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
This was by far one of my best tour guides. Goga has a wealth of knowledge around GOT and she’s also well versed in pretty much everything, made it easy to carry on a conversation and always treated us with the utmost respect. I recommend this tour for anyone going to split!
Our tour guide Ina made the walking tour a great experience. She shared many historical facts and combined this with great stories and humor. We were left with a great positive experience of Split!
We took this tour April 15th, 2019, the company was providenca charter and the guides were Petra and Ante. There was excellent communication with the company to coordinate the meeting point, since we purchased our tickets (Magdalena). Once there everything was amazing sightseeing and fun running with the speedboat through the water at 40 45 Km/h. The guides will take you not only to the blue cave but to other caves like the green cave, hidden gem beaches, vis island and town, hvar and other islands if the weather and time allow it. They were all the time fully dedicated to our group with kindness and passion for their work. 7 stars in 5.
Our guide was excellent. She spoke good clear English and explained the history and features of Split in a concise yet interesting way. The tour gave us a good introduction to the city and she was prepared to answer any questions asked. She had a friendly and welcoming manner and a good sense of humour.
Not your typical hop on/off bus. I took the blue line option and was fantastic way to combine 3 amazing sites. Our guide was great especially considering we had a small group and bad weather. It is an exceptional deal and option to visit these places. Highly recommended