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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

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Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac)

Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac)

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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
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Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja)

Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja)

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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
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Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian's Palace

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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
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Klis Fortress (Tvrdava Klis)

Klis Fortress (Tvrdava Klis)

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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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Peristyle Square (Peristil)

Peristyle Square (Peristil)

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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
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Marjan

Marjan

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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
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Riva Promenade (Riva Split Waterfront)

Riva Promenade (Riva Split Waterfront)

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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
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Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn)

Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn)

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Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn or Golden Cape) is one of Croatia’s most beautiful and unique beaches. Located on the southern end of Brac Island, this narrow sliver of land juts out into the azure sea. Pebble beaches on both sides of this V-shaped promontory are perfect for swimming and snorkeling, and afternoon westerly winds make it a premiere windsurfing spot.More
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Cetina River

Cetina River

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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
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Poljud Stadium (Stadion Poljud)

Poljud Stadium (Stadion Poljud)

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As a revered local monument and protected heritage site, Poljud Stadium (Stadion Poljud) is on the itinerary for most sightseeing tours of Split and is just north of the city’s historic UNESCO World Heritage-listed center. It was built in 1979 for the Mediterranean Games and was opened by then-President of former Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito. Designed as a multi-purpose facility by Croatian architect Boris Magaš, the stadium’s main function today is as the beloved home of Hajduk Split football team, which plays in the European Champions League and is followed by avid fans across the region.The stadium is a seafront landmark that appears at its most beautiful when illuminated by hundreds of floodlights by night. Constructed with two stands forming an arched, shell-like layered concrete exterior, Poljud has a seating capacity of 35,000 and among other events, hosts athletics matches and music festivals, including August’s annual Ultra Europe dance-music extravaganza.More

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Plitvice Lakes Tours from Split

Plitvice Lakes Tours from Split

How to Spend 2 Days in Split

How to Spend 2 Days in Split

Game of Thrones Tours in Split

Game of Thrones Tours in Split

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Recent reviews from experiences in Split

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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!
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Monday afternoon ride
Lyle, Sep 2020
Explore Marjan Hill with Greyp E-Bike
You get an opportunity to see Split from vantage points that you otherwise wouldn’t.
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Walking tour of Old town Split and Diocletian’s palace
Karen_C, Aug 2020
Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour
Would highly recommend you do this tour if you decide to visit the old town.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A Spilt Decision
j0newman, 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.
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Beautiful!!!
aledhockey, Oct 2019
Plitvice Lakes National Park Small-Group Day Trip from Split
Also completely different climate from Split, so check weather before you go as some group members wore shorts/summer clothes.
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Split tour
FarAway522793, Sep 2019
The Best of Split Private Tour
We were able to see more than expected from this tour.
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Plitvice Lakes Split to Zagreb
mhalf, 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!
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Great tour
Go288980, 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.
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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.
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Krka Waterfalls
Voyager38712669209, May 2019
Krka Waterfalls with River Cruise Tour from Split
We had enough time there to see everything and enjoyed the boat trip.
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Memorable trip
452AngelaC, 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.
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Excellent tour and I’m pretty picky.
Nomad38943479441, Apr 2019
Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour
My only complaint would be that I wish it could have been longer so we could have seen all the attractions with her.
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This is a large group which makes the...
GlobeTrotter53, Sep 2018
Split to Zagreb Group Transfer with Plitvice Lakes Tour Entrance ticket included
The tour is a good if rather costly way to visit the lakes while transferring from Split to Zagreb or vice versa.
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Beautiful morning of ocean kayaking. We...
Michael R, Oct 2015
Kayaking Tour from Split: Hvar and Pakleni Islands
A perfect way to see a different side of Split.
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We chose a longer trip of 6 hours for...
Elizabeth T, Jul 2015
Kayaking Tour from Split: Hvar and Pakleni Islands
We chose a longer trip of 6 hours for the chance to see another island and we definitely don't regret it!
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Nice tour of the outskirts of Split...
carladuffoo, Oct 2017
Biking Split
Got to see parts of the city and neighborhoods we would have never visited on our own.
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The perfect amount of time to see...
Stephanie S, Jun 2017
Blue Lagoon and Trogir Half-Day Speedboat Tour from Split
The perfect amount of time to see the beautiful sights outside of Split.

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