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
Plitvice Lakes are a must see when in Croatia, and this is a brilliant and efficient way to get from Split to Zagreb Andrei our guide was great and kindly chaperoned us right to the door of the hotel in Zagreb, such a great way to transfer between cities with luggage! It felt like we really got to see a good deal of the lakes even though it felt a tad rushed at times (I would suggest slowing down slightly and allotting some time for eating lunch/ stopping to just soak up the atmosphere in the park) - I'd still highly recommend this tour and think there's no better way to transfer.
Wonderful trip to Blue Cave and Hvar! The transport by speedboat was great. Blue Cave is amazing, such a unique experience. We stopped at Blue Lagoon as well, which is wonderful, but do bring water shoes with you, as the entrance to the water is full of big, slippery rocks. The water is amazingly clear. Lunch on Hvar island was great, but there was nothing else to do on the island, sadly, due to Covid some places were closed. Wonderful guide who made sure we are all enjoying our day. Big thank you!
Absolutely fantastic day, our guide Ernest was superb and made this a real highlight of our holiday. He shared his incredible knowledge of Croatia and Croatian history with us, but also his life and experience as a local, which was a real privilege. Thank you Ernest! The parks are beautiful, the tour is well paced and the car is very comfortable. Highly recommended.
Luka was an amazing tour guide, biggest GOT fan, was able to answer all of my questions and more. I got Iucky, I was the only one who took the tour that day, and it was simply perfect. Luka showed me exactly from which spot each scene was filmed, and with his enthusiasm and expertise you could really see it! If you love Game of Thrones this is the tour for you!
Tour guide was knowledgeable about architecture and lovely person. Do this trip early on your visit to Split. I personally would have like some more focus on military history incorporated throughout. Maybe find a way to walk through the change of rulers with the evolution of architecture changes of the palace.