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Split

Croatia’s second largest city, Split, is also the capital of the Dalmatia region. The historic city is best known as the location of the iconic UNESCO World Heritage site of Diocletian’s Palace. The palace is one of the finest and most well preserved palatial structures in the world. It is also Split’s number one tourist attraction and a must-see on your holidays to Split! The magnificent and sprawling white stone Diocletian’s Palace was built as a retirement home for the Roman Emperor in the 4th century, today it houses a cathedral, Gothic and Renaissance palaces and churches, and 200 buildings that include shops, cafes and restaurants.

Split isn’t solely famous for its UNESCO listed site. The elegant palm tree lined waterfront Riva promenade is another popular landmark attraction that draws plenty of tourists. Visit the Mestrovic Gallery to see some fine examples of the work of Croatia’s greatest sculptor. Soak up the lively atmosphere of the city at the Green Market. Split Market is regarded as something of a local instituition and is worth a visit even if you don’t actually buy anything. When you’re feeling hungry, grab an authentic taste of Split at one of the friendly, local family-run eateries. Split has a great selection of gastronomic delights that you can sample at lunch or dinner time.

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle on your Split holiday, you can find an idyllic piece of paradise on Bacvice Beach. The city beach may be a little compact in size, but it’s perfect for the locals and visitors alike. The shingle beach is lined with cafes, bars and nightclubs. For the best scenic views in the city, head for Marjan. The pine forest covered beauty spot is Split peninsula’s hilly green tip and the city’s biggest natural recreational area. It boasts winding paths, a collection of historic medieval churches, and breathtaking views that are panoramic and unmissable.

 

Split At A Glance

Average Flight Time from the UK to Split 2hours 20mins

Population of Split
178,192

What to See in Split 
Roam the winding streets of Diocletian’s Palace, walk to the top of Marjan Hill for stunning panoramic views, shop at the local green market, cycle tours, Game of Thrones tour

Towns or islands to visit near Split The historic, walled city of Trogir, Hvar, Vis, Brac, Krka National Park, Sibenik

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Cruises from Split

  • 7 Night Deluxe Split to Dubrovnik Cruise

    Deluxe cruise from Split to Dubrovnik enjoying overnight stops at Trogir, Hvar, Vis, Korcula, Slano
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,595
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch
  • 7 Night Signature Split to Dubrovnik Cruise

    A luxurious cruise on a brand new SIGNATURE ship from Split to Dubrovnik, enjoying stops in Sibenik...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,795
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch
  • 7 Night Deluxe Cruise from Split

    Deluxe return cruise from Split enjoying overnight stops in Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Mljet National...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,595
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch
  • 7 Night Superior Split to Dubrovnik Cruise

    Stops in: Split, Omiš, Brač, Hvar, Biševo, Vis, Korčula, Mljet & Dubrovnik, Half board
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,350
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch

Twin & Multi-Centre Holidays in Split

  • 10 Night Split & Brac Family Activity Holiday

    10-night multi-activity experience in Croatia, including kayaking, cycling, river canyoning and
    • 10 nights
    • Price From: £1,695
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch
  • 10 night – Split, Hvar & Dubrovnik Honeymoon

    3 nights in historic Split, 4 nights in charming Hvar and 3 nights in Dubrovnik staying in 4 or...
    • 10 nights
    • Price From: £1,595
    • Board: B&B
  • Split & Dubrovnik 7 Night Twin Centre Holiday

    Book this stunning 7 night Split and Dubrovnik twin centre holiday and explore two beautiful historic...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,225
    • Board: B&B
  • Split and Hvar Island Twin Centre Holiday

    3 nights in Split and 4 nights in charming Hvar, staying in 4-star hotels. This itinerary includes...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,195
    • Board: B&B
  • Split, Hvar, Korcula & Dubrovnik Multi Centre Holiday

