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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6. Split Festival
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.
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.
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
- Croatian Kuna (kn)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+01:00)
- Country Code
- 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.
Other Sightseeing Options in Split
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What people are saying about Split
Rafting was so much fun! The views are gorgeous, especially in Autumn. Christian, our guide, was absolutely fantastic! He was so knowledgeable and funny and made the trip so enjoyable. It was such a pleasure to have him lead us. My fiancé and I always felt safe, and we had a blast paddling in the river and riding the rapids. You’re surrounded by so much nature, and it was just so awesome! I would definitely recommend doing this if you’re near Split. We drove 2 hours to get there, and we thought it was worth it!
Fantastic trip! My driver was prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable. Plus, I appreciated all the offers to be my camera man. The convenience of a private drive to Rastoke, Plitvice, and then ending in Split from Zagreb was great. Highly recommend. I would even consider skipping Rastoke and the boat ride to check out the upper lakes also.
The tour was fantastic and Sandra was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and was able to share her perspective as a Split local which we really enjoyed. She really went over and above to make sure we enjoyed the tour. Her passion for the history of Split was clearly evident and we loved it.
Very knowledgeable guide, he was attentive to all my questions. He provided many great details about the city and its fascinating history. He provided a personal touch, I highly recommend!
The palace is incredible and Your knowledge and explanations of the history and every detail were awesome. Really a fantastic tour