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.
- CurrencyCroatian Kuna (kn)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+385
- Best time to visitJuly 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
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.
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
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.
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!!
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.