Holidays in Split, Croatia
If you are planning to spend your next holidays in Split, Croatia, you will be glad to hear that over the last couple of years Split city has become a top travel and vacation destination in Croatia, leaving many other popular Croatia’s vacation destinations behind in the race.
This has led to the rise in the offer and quality of various tourist activities, travel packages, excursions from Split, island tours, bars and nightlife and various accommodation units you can rent in the downtown of Split, near popular beaches or far away from the busy city life.
As the competition between tourist agencies in Split increases so does the quality and range of vacation offers which is a very good news for anyone planning their holidays in Split and for Split tourism as a whole.
We will take a look at the most popular holiday offers, accommodations, sights, bars and activities you can choose between to make your visit to Split unforgettable.
Croatia has more than 1000 islands dotting its long coastline and here we present you with islands near Split along with their top destinations, attractions and beaches.
In the heart of modern city of Split stands a 1700 year old Palace. We take you through all it’s major attractions and not to miss sights revealing interesting history behind them.
Marjan is a favorite place for families to go on a hike, sportsmen to go on a run up, down and across the hill and for elders who enjoy long walks by the sea shaded under the lush pine forest.
The popularity of Split tourism and the rich travel offers you can choose between when planning your holidays in Split is mainly due to the exceptional position of the city of Split as the central point of Dalmatia. Split is the starting point for visiting most popular coastal cities and villages in Dalmatia, as well as the main port from where most popular Croatian islands are only short ride away.
If you wish to visit some of the beautiful Split islands, you are once more in luck, as from the city port you can take a ferry and be far away from the mainland by taking pleasant panoramic boat ride along the island shores.
Brac has gorgeous beaches, charming old towns and diverse historic sites. If you prefer a more relaxed setting rather than the glitz which the nearby Hvar is known for, then Brac is ideal for you.
Often referred to as the jewel in the crown of the Dalmatian Coast and compared to the iconic Cote d’Azur, Hvar Island is quickly becoming one of the top holiday destinations in Europe.
If you want to enjoy the sound of waves crashing and the tranquility of lush green forests without being surrounded by a big crowd of tourists, then Vis is the ideal place to visit from Split.
Away from the city, the most beautiful group of islands in the area is not far with speedboats. Discover forest-covered island chain immersed in crystal clear sea in the near vicinity of Hvar.
TOP ATTRACTIONS OF SPLIT OLD TOWN
Besides being a starting point for exploring numerous Split islands and picturesque coastal towns, Split is also a major cultural and historic center of Dalmatia. It’s 1700 year old history preserves relics from the past attracting visitors from all over the world.
Majority of Split’s attractions can be visited in the Split’s old town, in and around famous Diocletian’s Palace.
St Domnius Cathedral
Cathedral of St. Domnius is the second oldest structure in the world which is in function as the Christian Cathedral, and is the oldest Catholic cathedral which remains in use in its original structure.
Situated right under the emperor’s quarters the mirrored floor-plan of basements is not an aesthetic solution, as the cellar’s walls, columns and archers support the structure above.
Temple of Jupiter
Historians have dated the building of the Temple of Jupiter between 295 and 305 AD. It was built as part of the imperial palace’s complex right across the mausoleum – the final resting place of Diocletian.
Touch the finger for good luck! The statue was initially erected in the Peristyle of Diocletian’s Palace, a place truly worthy of such an important figure in Croatian history.
It is considered to be one of the most beautiful not only in the city, but in the entire region because of the splendid Baroque architecture of the buildings that surround it.
Shore excursions from Split
In case you wish to visit secluded beaches on the islands, hidden bays and popular island destinations and attractions in a single day, you may decide to take some of the most popular daily speedboat tours from Split and experience all the beauty Dalmatia has to offer in a single day. The main advantage of such a tour is that you get to experience all the breathtaking stops on different islands which you would otherwise need number of days to visit yourself.
Blue Cave Croatia
One of the most unique natural phenomena in the world, the Blue Cave will be a highlight of your holiday. With its silvery-blue color, created by light refraction of sunlight entering through a crack in the stone, it leaves nobody indifferent.
Blue Lagoon Croatia
Swimming and snorkeling paradise! Since the Adriatic sea around the Croatian islands is always crystal clear the shallow water inside the lagoon is immaculately clear so you can easily see all the way to the bottom of the sea.
Nature tours from Split
Only short distance from Split you can visit the untouched nature of Cetina River canyon, where you can embark on rafting or canyoning expedition, National Park Krka with it’s numerous natural beauties, as well as the National Park Plitvice with its large and small lakes and the largest waterfall in Croatia which is the main landmark of this location.
