Glorious beaches, a dramatic mountain backdrop and fascinating Roman architecture make Split one of southeast Europe's top destinations.
Beyond the palm tree-lined promenade of Croatia’s second city lies a fascinating old town of lively bar-lined streets, set around the impressive Roman ruins of Diocletian's Palace.
Split Airport lies about 16 miles (25km) west of the city and is well-served by public and private transport services. The city’s age means it wasn’t designed with road traffic in mind, especially the historic marble streets of the labyrinthine old town, port area and promenade, which are best navigated on foot or bicycle. Split’s extensive public transport network makes it easy to explore.
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Neighbourhoods To See
This UNESCO World Heritage site stirs the senses with its mix of winding alleyways, busy cafés and varied markets. This is where you’ll find architectural highlights including the unmissable Roman-era Diocletian’s Palace with its beautifully preserved Peristyle.
Less busy than the Old Town, the cobbled alleys, medieval churches and picturesque houses of this ancient district give an authentic village feel and true taste of Dalmatian coast character.
Riva and the Harbour
Beautiful buildings, pretty terraces, palm trees and eateries galore, plus some truly fabulous sea views.
You literally cannot miss this impressive ancient Roman complex built in dazzling white stone on the harbourside because it’s the heart of the city, like a living museum.
Look out for this imposing stronghold spreading along the cliffs of the valley leading into Split. You might recognise it from its appearance as the fictional town of Meereen in Game of Thrones.
Cathedral of St Dominus
Another superbly preserved Roman building, originally built as Emperor Diocletian’s mausoleum in AD 311. Now you can view its stunning murals, visit the crypt and climb the bell tower for wonderful views over the Old Town.
Food And Drink
Croatia’s location mean it embraces both seafood-heavy Mediterranean cuisine and the more filling Central European style of eating. Combine that with its own regional specialties, including plenty of meat and every kind of seafood in salads, pastas and rich fish stews, and your tastebuds will be busy.
FEB | Split Carnival
Expect a bustling winter programme with the main carnival joined by events including a children’s carnival and even one for dogs. The streets fill with people dancing and dressing up in a huge joyful party.
MAY | Festival of Flowers
The cool marble halls beneath Diocletian’s Palace explode with colourful blooms as international exhibitors compete with creative floral displays.
JUN-JULY | Bacvice Summer Cinema
Sit back and watch new and classic films at this open-air cinema close to the popular sandy beach.
JULY-AUG | Split Summer Festival
Venues all over the city offer open-air entertainment with a programme of theatre, music and dance performances.