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Split is a city in Central Dalmatia, Croatia. The city was originally built around the Diocletian palace (a palace/fort built for the retired Roman emperor Diocletian) where the locals sought refuge centuries ago. Despite initial appearances, however, the city is not a small tourist town, and extends over a large area well beyond the ancient core. With over 300,000 people in the wider bay area, it's the economic hub of the eastern Adriatic shoreline (the unofficial "capital" of Dalmatia). Wandering the historic centre of Split you can still clearly see the Roman walls, squares, and temples.


The Belltower in central Split

Because of its ideal climate, with 2,800 hours of sunlight each year, local people have a few nicknames for Split: "The most beautiful city in the world" and "Mediterranean flower". Many famous Croatian sports people are born in Split, so locals often nicknamed their city as "The sportiest city in the world". The most popular sport institution is the football club Hajduk. The whole city is painted with the club's colors and logo. This is done by Torcida, the oldest supporters group in Europe, established in 1950. Beside bell tower of St. Duje, the symbols of city are the Dalmatian dog and a donkey. Locals have a high place for the donkey because of its past indispensable place in field work and transport across Dalmatian mountains.

Split is much, much larger than other coastal towns (Rovinj, Pula, Zadar, Sibenik) and has modernized as the city has grown. If you're expecting the same charm as these cities and towns, you will be disappointed.

Winters in Split are generally mild, with temperatures above 0°C, but despite the popular saying that the city experiences snowfall once every 30 years, there is actually at least one snowy day nearly every winter, usually in January or early February. If you find yourself in Split on a day with significant snowfall, expect serious traffic disruption.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Split Airport (IATA: SPU) (ICAO: LDSP) [57] is, after Zagreb Airport, the most important in Croatia. A brand new terminal, with significantly increased capacity, was inaugurated in 2019. Scheduled services fly to major European cities, with summer charter flights from more. The airport is about 25 km west from Split, near the city of Kaštela. It has free WiFi internet. Airport buses run from the terminal to the city and stop at the eastern end of 'Riva'. A single ticket costs 30 kn. Local buses run from the road outside the terminal -- walk through the parking lot and go to the bus stop on the other side of the road.

Bus number 37 runs about every 30 min (from the outdoor public bus stop across the main road from the terminal - note: not the covered inter-city bus station accessed from inside the terminal) and costs 21 kn as of August 2021 (tickets are bought from the bus driver - exact change not needed but please do not give them large notes). Bus 37 does not take you all the way to the historical centre and you need to switch to buses 2, 3, 9, 10, 15 or 17 or just walk about a kilometre along the major road that runs by the bus stop. In addition, a small fraction of the departures from Split main bus station to Trogir on work days use the road next to the airport. In the on-line timetables search for ZRAČNA LUKA-AIRPORT (but take into account that the timetable is not necessarily 100% correct). Going to the airport, onboard the bus tell the conductor that you want a stop at the airport. Alternatively, you can find a PDF including timetable and route of line 37 in both directions on the upper right corner of [58].

A shuttle bus run by Pleso Transport Company [59] operates between the airport and the main bus station in the city centre, next to the ferry port and the train station. If you ask locals for directions they will automatically point you towards this bus, but beware if you are traveling with another airline then this bus schedule is a bit irrelevant. A single ticket costs 35 kn (euros accepted at exactly 5 euro per ticket. As of June 2021, it appears as if the shuttle bus meets all scheduled arriving flights even those not from Croatia Airlines and goes up to every 10 minutes in peak season. When exiting the terminal go to your left and you should see the buses. The bus stops at the central bus station by the port at a dedicated stop with an "AIRPORT" sign and tickets are supposed to be bought at the counter in the bus station (though the driver will often agree to sell you one). If you buy a ticket at the counter, the price increases by a few Kuna because you a pay a station fee, but you are, in theory, guaranteed a seat. Buses to the airport are often fully booked during the summer and if possible, you should buy the ticket a day or two in advance. If the bus is full, you will not be able to buy a ticket for that departure from the counter. However, some drivers (not all) allow standing passengers and cram in as many as possible, and sell additional tickets themselves. For an up-to-date schedule, ask at a Tourist Information Center or see the bus station website.