Krka National Park
Swim by the waterfalls! One of the most remarkable natural landmarks in Croatia is Skradinski buk, a waterfall system with travertine formations spreading over 800 meters in length. It is the top attraction of Krka National Park and we take you trough its many trails.
Plitvice National Park
The lakes are beautiful at every time of the year, but during the spring, summer and early autumn, the vegetation makes the place spectacular. Many people prefer to visit the park on a hot summer’s day to enjoy the cool breeze created by the splashing water.
Krka Tour Travel Guide
Welcome to “Krka 101” – our how-to guide for doing the park right, coupled and with a tour that will have you hopping, skipping, and jumping for joy through one of Croatia’s most magical natural wonders.
Plitvice Tour Tavel Guide
While you might have guessed that Plitvice Lakes isn’t technically the 8th Wonder of the World, it could easily be in the running – and it’s not hard to see why. Thousands of tourists are driven to Croatia each year to see one of nature’s best miracles.
Activities in Split
Besides taking rafting or canyoning tour on the nearby Cetina River, you can take number of activities within the city of Split itself. With great number of beaches offering different sea gadgets you can rent or choose various activities on Marjan hill, locally called the lungs of the city, you can enjoy and experience nature and active life without the need of ever leaving this popular city.
As Split is well connected to all the major towns and cities in Croatia and the nearby countries, you can choose to take one day city break to some of the most popular cities nearby. Leaving Split by bus in the morning and returning in the evening would enrich you for one more memorable experience.
Museums and Culture of Split
As you may already know, Split was founded in 295 AD when Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build a palace in what is now downtown of Split. With over 1,700 years of history all mashed together within the walls of Diocletian Palace you will find many interesting monuments, churches and buildings which remained as they were when they were first built, or were expanded, rebuilt and very often combined with older structures to create a unique architectural design carrying signatures of many styles that replaced one another as the centuries went by.
With such a rich history and culture you may wish to learn more about by visiting some of the most important museums that will bring the history of this ancient city back to life.
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Split Tourist information
If you are wondering where to stay while in Split, what localities you wish to visit or which of them interest you and what are the top 10 things to do in Split, we have prepared for you some guides on how to experience this ancient city to the fullest. We even have a guide to help you experience Split if you are only visiting it for a day.
Split Travel Guide
Whilst most guidebooks on Split are focused on the main attractions of Diocletian’s Palace there are many more fascinating sights and attractions that stay off the radar.
Places you cannot find through Split Tourist Information
Discover places that quietly stay clear from the limelight and away from the headlines. They are the places that ooze with urban charm and places where the people are the attraction.
Top 10 Things to do in Split
Split has many attractions and fun things all within comfortable walking distance. We have rounded up the top ten things to do and see in Split.
One day in Split
Split is a tourism gem with many things to do and a myriad of attractions waiting to be discovered. The UNESCO listed Diocletian’s Palace and historic core is the nucleus of Split, the heartbeat of the city, and this is precisely what makes it so magnificent.
Bars in Split
The narrow streets of Diocletian’s Palace, the historic core, and suburbs are packed with cafes that convert into bars come nightfall. Find out where the nighlife starts, discover the secret watering holes, or quiet hangouts.
Nightlife in Split
Start your evening in the crammed café bars within Diocletian’s Palace and Split’s historic core before they close at 1am. When the clock strikes, the party starts in the suburban clubs where you can make noise till sunrise.
Just relax on a city beach
There are a number of iconic beaches in Split city and in it’s near vicinity. Bacvice, the most popular beach, is located only 10 minute walk from Split center. Marjan hill is also a location of most beautiful pebble beaches in Split.
Play Picigin on Bačvice Beach
Picigin is Split’s pride and joy. It is a ’sport’ invented by them where two or more speedo-equipped players toss a small ball around in knee-high water. It involves very intricate flips and jumps to save the ball from falling into the sea. The birthplace of Picigin is Bačvice, Split’s sandy beach located a 10-minite walk from Riva. Give it a try between tanning and drinks in the Žbirac cafe.
Relax on a Beach
Take advantage of our insiders guide revealing the best beaches in Split. You are sure to find the beach which best suites you. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy in the summers day.
GET MORE IDEAS FOR YOUR HOLIDAYS IN SPLIT
One day in Split
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Island Hopping Adventure
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Hidden City Jewels
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