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Split is a Croatian city where modern, cosmopolitan life and ancient history exist side-by-side. The second largest city in Croatia, Split is nestled along a bustling waterfront, with ancient ruins dating to the time of the Roman Empire.
Diocletian’s Palace, constructed in 305 AD for Roman Emperor Diocletian is the most famous landmark in Split and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built as a retirement property for the emperor, Diocletian’s Palace is constructed of beautiful white stone. When you visit, you’ll be able to explore the palace remains, stroll through the Cardo, which is one of the main streets of the palace, and view the cellar, made famous by Game of Thrones.
Within Diocletian’s Palace is the Sveti Duje or Cathedral of St. Domnius. The view of the town from the bell tower is spectacular.
Split has a beautiful waterfront harbor area called Riva Promenade. Take a leisurely stroll along it, enjoying the view of the Adriatic, and explore the many shops, cafes, and restaurants in the area.
Split Green Market is very close to the entrance of Diocletian’s Palace. It is filled daily with fresh locally sourced products like fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses. Explore the Ivan Meštrović Gallery to learn more about Croatia’s most famous 20th Century sculptor.
Bacvice Beach is only a 5-minute walk from Split. Enjoy the sandy beach, shallow water, and if you like, water slides. This quaint beach is lined with cafes, bars, and nightclubs, and is a favorite destination of the locals. You’ll love it too.
Split At A Glance
Flight Time from the UK to Split 2hours 30mins
Population of Split 174,000
What to See in Split Diocletian Palace, Diocletian Mausoleum Dome, Cathedral of St Domnius, Marjan Forest Park, Salona, Mestrovic Gallery, Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius, Riva Harbor, Klis Fortress
Towns to Visit near Split Trogir, Solin, Island of Solta, Island of Brac, Hvar Town, Krka National Park
Cruises via Split
Superior8 DaysMS Splendid Ship$1,061 PP
Deluxe8 DaysMS Stella Maris$1,781 PP
Deluxe Balcony8 DaysMS Splendid Ship$1,061 PP
Deluxe8 DaysMS Stella Maris$1,781 PP
Deluxe Balcony8 DaysMS Premier$1,662 PP
Deluxe Balcony8 DaysMS Premier$1,662 PP
Deluxe Balcony8 DaysMV Memories Ship$1,781 PP
Deluxe Balcony8 DaysMV Memories Ship$1,424 PP
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Things to do in Split
Experience Split’s Charming Old Town
Split’s Old Town dates back to the time of the Romans. Today it is a combination of historic medieval structures and modern conveniences. Explore the Old Town’s labyrinth of little streets and passages, all contained around Diocletian’s Palace. You can relax at a café and gaze at the Old Town Clock.
Diocletian’s Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was constructed by Roman Emperor Diocletian as a retirement spot. The outer walls of the palace were originally 20 meters high. You can explore the Peristyle, a kind of open-air pavilion, which was originally the central square of the palace. Diocletian’s Palace is one of the remaining best-preserved examples of Roman Empire architecture in the world.
After exploring the palace, experience the splendor of the Riva promenade, lined with cafes and restaurants. Riva is the center of cultural and entertainment activities. Walk along the promenade with its Adriatic seafront view, colorful buildings, and dreamy palm trees.
Marjan’s Panoramic Views and Pristine Beaches
Make your way along the trails surrounded by the scent of Mediterranean Pines. When you reach the top of Marjan Hill, you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of Split’s Old Town and the harbor. There are also a number of little beaches along the Marjan peninsula, including Marjan Bene beach.
Explore Klis Fortress
Klis Fortress is an ancient fortress that was the home of Croatian kings. This fortress served as a major defensive post for the Dalmatia region throughout history. In modern times, it is the filming location for the city-state Meereen from the TV series Game of Thrones.
Travel to the tiny island town of Trogir
Imagine a medieval town attached to the Croatian mainland by a bridge. This UNESCO World Heritage site was also the location for Europe’s first pharmacy. While in Trogir, you can visit palaces, castles, and fortresses of Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque origins. Follow the cobblestone roads to the Kamerlengo Fortress, home of the famous Moondance festival. A connecting bridge also makes it easy to explore nearby Čiovo Island.
Hotels in Split
Spendida Palace Hotel
This intimate hotel has just 10 guest rooms ensuring exceptional, personalized service to every guest, which includes arranging a tour or booking a table at one of the many restaurants nearby. You’ll enjoy a laidback retreat away from noisy streets yet just minutes from popular attractions, from the Riva seaside promenade and beautiful Bačvice Beach to the 4 th -century Diocletian’s Palace. It takes advantage of historic detailed like exposed walls while combining modern amenities like flat-screen satellite TVs, minibars, air-conditioning, marble bathrooms, contemporary décor and furnished balconies that provide fabulous views of the picturesque rooftops of Split. It also hosts an outdoor pool and a magical private garden.
