Things to do in

Split

Love history, nature, and beach life? Island hopping and Diocletian’s Palace will be right up your street here.

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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

    1. 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

    2. Marjan

    The beautifully maintained park is perfect for an afternoon walk or bike ride, a change from the bustling city.

  • 3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. Split Festival

    Festival Zabavne Glazbe Split is a pop music festival that has, and continues to feature, the best Croatian artists since 1960.

  • Hvar

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Split

Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 12,261 reviews

Great value, interesting and informative tour. Tanya really brought the history of Split to life and it was an excellent introduction to the city on our first day. Really helped us decide what we should go back and look at in more detail later as well as providing great tips for local shops and restaurants and typical Croatian cuisine to order in them.

The tour was excellent. The guide was extremely knowledgeable. There were only four of us on the tour as it was the off season, but we were on a small minibus so even full it would have been a small group. We ended up ahead of schedule so we went to couple of extra spots which were lovely. The food and drink were great too.

Our guide Katya is friendly and knowledgeable about The Game of Thrones and its characters. She shows us the sites where certain scenes were filmed, proofed with related pictures in her hand. She saved the best for last - The Walk of Shame,and more... but I'm not gonna spoil it. So book her and find out!

This tour is a must do in Croatia. From the minute you get on the boat you will be amazed at the stunning scenery. The national park is just beautiful, waterfalls after waterfalls. Our guide was professional, friendly and fun. I would definitely recommend this tour, it’s great value for money

we have had a spectacular day krka is wonderful lunch really surprised us very rich everything, we drank traditional liquors, the super friendly guide the truth very good impression of the excursion and the unbeatable guide greetings from marina and Lorena thank you very much