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Welcome to Split

Resting on the eastern coast of the Adriatic, Split is the largest and one of the oldest cities in the region of Croatia’s Dalmatia. Originally founded more than 2,300 years ago as a Greek colony, it became a Roman settlement 600 years later with the construction of Diocletian's Palace, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Indeed, the center of the town is built around the ruins of this ancient palace, which is one of the best preserved in the world. St. Duje's Cathedral and Peristil Square also add to the Roman charm of Split, and a time-saving walking tour will introduce you to these and other top attractions. Day tours from the city take visitors to the area’s natural wonders, such as Hvar island with its vivid Blue Caves. For those looking for sun, sea, and sand, the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon are just a speedboat ride away from Split; while the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park is one for the mountain hikers. Only a one-hour drive away and close to the town of Šibenik, the seven waterfalls in Krka National Park beg for a swim. Back in civilization, the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Trogir also boats plenty of attractions, especially its bell tower and the Venetian Cathedral of St. Lovro. Split is an ideal destination to connect with adventure: perhaps to Dubrovnik in the south, or just across the border to Mostar, the pearl of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Top 15 attractions in Split

Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja)

With its startling blue light and luminescent waters, it's easy to see how the Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja) earned its name. The natural wonder is hidden in the sea cliffs along the coast of Bisevo Island and is made even more enticing by its remote, difficult-to-reach location. The effort is rewarded with stunning scenery and endless photo opportunities.More

Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac)

Mostly uninhabited and untouched, pristine Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac) is an ideal place to experience Croatia’s natural beauty. The island, off the coast of Split, is a great destination for getting out of the city and relaxing, thanks largely in part to its quiet bay, clear turquoise water, and pebbly beaches.More

Diocletian's Palace

Built in the fourth century as a retirement complex for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, this vast, fortress-like compound still dominates Split Old Town. After the palace was abandoned in the sixth century, locals flooded into it. Now, the 220 Roman-era buildings within the palace boundaries house homes, shops, bars, and other businesses.More

Peristyle Square (Peristil)

Flanked by two Corinthian colonnades, Peristyle Square (Peristil) is the central plaza of the town of Split and part of Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An 187-feet (57-meter) eye-catching belfry towers above the square; climb to the top for a stellar view of the sea.More

Riva Promenade (Riva Split Waterfront)

Go for an evening stroll along the Riva Promenade, a waterfront walkway lined with palm trees in the town of Split. This stretch of glazed white tiles runs the length of the Old Town, offering harbor views and shady benches for watching residents stroll by. Restaurants and cafes line the promenade as well.More

Klis Fortress (Tvrdava Klis)

Built into the limestone bluffs outside of Split, the imposing Klis Fortress(Tvrdava Klis) was once an important defensive stronghold between the Mediterranean and the Balkans. It housed the seat of many Croatian kings, though nowadays it’s better known as the film location for the fictional city of Meereen in the seriesGame of Thrones.More

Cathedral of St. Dominus (Katedrala Svetog Duje)

Located inside the gates of Diocletian’s Palace, the Cathedral of St. Domnius ((Katedrala Svetog Duje) is a massive octagonal cathedral built in Roman times as the Mausoleum of Diocletian. The structure was converted to a church in the 7th century and mass is still held here today, making it one of the oldest Catholic cathedrals in the world still in use in its original structure.More

Temple of Jupiter

Dedicated to the Ancient Roman king of gods, the Temple of Jupiter was constructed in the 3rd century as part of Diocletian's Palace and is considered to be one of the most well-preserved Roman temples in the world. Diocletian believed he was the reincarnation of Jupiter, who was highly worshipped until the Roman Empire was taken over by Christian rule.More

Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski)

Ivan Meštrović’s iconic Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski) statue is one of Split’s most popular attractions. Originally erected in 1929, the 27-foot (8.5-meter) sculpture commemorates the medieval bishop and advocate of Croatia’s national language. Today, his bronze toe has been rubbed clean by countless visitors seeking good luck.More


Dotted with pine trees and Mediterranean shrubs, Marjan is a hilly peninsula jutting out into the Adriatic Sea. A beautiful nature reserve in Croatia, some of Split's best beaches are here, along with important museums, such as Mestrovic Gallery and Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments.More

Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic)

Fruit’s Square (Trg Brace Radic) is named after the busy fruit market once held in the square; considered one of the most beautiful squares in Split, Fruit’s Square today is home to a number of historic landmarks, bars, restaurants and shops. On one side of the square is a Venetiancastello, or castle.Visitors should look for an arched passageway in the structure that features two etched Christian crosses—legend says that anyone who points their fingers at the points of the cross and makes a love-related wish while closing their eyes will see that wish come true.On the other side is the 17th-century Milesi Palace, one of the most impressive examples of Baroque architecture in the Dalmatian region. Known for its arch-shaped windows on the ground level, the palace today hosts lectures and cultural events. In front of the palace is a statue of Marko Marulic, a 15th-century poet who is considered the father of Croatian literature.Fruit's Square can be visited as part of a city walking tour of Split including stops at the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace and the local markets, as well as a walk along the Riva promenade.More

Republic Square (Prokurative)

