Croatian is the official language.
English, German and Italian are widely understood.
Passports & Visas
Croatia is part of the EU, therefore visas are not required for UK and EU citizens.
Split’s most striking feature is the stunning UNESCO listed Diocletian’s Palace, a Roman monument that stands at the centre of the city and is now filled with bars, restaurants and shops. The Palace was an inspiration for Robert Adam’s new style of neoclassical architecture – a simplification of rococo and baroque style – it has a good selection of bars on the ground floor and upper levels as well as a maze of underground temples and tunnels beneath it that add a layer of mystery to any visit there.
The city balances tradition and modernity with a fabulous zeal – there is an excellent collection of modern bars and restaurants along the Riva, incredible pieces of architecture including the towering Split Cathedral, the colourful Croatian National Theatre and of course the gorgeous harbour where one can stare out to the deep blues of the sea or even lay back on a private yacht soaking up the atmosphere.
The island of Hvar is one of our favourites in Dalmatia – you’ll find lush vineyards and pinetopped hills, medieval streets and modern bars and restaurants that contribute to what is one of Croatia’s most talked about nightlife spots. The old town is encircled by a 13th century wall, it’s traffic-free, adorned with Gothic palaces and lined with marble streets, and at the centre is St. Stephen’s Square – the best al fresco dining spot on the island. It is simply remarkable.
As well as nightlife, impeccable beaches and wonderful food, the island has a variety of secrets should you wish to uncover them – from abandoned villages and rugged cycle paths that take in the best views, to antique architecture and numerous coves and inlets that allow for privacy and heaven-like perfection away from the crowds.
Brac’s sumptuous white beaches are world famous – but the most famous of them all is the pointed pebbly beach at Bol which sticks out far into the Adriatic sea. There are several towns and typical sleepy villages to explore, as well as miles of beautiful countryside adorned with pine forests, fields of rosemary and bright flowers, and steep viewing points where it’s possible to look as far as Hvar. Interestingly the white stone that created both the Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the Whitehouse in Washington is from Brac.
Vis is a somewhat isolated island, but its isolation has served to preserve the island’s authenticity. Travellers flock to Vis to experience serenity on the rugged coastline, gourmet cuisine that holds strongly to Croatia’s traditional roots, and beautiful, almost entirely untouched and unspoiled nature. For wine connoisseurs there is no better island in Croatia, especially for those who favour Vugava – one of Croatia’s most loved whites – which is almost entirely cultivated on Vis. Seafood is resplendent on every corner though we prefer the chic restaurants of Vis Town to the rustic eateries of Komiza – though it’s in Komiza’s stoney backstreets and small but vibrant harbour where you’ll find many of the fishermen that ensure fresh produce each day.
The overlooked tiny Island of Solta is a beautiful slice of untampered rural island life just a stone’s throw away from Split. Cafes and restaurants can be found in the charming coastal town of Stomorska and the largest and best-maintained beach is Necujam. The locals are a friendly mix of fishermen and olive grove workers – and while there has been some modernisation on the island – very little of the modern world has managed to invade.
Central Dalmatia’s rocky coastline offers plenty of natural, secluded beaches and hidden coves. Each town also offers well maintained man-made pebble beaches. Famous beaches include Zlatni Rat pebble beach near Bol (on Brac island) and Bacvice city beach in Split (which is a sandy beach). Picturesque sandy beaches can be found on Vis island. The Omis Riviera also offers plenty of sandy beaches, ideal for young children.
Popular Sightseeing Attractions
A lovely old hilltop town located on a small peninsula. Primosten offers plenty of restaurants, bars and amazing beaches, a great place to spend a relaxing day.
Featured in Game of Thrones, the ruins of this impressive fortress date back to Roman times. Enjoy the panoramic views over the mountains, the city and the sea from this intriguing place.
The green Marjan Hill lies right next to the old centre of Split. The long climb up the 187m high hill is definitely worth the effort when you see the breath-taking views from the top.
Blue Cave of Bisevo
The Blue Cave near the island of Bisevo is home to a beautiful natural phenomenon. Between 11am and noon the sunlight that enters the cave creates the luminous blue light that makes the cave so special.
The largest town on the island is the place to see and be seen. Discover the traditional Dalmatian stone houses, traffic free marble streets, the abundance of restaurants and bars and make sure you stay long enough the enjoy its vibrant nightlife.
The ruins of the ancient Roman city of Salona show you how large and powerful the city used to be. This archaeological gem is worth a visit if you are a history lover.
The former pirate town of Omis is the perfect place for adventure seekers, thanks to its proximity to the Cetina river, where many experienced organizers offer rafting excursions.
Events & Festivals
International Flower Fair.
The cellars of Diocletian’s Palace in Split are filled with flowers and artistic displays during this popular annual fair.
Mediterranean Film Festival
During this film festival the most popular films from the region are shown on different locations in the city.
Split Summer Festival (July & August)
Concerts and plays are performed on open air stages throughout the city during the summer months.
Split Beach Festival
A large, open air beach party with famous DJ’s performing on Bacvice city beach.
This famous house music festival attracts the world’s best DJ’s.
This equestrian competition is held in the town of Sinj each year. The medieval competition is the last one of its kind still to be held and is registered on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
Days of Diocletian
Split travels back to Roman times during the Days of Diocletian, the famous Roman emperor who built Split’s impressive palace.
Omis Pirate Battle
Omis has a long pirate tradition and the town keeps the tradition alive by re-enacting a famous pirate battle that took place in its harbour in the 13th century.
Split Film Festival
This International Festival of New Film focusses on all genres, preferable from outside the mainstream.
Eating & Drinking
Try fresh sea food and fish dishes, prosciutto & cheese from Pag, meat dishes prepared under the ‘peka’ (a typical way of grilling) or traditional spit-roasted lamb at a tavern when you go inland.
Tap water is safe to drink. Croatian mineral water is widely available and of good quality.
Dalmatia offers excellent wines and homemade rakija (brandy).
Shops are open on Sunday in Croatia.
There is a wide choice of supermarkets and plenty of daily markets offering fresh food, clothing and souvenirs.
There are several large shopping centres in Split.
Tips are usually included in the bill. If not included, a tip of 10% is appropriate.
- Split Airport
- Zadar Airport
- Dubrovnik Airport