    Enjoy 2 nights in Split, 3 nights in Hvar, 2 nights in peaceful Korcula, & 3 nights in fascinating...
    • 10 nights
    • Price From: £1,645
    • Board: B&B

Highlights in Split

  • Visit Diocletian's Palace in Split

    Visit The Iconic UNESCO-listed Site

    Croatia’s second largest city is home to one of the best-preserved Roman palaces in the world. Diocletian’s Palace was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The harbourside palatial structure was built as a retirement home for the Roman Emperor in the 4th century AD. Within the palace walls is a labyrinth of cobblestone streets and alleyways that are packed with 200 buildings, including quaint shops, chic cafes and bars and stylish restaurants.

  • Marjan Hill, Split, Croatia

    Feast Your Eyes On A Spectacular View

    Situated on Split’s peninsula, Marjan hill offers spectacular views of the city and the Adriatic Sea. You can reach the top of the hill on foot, or hire a bicycle at the entrance gate. Marjan is covered in a lush, dense and fragrant pine forest and encircled by the city. From the prime vantage point, you can gaze out to sea, and enjoy panoramic vistas of Split’s enchanting Riva promenade and the majestic Old Town.

  • Game of Thrones, Klis Fortress

    Spend The Day At A Fortress

    The medieval fortress of Klis is perched high above the village of the same name, and boasts a rich heritage. Built in the 3rd century BC, Klis fortress was once home to many Croatian kings. For a long time, it was a popular attraction for local people. More recently, the historic monument has featured in the hit TV show Game of Thrones. Wander around the ruins, and take a picture of the famous dragon statue.

  • Explore Trogir near Split

    Escape To Historic Trogir

    The charming medieval town of Trogir is situated on a tiny island that’s connected to the Croatian mainland, and Čiovo Island, by a bridge. The Old Town features an abundance of Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque architecture, and the 13th century Cathedral of St Lawrence. Trogir boasts UNESCO World Heritage Site status, and offers breathtaking sweeping views from the bell tower of the Renaissance Chapel of St John. The ancient Cippiko Palace is also worth exploring.

Restaurants in Split

  • Bokamorra Pizza Restaurant, Split

    Bokamorra Pizzaurant

    Although primarily known as a pizzeria, Bokamorra is also a stylish bar where you can enjoy cocktails and a warm, friendly ambience. High quality, fresh ingredients that are locally sourced are used to create classic and contemporary food and drink combinations. The modern interior is bright and airy and features intimate tables with banquette seating and counter service too. Choose your favourite pizza from an extensive menu, and complement it with a delicious colourful cocktail.

  • Ma:Toni Restaurant Split

    Ma:Toni

    Situated a short distance from Bacvice beach, Ma:Toni is a stylish modern restaurant located within a traditional wine cellar. Tables and chairs are uniformly arranged in the curved ceiling dining room, with dining areas separated by decorative metal bars. Exposed brickwork and large candle-lit metal chandeliers add to the classy historic vibe. Hearty and classic Dalmatian food and modern Mediterranean cuisine is on the menu. There’s also a good selection of quality wines and beers.

  • Bokeria Restaurant Split

    Bokeria Kitchen & Wine Bar

    Boasting a prime location on one of Split’s most prominent street corners, Bokeria Kitchen & Wine Bar is the perfect place to sample some of the best Mediterranean inspired cuisine in the city. The spacious restaurant features a mosaic-tiled bar and a decorative display of wine bottles. You can take a seat inside or opt to dine alfresco on the terrace. Take your pick from tempting classic dishes that are presented in a modern style.

  • Portofino Restaurant Split

    Restaurant Portofino

    If you love to tuck into a juicy steak or fresh seafood, Restaurant Portfino is definitely worth a visit. The chic modern eatery is located close to Peristil Square, and has its own private courtyard. The interior décor is elegant and upscale. You can sit on the outdoor terrace and dine on steak and seafood specialities. If you bring the kids they’ll be more than happy with the food choices available on their own menu.

Hotels in Split and the surrounding islands