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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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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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Cathedral of St. Dominus (Katedrala Svetog Duje)

Cathedral of St. Dominus (Katedrala Svetog Duje)

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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
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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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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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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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Riva Promenade (Riva Split Waterfront)

Riva Promenade (Riva Split Waterfront)

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Go for an evening stroll along the Riva Promenade, a waterfront walkway lined with palm trees in the town of Split. This stretch of glazed white tiles runs the length of the Old Town, offering harbor views and shady benches for watching residents stroll by. Restaurants and cafes line the promenade as well.More
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Split Archaeological Museum (Arheoloski Muzej Split)

Split Archaeological Museum (Arheoloski Muzej Split)

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Located 10 minutes’ walk from downtown Split, Croatia’s oldest museum boasts a 150,000-strong collection of ancient, medieval, and early-Christian objects, making it a must-visit for history buffs. Exhibition highlights include the country’s largest collection of gems, pottery excavated from the waters of central Dalmatia, and armour that dates back thousands of years.More

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Top activities in Split

Five Island Speedboat Tour Featuring the Blue Cave and Hvar
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Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to Hvar & Pakleni Islands with Food and free Drinks
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Blue Lagoon & 3 Islands Half-day Trip from Split
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Blue Lagoon by Three Island Tour
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Krka Waterfalls Wanderers Day Tour from Split and Trogir
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Blue Lagoon/Trogir/Šolta Boat Excursion with Lunch
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All-inclusive Gastro Blue Cave Tour
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Plitvice Lakes small group tour from Split or Trogir (Included: Entry Ticket)
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Krka Waterfalls Tour & Wine Tasting from Split
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Rafting Experience in the Canyon of the river Cetina
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Blue cave and coastline caves experience - small group from Split
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Krka National Park Tour with a local guide and wine tasting
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Recent reviews from experiences in Split

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A fantastic way to see the attractions
AndyBoden, May 2022
Eco City Tour Split
We did this tour to see some new Attractions in split to explore more at our own leisure.
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Thrilling & exciting way to see islands from Split
Amanda_F, May 2022
Five Island Speedboat Tour Featuring the Blue Cave and Hvar
It was a great way to see beautiful islands and locations all within 1 day.
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Exceptional guide who knew the history in detail
Kylie_B, May 2022
Private Split Walking Tour with Cathedral Entrance
The tour covered everything we wanted to see in Split old town, it was also great to be in a tour that is just us.
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A trip to Krka is a must! A great tour.
Suzanne_C, May 2022
Krka Waterfalls Tour & Wine Tasting from Split
A stunning walk with beautiful waterfalls and scenery in the park followed by a lovely boat trip to Skradin.
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Excellent!
Saku_A, Apr 2022
1.5-Hour Split Evening Walking Tour
The guide was very easygoing and enthusiastic about Split, and he spoke excellent English.
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Highly Recommended, Historical Tour of Split
Jeffrey_E, Apr 2022
Walking Tour of Split with a 'Magister' of History
He was also helpful in recommending what other things to see and do.
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Superb Split trip by bike
Andrew_S, Apr 2022
City Bike Tour of Split
A great way to see Split.
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Stunning
Jamal_C, Apr 2022
Krka Waterfalls Wanderers Day Tour from Split and Trogir
Krka was lovely, and the waterfall was very nice and picturesque!
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The best way to travel from Split to Dubrovnik in one day.
Patrick_M, Mar 2022
Dubrovnik Private Day Trip from Split (round trip transfer)
Great way to see Dubrovnik while staying in Split.
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Beautiful, historic Split with Game of Thrones tour
Thomas_M, Mar 2022
Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Tour in Split (entrance tickets included)
Guide was friendly, warm, professional, exceptional English, and showed us some beautiful local gift and good shops.
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The History Most Tours Skim Over
Daniel_B, May 2022
Walking Tour of Split with a 'Magister' of History
There's no better way to see and understand a place than with someone who has grown up in the area and has majored in history.
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Fun in the most beautiful waterfalls in Croatia
MaryAnn_B, Apr 2022
Plitvice Lakes National Park Day Trip from Split
The time spent in the National Park was time well- spent, about 4 hours, snapping pictures of all of the gorgeous waterfalls.
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Like walking in a fairy-tale on a perfect day!
Paula_R, Apr 2022
Krka Waterfalls Tour & Wine Tasting from Split
Our guide, Leo was a phenomenal host who gave us tid-bits about the falls and it's history.
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Take the one with wine tasting
Terra_B, Apr 2022
Krka Waterfalls and Trogir Small-Group Guided Tour from Split
We went on Krka Waterfalls from Split with Boat Cruse, Olive oil and Wine Tasting.
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Wonderful visit to Split and Trogir
JoseEduardo_M, Apr 2022
Split and Trogir private tour *ideal for cruise ship guests*
He was the best guide we had in about 12 tours we took We had limited time so he adjusted our tour to be able to see the most.
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One of the few companies offering this experience during the off-season p
Nadia_S, Nov 2021
Luxury Blue Cave and Hvar Boat Tour from Split and Brac
They did point out that you had to time the visit just right to have the sun light come through and light it up, and we didn’t so we weren’t able to see it at its greenest but it was still nice to visit.
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Great guide. Easy. Upgrade to wine tasting though.
April_H, Oct 2021
Krka Waterfalls Wanderers Day Tour from Split and Trogir
In low season , the town they take you to after the waterfalls , there isn’t much to do for 3 hours .
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A day in Split
Shelley_H, Oct 2021
Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and Food Tasting
Good general tour of palace not much else to see downtown Split.
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Historical, funny & brilliant reccomendations
Andrew_o, Sep 2021
Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and Food Tasting
His tour gave an excellent historical account of split and gave us good reccomendations for tourist attractions.
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Fantastičan
Kris_M, Sep 2021
1.5-Hour Split Evening Walking Tour
Nice to get to know the city and get some tips for restaurants/beaches and other things to do in the city!

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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