Taxis, Uber and Bolt will also take you into town. Taxi ride to Split center (ferry port or Diocletian's Palace) takes a bit over 40 min and costs about 300 kn on the meter. Unlike most cities getting a taxi to the airport can prove more expensive than getting one from it: In october 2019 the metered rate from a taxi near the Diocletan palace to the airport cost 345 kuna (roughly 46 euro) on the meter, with a proper receipt given. When enquiring about the price before the ride the driver indicated it would be 300-350 kuna depending on traffic, so this high price seems to be the norm. Uber and Bolt indicated a very similar amount for the same trip, and the driver indicated he'd be heavily fined if driving you to the airport without the meter running.

If your transferring to a ferry tell the driver the ferry departure time so they can rush if necessary. Most of the taxis also have a preorder option for a cheaper price. For 0-24 coverage, there are many options.

If leaving Split by plane, be careful to plan the journey to the airport in advance, as local buses don't run before 5 AM or after midnight.

Flights to and from Belgrade, Serbia were reintroduced in June 2012 after a 21-year hiatus. As of July there are four flights per week. As expected, there is massive demand for these planes, so book with Croatia Airlines [60] or Air Serbia [61] well in advance in order to get a cheaper ticket. If you are seated next to the window, you can catch a magnificent glimpse of Sarajevo from 21,000 feet.

By train[edit]

Split train station is right in the city center, it is a few minutes walk from the port and from the old town. Expect very friendly grannies to be waiting with signs saying "Sobe" (rooms) at all arrivals and they will jump on anyone with a backpack. The train station is rather basic, because train travel is not much used to Split.

Trains run between Split and Zagreb, Split and Perković (where you can change for Šibenik). Timetables can be found from Croatian Railways website [62]. Trains are generally slower but slightly cheaper than buses in all of Croatia. There is also a direct night train from Budapest during the summer.

Trains to Perković through the picturesque valley/village of Primorski Dolac depart 5 times a day and stop in every station taking 1 hr exactly to do the journey. This is a very picturesque journey to make, and although Perković is simply a collection of houses you could get off and have a coffee or go for a walk in the hills before returning to Split. Connecting Trains leave Perković for Šibenik several times a day, and should be marked on the timetable in Split station.

By bus[edit]

Frequent buses run to and from Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Sibenik, Zadar, Rijeka etc. There are also regular buses to and from Mostar (125 KN, buses start leaving Split at 06:00) and Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) (210 kn), Belgrade (Serbia), Trieste (Italy) and major cities of Germany and Austria. You can get detailed information on [AK Split [63]] about departure and arrival times.

In the summer season there are more lines then off-season, for example in June-July-August, daily night buses to Banja Luka and Gradiska, north of Bosnia, as well as buses to Niš, Serbia twice a week.

On most intercity buses you pay a fee for luggage. This fee of about €0.5-€1 (7 KN, July 2013) per piece of luggage is paid to the driver upon boarding. Some drivers are rather picky about being paid in exact change in the correct currency (sometimes a local currency, at other instances requesting to be paid in Euros) and sometimes also refuse to be paid in too small coins - so keep some change ready!

Bus run from Budapest to Split from door to door by [Eurobusways [64]]

Local buses run to and from Trogir and Solin.

By boat[edit]

Ferries run three times a week across the Adriatic to and from Ancona (Italy). The ferries are run by Jadrolinija and SNAV and can be booked online.

Split is the main hub for local boats and hydrofoils in Central Dalmatia. Several ferries a day run to and from Brac, Hvar, Solta, Vis, Korčula and Lastovo. The main ferry companies are Jadrolinija, Kapetan Luka and Krilo Shipping Company. The main ferry booking platfrom is RAFT Croatia. Prices are fixed, but note that year-round lines are cheaper than seasonal lines. This means, for example, that a ticket Split-Hvar is 55 Kuna when taking the year-round departure but 110 Kuna (twice as expensive!) if taking a departure that only runs during the summer. Speedboat (catamaran) routes have limited spots for passengers and may sell out. Car-ferries have limited spots for cars and also limited amount of pedestrians. During summer season, personal vehicles have advantage over other types of vehicles to board the ferry.