Piazza Heritage Hotel
Located on Split’s main city square and the focal point of its historic center, the magnificent boutique Piazza Heritage Hotel hosts seven luxurious rooms that sit on the first floor of a gorgeous palace that dates back to 1906, built in Viennese Art Nouveau style. All are air- conditioned and outfitted with comfortable period furnishings, modern amenities and jaw- dropping views of the rooftops of the Old Town. Guests are in a prime spot for exploring the city’s most popular attractions, like the famous 4 th -century Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace and the lovely Riva seaside promenade, lined with shops, bars and cafes. Guests can also take advantage of the hotel’s restaurant with a menu focused on classic international and Mediterranean dishes.
Palace Judita Heritage Hotel
Ideally located on an ancient square in the heart of Split’s historic center near all of its most popular attractions like the palm-lined waterfront promenade and the massive maze-like Diocletian’s Palace, the Palace Judita Heritage Hotel makes a perfect base for experiencing the city’s history. Set within a small renovated Renaissance-era palace filled with antiques, it offers an intimate feel with 11 sumptuous rooms and suites that have exposed stone walls and authentic charm combined with modern amenities like satellite television. Some also boast balconies with views of the Old Town. Guests can also look forward to a welcome bottle of wine, an outstanding breakfast every morning, rooftop terrace and bar.
The five-star historic Hotel Park Split sits in the ancient heart of the city near the sea, surrounded by cobblestones and magnificent medieval architecture. Within walking distance of popular Bačvice Beach and close to Diocletian’s Palace, guests can expect VIP treatment and impeccable service. The property hosts 72 air-conditioned luxurious rooms and suites, all with ultra-comfy beds, marble bathrooms and either a city or sea view. Some include a balcony or terrace too. For the ultimate in relaxation, guests can enjoy the hotel’s spa that offers a full range of treatments, personalized Jacuzzis, Finnish saunas and massage. There are multiple restaurants and bars, including Restaurant Split with a creative menu of local dishes inspired by haute cuisine.
Hotel Marul is a boutique hotel with 14 lavish air-conditioned rooms and suites that all enjoy a garden or city view, some with a balcony, along with modern amenities like flat-screen TVs with international channels and complimentary Wi-Fi. Ideally located, guests are a short walk from the 1,700-year-old Diocletian’s Palace and many of Split’s other popular attractions, including the seafront, as well as excursions from the ferry port to nearby islands. Onsite is a small a la carte restaurant that serves a buffet breakfast and traditional international fare. Concierge can also arrange for a variety of services, like in-room massage, and tours, including visits to loca wineries and jeep safaris.
This four-star hotel situated just outside Split’s spectacular Old Town is steps away from the Diocletian’s Palace and a wealth of bars and eateries. It also offers outstanding dining on delicious local and international fare in The Nodilo restaurant, while its Roof Terrace Bar serves fine Croatian wines and creative cocktails with impressive views over the city’s red rooftops. The 156 comfortable rooms have high-tech features like iPads and satellite TV, along with extra- spacious bathrooms. The small spa and wellness center hosts a wonderful rooftop Jacuzzi with incredible views, along with a sauna, massage and a range of body and facial treatments. Cyclists will especially appreciate a stay, with bike rentals, cycling maps and repair kits provided.
The Radisson Blue hotel enjoys a fabulous beachside location within short walking distance of the 4 th -century UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace, the lively Split Market and other popular attractions. It hosts 250 modern rooms and suites, most with views of the dazzling Adriatic and floor-to-ceiling windows that open to balconies. Just below the hotel is a pebble beach with jet skis, stand-up paddleboards and comfortable loungers for soaking up the sun. The property has a palm-tree rimmed pool as well as a luxurious spa, the largest in the city, with an indoor pool, plunge pools, whirlpool, Finnish sauna, massage, multiple treatment options and more. There are three restaurants serving modern Mediterranean fare, including beachside dining at the Mistral Restaurant.
Ideally situated in the heart of Split’s Old Town within the ancient walls, the Hotel Marmont offers a relaxing, atmospheric ambiance with 21 luxurious double rooms. Expect elegant furnishings and state-of-the-art technology, including free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. It occupies a 15th-century building with a fabulous rooftop terrace for relaxing with views of the historic center, including glorious sunsets. Guests will be steps within the city’s most iconic sites and historical buildings as well as shopping, dining and entertainment. An onsite restaurant serves a buffet breakfast included in room rates, as well as lunch and dinner. Day trips and tours can be arranged for exploring further through the hotel’s concierge service.