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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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Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

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With its emerald-green lakes, rocky caves, and cascading waterfalls framed by soaring dolomite cliffs, ancient woodlands, and fields of wild orchids, Plitvice Lakes National Park is the natural playground of Croatia. The UNESCO World Heritage site has over 73,000 acres (20,500 hectares) of unspoiled landscapes, boasting 16 lakes and 90 waterfalls linked by a network of hiking and biking trails.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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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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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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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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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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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 Canyon

Cetina Canyon

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Bisected by the wide turquoise ribbon of the Cetina River, the steep cliffs of Cetina Canyon form a striking landscape just a short drive outside of Split, Croatia’s 2nd-largest city. In a country lush with stunning nature, Cetina Canyon is one of the easiest to reach and offers many opportunities for hiking and adventure sports.More
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Bene Beach

Bene Beach

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Hidden away at the foot of Marjan Hill just west of downtown Split, Bene Beach makes a tranquil alternative to the busy city beaches. It’s a scenic spot, with its rocky shore bordered by pine trees and only accessible on foot, and makes a popular choice for families in the summer months thanks to its patrolled swimming area.As well as cooling off in the ocean, Bene Beach is a starting point for kayaking tours, while the surrounding Marjan Forest Park offers tennis courts, football pitches and ample opportunities for hiking or cycling. The beach itself is equally well equipped, with a terrace restaurant, changing rooms and showers, plus children’s playgrounds and a water slide.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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Blue Lagoon by Three Island Tour

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BLUE LAGOON & 3 islands PRIVATE TOUR

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Recent reviews from experiences in Split

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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!
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Highly recommended
HenryFabian_T, Sep 2021
Walking Tour of Split with a 'Magister' of History
I would do the tour as early as possible because you also get some recommendations about which other sites to visit in Split, and you also get a better feel of the city once you have done the tour.
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Time of my life
Pancu_G, Aug 2021
Try Scuba Diving in Split
Thank you and if I'm ever in Split again I will make sure to see you again.
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Wonderful day trip to the...
Katrina_S, Aug 2021
Split to Krka Waterfalls - Full Day Private Tour Including Free Detour
Wonderful day trip to the park and waterfalls followed by the most relaxing winery and some cool photos of us taken by a drone overlooking Split.
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Great way to see Split
Bala_S, Aug 2021
City Bike Tour of Split
Great way to see Split in a few hours
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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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Awesome tour!
Allison_E, Nov 2021
The Best of Split Private Tour
This was my first time in Split and I was so excited to see the Diocletian Palace.
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Amazing experience and excellent weather!
Sabrina_V, Nov 2021
Plitvice lakes tour from Split
Because the weather was in our favor, the fall colors and the steady waterfalls made the views even more majestic.
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Fantastic trip MUST DO
Hugh_G, Oct 2021
Krka Waterfalls Wanderers Day Tour from Split and Trogir
The waterfalls were unbelievable, and the walk was nit steep at all and started uphill and finished downhill so was doable for old and young individuals.
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Fantastic Tour
Lisamwilk, Oct 2021
Walking Tour of Split with a 'Magister' of History
In my opinion the best and only way to see the Palace should be with a tour , there is so much to see and so many interesting stories and history that you would miss out on if you were to view it on your own.
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Incredibly unique and unforgettable experience
Steven_P, Sep 2021
Marjan Park Forest tour with Greyp fully electric bike
Highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting split that wants to see Marjan park in style!
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A great day out with a nice mix of places to visit
Rick_M, Sep 2021
Krka Waterfalls and Sibenik Day Trip Including Wine Tasting from Split
The Krka waterfalls were beautiful and nowhere near as crowded as the Plitvice Lakes which we experienced a few days before.
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Pias the greatest!!
Jordan_S, Sep 2021
All-inclusive Gastro Blue Cave Tour
She is the jack of all trades the way she jumps all around the boat taking care of everybody and making conversation with everyone and constantly checking on us all to see if there was anything we needed.
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Scenic Split Bike Tour
Laura_H, Aug 2021
City Bike Tour of Split
Our scheduled tour happened to coincide with a summer thunderstorm but our guide, Duje, nicely waited it out and offered to take us after the rain stopped.
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Best tour to enjoy the beauty of the sea and islands
Barbara_D, Aug 2021
Three Island Tour from Split (Shipwreck, Blue Lagoon, Maslinica) LUNCH INCLUDED
At each stop we were told some historic details and given clear tips what to do and see - we felt really taken care of.
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Nice and easy way to visit two beautiful towns in one day
Barbara_D, Aug 2021
Island hopping featuring Hvar, Trogir & Blue Lagoon from Split
This tour enables you to visit both Hvar and Trogir in one day - two beautiful and important towns that lie in opposite direction from Split.
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Mostar - A Must See
Joshua_R, Aug 2021
Mostar and Herzegovina Tour with Kravica Waterfall from Split or Trogir
Kravica Waterfall is beautiful and the cherry on top of an incredible day.

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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