Things to Know
Split is Croatia's second-largest city and the largest city of the Dalmatia region. It’s unique setting of coastal mountains against the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea, mixed with a 1700-year-old history and lively contemporary vibe, make it one of the most alluring destinations in Croatia, and one of Europe’s most charming cities. Dating back to Roman times, and actually located within Roman Emperor Diocletian’s impressive palace, Split’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of fashionable cafes, cozy bars, lovely restaurants and trendy shops.
Things to See
The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a recent film location for “Game of Thrones”. The most visited attractions within the palace are Diocletian’s mausoleum located inside the Cathedral of St. Domnius, the Temple of Jupiter that dates back to 305 AD, and the Roman colonnaded courtyard that lies in the heart of the palace.
Cathedral of St. Domnius and its Bell Tower
Filled with murals and carved altars, the Cathedral is one of Split’s most visited attractions. Climb up its steep bell tower for panoramic views of the city.
Explore the four gates to Diocletian’s Palace - each of which is named after a different metal. The Golden Gate is the grandest and most important gate, however the Silver, Bronze, and Iron gates are also worth visiting.
Gallery of Fine Arts
Inaugurated in 1931, this museum is home to a valuable collection of over 5,200 works that span from the 14th century to the present day.
Monument to Gregory of Nin
The monument to medieval bishop Gregory of Nin is one of the most iconic landmarks of Split. The giant statue is about 8.5m tall and was created by Ivan Mestrovic in 1929.
The Galleria Mestrovic is an impressive art museum that holds a comprehensive collection of works by Ivan Mestrovic – Croatia’s most famous modern sculptor.
An imposing fortress that was founded by the Illyrians in the 2nd century BC. It served as one of Dalmatia’s most important defensive strongholds for many centuries.
Located about 5 km north of Split, is one of the most important archaeological sites in Croatia - the ruins of the ancient city of Salona. On site you’ll find the remains of an amphitheater, public baths, city gates, and numerous sarcophagi.
Apart from holding a significant amount of findings from the ancient town of Salona, the museum also displays a rare collection of mosaics, examples of Greek pottery, and artifacts dating from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age.
Things to Do
Stroll Along the Riva
The Riva waterfront promenade is the pride of Split’s locals. Stroll along this beautiful palm-tree-lined walkway, enjoy a drink in one of the countless cafe’s, and admire the magnificent views to the islands beyond.
Visit Marjan Hill
Marjan Hill is the city’s most popular recreational spot. Covered in dense Mediterranean pine forest, the hill offers stunning views and is a favorite place for walking, jogging, climbing or riding a bike.
Split Summer Festival
The Split Summer Festival is one of the city’s most important cultural events and takes place during July and August every year. The festival includes numerous opera, theatre, dance and music performances held in venues throughout the historic center of Split.
Hit The Beach
Bacvice Beach is a popular swimming spot that offers various amenities such as umbrella rental and water sports.
Type: Organized, sandy beach
1km from Split city center
Ovcice Beach is ideal for families with shallow waters and a playground for children.
Type: Organized, sandy beach
1.5km from Split city center