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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

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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

Really intresting! It was nice to learn about their history

Loved it! My girlfriend and I had an amazing time.. it was intresting and amazing

Split: Games of Thrones Locations Tour Reviewed by Georshirah, 10/27/2017

Plitvice a beautiful place with an exceptional guide, Goran.

We enjoyed the Park totally. All lakes, rivers, waterfalls and forest are very pretty. Our guide , Goran, explained everything clear and detailed.

Plitvice Lakes Day Tour from Split or Trogir Reviewed by Jairo, 10/19/2017

Unique culinary and cultural experience.

Unique culinary and cultural experience where you get to pick your own ingredients for your meal while learning about croatian food and culture at the same time. One of the tastiest ways of learning about a people and their country.

Split: Culinary Tour Reviewed by Kyle, 10/18/2017

Boris fantastic guide Great tuition for first time awesome scenery

Boris helped us to learn how to use the Segway for the first time - guided us around the park stopping at beautiful scenery points to take photos - pointed out all the best places along the way - even when I had an accident on the Segway he was professional, caring and I couldn't ask for a better guide - Boris was great

Split Segway Tour Reviewed by Michele, 10/17/2017

Fantastic Tourguide and wonderful nature.

Perfectly organized trip, with enough brakes inbetween. Tourguide and driver were very helpful and friendly.

Plitvice Lakes Day Tour from Split or Trogir Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/03/2017