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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

Limiting the visitors was the right decision

I was in Plitvice in Aug 2016 and could not enter : too many people, traffic Jam, queue for tickets : I abandoned really disappointed. This time : no queue , all smooth : great , except the bus inside did not have air conditioning. You should do this in all of your country !!! Your country became a mass destination and the quality is declining rapidly because your infrastructure (airport, transportation , hotels and general capacity) is not able to absorb this mass of people. What you did for Plitvice should be done anywhere else in your so nice country.

Plitvice Lakes Day Tour from Split or Trogir Reviewed by Didier, 07/07/2019

An awesome day driving around Brac in a jeep.

Me and my fiancee were picked up from our hotel as promised. The ride was very unique and thrilling. Tino was an excellent driver (who drove like crazy), knew everything about the island and just generally an awesome guy. Trip's highlights were the olive oil museum, seeing the whole island from the top of the mountain (Vidova Gora), the beach at Zlatni Rat and eating a delicious lunch at an authentic and cozy Mediterranean farm house. Definitely worth participating!

Wonderful guide through a beautiful location.

This trip was a perfect way to see Krka. You get to enjoy the waterfalls with plenty of time to explore on your own but having a guide with advice and all the historical information makes it so much more enjoyable. I loved learning all about Croatia, Split and it's history. The highlight for me was definitely the lunch. Traditional, filling and a great way to get to know the other people touring with you. Sibenik was beautiful and a great way to end the day.

If you kyack in Split, do it in the morning.

The trip was lovely. Waters were calm and there weren’t too many other boats - from kyacks to speed boats to cruise ships - on the water. Later in the day the sea can become a bit rough, with enough boats to make it look like a parking lot! We were alone at the little beach where we snorkeled, swam, and some folks did rock jumping. The guide was helpful. We had a great time!

From Split: Sea Kayaking Morning Tour Reviewed by Roger, 10/07/2019

Tour company is great and our tour guide was amazing. Highly recommend

Great little tour to learn about the city without being overwhelmed with information. Our tour guide Gabi was so passionate about her job. She knew so much and she explained the history of split in a very interesting way. I would definitely recommend it. We booked the wrong time and they were able to sort out everything for us.

Split: City Walking Tour with Marjan Hill Reviewed by Faith, 03/07/2019