Split Area

Split Area holidays

Magical national parks, heaps of history, incredible cuisine and vibrant seafront resorts make Split and its surroundings the treasure of the Dalmatian Coast. Its terracotta-topped namesake city is a belter, where you can mix serious history hunting with bar hopping right in the heart of Croatia. Further down the coast, sleepy towns wow with their pebbly shores and crystal-clear waters. Did we mention the incredible islands? Hvar's a glitzy spot, with marble streets, chic bars and trendy beach clubs. Meanwhile, picturesque Brač is a cyclist’s fave that also touts one of the country's best beaches, epic Zlatni Rat.

Language

Croatian

Currency

Croatian Kuna

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

around 20 kuna a bottle

3 course meal

around 250 kuna

Flight times

2.45hrs

A spectacular setting

Holidays to the Dalmatian Coast offer up unique, dramatic scenery. Rocky mountains and pine-clad hills tumble down towards crystal-clear waters around the Split Area. The Krka River runs through the vibrant lime greens and turquoises of the National Park. You might even spot brown trout, ospreys and golden eagles.

Brilliant beaches

Some of the best beaches in Croatia can be found along the region’s shores, Zlatni Rat included. 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 itself gives you the perfect balance of dazzling historic treasures and colourful cosmopolitan life. It’s Croatia’s second-largest city after Zagreb and simply teeming with authentic waterfront restaurants, ancient alleyways, bustling markets and old sights. There’s both a small-town feel and echoes of a bigger modern hub which makes it fab for families too.

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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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Zlatni 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

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...
Trogir Old Town

Trogir Old Town

Trogir, Split Area

The old quarter of the town is UNESCO-listed and popular with tourists in peak season. Apart from the cathedral, palaces, and museums, you’ll find the town’s history spread through the streets in old plazas and...

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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Krka National Park

Krka National Park

Sibenik, Split Area

A magical mix of waterfalls, gorges and canyons, all set against a lush green backdrop, this national park is a must. But it's not just the natural wonders that are worth a look – take a boat to the tiny...
Take a hike

Take a hike

Makarska, Split Area

Makarska’s a hiker’s haven with its wonderful walking routes and magnificent mountain trails. It’s home to Dalmatia’s highest mountain, Biokovo, which stands at an incredible 1,762m and is a protected national...

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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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...
Local markets

Local markets

Brac Island Bol, Split Area

For a true taste of the Adriatic region, head to Bol's popular local markets. The stalls found in the historic area known as the King's Stairs are well worth a visit, offering fresh fruit and vegetables among...

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. But be on the lookout for festivals too, they’re big round these parts.

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Old Town bars
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