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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

Perfectly orginized tour with an amazing guide!!!

One of the highlights of our trip. The bus was spotless and our guide was amazing. His English was perfect. We spent 5 hours in the park hiking and swimming under the waterfalls. They also gave us huge discount on tickets so in total it was even cheaper than going there by car. Absolutely recommend it.

Krka Waterfalls Full-Day Tour from Split Reviewed by Lora, 09/28/2018

Great way to combine transfer and major tourist site

Guides were very friendly, knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. They worked with everyone individually to ensure they got to their accommodation . Even the poor weather didn’t affect the day. May be a good idea to have ponchos for sale at bus for bad weather to save paying extra at Plitvice Park

Transfer from Zagreb & Plitvice Lakes Trip Reviewed by Terry, 09/24/2018

Awesome experience, tour guide Ernest was amazing and funny. Loved it

Had an awesome time me and my girlfriend went on the tour from Split. Very welcoming Tour Guide. Ernest he was amazing. Full of facts and humour. Kept it lively and fun. Waterfalls were an incredible site well worth the trip. Couldn't ask for a better experience in Croatia. Was so so good. Thank you to the bus driver and Tour Guide Ernest was a unique experience. Portal are a great company too.

One of the best tours I’ve been on during my trip to Croatia!!

Petra was incredible— her passion and knowledge about Split made our tour one of the best I’ve ever been on. If you are looking for a informative tour about the city of Split and Diocletian’s Palace, I highly recommend this tour company. If you’re able to, request Petra to be your guide, you won’t regret it!!

Split 75-Minute Walking Tour Reviewed by Kayla, 09/14/2018

Very nice trip with Ernest and Francesco as excellent tour guides.

It is a really nice trip to get to know the krka and the area around it. Ernest and Francesco are really remarkable, because they not just give you a lot of information about Krka and Sibenik and bring you safe to all the places, but also give you an idea about Croatia in terms of history and culture. We really enjoyed the trip and would recommend it.

From Split or Trogir: Krka National Park & Šibenik Day Trip Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 09/12/2018