  • Split Travel, Exlusive groups and private boat tours from Split luxury speedboats
  • Hello Blue Cave, Daily boat tours to popular Blue cave or Hvar island
  • Mayer Charter Tours [65]. Company offers boat rental, boat transfers and Day Tours from Split
  • Split Trips[66]. The best day tours from Split
  • Pelican Tours Split[67]. Company specialized in boats transfers and One Day Tours from Split
  • Jadrolinija [68]. State-owned sea shipping company. They have regular lines to Croatian islands and with Italy.
  • RAFT Croatia [69]. Private-owned IT company. They have a ferry platform that offers all ferry lines in Croatia.
  • Blue Cave Croatia[70]. Company specialized in Blue Cave Tours from Split
  • Split to Hvar Taxi boat transfers ☎ +385 95 524 9202, [71]. Transfer from Hvar and other Dalmatia islands to Split and Split airport.
  • Speed taxi boat service 0-24 h ☎ +385 98 702 250. [72] Speedboat transfer from Split and Split airport to all Dalmatian islands.
  • Venus Diving Center ☎ +385 91 22 71 480. [73] Diving excursions, courses, eqiupment rent, and Padi dive resort authorized center..
  • Pile tours ☎ +385 91 78 44 990 [74] Speedboat transfer from Split and Split airport to Trogir, Brač, Šolta, Hvar, Drvenik, Čiovo...
  • Split Sea Tours [75] Local company specialized in speed boat transfers and daily tours to adjacent islands.
  • Spalato Tours [76] Speedboat transfers and daily tours from Split and Trogir to Brač, Hvar, Vis, Korčula, Šolta, Omiš and Blue Cave.
  • Ilirio's Hvar Tours [77] Boat tours departing from Split and Hvar, bearer of trademarked Ilirio's Three Caves Tour

By Cruise Ship[edit]

Split is a popular stop on a lot of cruise itineraries. Larger ships tend to anchor in the bay and tender passengers to shore very close to the Old Town. Occasionally, if there is room and the Captain is willing/able, cruise ships will squeeze in to dock at a spare pier in the main port, removing the need to tender to shore. If this happens on your cruise, allow about a 15min walk to reach the Old Town.

In 2017, a new berth specifically for cruise ships was constructed, and most ships now dock there, at the southern end of the harbor. It takes approximately 15 minutes to walk to the city center.

Get around[edit]

harbour, bus terminal, and train station

Central Split is quite compact and most sights can be easily seen and best experienced on foot, but there are frequent local buses to outlying attractions and the airport.

Car rental[edit]

It is possible to rent a car, during high season prices may be high (or cars unavailable) so consider booking before arrival.

By bus[edit]

Public transit is organized by Promet [78]. Most of the city buses in Split are new AC and low floor. Tickets can be bought at kiosks or from the bus driver. Only single-journey tickets can be bought in buses at the driver.

  • Single ticket (bought in bus) - 11 kn
  • Single ticket (bought at kiosk) - 9 kn
  • Ticket for two journeys ('Pojedinačna karta za dva putovanja') - 16 kn
  • Set of five double tickets ('Pretplatna Karnet karta') - 75 kn
  • Monthly ticket ('mjesečna pokazna karta') - 290 kn

When you board the bus you must validate your ticket in the yellow machine or give it to the driver for validation if there is no yellow box.

By bike[edit]

  • Rent a bike Split [79] Split, Zajceva 7. ☎ +385 21 388 951 . Bike Hire Split.
  • Rent your high quality bike rental with delivery or take the Split city bike tour covering the best that Split offers [80] ☎ +385 91 790 3747.

Rent a bike and enjoy beautiful biking along Split's waterfront (Riva), continue to Marjan hill (approximately 7 km), climb to the top of the hill for great view on the Split town and surrounding islands. You can bike to the east side, along the coast to nearby village of Stobrec. Another great option from Split is to take a day tour to nearby islands of Solta, Brac, Hvar or Vis. You can take the bike on a regular ferry (they leave approximately every couple of hours in the summer season) and bike along quite roads and charming villages, explore great beaches and restaurants and return in the evening to Split [81]!

