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.
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- 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
The National Park and Waterfalls are spectacular. Definitely worth a visit and October is the best time to go when there aren't the huge crowds of the Summer months. The Tour Guide could have paid more attention to her 'whole' group especially when we first met her, she went marching off at a fast pace round corners and through busy streets without waiting for the stragglers or more elderly in the party to catch up. We had no idea where we were to catch the bus from. She did not tell us how far we were going to walk to catch the bus, nor did she check that we were all close behind her. Asthma sufferers, as we both are, find it difficult walking at the same speed as the youngsters. Also, disappointing that so many people were crammed on to the one boat per hour on a 30minute trip. Health and Safety didn't seem a concern to those running the trip. I doubt very much that there were enough life jackets on board for the number of people that were on the boat we were on.
We joined the tour the day after a big storm. The seas were rough (please say yes to the jacket they offer) but with expert navigation by our skipper, Spiro, we were able to reach Donkey Island and the blue lagoon. The Blue Caves were closed because of the weather but our house, Mia, immediately offered refunds for that portion of our trip. We had a fantastic time and would definitely recommend this tour for those who seek unique adventures.
Enjoyed the size of our group and speed boat. Provided jackets were awesome for the wind. Great way to see a few Croatian islands. Plenty of time to relax at each stop. Recommended lunch spot was wonderful. Blue cave was closed due to high winds, refund for portion of trip provided. Was not crazy about the skippers finishing a handle of alcohol during the lunch stop...for obvious reasons. Overall, a lovely day to get off the main land.
Luci was an excellent guide, very relaxed and very informative. We tasted delicious local food from producers and was able to ask many questions about their products. The amount of food we consumed was beyond our expectation. Do not eat breakfast before the tour!
Mijo, our guide, had a great sense of humour as well as giving us very detailed historical insight into the Diocletian’s Palace as well as the Croatian culture and way of life. He spoke loud and clear and the group was not too large (about 12).