

Marjan

The beautifully maintained park is perfect for an afternoon walk or bike ride, a change from the bustling city.

Ivan Mestrovic Gallery

This museum is quality over quantity. Seeing works by the great 20th century sculptor displayed in such a naturally beautiful environment makes the trip outside of town worth it.

Cathedral of Saint Domnius

Cathedral of Saint Domnius

The structure is almost unchanged since its consecration in the 7th century, and nowhere else in Split will you find the view at the top of the bell tower.

Croatian National Theatre in Split

Croatian National Theatre in Split

This beautiful building is home to the best entertainment in the city. The opera house’s hidden gem is the Sustipan venue, an outdoor spot perfect for a drink under the stars.

Split Festival
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Split Festival

Festival Zabavne Glazbe Split is a pop music festival that has, and continues to feature, the best Croatian artists since 1960.

Hvar

Hvar

Take the ferry a couple hours south of Split to the island city Hvar. Stay a night or two to explore the city’s restaurants, marinas, museums, galleries, and cafes.

Brac

Brac

Another island is Brac, a place known for producing the white stone that the White House is made of. Wander through the abandoned stone villages in the center of the island.

Split to Dubrovnik Sailing Trip

Split to Dubrovnik Sailing Trip

There are a variety of boat trips to the ancient city of Dubrovnik, a stunning city of history surrounded by the shimmering beauty of the Adriatic.

Planning Your Split Visit

Take the bus

The trains aren’t as reliable in this part of Europe, but don’t be afraid of the local buses. They’re clean, safe, and amazingly well connected.

Talking on the Phone While Driving Is Illegal

If you do rent a car, be aware that laws, especially about talking on the phone, are strictly enforced. And if you prefer automatic cars, be sure to let the rental company know while booking.

Be Careful Before You Show Some Skin

It’s totally cool to go topless at most of these beaches, but use discretion. Ninety percent of Croatians are Catholic and some islands are still very religious, like Vrbnik, for example.

Good to know

  • Language
    Croatian
  • Currency
    Croatian Kuna (kn)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +385
  • Best time to visit
    July and August are popular months to visit for the beach weather, but if you can go before the season gets underway, you can find lower prices, fewer crowds, and some great festivals.

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What people are saying about Split

Not to be missed, Krka Waterfalls is a must see.

The National Park and Waterfalls are spectacular. Definitely worth a visit and October is the best time to go when there aren't the huge crowds of the Summer months. The Tour Guide could have paid more attention to her 'whole' group especially when we first met her, she went marching off at a fast pace round corners and through busy streets without waiting for the stragglers or more elderly in the party to catch up. We had no idea where we were to catch the bus from. She did not tell us how far we were going to walk to catch the bus, nor did she check that we were all close behind her. Asthma sufferers, as we both are, find it difficult walking at the same speed as the youngsters. Also, disappointing that so many people were crammed on to the one boat per hour on a 30minute trip. Health and Safety didn't seem a concern to those running the trip. I doubt very much that there were enough life jackets on board for the number of people that were on the boat we were on.

Enjoy a wonderful wet ride around the islands of Split

We joined the tour the day after a big storm. The seas were rough (please say yes to the jacket they offer) but with expert navigation by our skipper, Spiro, we were able to reach Donkey Island and the blue lagoon. The Blue Caves were closed because of the weather but our house, Mia, immediately offered refunds for that portion of our trip. We had a fantastic time and would definitely recommend this tour for those who seek unique adventures.

Overall great day and way to see some Croatian islands

Enjoyed the size of our group and speed boat. Provided jackets were awesome for the wind. Great way to see a few Croatian islands. Plenty of time to relax at each stop. Recommended lunch spot was wonderful. Blue cave was closed due to high winds, refund for portion of trip provided. Was not crazy about the skippers finishing a handle of alcohol during the lunch stop...for obvious reasons. Overall, a lovely day to get off the main land.

From Split: Blue Cave and 5 Islands Day Trip Reviewed by Anonymous, 10/20/2019

Amazing Even for those Who is afraid of high

I am a person Who is afraid of high, afraid of flying og getting UP on the Eifel tour. The Zipline was a lifetime changer for me! I enjoyed every minute of the adventure and would do it again with No hesitation. The stuff showed high proffesionalism and guide us all the way telling funny or historical facts about the area and about Spilt.

Split: Zip Line Adventure Reviewed by Olga, 10/05/2019

Excellent inform and tasted delicious fresh local food.

Luci was an excellent guide, very relaxed and very informative. We tasted delicious local food from producers and was able to ask many questions about their products. The amount of food we consumed was beyond our expectation. Do not eat breakfast before the tour!

Split: Historical and Gastro Treasures Tour with Lunch Reviewed by Anonymous, 10/01/2019