About Split

The sunny mediterranean jewel

Split CITY
The story of Split started 17 centuries ago when Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his palace on the Dalmatian coast, right in the heart of today’s Split Old Town. Over the years, the palace turned into a city that manages to impress both locals and tourists with its rich history, tradition, and the beauty of its natural heritage. Diocletian’s Palace and the Old Town Split have been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List not only for the amazing historical value of the palace itself but also for the fact that the palace and the city continue to live a life as one, with the modern cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, local businesses and small hotels bringing life to the old walls. The tourists get to experience the same lifestyle as locals do 365 days per year. The hedonist lifestyle – enjoying the colorful cafes on the sunny Riva Esplanade, sipping coffees, and filling the city up with life and laughter. Dolce vita. The unique personalities and spirit of the Split residents are especially alive at the vibrant Fish & Green markets. A growing gourmet scene with tasty local seafood dishes, cakes and gelati, local wine, festivals, sporting and cultural events make it a perfect place for holidays all year round. The most beautiful Croatian islands are only a ferry ride away, and most popular National Parks are nearby – Diocletian knew how to pick a perfect spot. Framed by Marjan Hill on one side, where locals like to spend their free time running, exercising and swimming at the amazing beaches, and Bačvice beach on the other side, where swimming and playing the amusing game of Picigin goes on all year round, Split is certainly the unique place. No wonder the locals like to call it ‘the most beautiful place in the world’. Be warned, the vibe of the city may catch you, and you may not want to leave! Many travelers decide to stay and enjoy this gem for a little longer and become a part of the colorful scene of Split.
Split – the city that started from the Roman Emperor’s summer residence
top 10
The abundance of historical sites, beautiful beaches, places to visit, and things to do in Split can make you overwhelmed! To help you plan your Split holiday, we selected the Top 10 ultimate attractions that you shouldn’t miss. Take a look at our choice!

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Split old town, Diocletian's palace bird view with drone, red roofs, Promenade Riva with palm trees, boats in Adriatic sea, view of whole Split

Diocletian’s palace

One of the best-preserved palaces of the Roman imperial period, whose remains now form the historical center of the city. People actually live and work inside the ancient edifice, so while it has its tourist aspect, it also feels very real and alive.

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The Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace, the center of Split, Roman architecture, sphinx statue, entrance to the basement of Diocletian's Palace

The Peristyle of Diocletian’s Palace

The perfect place to sit on the stone steps, marvel at the architecture and imagine yourself during Diocletian’s time. Here you can bump into Roman warriors and even Emperor Diocletian himself.

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Salona Croatia, Ancient Roman colony near Split, a capital of the Roman province Dalmatia, well preserved amphitheatre, theatre, basilica, cemetery

Salona

Ancient Roman colony. One of the biggest towns of the Roman Empire and a capital of the Roman province Dalmatia. Well preserved amphitheatre, theatre, basilica, cemetery, Roman baths and many other Roman buildings.

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Riva Promenade Split, palm trees and Cathedral of Saint Domnius at waterfront, the boats in the harbour, old town

Split Riva Promenade

Riva- Split’s promenade and the place to be. The Riva really comes to life in the early evening when Split’s residents and visitors enjoy strolling up and down, enjoy the view of the boats in the harbour, and sip drinks in one of the many cafes and stands on the waterfront.

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St. Domnius Cathedral and bell tower in Split Croatia, oldest Catholic Cathedral in the world, Diocletian's palace

St. Domnius Cathedral and bell tower

The most popular attraction in Split is the Cathedral of St. Domnius located in the heart of the Diocletian’s Palace. It is considered to be the oldest Catholic Cathedral in the whole world. You can climb to the top of the tower, and enjoy the amazing panoramic view.

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Split old town, Diocletian palace bird view with drone, red roofs, Promenade Riva with palm trees, boats in Adriatic sea

The Old Town

Simply walk down the cobblestone streets and alleyways, little squares and courts where the breath of history mingles with contemporary design and attractive Dalmatian lifestyle.

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Prokurative square, Mediterranean square in the center of Split, the stage of cultural events in town, Split Music Festival, red buildings and restaurants

Prokurative square

Prokurative, or officially the Republic Square, is the famous Mediterranean square in the center of Split also known as the stage of cultural events in town. For almost fifty years, the traditional Split Music Festival has been held there.

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Bačvice sandy beach located in the center of Split Croatia, people swimming and playing popular game of Picigin

Bačvice beach & Picigin

Sandy beach located in the bay, 5 minutes walk from the ancient Diocletian’s palace. A popular game of Picigin is played every day on this beach: where players maintain a small ball in the air as long as they can by jumping in the shallow water. Observe how locals play, and try it yourself!