Older but rideable mountain bikes are available for 15 kn/hour (March 2012) at the northern entrance to Marjan hill (near Mandalinski put).

New bikes for rental in Split area fare prices. Delivery to your address +385 95 887 56 26 (electric bikes, MTBikes, City bikes) Delivery free of charge in Split

  • New Trek bikes in Split city center [82] Split, Majstora Jurja 4. ☎ +385 913909416 . Rent a bike in Split.

By boat[edit]

There are many companies that offer speedboat transfer/taxi service to nearby destinations; half-day, daily & weekly rentals; and guided excursions with a skipper.

A couple reputable private companies include Boat for You in Split and Adria Seafari [83]. They provide speedboat services such as passenger transfers to islands (Hvar, Brač, Vis etc.) from /to port of Split or Split Airport, organizes sea safari tours for small groups and providing any other sea service you may require. Also is possible to rent a whole boat with or without skipper and explore Adriatic sea by yourself...

Another boat rental, excursions and boat transfer company:

There is a speed boat from Split or Split airport to Brač, Hvar, Šolta and Trogir []. They offer day trips to Hvar, Pakleni islands (Palmižana) and Bol(Zlatni rat) in one day.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Diocletian's Palace (UNESCO heritage site) - The historic centre of Split is built around the remains of this Roman palace. You only need to wander around to experience it but you can also pay to visit the excavated remains of the basement of the palace. The palace has well preserved main streets cardo and decumanus. Roman palace is enriched with some gothic and reinassance buildings which makes a perfect match. Palace has 4 monumental gates Porta Aurea (Zlatna vrata, Golden gate), Porta Argenta (Srebrna vrata, Silver gate), Porta Ferrea (Željezna vrata, Iron gate) and Porta Aenea (Mjedena vrata. Bronze gate). It is probably the best preserved Roman palace in general.
  • St. Duje's cathedral - Originally built around 305 AD as a mausoleum for the Roman emperor Diocletian (the oldest cathedral building in the world). The Cathedral is also a very beautiful mixture of Roman temple and Catholic church. It also has a beautiful belltower which provides you a great panoramic view of Split, nearby islands and Marjan hill.
  • Peristil square (Peristylium) - Main square of Diocletian's palace with well preserved Roman architecture.
  • Jupiter's temple - Ancient Roman temple which became St. John's church.
  • Two original Egyptian sphinxes- One is located on Peristil square, and the other in front of Jupiter's temple or St. John's church. They were brought from Egypt by Roman emperor Diocletian.
  • Riva is the main city promenade. Since 2007. Riva has a new, "modern" look, which is not accepted by most of the people.
  • Marjan - a hill situated on the west of Split. Marjan is an oasis for many people who look for a natural stress relief, a great place for long walks, jogging, and bike rides. Marjan's peak, Telegrin is 174 m high and gives a wonderful panoramic view of Split. South cliffs are popular within alpine climbers. St. Nicholas church is situated on the east of Marjan, on it's south side are beautiful St. Jeronimus church and "Gospe od Betlema" church (Madonna of Betlehem). There is a small "zoo" located on the hill that keeps mostly endemic animals of the area on display - realistically it's more like a petting zoo featuring goats, donkeys, birds and turtles kept in enclosures that would not really meet western standards.

House building is strictly forbidden in order to save Marjan - the lungs of Split.

