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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

Very nice rafting adventure with competent guide

We had a very pleasant and nice time, rafting down Cetina river with our guide Jure. As there was no further tour taking place after ours, we were really relaxed and could take our time. Jure shared lots of interesting information about land, people and landscape with us and we had an absolutely amazing time in the nature. As it was a bit before season, rafting was a real nature adventure for us. Thanks to Croatia Rafting and especially Jure.

Cetina River Rafting 3-Hour Adventure Reviewed by Katharina, 20/05/2019

A fantastic tour with a great knowledgable guide.

Despite never having watched GOT I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable with a good sense of humour, he was very passionate about his country. Would definitely recommend!

Split: Games of Thrones Locations Tour Reviewed by Adele, 19/05/2019

Good guide, good driver.....shame about the weather

A long drive to see a lovely city, with a guide who kept us entertained throughout. And obviously managed to sweet talk the border officials as we sailed through in both directions. Yes, you do need to take tour passport to travel from one part of Croatia to another, as you have to go via Bosnia Herzegovina. Now if he could only have convinced the rain to stop, it would have been a perfect day.

Dubrovnik Day Tour from Split or Trogir Reviewed by Anonymous, 16/05/2019

An amazing day with breathtaking views and a brilliant tour guide.

Well worth the money. Full day excursion. Ivana our tour guide made our day very enjoyable despite the weather not being so good. Would highly recommend this tour.

Beautiful lakes! Great guide and organization!

I highly recommend this activity. The lakes are a wonder of nature, but go prepared for a colder weather there. Although it rained a lot, and the tour has a high price, I do not regret going. The guide Igor was spectacular, very funny and knowledgeable of the areas. I also hope that you are fortunate to be accompanied by the driver Tiho, who besides being funny, is a extreme nice person. I definitely felt the Croatian sympathy that welcomes us very well. Thank you so much for the experience.

Plitvice Lakes Day Tour from Split or Trogir Reviewed by JOANA, 14/05/2019