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Stairs Marjan Hill, the green lungs of Split, Marjan Stairs surrounded by forest

Marjan Hill

The green lungs of Split that provide astonishing views of the city, the islands and the harbour. Climb to the top and you’ll be rewarded with a 360 degree view of the harbour and the charming red roof old town. Swim at beautiful beaches, hike, exercise, or just have coffee and enjoy the view.

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Gregory of Nin's Statue is 3 meter height with big toe that fulfills wishes if you rub it, work by Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović, things to see in Split Croatia

Gregory of Nin’s Statue

Regardless of his ravishing pose, 3 meter height, and the fact that it is the work of the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović, the statue is best known for its big toe that fulfills wishes if you rub it. Thus, Gregory’s bronze toe became almost golden in color over time – wish upon a toe!

Reconnect with nature

Day trips
Walk the green paths of Croatian National parks, sail our most beautiful islands or walk the cobblestone streets and learn the rich history of the Croatian coastal towns. As day tour enthusiasts,we picked THE TOP 10 TOURS FROM SPLIT for you, but there is so much more. Just ask us and we will find the best trip for you and organize all your transfers to meeting points.
Boat Trip
Step into a world where only sea, islands, summer breeze, sun, and untouched nature exist. Sunbathe, swim, and try your hand at sailing, it all fits in one day!
Nature & Culture
If you want to hear why Diocletian built his palace right on the site of today’s Split, and what makes Split residents so special – local guides know everything and they love to talk!
Boat Trip
The luxurious Polaris boat is a perfect place for relaxation, especially when it takes you to Zlatni rat, one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole world. Includes homemade meals and refreshments.
Boat Trip
When a beautiful mega catamaran becomes your beach for the day and takes you to the hidden bays of Brač, Šolta, Pakleni islands, and Hvar, indulge yourself and enjoy the unforgettable experience.
Adventure
An active holiday is all about excitement and adventure – but not without fun and rest. Kayaking brings it all together with paddling, swimming, diving & sunbathing around Marjan Hill.
Adventure
Have fun on the exciting rapids of the Cetina river surrounded by untouched nature! Rafting is an adventure intended for the whole family, just have fun and let our guides take care of you.
Nature & Culture
The magic of one of Europe’s most beautiful national parks will impress you with its 16 lakes and 92 massive waterfalls! Take a walk through the UNESCO protected park with an experienced guide.
Boat Trip
Enter the magical deep blue hall of the Blue Cave and visit 5 Dalmatian islands, including Vis and Hvar, on this most popular day tour in Dalmatia.
Boat Trip
Discover the Croatian Blue Lagoon in style. Beautiful spacious boat with a sundeck and tasty food and drinks will take you to this swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing paradise!
Nature & Culture
Take a peek into the magical world of nature decorated by impressive waterfalls and green hiking trails. Boat ride, visit to Skradin and guided tour included!

Offers & Packages

Rooftop pool with a panoramic view on Split Croatia in sunset, crystal clear water, relaxing vacation in Dioklecijan Hotel & Residence
Take advantage of the amazing option in the hotel Dioklecijan Hotel & Residence. For reservations of 2 nights or more in our hotel, we give a special discount of 10%. Make the most of your time in the historic centre of Split. Take a tour of Diocletian’s Palace and experience the Mediterranean in its original form.
King Krešimir Heritage Hotel luxury black and gold room, fresco ceilings
For the reservations of 2 nights we provide a 10% discount with a diverse breakfast and a welcome drink.
Standard room white and brown bedsheets, comfortable bed, two grand windows, kettle in Marmont Heritage Hotel Split Croatia
The longer you stay, the more you get! For the reservations of minimum 2 nights we provide 10% discount with a diverse breakfast and a welcome drink.
Marmont Heritage hotel in the city center in Split, luxury red hotel on the corner with tall bar stools and flowers
In case you decide to stay with us 3 nights or more we will provide you with a free airport transfer to the hotel so you can start your vacation and relax as soon as possible.
Executive suite living room with a LCD TV and two flowered balconies with sea views, turquoise curtains and large sitting area
The longer you stay, the more you get! For the reservations of minimum 2 nights we provide 10% discount with a diverse breakfast and a welcome drink.
Rooftop pool with a view on Split, special offer
Avoid busy traffic and endless search for transfer with our professional driver and comfortable ride. Transfer service should fit your needs and your timetable so you can use saved time to enjoy things you are here for.

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