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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

Very lovely tour guide Monicka and very knowledgable

It was a nice two hour bus and old city tour of the city with our lovely guide Monica !!

Grand Diocletian Sightseeing Bus and Walking Tour Reviewed by Sabyasachi, 10/26/2016

An outstanding trip -one to be treasured and recommended to others!

Our safety and comfort was checked throughout the day -our crew were engaged and professional. The crew gave us choices to ensure we had an excellent, memorable day - one to be treasured and recommended to others!...Thank-you!

Full-Day Blue Cave Split Tour Reviewed by john, 10/10/2016

Excellent day out at outstanding Krka NP and interesting Sibenik

2 different waterfall sites within the park visited with an informative and witty guide. Added bonus of Game of Thrones locale Sibenik

Krka National Park & Sibenik Small Group Day Tour from Split Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/07/2016

Awesome experience and tremendous driver and guide (Tiho and Mario).

Very well organized guided tour. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff making the experience that much more enjoyable. Don't leave Croatia without going on this tour especially with Tiho and Mario.

Plitvice Lakes Small Group Tour from Split Reviewed by Robert, 09/20/2016

Pleasant driver and knowledgable your guide

Loved this tour from split to Dubrovnik, I actually used it to switch cities while backpacking. The tour guide was extremely knowledgable and warned us of tourist traps and really helped orient you to the old part of Dubrovnik. I would recommend to anyone looking for a tour and I've been quite happy with this company's tours in general.

Dubrovnik Small Group Day Tour from Split Reviewed by Alison, 08/30/2016

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