A historic town with a stellar heritage and culture, Split is a holiday destination that’s not to be missed in 2019. Located in the heart of sunshine drenched Croatia close to the waters of the Adriatic Sea, Split is renowned as one of Europe’s most idyllic towns. Split comes second in size only to Dubrovnik and has few rivals when it comes to personality. Holidaying in Split gives you the chance to explore the scenic nearby islands, hike up the mountains that line the city backdrop and enjoy the picturesque Dalmation Coast.
Whether you’re a lover of history or an adrenaline junkie, Split has something for everyone. Dating back more than 1700 years, Split has a rich heritage that makes it a favourite with culture buffs. The most iconic historic attraction in Split is the stunning Diocletian’s Palace, which was built back in 305AD. This site remains one of the most beautiful Roman constructions still standing, aside from Rome’s Coliseum. If you prefer getting out and about in nature, take a trip to the top of Marjan Hill to the nature reserve, taking you up close and personal with all kinds of flora and fauna. If you prefer a gentle stroll, head to the Riva, Split’s pedestrianised promenade area, which is bursting with restaurants and cafes. Two nearby islands, Hvar and Brac, make the perfect setting for relaxing day trips. These two gems of islands are surrounded by clear blue waters, with frequent ferry crossings to the iconic city of Dubrovnik, named ‘the Pearl of the Adiriatic’ by Lord Byron. The wide range of attractions and places of interest within easy reach of Split make it ideal for holidaymakers looking for a multi-centre holiday destination.
As in much of the vibrant Mediterranean area, Split has a wide range of tantalising dishes. Split’s cuisine features classic Balkan flavours including grilled tuna, capers and freshly-picked mussels served in tomato sauce. Split’s location on the Adriatic means you always have a great choice of seafood, just plucked from the clear, blue waters. Whether you’re keen to try new dishes or are a fussy eater that prefers to stick to what you know, Split’s dining establishments offer a selection of both traditional Balkan cuisine and international classics. There are many family run eateries here offering home cooked, hearty meals, all the way through to fine dining restaurants on the beach. For a great place to grab a bite to eat and drink, try The Riva, a great place to sit back and watch the people go by as you enjoy a coffee. If you’re dashing about enjoying the attractions and are looking for a place to grab a pastry and a cup of tea, try the Bacvice Beach cafes.
Split is all about family oriented fun, with everything from beaches to parks, attractions and tours to keep you entertained. One of the best things about Split is that you can access everything easily by public transport, so you’re never very far away from your next fuss free family adventure. For families that enjoy adventurous days out, there’s a number of scenic tours and a choice of nearby islands to explore. Some of the best nature based attractions in Split include KrKa National Park and Plitvice Lakes, showcasing nature at its best with scenic waterfalls and breath-taking scenery. From Split, families can depart on a number of day trips including to Solta, Brac and Hvar, or head to Omis for some rafting. For those that prefer to stay in the local area, there’s a number of cycle and Segway tours that venture around the town and offer you a wide variety of views. At Riva you can journey on the Semi-Submarine, a boat trip that gives children an unforgettable experience with underwater exploration. If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, take the bus to Znjan Beach for bouncy castles, paddle boats and trampolines, which should help your kids burn off excess energy while you put your feet up and relax.
Action & Adventure
Perhaps you’re more of an outdoor type and can’t stand spending your holiday lounging on the beach all day, in which case you’ll be pleased to hear that Split has a wide range of adrenaline-pumping activities to keep active holidaymakers on their toes. You’ll feel like James Bond on a speedboat tour or jet ski safari, while snorkelling is the ideal way of coming face-to-face with lovely sea creatures that swim around the islands of Solta and Brac. Bacvice Beach is a popular destination with outdoor enthusiasts, with water sports ranging from kayaking to windsurfing and jet skiing. One of the best outdoor experiences Split offers is a tour of the area’s natural coves and sea caverns, a memorable experience. If you’d prefer to stay inland, you can keep fit on vacation with walking, hiking and climbing at the nature reserve at Marjan Hill.
Split is a coastal paradise of pebbled beaches and clear blue waters, perfect for those who prefer to spend much of their time on holiday at the beach. Beach lovers will adore Split’s wide selection of bars and activities, with plenty of quieter areas if you prefer to get away from the hustle and bustle. Aside from the town, you may wish to island-hop between Brac and Hvar, taking the opportunity to enjoy the crystal clear waters here. You could also spend a laid-back day at the beach at Omis, or take a walk along the beautiful coastline to take in the scenic countryside. Many of Split’s beaches are just a short journey from the centre of the town and can be reached quickly and easily by public transport. You could also hire a bike for a more active way to get some sun, sea and sand. Bene Beach, located beneath Marjan Hill, is an excellent choice of easily accessible beach that’s perfect for families and couples alike. Kasuni Beach, on the other side of Marjan Hill, is perfect if you’re looking to sunbathe during the day and carry on late into the evening at one of the bars along the beach. The famous Bacvice Beach has a more central location with great amenities, and is Blue Flag approved so you can be sure you’re enjoying some of the safest and cleanest sand and waters in the area.
Split has a buzzing nightlife scene with a number of traditional bars and clubs, as well as spectacular restaurants and live entertainment venues to keep you entertained around the clock. Riva transforms from sophisticated during the day to trendy during the night as it transforms into a buzzing social hub. The more modern bars here serve everything from cocktails to beer and Schnapps, drawing in a cool young crowd. There’s also live music and shows, an unmissable part of the town’s diverse culture and personality. If you prefer a more sedate nightlife experience, you’ll enjoy exploring the town’s traditional courtyards and streets, with a number of quieter bars and restaurants with outdoor seating to enjoy a quiet drink with your family and friends.
Split’s activities and attractions don’t stop at the family friendly, there’s also plenty of things to do for couples, whether you’re hoping to spend plenty of quality time together or are celebrating a milestone anniversary. Split’s laid-back yet life loving ambience is the ideal setting for a number of romantic adventures, whatever your tastes. For a great picnic spot, head to Bacvice Beach to enjoy your meal nestled between the sea and fragrant pine trees. You can hop onboard a ferry to close by islands, or take a cruise on a yacht for some peaceful time on the water. If you’re a more action loving couple, swap yachting for kayaking to inject some spice into your holiday. As the sun reaches its peak and temperatures start to cool from their balmy peak, the late afternoon is the ideal time to go for a leisurely stroll along the harbour through the city, enjoying the spellbinding views of the local buildings. At the nearby UNESCO town of Trogir, you’ll find incredible romantic architecture and the historic attraction of St Lawrence Cathedral, a memorable day trip for history loving couples. Split also offers a number of romantic culinary experiences, including wine and cheese tasting tours, giving you the chance to try the best in Croatian produce.
No holiday in Split would be complete without a visit to the spectacular waterside attraction of Diocletian’s Palace. This famous attraction was formerly a Roman Palace, and you can now walk through the scenic marble ruins that have been transformed to a settlement with more than 3000 people and 200 shops. In the palace area you’ll find the Cathedral of St Domnius, which was originally constructed as a mausoleum in the Roman times. If you’ve got a head for heights, you can climb to the top of the bell tower for striking views of Split and the surrounding area. Nearby you’ll also find the compact but pristine Temple of Jupiter, which is guarded by a black sphinx from Egypt. Other great cultural attractions in the area include the Town Museum, an ideal place to learn more about the town’s heritage. In the centre of town there’s also an Archaeological Museum showcasing early Christian and Roan artefacts from the nearby area, including the Gregory of Nin statue to rub his left foot, a ritual which is said to bring you good luck.