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Welcome to Split

Resting on the eastern coast of the Adriatic, Split is the largest and one of the oldest cities in the region of Croatia’s Dalmatia. Originally founded more than 2,300 years ago as a Greek colony, it became a Roman settlement 600 years later with the construction of Diocletian's Palace, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Indeed, the center of the town is built around the ruins of this ancient palace, which is one of the best preserved in the world. St. Duje's Cathedral and Peristil Square also add to the Roman charm of Split, and a time-saving walking tour will introduce you to these and other top attractions. Day tours from the city take visitors to the area’s natural wonders, such as Hvar island with its vivid Blue Caves. For those looking for sun, sea, and sand, the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon are just a speedboat ride away from Split; while the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park is one for the mountain hikers. Only a one-hour drive away and close to the town of Šibenik, the seven waterfalls in Krka National Park beg for a swim. Back in civilization, the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Trogir also boats plenty of attractions, especially its bell tower and the Venetian Cathedral of St. Lovro. Split is an ideal destination to connect with adventure: perhaps to Dubrovnik in the south, or just across the border to Mostar, the pearl of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Top 10 attractions in Split

Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja)

Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja)

With its startling blue light and luminescent waters, it's easy to see how the Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja) earned its name. The natural wonder is hidden in the sea cliffs along the coast of Bisevo Island and is made even more enticing by its remote, difficult-to-reach location. The effort is rewarded with stunning scenery and endless photo opportunities.More
Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac)

Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac)

Mostly uninhabited and untouched, pristine Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac) is an ideal place to experience Croatia’s natural beauty. The island, off the coast of Split, is a great destination for getting out of the city and relaxing, thanks largely in part to its quiet bay, clear turquoise water, and pebbly beaches.More
Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian's Palace

Built in the fourth century as a retirement complex for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, this vast, fortress-like compound still dominates Split Old Town. After the palace was abandoned in the sixth century, locals flooded into it. Now, the 220 Roman-era buildings within the palace boundaries house homes, shops, bars, and other businesses.More
Peristyle Square (Peristil)

Peristyle Square (Peristil)

Flanked by two Corinthian colonnades, Peristyle Square (Peristil) is the central plaza of the town of Split and part of Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An 187-feet (57-meter) eye-catching belfry towers above the square; climb to the top for a stellar view of the sea.More
Cetina River

Cetina River

Flowing for more than 60 miles (96 kilometers) from its source at Dinara on the Croatia–Bosnia and Herzegovina border all the way to the Adriatic Sea near Split, the Cetina River is a main player in Dalmatia’s adventure-sports scene. Its rushing rapids, waterfalls, and tunnels make it ideal for rafting and canyoning excursions.More
Riva Promenade (Riva Split Waterfront)

Riva Promenade (Riva Split Waterfront)

Travelers who are looking for the perfect way to spend an afternoon soaking up the beauty of Croatia’s idyllic coastline will find exactly what they’re after on the Riva Promenade or Riva Split Waterfront. This incredible stretch of walkway runs the entire length of the old town and offers up incredible views of the surrounding harbor, European-style apartments and remote island’s are some of the city’s most picturesque.Visitors will find some of Split’s best restaurants, cafes and nightlife along the promenade, which is also near to the city’s largest port. The famed walkway is flanked by towering palms and lined with glazed white tiles that lend some serious European-flare to this coastal destination.More


Dotted with pine trees and Mediterranean shrubs, Marjan is a hilly peninsula jutting out into the Adriatic Sea. A beautiful nature reserve in Croatia, some of Split's best beaches are here, along with important museums, such as Mestrovic Gallery and Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments.More
Cathedral of St. Dominus (Katedrala Svetog Duje)

Cathedral of St. Dominus (Katedrala Svetog Duje)

Located inside the gates of Diocletian’s Palace, the Cathedral of St. Domnius ((Katedrala Svetog Duje) is a massive octagonal cathedral built in Roman times as the Mausoleum of Diocletian. The structure was converted to a church in the 7th century and mass is still held here today, making it one of the oldest Catholic cathedrals in the world still in use in its original structure.More
Cetina Canyon

Cetina Canyon

Bisected by the wide turquoise ribbon of the Cetina River, the steep cliffs of Cetina Canyon form a striking landscape just a short drive outside of Split, Croatia’s 2nd-largest city. In a country lush with stunning nature, Cetina Canyon is one of the easiest to reach and offers many opportunities for hiking and adventure sports.More
Klis Fortress (Tvrdava Klis)

Klis Fortress (Tvrdava Klis)

Built into the limestone bluffs outside of Split, the imposing Klis Fortress(Tvrdava Klis) was once an important defensive stronghold between the Mediterranean and the Balkans. It housed the seat of many Croatian kings, though nowadays it’s better known as the film location for the fictional city of Meereen in the seriesGame of Thrones.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Split

