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Ultimate Guide to Split, Croatia

As the second largest Croatian city, Split is one of the hottest tourist destinations in the country. Bordered by the coastline with stunningly beautiful views of small islands on one side and the grand desert mountains crowded by the Kliss Fortress looking down the city with a stone embrace on the other. Split is a destination worth adding to your bucket list. The unique fusion of historical and archaeological with fun beaches and parties that never end, encourages visitors feel like they have found a place where Miami meets Venice. Start strolling down the narrow cobblestone streets and the fantastic palace passageways and you will stumble upon interesting places, worth exploring at every corner of this beach front city.

Historical architecture, fabulous stone swimming places, beautiful beaches, party places and fantastic restaurants are only some of the features which will welcome you in Split. During the summer months, the streets are packed with people and it seems like the city never sleeps. As there is always something to do, you surely will not find a dull moment in Split. As the sun is about to set, get the night started exploring the cafe bars, jazz clubs, nigh clubs and restaurants, which stay open late into the night, and you will quickly find yourself awake until dawn.

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For the history buffs, the stone pedestrian streets of Diocletian’s Palace deliver mazes of allies to explore. As a city that was once ruled by Rome, visitors will find a real Egyptian sphinx it the palace’s ruins. The foodie lovers, on the other hand, cannot miss on trying the various cafes, bars and restaurants, some of which located on the upper part of the castle, offering stunning views of the city and the sea.

If you are planning to visit Split during the warm summer months, you should definitely have at least a day to experience the beaches just outside the center. The beaches are lined by cafes, bars and clubs allowing you not only to become part of the hustle and bustle of the city, but also to experience the city through both daytime and nighttime activities. Visit Bene Beach for a more secluded swim, or walk along the stone and brick seafront passageway near Ivan Mestrovic Gallery from Obojena Beach to the marina. Once you have had enough of the city, you can also head to the port with trips connecting patrons to ports all over the Adriatic.

What was once a summer spot for Romans, is now an ultimate destination for people from all over the world. The city is known for their water polo team, football fame and friendly disposition. There is always something to do in Split during the summer and plenty of exploring for at least a week stay in Split.  

Getting to Split

Situated right on the Adriatic Sea, Split is extremely well connected not only with other Croatian cities, but other European countries as well. The city is home to the small Split Airport, which is located approximately 12 km away from the heart of the city. With a wide range of airlines, such as Croatia Airlines, EasyJet, Ryanair and Wizzair, flying directly to Split cannot be easier. If you are planning on traveling from the capital – Zagreb with public transport, though, you might have to be prepared for over a 6 hour train journey, or a bit faster bus. The drive from Zagreb is lovely for visitors with a little extra time to stop along the way.

Getting around Split

The best way to experience Split is on foot, especially in the old part of the city, which is pedestrian only. Car rental and driving in the city is not advisable as many of the city’s streets are one-way only and parking can be a real challenge. If you are planning on visiting an area outside of the main city center, you can use the extensive public transport system.

Upon arrival at Split Airport, the most convenient and cheap way to reach the city center is getting the shuttle bus. Finding the bus stop is extremely easy, as it is located right outside the terminal building. The entire journey takes 30 minutes and the ticket price is just 99 Kunas, about $15.00.

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Best Time to Visit Split  

I love the summer months in Split, when the sunny days are long and the streets are filled with people. If you prefer less crowded destinations and a more secluded and quieter holiday, though, it is best to plan your trip at the beginning of October. The temperatures are still relatively high allowing for long days of exploring and even a quick dip into the Adriatic Sea.

How long to Visit

Most tourists visit Split only for a day or two. Covering the main tourist attractions can certainly be done in just two days, however, if you want to truly experience the vibe and atmosphere of the city, you need to give yourself more time. I strongly recommend planning for a week, so you can pay a visit to the hidden gems or even join a few day trips from Split.

Where to Stay

From small AirBnbs to luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, the options for accommodation are endless in Split. If you want to truly immerse yourself into the city’s atmosphere, it is best to stay in the old town. If you want to party day and night, then you should definitely look at the Bacvice neighborhood. The Znjan district located along the coast, on the other hand, is perfect for those of you planning a family-friendly holiday.

What to Do in Split

From spending an entire day on the beach to getting lost in between the narrow alleys of the old town, Split has a lot more to offer than you expect. To learn more, check out my Split Activities Article.

Are you ready to pack your bags and head to Split? I hope that my ultimate guide to Split, Croatia will help you plan the perfect holiday in this beachfront city!

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