Split

Glorious beaches, a dramatic mountain backdrop and fascinating Roman architecture make Split one of south-eastern Europe's top destinations

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Beyond the palm tree-lined promenade of Croatia’s second city, a fascinating old town centres on the iconic Diocletian's Palace, and lively streets lined with bars and restaurants offer an atmospheric taste of the Dalmatian Coast.

As a city of the old world, Split wasn’t originally designed with road traffic in mind. The labyrinthine old town, with its historic marble streets, is best explored on foot or bicycle, as is the port area and promenade. Large sections of the tourist centre are pedestrianised, making it easy to explore under your own steam.

Still, there’s an extensive public transport network in Split. Several bus lines operate from 0500 until 2300 – buy your tickets before you get on from the kiosk that you’ll find close to each bus stop. The entire city is covered by a single travel zone so you can choose your destination once onboard.

Taxis are available in Split, and you can pick them up from outside most large hotels, the main bus station and ferry port, or book one to order. The complicated road network can be a little frustrating, but taxis are generally affordable and there is no night-time premium to worry about.

If you're heading out on a day trip to one of the nearby islands in the Adriatic Sea, you can catch the ferry from the bustling marina, which is just to the south of Diocletian's Palace.