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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)

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Croatia is gaining a reputation or its stunning coastlines and idyllic beaches. And while the tiny island of Budikovac is still relatively untouched, it is without a doubt, the perfect escape from the energy of the mainland. Travelers who find their way to the picturesque pebble beach, protected bay, shallow waters and relaxing lagoon that exist here will be overcome with a sense of natural beauty and pure peace. Visitors will quickly learn that only a single person lives on Budikovac Island. He is also responsible for the single restaurant that runs at this destination that attracts travelers looking to get off the beaten path and into incredible Croatia.More
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Diocletian's Palace

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This palace right in the heart of Split, was used by Roman Emperor Diocletian and is one of the best preserved monuments of Roman architecture in the world. In 1979, it was declared -- with the historic city of Split -- a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ruins of the Palace can also be found throughout the city. A military fortress, imperial residence and fortified town, the palace covers over 31,000 square meters (334 square feet). Diocletian spared no expense in the building of the palace, importing marble from Italy and Greece, and columns and sphinxes from Egypt. Many of the buildings are made from local white limestone quarried on the nearby island of Brac. Each wall has a gate named after metals: the northern gate is the Golden Gate; the southern gate is the Bronze Gate; the eastern gate is the Silver Gate; and the western gate is the Iron Gate.More
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Peristyle Square (Peristil)

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Peristil Square is Split's main square, the former entry hall in Diocletian's Palace. It is derived from a Roman architectural term called the peristyle, an open colonnade surrounding a court. The spacious central courtyard is flanked by marble columns topped with Corinthian capitals and richly ornamented cornices linked by arches. There are six columns on both the east and west sides, and four more at the south end, which mark the monumental entrance to the Vestibul. Most of the structure is made of white stone from the nearby island of Brač; however, the columns are made of Italian marble and siennite from Egypt. The Vestibul is a cavernous open dome above the ground floor passageway; a foyer that leads you into the emperor's residential quarters. The Vestibul provides great acoustics allowing klapa bands to perform traditional a capella songs there in the mornings.More
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Klis Fortress (Tvrdava Klis)

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Klis Fortress is a small medieval stronghold near Split, Croatia. The fortress dates back to the 7thcentury. Though it started as a small stronghold, it developed into a royal castle and eventually a large fortress during the Ottoman wars. Throughout history, it has been the seat of many Croatian rulers. It served as a crossroads between the Balkans and the Mediterranean, and as a result, it was often under attack. The fortress was conquered several times by the Ottomans, Venetians and Austrians. The fortress consists of three sections, each with its own entrance. Many of the newer buildings have been completely or partly preserved. Several sections of Klis Fortress were used as inns which were used for isolation during epidemics, protecting Split from diseases in other regions. Today it is a museum where visitors can learn about the military history of the fortress. The fortress was also used in the filming of several episodes of the television series Game of Thrones.More
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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. 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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Marjan

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A short walking distance from Diocletian's Palace, this hilly peninsula is a recreational park for both locals and visitors. A protected nature reserve since 1964, the park is dotted with pine trees and Mediterranean shrubs. Some of Split's best beaches are at the foot of Marjan hill and are easily reachable by bicycle which you can rent at the entrance. To enter the natural preserve, just follow the steps from the Veli Varos neighborhood. Keep climbing and you'll reach the Telegrin belvedere -- on a clear day you can see as far as Vis Island. You'll get some of the most spectacular views of the island and the Adriatic Sea from the top of the hill. There are many other cultural spots on the hill, including Split's most interesting museums, such as the Mestrovic Gallery and the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments. Many churches are dotted on the site, including the Church of St George, situated on the western slopes, with the Oceanographic institute next door.More
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Cetina River

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The Cetina River flows through 63 miles (101 km) of southern Croatia and drops down 1,260 feet (385 m) as it rushes down into the Adriatic Sea near Split. Over the centuries rapids have formed on the upper half of the river, and it is today fast-becoming a popular white-water rafting and canyoning destination for adrenaline junkies from all over Europe. Having its source somewhere under the mountains of Dinara and Gnjat, the Cetina wends its way through a spectacular limestone gorge, passing sites of archaeological importance far above in the high canyon, where prehistoric artifacts have been discovered along with Roman shields and medieval agricultural implements. Lower down, the Cetina flows through pastures coated in flowers in spring and the rich alluvial soil fertilizes the vineyards and crop fields bordering the river.More

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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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