Split Holidays & Tours

Split is Croatia’s second-largest city and one of its most enchanting. Its name is derived from an ancient Greek toponym and refers to a local shrub variety, given while it was still an unestablished settlement. It was Roman emperor Diocletian who truly brought it to life after he decided to live out the rest of his years here. His palace was built over the late 3rd and early 4th centuries and today it covers nearly half of the historic centre, with the narrow streets and alleyways lined with some of the most well-preserved Roman architecture in the world.

Many of the centuries-old buildings in Diocletian’s Palace are now used as boutiques, souvenir shops, art galleries, wine bars, cafes, and restaurants. Just outside the palace gates is the popular Riva harbourfront promenade that makes an ideal place to stroll or sip a glass of wine whilst people watching.

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Where to Stay in Split

Where to stay in Split depends on what you’d most like to do. It’s possible to stay inside the palace with a number of boutique hotels that will put you just steps from the historic attractions, shopping, and dining. The downside is that it’s the priciest and busiest area so if you want to be close to it all while enjoying more affordable rates, consider the medieval district of Radunica that lies just east of Veli Varos to the west. Bacvice is ideal for those who want to spend time on the city’s most popular beach and enjoy the lively nightlife.


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When to visit Split

The best time to visit Split is generally during the tourist season which runs from April through October. The days are likely to be sunny and warm, or downright hot in July and August. If you want to experience the party scene and spend your days at the beach, summer is ideal, but you’ll need to book accommodation well in advance. The shoulder seasons of May/June and September/October are a great choice for avoiding the thickest crowds along with pleasant, mild weather for sightseeing. Choose early fall if you’d like to swim as the water will have warmed up well from summer’s heat.


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How many days do you need in Split?

You need at least two days to cover the highlights in Split with one spent exploring the palace, enjoying walks on the Riva promenade and getting a sample of the culinary scene. On the second you might spend part of the day at the beach, perhaps paddleboarding, or hiking up Marjan hill with the other half visiting the museums. Ideally, you’ll have at least another day or two which can be used for one or more of the many exciting day trips that are possible from here, like a boat tour of the Blue Cave or a visit to cosmopolitan Hvar Island.

What is the best time to visit Diocletian’s Palace?

As crowds fill the palace from mid-morning through at least mid-afternoon throughout the summer season, you can avoid the rush by visiting early in the morning or during the evening hours. Many feel the atmosphere and lighting around dusk makes a visit at this time extra special. It will also be less crowded during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. Winter is incredibly peaceful with the exception of the holidays and the New Year celebration when thousands will fill the streets of the palace, but it’s not the best time to come if you want to visit nearby islands or the beaches.

What are the essential sites to see in Split?

Diocletian’s Palace is the top attraction by far, with numerous historical sites within the complex. St. Domnius Cathedral is a must-see as one of the oldest of its kind and a bell tower that you can climb and take in a spectacular view. Be sure to explore the palace cellars, visit Peristyle square, and the Temple of Jupiter. Outside the palace gates, the Green Market is a place to immerse yourself in local life. The relatively easy climb up Marjan Hill brings a big reward at dusk with one of the best vantage points for a glorious sunset.

Is Split worth visiting?

Split isn’t just worth visiting; it’s an absolute must for any Croatian itinerary. Many cruises start or end here making it easy to explore on a small-ship island-hopping cruise, but it’s a destination in its own right. Everyone from history and architectural enthusiasts to foodies, wine lovers, and adventure-seekers will enjoy it here. It provides the perfect base for day trips to the Blue Lagoon, the Blue Cave, medieval Trogir, and nearby islands too.


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