The alluring beauty of Split is showcased through every aspect of the city - from the pretty, cobbled streets and the atmospheric old town to the sparkling beaches and lively restaurants dotted along the pavements. This attractive port city draws in visitors of all ages - those looking for excitement and nightlife can enjoy the buzzing beach bars and clubs while those in search of a serene and cultural trip can indulge in wining, dining and exploring the Old Town.
Although Split may be small in size, it more than makes up for it with its plethroa of intriguing activities on offer. Its rich history is visible in the ancient architecture which still stands today. The Old Town is where you'll find most of the historic attractions, including the Diocletian’s Palace. Built in 305 AD for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, this palace is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was even used as a filming location in Game of Thrones (Daenerys kept her dragons in the cellar!).
If incredible views are more your thing, consider a scenic stroll up Marjan Hill or stay in the Old Town and climb the bell tower of Domnius Cathedral, located within Diocletian’s Palace - it's the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world!
If you're on the hunt for day trips, you won't be disappointed. Head an hour away to the Krka National Park for out of this world waterfalls, charter a boat (or a yacht if you're feeling fancy) and explore the crystal clear waters or take a 35-minute bus ride to the pretty island town of Trogir.
Krka National Park
Like many of its Dalmatian neighbours, the beaches in Split have visitors flocking to the pretty shingles and warm waters. There are plenty of family-friendly options for paddling with little ones or, for those looking for something more lively, other stretches offer bars, nightlife and restaurants so you can make a day of your beach trip.
Within walking distance from the city centre, Jezinac Beach offers refreshing waters, palm trees and pebbles with the Mestrovic Kastilac castle in the background. A cafe, parking and changing rooms make beach days an absolute breeze.
For families, we'd recommend Beach Znjan due its playground, bouncy castle, trampoline and various other water activities that kids will love. There are plenty of bars and restaurants for a post-swim bite to eat.
Our hidden gem is Beach Bene, tucked away in the Marjan Forest Park and surrounded by dense pine trees. It's only reachable by foot but the shady trees and local restaurant make it the perfect getaway from the busier beaches.
The Croatian diet is a delightful Mediterranean mixture of fish, vegetables and plenty of olive oil. It's no wonder then that Split is famous for its seafood, fresh from the surrounding waters. If you enter any restaurants in Split, you're sure to find grilled fish that's been delivered directly by the fisherman that day. Served with seasoning and olive oil, it's totally fresh and utterly delicious.
Meat is also a popular choice in Split, including the local dish pašticada - marinated beef stuffed with bacon and carrots. It's what we'd call the Croatian answer to a roast dinner.
And for afters? You have to try a rožata - a custard dessert, similar to creme caramel, with a hint of lemon. Yum!
One of the city's most popular habits is its coffee culture. Popping to a cafe for a cup of coffee is something locals do everyday. Not into coffee? Try some famous Croatian wines or you'll find Croatian beers on offer too.