The heart of Split, the 2nd-largest city in Croatia, and its main gathering place is Prokurative, also known as Republic Square. With architecture inspired heavily by St. Mark’s Square in Venice and easy access to the nearby Riva Promenade, the square is a popular place for concerts, performances, and people-watching.More

Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn)

Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn or Golden Cape) is one of Croatia’s most beautiful and unique beaches. Located on the southern end of Brac Island, this narrow sliver of land juts out into the azure sea. Pebble beaches on both sides of this V-shaped promontory are perfect for swimming and snorkeling, and afternoon westerly winds make it a premiere windsurfing spot.More

Poljud Stadium (Stadion Poljud)

As a revered local monument and protected heritage site, Poljud Stadium (Stadion Poljud) is on the itinerary for most sightseeing tours of Split and is just north of the city’s historic UNESCO World Heritage-listed center. It was built in 1979 for the Mediterranean Games and was opened by then-President of former Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito. Designed as a multi-purpose facility by Croatian architect Boris Magaš, the stadium’s main function today is as the beloved home of Hajduk Split football team, which plays in the European Champions League and is followed by avid fans across the region.The stadium is a seafront landmark that appears at its most beautiful when illuminated by hundreds of floodlights by night. Constructed with two stands forming an arched, shell-like layered concrete exterior, Poljud has a seating capacity of 35,000 and among other events, hosts athletics matches and music festivals, including August’s annual Ultra Europe dance-music extravaganza.More

Cetina River

Flowing for more than 60 miles (96 kilometers) from its source at Dinara on the Croatia–Bosnia and Herzegovina border all the way to the Adriatic Sea near Split, the Cetina River is a main player in Dalmatia’s adventure-sports scene. Its rushing rapids, waterfalls, and tunnels make it ideal for rafting and canyoning excursions.More

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Top activities in Split

Five Island Speedboat Tour Featuring the Blue Cave and Hvar
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Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to Hvar & Pakleni Islands with Food and free Drinks
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Blue Lagoon trip with Underwater Museum and LUNCH INCLUDED
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Plitvice Lakes National Park Guided Day Tour from Split
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ATV Quad Safari Tour from Split

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A local’s pocket guide to Split

Sara Camarero

Sara fell in love with Croatia from the moment she stepped foot in the Mediterranean country. Find her roaming Split’s Green Market in search of local produce like honey from the island of Šolta.

The first thing you should do in Split is...

discover the rich history of this city by entering the Diocletian’s Palace and getting lost in the Old Town’s maze of streets and cobblestone lanes. Can you spot the Venetian influence?

A perfect Saturday in Split...

involves spending your day island-hopping. Stop and bathe in the crystalline waters of the Blue Lagoon, head into the Green Cave and Blue Cave, or go sightseeing the historic town of Hvar.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the atmosphere at the Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace. Locals and tourists alike gather here to chat, listen to the Saint Domnius Bell Tower chimes, or enjoy the regular performances.

To discover the "real" Split...

take a break from sightseeing, sit down at a café on Riva promenade, and simply enjoy your coffee. Then, follow it up with a sweet treat from Luka Ice Cream & Cakes.

For the best view of the city...

climb to Marjan Hill. The walk through the park is very pleasant and you can also take a detour to visit the worthwhile Mestrovic Gallery.

One thing people get wrong...

is staying just for a weekend. Split has a privileged location in Dalmatia, within easy reach of Trogir, Sibenik, Krka National Park, Omis, and Cetina Canyon.

People Also Ask

How many days do you need in Split?

You'll need at least two days in Split. Dedicate a full day to exploring the ancient town itself, including Diocletian's Palace and Cathedral of St. Domnius. Then spend the next day island hopping around the offshore archipelago. If you do have a third day, Split's beaches are well worth a visit too.

Is Split or Dubrovnik better?

It really depends on what you're after. Dubrovnik is smaller than Split and considered more cosmopolitan, making it popular for culture vultures and foodies. Split, on the other hand, is a history buff's dream, as well as a gateway for Adriatic adventure, offering national park hikes, island hopping, and watersports.

What is the best part of Split to stay in?

If you're short on time, stay near the Old Town. Plenty of hostels, hotels, and B&Bs operate within reach of Diocletian's Palace—some in its walls. Veli Varos, the traditional neighborhood west of the Old Town, boasts classic architecture and fewer crowds. Bacvice is for sun worshippers and nighttime revelers.

Is Split good for nightlife?

Yes. Split is the second largest city in Croatia and has nightlife to match. From beachfront parties and sundown bars, to live music venues and international nightclubs, there's something for everyone. For an intro, book a nightlife tour that takes you to the best spots, before partying on your own.

How can I spend a day in Split?

Start early on an Old Town walking tour to discover the ruins of Diocletian's Palace before the crowds. Take lunch on Riva promenade; then set sail for an island-hopping adventure across the offshore archipelago. Come evening, unwind on a sunset cruise or experience the city's nightlife on a bar tour.

Is Split expensive?

No. Compared to the rest of Croatia, the tourist hub Split does cost a little more, but it's still cheaper than most US or European seaside destinations. To save money, look for tours that include meals with experiences or take advantage of comprehensive sightseeing packages, which often include transport.


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