Magical day in Plitvice
Melissa_H, Jul 2021
Plitvice Lakes National Park Day Trip from Split
Visitors to Croatia should not leave without experiencing these extraordinary lakes and waterfalls.
Awesome afternoon in Split
Sam_B, May 2021
Blue Lagoon & 3 Islands Half-day Trip from Split
All three spots have great activities, food, and history available with the perfect amount of time allotted (1.
Great tour, great price!
MariaPaula_M, Jul 2021
Krka Waterfalls Wanderers Day Tour from Split and Trogir
The tour is the best option if you want to visit Krka Waterfalls from Split and do it at your own pace.
Fantastic tour
Ashley_B, Jul 2021
Plitvice Lakes National Park Group Guided Tour from Split or Trogir
5 hour journey to the falls is actually not bad, and we stopped for a bathroom break and coffee about halfway through the trip (we did this coming back to Split too).
Beautiful scenery, exhilarating ride!
Doran_C, Jul 2021
Five Island Speedboat Tour Featuring the Blue Cave and Hvar
Great way to see all the main islands and beautiful scenery that Split and the surrounding Islands have to offer.
A Day At Plitvice!!
Egypt_B, Jul 2021
Plitvice Lakes National Park Day Trip from Split
This UNESCO site has been on my list of places to visit and I’m so glad I did!
Great Way to See the City!
juliette_d, Sep 2020
Eco City Tour Split
We had to cut the tour a bit short because of the weather, but otherwise a great way to see the wider city of Split!
Monday afternoon ride
Lyle, Sep 2020
Marjan Park Forest tour with Greyp fully electric bike
You get an opportunity to see Split from vantage points that you otherwise wouldn’t.
Walking tour of Old town Split and Diocletian’s palace
Karen_C, Aug 2020
Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and Food Tasting
Would highly recommend you do this tour if you decide to visit the old town.
Amazing day spent on the high seas
ROBIN_C, Aug 2020
Blue Lagoon by Three Island Tour
The summer heat was tempered by the sea breeze and the stops to swim and snorkel in the cooling waters of the Adriatic.
Highly recommended
Jack_J, Jul 2020
Krka Waterfalls and Sibenik Day Trip Including Wine Tasting from Split
A great mix of activities, lots of fun.
Great Ecape from Split
Brandon_A, Jul 2020
Half Day Boat Tour to Blue Lagoon and Trogir from Split
The blue lagoon and Trogir were both gorgeous spots to visit and explore.
Great Tour Guide
LarryandSusanFisher, Nov 2019
Split Old town Small group Walking tour
She was very nice, spoke English well, and knew everything about our tour of Diocletian's Palace and the history of Split.
A Spilt Decision
Jo_N, Oct 2019
Walking Tour of Split with a 'Magister' of History
Actually a unanimous decision, Tony is an excellent guide, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly, with an excellent command of English and a great sense of humour.
Split tour
Antonio_C, Sep 2019
The Best of Split Private Tour
We were able to see more than expected from this tour.
Plitvice Lakes Split to Zagreb
Matthew_H, Aug 2019
Split to Zagreb Group Transfer with Plitvice Lakes Tour Entrance ticket included
I would recommend the guided tour to anyone looking to see Plitvice as it made coordinating and moving around the park seamless!
Great tour
Natalie_E, Jun 2019
Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Tour in Split
Our tour guide was knowledgeable and it was great to see the area surrounding Split and Klis.
Great way to see Dubrovnik!
Margaret E, Jun 2019
Dubrovnik Discovery Day Trip from Split or Trogir
I was worried it was not going to be enough time in Dubrovnik, but I definitely feel like I was able to learn a lot and see some of the major attractions in an easy way from Split, where I was staying.
Krka Waterfalls
ANDREA_B, May 2019
Krka Waterfalls with River Cruise Tour from Split
We had enough time there to see everything and enjoyed the boat trip.
Memorable trip
Angela_C, May 2019
Krka National Park Tour with a local guide and wine tasting
The Waterfalls and St James Cathedral are definitely worth seeing and so the trip is a must if staying in Split.

A local’s pocket guide to Split

Sara Camarero

Sara fell in love with Croatia from the moment she stepped foot in the Mediterranean country. Find her roaming Split’s Green Market in search of local produce like honey from the island of Šolta.

The first thing you should do in Split is...

discover the rich history of this city by entering the Diocletian’s Palace and getting lost in the Old Town’s maze of streets and cobblestone lanes. Can you spot the Venetian influence?

A perfect Saturday in Split...

involves spending your day island-hopping. Stop and bathe in the crystalline waters of the Blue Lagoon, head into the Green Cave and Blue Cave, or go sightseeing the historic town of Hvar.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the atmosphere at the Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace. Locals and tourists alike gather here to chat, listen to the Saint Domnius Bell Tower chimes, or enjoy the regular performances.

To discover the "real" Split...

take a break from sightseeing, sit down at a café on Riva promenade, and simply enjoy your coffee. Then, follow it up with a sweet treat from Luka Ice Cream & Cakes.

For the best view of the city...

climb to Marjan Hill. The walk through the park is very pleasant and you can also take a detour to visit the worthwhile Mestrovic Gallery.

One thing people get wrong...

is staying just for a weekend. Split has a privileged location in Dalmatia, within easy reach of Trogir, Sibenik, Krka National Park, Omis, and Cetina Canyon.

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