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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

Generous service, dedicated staff and unbelievable views!

I was expecting a fun day on a boat, and I got so much more! Going from the description of the activity, I assumed we would be provided with limited service, with each individual being responsible for their own enjoyment/comfort, and I would have been satisfied. However the service was so much grander and generous than I could have expected. While I expected a small lunch, we received breakfast, lunch and dessert, all of decent sizes. Our captain was wonderfully entertaining and informative. We had snorkels and other swimming gear available. Our guide in Hvar was thorough and entertaining. I was so thrilled by the kindness and generosity of all staff and services and I would 100% recommend! Well suited for all ages/occasions as well. On our boat we had a stag party, a group of college friends travelling, a pregnant couple, families, older couples and more. By the end of the journey (after hours with an open bar), we were all very sad to be leaving eachother.

Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to Hvar & Pakleni island Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/06/2019

This tour was much more then what we expected it to be!! Brilliant

Thisnis much more then a GOT tour. This also a history tour of the main palace. Victoria our tour was super cool and knew what she was talking about. She made the tour fun and exciting with a lot of cool and gross stuff. We went with our two daughter and she interacted with them and made them feel very welcomed even though we all know GOT is not for kids. We loved every minute of it. She had pictures of all the sences that were filmed in and around the palace and took us to every spot. Its about 2 hours but not all exclusive to GOT which made the tour much better then we expected. I know this is is nothing to do with Vicoria and the tour company but its such a shame the GOT shop at the end was so so expensive but you get a chance to take a pic on the iron Thorne!!!

Split: Games of Thrones Locations Tour Reviewed by Ayeda, 08/03/2019

Seeing the Croatian coastline was amazing!

The tour was awesome and we met great people on the boat! FYI, you will be on a speedboat. These little boats are extremely fast and my wife was freaking out a bit. The only reason for the 4 star rating was due to the "guide" reference in the description. At least on the boat we were on, there was no guide or information provided at any stop. Meaning we would dock and be told where we were and what time to be back, that was it. Now, this didn't take away from the fun. After all, you're still on an island with a bar or in Trogir, it just wasn't the type of "guide" I was expecting. Maybe a misunderstanding on my part? Either way, this was a lot of fun!

Breathtakingly beautiful. A place that needs to be seen.

The tour was well organised and easy to meet with group in morning. Our tour guide Enid was very interesting and loved her job and her country so was very enthusiastic. Pointed out many points of interest on journey to the National Park. Organised our entry tickets efficiently and then left us to wander around as we pleased on our own for a few hours before meeting up with the bus again.

From Split: SMART Krka National Park Tour Reviewed by Nadine, 08/10/2019

If you're coming to split, this is a must!

We got out of our combined 12 hours of flights and had just enough time to get on the boat, and we're glad we did! First, the views of the coast at sunset are gorgeous. Second, we met people from all over the world and made new friends. Third, it's unlimited beer, wine and champagne... it doesn't get much better than this little cruise!

From Split: Sunset Cruise with Live Music Reviewed by Adam, 08/09/2019