  • Varoš - one of the oldest parts of town. A place where lived most of the city peasants and fishermen. Charming streets and and beautiful small houses.
  • Galerija Meštrović - gallery contains works of Ivan Meštrović, famous Croatian sculptor.
  • Archaeological Museum - the oldest museum in Croatia (1820.), about 20 min walk north of the old town (entry 20 kn). Many artefacts and monuments from Roman colonies Salona and Narona.
  • Poljud stadium. Poljud stadium known to locals as "Poljudska Ljepotica" (Poljud Beauty")is a second largest stadium in Croatia and has a capacity of 36,000 people. The stadium was originally constructed by the Yugoslavian government as part of the facilites for the 1979 Mediterannean Games and was officially opened by Josip Broz Tito, who was avowed fan of the team who play their home games in Poljud HNK Hajduk Split. By far the most important and revered sports team in Dalmatia, a dedicatet fanbase around the world has followed Hajduk throughout the team's history. There are numerous anecdotes about Hajduk never played without at least some of their loyal fans in the stands, the Torcida. It is the oldest supporters group in Europe. If you are going to visit some match do not go on north part, which is the cheapest one, that part is reserved for Torcida.  edit
  • Getski vrtal, Dominisova street. is the smallest park in Split, situated in the Diocletian's palace (ONLY GREEN AREA INSIDE OF THE CITY WALLS), Dominisova street (Marko Antonio De Dominis street). In the park there are beautiful traditional Dalmatian tiramolas (that is a way how the locals dry their clothes). During the summer these are full of clothes drying in the sunshine. In every guidebook about Split you have pictures from the Getski vrtal. It is the location of a 500 year old stone house which was destroyed during World War II. On the facade facing towards Getski vrtal you can see two heads made of stones. One of the heads is a sphinx with a Christian cross on the forehead and second one is head of middle age thief. Getski (from ghetto) vrtal (garden) is made and maintained by the locals who live in houses near by.  edit
  • Old graveyards. Sustipan and old Jewish cemetery  edit
  • Rock Climbing Tours, 0038598408123, [1]. Guided rock climbing tours in the Split area.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Sunbathe and swim on the beach at Bačvice. To reach this beach walk south along the waterfront from the bus station and then follow the road that crosses the railway line. There are many cafes and places to eat ice cream. This is certainly not the best beach in Croatia (it is packed solid most of summer), but it will give you a feeling of 'real' Croatia as the vast majority of people who go there are from Split. There are also beaches around hill Marjan. Most popular are Kaštelet, Kašjuni and beautiful pine forest beach Bene. On Bene beach there is a restaurant and a recreation centre. Bus No. 12 travels there.
  • Climb the campanile bell tower next to the palace mausoleum. The stairs cling to the inside of the tower, and in places the steps cross the large open window spaces. The ascent is certainly not for those with vertigo, but the views from the top are marvelous. It costs only 15 kn to go up the bell tower.
  • The historic core of Split with Diocletian palace is among the first urban complexes to enter the list of the UNESCO world heritage in year 1979. Most probably this one of a kind Imperial Palace was built from 298-305 AD and is one of the most significant original structures of the period mostly because so much of it has been preserved. Later this Palace contributed to the broadening of the town because as the city evolved beyond its walls. The unique substructure halls were newley explored and each year more of them are opened to the public. Some have fascinating artefacts on display. May - Oct 10AM-12 noon-7PM (?). Nov-Apr, opens at 11AM, duration 90 min. In English language. Starts in front of the tourist info centre, please arrive 15 min before tour is due to commence.
  • Green Market (Pazar). Split's Pazar is the place to go for a variety of wares such as fruits and veggies, clothing and other odds and ends. Lots of local colour and excitement.  edit
  • Picigin, Bačvice. Traditional beach game with a small ball (Bačvice beach). In summer every year there is a world championship in picigin.  edit
  • Grgur Ninski. It is said that if you touch the big toe of the statue and make a wish, your wish will come true.  edit
  • St Jeronimus caves and church (Sveti Jere Dalmatinac). 1 hour walking from the Diocletaian palace, situated on Marjan hill. Amazing place with beautiful view on islands. Locals have a story that St Jeronimus (born in Stridon) lived in these caves. More likely to be that he lived in Palestine. But the fact remains that he was proud of his Dalmatian origin. He translated Bible from old Greek language to old Latin language.  edit

Hiking & Trekking[edit]

If you are looking for peace and tranquility far from the maddening crowd this tour is for you. Relax in the fresh mountain air in unspoiled nature with stunning view of Split and Dalmatian Islands.

