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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

Beautiful country; beautiful scenic park

The guide was fantastic and looked out for all of us during the trip, making sure things were all okay. The scenary was gorgeous and the waterfalls were an amazing sight. Looking forward to return to beautiful Croatia.

My only problem was not enough time in Medjugorje.

Excellent trip though would have liked less time in Mostar to have more time in medjegourje as beautiful place but not enough time there. All guides and driver were excellent.

Mostar and Medjugorje Day tour from Split or Trogir Reviewed by Patricia, 06/14/2018

Fantastic view, knowledgible and amusing guide.

Boran, our guide made the journey extremely enjoyable. The trip itself was already worthy of the money, but the guide's knowledge of Split and Croatia, his explanation of the society and history had made this trip doubly enjoyable. Definitely highly recommended!

Plitvice Lakes Day Tour from Split or Trogir Reviewed by Herbert, 06/09/2018

Great day to disover the different islands and spend the day on a boat

Well organized day where we started with the blue cave. Around 10 min inside the cave itself. Then, we rode to different islands, swam a bit in a lagoon and visited different islands. Tight schedule as we wish to spend more time in Hvar for instance, rather than going already to another island. But great day!

Blue Cave and Hvar Full-Day Tour from Split Reviewed by Aude, 05/31/2018

The islands were beautiful but our guide was poor

Steve our guide gave us 1 sentace information about each cave and island. We are history buffs and were looking for more. When we asked him questions he had little information. Also his English was poor for being a guide. He never offered us bottled water or snorkeling equipment like it said in the itinerary . When we went below to change out of wet clothes near the end , we found a bag of snorkel gear and a case of water. Would recommend the tour with another guide. His boat was great and he was a good skipper. Remember to eat a small breakfast before going as its 1 1/2 hours to the first island of fast bumpy ride.