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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
Photo: kris krüg@flickr(CC BY-SA 2.0)

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

Krka Park was lovely - our guide not so much

The national park is very pretty, the tour was good, our guide was informative and carried out the actual tour adequately but she was slightly rude & contradictory. She showed us the park then said we had free time to swim, when we met her she asked why we were wearing swimming costumes & said we had better be dry by the time we were back to the van! When we arrived at the park She asked if we would prefer to go a shorter or longer way to our next location & said she would see what we wanted to do when we left. When the time came 6 out of 8 of us wished to go the shorter way but she then said we have to the long way as we were not all in unison, this was not explained initially & when we dared to question her we were responded to in a very rude way. She seemed to especially target one of the women in the group who was alone which I thought was very unfair. We were left feeling that we didn't want to ask her anything as its basically her way or the highway, she was very domineering :(

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.

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

This active afternoon let us see beautiful views and have tons of fun!

Miško was an amazing tour guide! He was very knowledgeable and made sure that everyone was having fun and safe. The kayaking was longer than expected but along a beautiful path. The highlight for us was cliff jumping and snorkeling! Miško even took photos and videos that he sent us after! Overall a great experience!

Split: Marjan Forest Park Kayaking Reviewed by Katerina, 09/30/2019

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