Sea Kayaking & Snorkelling[edit]

A fun way to explore Split from the sea suited for everyone. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the islands and mountains surrounding Split. Small beaches and hidden historical treasures some of which date back to the 13th century will make your day unforgettable. Combine sea kayaking with swimming and snorkelling and spend a great day in Split.

  • Split sea kayaking Day & Night, +385 99 821 5383 (), [2]. 4 experiences in one tour - kayaking, cliff jumping, snorkeling & swimming.  edit
  • Sea kayaking and snorkelling tours, +385 98 408 123 (), [3]. Guided sea kayaking and snorkelling tours in Split.  edit

Rock Climbing[edit]

With over 400 bolted rock climbing routes in Split area climbers of all ages and experience can take part in rock climbing adventure created for everyone who wants to have the thrill of climbing rocks. Marjan Hill is situated on the peninsula in the middle of Split with the beautiful limestone cliffs and more than 80 routes on the climbing area with the stunning view of the surrounding islands. Special touch is the opportunity to climb around churches and hermit settlements dated back to the 15th century. Rock climbing in Split has over 30 years old tradition and was a venue of one of the first world climbing competitions.

  • Guided rock climbing tours, +385 98 408 123 (), [4]. Guided rock climbing and deep water solo tours in Split area.  edit


There are lots of companies running boats, such as Busabout, Topdeck and Contiki.

The majority of sailing charters start from the city of Split. There are many charter agencies where you can charter a sailing or motor yacht which are based in Split. Most of them operate from ACI marina Split, marina Zenta or marina Spinut. There are also many charter agencies based in marina Kaštela which is based in the vicinity of Split.

When you charter a yacht through a charter agency and arrive to the designated marina there are a few things that need to be done.

The most important thing is the yacht check in (usually Saturday around 4PM). Take your time doing yacht check in. Familiarise yourself with the chartered yacht and with the yacht equipment. The rule of thumb is the more time you take for the yacht check in, the less time you will need for the yacht check out.

After that you have to do the shopping for the charter vacation. Don't neglect the groceries shopping because the sea is unpredictable and you don't want to get stuck on the boat without sufficient provisions of food and drink.

You can do the shopping in a marina although the prices are usually much higher there, or you can order from yacht provisioning services who usually deliver the products to the marina at no extra fee. In Jam Yacht Supply [84] offer an online provisioning catalogue and you can order from a large selection of groceries and other products months in advance, everything you order awaits for you at the marina.

  • Daily sailing tours, +385 21 717 813 (), [5]. Daily sailing tours from Split to Brac, Hvar and other nearby destinations.  edit
  • Weekly sailing trips from Split, +385 98 511 165 (), [6]. Weekly sailing trips from Split to islands like Vis, Hvar, Brač and Šolta.  edit
  • Daily boat tours from Split, +385 98 776 462 (), [7]. Daily boat excursions from Split to Bol and the Golden Horn beach, Brač and Šolta island, Sunset cruise with live music.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Marmontova. Shopping street in the centre.  edit
  • Pazar, Stari Pazar 2. Green market with fruit, vegetables and more. The best time to visit the market is Saturday morning.  edit
  • Ribarnica, Obrov 2. Fish market.  edit
  • Kerum. Supermarket chain that was owned by former Mayor of Split Željko Kerum. As of 2013 there are no Kerum shops anymore. The owner went bankrupt and lost the elections after that.  edit
  • Konzum. Croatia's largest supermarket chain.  edit
  • Profil, Algoritam and VBZ. Bookshops with some English-language titles.  edit
  • Tommy. Supermarket chain, easy to find in most of Dalmatia.  edit
Shopping malls[edit]
  • City Center One, Vukovarska 207, [8]. daily 9AM-9PM, cinema and caffe bars 9AM-11PM. Opened in 2010. 3 floors (5 garage levels) and Cineplexx cinema.  edit
  • Joker Put Brodarice 6. Opened in 2007. 50 shops on 4 floors with Tommy supermarket, DM, Hervis sports shop, Deichmann and a McDonalds. 15-20 min walk from the city center with buses stopping near the front of the centre. There is a cinema on the first floor. The top floor has fitness club, restaurant and a sky bar with an outdoor swimming pool.

