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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

Incredible place and knowledgeable guide highly recommend

Plitvice Lakes... Wow! A really beautiful national park with emerald pools and cascading waterfalls. If you're in to nature and walking it's definitely worth a visit! Our tour guide, Egor, was hilarious making the journey from Split all the more entertaining and the bus driver Ante did a great job to get us there safely and with plenty of time to enjoy the park. It's a long day but well worth it. Thanks guys!

Plitvice Lakes Day Tour from Split or Trogir Reviewed by Gail, 09/11/2019

Great experience with a variety of activities

Other than the intense experience of rafting, we go to swim, cliff jump and even hike for a short time. There was some friendly race with other rafts (they played dirty) and we got into a song to really get into the groove. Our raft guide - Filip - made the experience even better by sharing stories on rafting, the Centina river and making sure we enjoyed the experience.

Cetina River Rafting 3-Hour Adventure Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/09/2019

The guide (Igor) and the bus driver were very friendly and competent.

Igor is a wonderful guide. He knows a lot of history, was very friendly and speaks English very well. He had great tips for what you can do in Dubrovnik. I.e. he recommended a wonderful beach near to the old town. On the return he gave great tips for visiting Trogir and another places in Croatia. I enjoyed it.

Dubrovnik Day Tour from Split or Trogir Reviewed by Patrick, 09/04/2019

Neno and the team were absolutely brilliant!

If you’ve never been rafting before don’t worry! It’s a very relaxing experience and the guides are absolutely lovely. Big shoutout to Neno who besides hilarious was super caring with me and my girlfriend and even recommended an amazing restaurant near the river Omis. I would definitely book it again!

Cetina River Rafting with Split Transfer Option Reviewed by Gabriela, 09/03/2019

Really nice and chilled, good live music

Really nice and chilled, good live music (Fast paced classics), possibility to dance. Wine is fine. Possibility for nice pictures. Could start a bit earlier so on drive back not all night. Barely possible to see something. Definitely worth it. Also as a group

From Split: Sunset Cruise with Live Music Reviewed by Sven, 08/30/2019