Split Area

Split Area holidays

Standout beaches, heaps of history and a vibrant seafront city make Split one of Croatia’s most popular picks for making discoveries. Built around a Roman palace, it’s all about clusters of terracotta-topped streets leading out to the sea. Think culture, festivals and some idyllic island day trips.

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Language

Croatian

Currency

Croatian Kuna

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

around 15 kuna a bottle

3 course meal

from around 100 kuna

Flight times

3.45hrs

A spectacular setting

The coastline around Split is home to some unique, dramatic scenery. Rocky mountains and pine-clad hills tumble down towards crystal-clear waters. The Krka River runs through the vibrant lime greens and turquoises of the National Park. You might even spot brown trout, ospreys, golden eagles and bats.

Brilliant beaches

Some of the best beaches in Croatia can be found along the region’s shores. The soft white shingle down the Makarska Riviera is a particularly sought-after stretch, and there are plenty of tucked-away coves waiting to be uncovered on the nearby islands. Make some time to totally chill out.

A Split city

Split gives you the perfect balance of dazzling historic treasures and cosmopolitan modern life. It’s Croatia’s second-largest city after Zagreb and it’s simply teeming with seafront restaurants, ancient alleyways, bustling markets and old sites. There’s both a small-town feel and echoes of bigger goings-on in various areas.

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Brac Island Sumartin

Positioned on Brac Island’s eastern coast, the dainty port village of Sumartin just radiates rustic charm.

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Brac Island (Milna)

This dainty fishing village throws its arms open to families and couples alike. It's small in size, but big on Dalmatian charm and Mediterranean flair, so prepare to be wowed.

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Brac Island (Povlja)

Turquoise waters, bushy greenery on the headland, a town with terracotta touches – welcome to Povlja. This part of Brač Island offers a true flavour of Dalmatia – and not just through its local cuisine.

Beaches

Around these parts, you’ve got plenty of strong contenders for Croatia’s most beautiful stretch of shore. International yachts are moored along certain coastal spots, while there are brilliant beaches with shallow swells for families. Whether it’s pebbles or sand, you’ll certainly find a place to lay down a towel.

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Zlanti Rat Beach

Sights

History waits around every corner in Split’s Old Town, centred on the ancient palace. You’ll find more Roman ruins further along, plus incredible Renaissance features like striking cathedrals and picturesque main squares. Don’t miss these other architectural treasures, but museums and galleries should rank fairly high on your priorities.

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Roman Forum

Roman Forum

Zadar, Split Area

All over the city, ancient Roman ruins appear in odd places. Nowhere is this more striking than the site of the old forum. It used to be the centre of religious and civic life, and medieval townsfolk used one...
Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian's Palace

Split Old Town, Split Area

This gigantic structure feels more like a fortress than a palace, and encompasses almost half of the old town and city centre of Split. It’s a Roman ruin that has been built on over the centuries and now...

Activities

A spot of island hopping is ideal if you’ve got the time. Brač is the closest – Supetar on its northern shore is a former fishing village with pretty pebble beaches, while Bol is a top windsurfing spot. Hvar Island is a famous celebrity haunt but popular with families, too.

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Eating and drinking

With the Adriatic Sea on the doorstep, it’s no surprise that fresh seafood is one of the region’s strongest suits. The fried squid and fish stews are particularly tasty. If you’re big on eating meat, the pašticada is a must-try – you’ll find this beef dish in various eateries.

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Admiral Restaurant

Admiral Restaurant

Sibenik, Split Area

Grab breakfast, lunch or dinner at this bustling family-friendly eatery which serves some of the best seafood around. The octopus salad and chicken with walnut sauce are crowd-pleasers, or if you're after a...
Around Main Square

Around Main Square

Hvar Island, Split Area

As the focal point of Hvar Town's nightlife, the Main Square is brimming with bars, cafes and restaurants. Said to be the biggest square in Dalmatia, it's the place to go after a busy day of sightseeing. Sit...

Shopping

Red coral is readily available along the Croatian coast, and you can buy beautiful jewellery at stalls and shops all over the region. If food’s your thing, make a beeline for Split’s daily market, where you can snap up everything from olive oil to local brandy at bargain prices.

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Bobis Riva

Bobis Riva

Split Old Town, Split Area

If you have a sweet tooth, make a bee-line to Bobis Riva cake shop on the Riva promenade. Why not walk there first to burn a few calories, then you can reward yourself with some of their delicious pastries,...
Bustling shops and stalls by the water

Bustling shops and stalls by the water

Hvar Island, Split Area

Hvar's harbour front isn't just about sitting back with a glass of local wine and enjoying the view. There's plenty of shopping to be done as well. A number of stalls line the front selling everything from...

Nightlife

Nights out in Split usually start in the stylish bars in the Old Town. Some of these are coffee shops by day but crank up the music when the after-dark scene awakens. From about midnight onwards, the crowds drift towards Bacvice with its waterfront nightclubs and buzzing beach parties.

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Hacienda Night Club

Hacienda Night Club

Vodice, Split Area

The Hacienda Night Club in Vodice is known beyond Croatia's shores. With two dancefloors, an open-air disco, top international DJs and amazing lighting, it’s easy to see why. Party into the small hours with as...
Hvar Town

Hvar Town

Hvar Island, Split Area

Over the summer months, Hvar Town becomes a haven for partygoers and clubbers. All-night events and open-air clubs attract a young and wealthy crowd from June to September. The most popular venues are Hula...
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