Top attractions in 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.
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.
The beautifully maintained park is perfect for an afternoon walk or bike ride, a change from the bustling city.
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.
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.
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.
Festival Zabavne Glazbe Split is a pop music festival that has, and continues to feature, the best Croatian artists since 1960.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- 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
We always consider ourselves extremely lucky to come across a guide that knows his stuff and is more than happy to share his secrets. We found that guide and that trip with Robert on this 3 island tour. Robert was hilariously funny and really appealed to our sense of humor. He is an incredibly experienced boat man and seemed to maneuver the boat in such a way that minimized the jarring when conditions are rough. We loved the sites that we visited and felt that the trip was made for us to enjoy, not just the guide to go through the motions. Lunch was nothing short of fantasist, with the freshest of seafood at a great restaurant by the clear blue waters. We could not recommend this trip highly enough.
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.
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!
A long day out (12+ hours). The Plitvice Lakes were fabulous albeit rather crowded. We stopped at a service station and a village on the way to the lakes and then felt a bit rushed at the lakes and very rushed when we transferred buses for the final journey to Split so would rather have skipped one of those stops. Our guide, Marinko was very good, particularly handling a largish group (27) of people of very mixed abilities.
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.