Eat[edit][add listing]

The most famous local delicates is Soparnik. It originates from nearby Poljica region (formerly known as Poljička Republika or Republic of Poljica). It is a crepe-like dough filled with Swiss chard and onions and baked on fireplace. On top comes olive oil and garlic. You can find it on Pazar (green market).

Italian influences dominate on Croatia's coast, amongst the best are; Risotto with tender white scampi or black calamari, a dish beloved by all Croatians. A wide selection of salumi, magnificent Istrian and Dalmatian hams (Dalmatinski pršut - comparable to Parma or Speck) and cheese from the island of Pag, are well worth trying, as are the large varieties of excellent Croatian wines and beers.

Do not miss Dalmatian pašticada s njokama (Gnocchi).

Please note: most restaurants heavily feature meat and fish on their menus. There are a few vegan and vegetarian friendly places though (see below); in a world suffocating under the weight of processed foods, Croatia's coastal cuisine is unique in that most of its produce is organic.

Ćevapi or Ćevapčići (diminutive), are small grilled rolls of minced beef, pork, or lamb, or a combination of any of these three. Usually served with chopped onions, Kajmak (similar to clotted cream) or Ajvar (a relish made from bell peppers, aubergines, garlic and chilli). Ćevapi are traditional Bosnian dish and they are popular across the Balkans.

Split's eateries are to be found in a variety of settings, ranging from the romantic to the vibrant. It isn’t difficult to enjoy superb food and wine in a classical environment with good friends and/or family.

Plenty of fast food joints between the Old Town and the bus station.

  • Nostromo, Kraj Svete Marije 10 (just off Marmontova). Good seafood and salad in a rather smoky ambience with friendly service. Main dish 60-200 kn.  edit
  • Insula, Popovica 2 (a block W from Trg Republike). small restaurant with typical local food: fresh fish, selection of Dalmatian cheese, prosciutto, meat offer, "Pašticada" is delicious and they also have great choice of wines from Dalmatians islands. Place is hidden from the main street so it's quite and cozy, a couple of outside tables and indoor space with tv and air-condition Main dish 55-150 kn.  edit
  • Cetina, Radunica 16, +385 21 482 243. Varied menu including local specialities, good value, friendly service (English spoken), no credit cards. Main dish 50-100 kn.  edit
  • Kod Joze, Sredmanuska 4, +385 21 347 397. The traditional family-run konoba serves tasty dishes in style. Prices very reasonable considering the quality and atmosphere. Mains 50-120 kn.  edit
  • Fino Friško, Čulića dvori 2. Because of its proximity to school, this bakery always has fresh and tasty food.  edit
  • Mala kuća, Domovinskog rata 27d, Put firula 39. daily 9AM-12 midnight. Fast food with delicious marinated chicken grill sandwich (20 kn).  edit
  • Popaj, Pojišanska b.b., Šetalište Ivana Meštrovića b.b., [9]. Mo-Th winter 8AM-12 midnight, summer 8AM-1AM, Fr-Sa winter 8AM-1PM, summer 8AM-2PM, Su winter 3PM-12 midnight, summer 3PM-1AM. The most popular fast food in Split with great pizzeta (small pizza, 10 kn) and very big ham sandwich (14 kn).  edit
  • Hajduk, Matošića 4. The best ice cream in town with big selection of flavours. Yogurt icecreams 8 kn.  edit
  • Pizzeria Bakra, Radovanova 2. 10AM-11PM. Definitely one of the best Pizza in town, baked on fireplace.  edit
  • Biser Orijenta, Bihaćka 2a (top floor of Lavčević building). 11:30AM-midnight. Good "European Chinese" cuisine. Not too popular among the locals, but the prices are fair and the service is friendly. Mains 50-70 kn, duck and seafood dishes up to 120 kn.  edit
  • Konoba Marjan, Senjska, 1, +385 98 9346848. Risottos, pasticada (marinaded veal cooked in sauce), and excellent fish. Prices are very reasonable and the staff very friendly. English spoken.  edit
  • Up cafe, Ul. Domovinskog rata 29a, 21000, Split, Croatia. Vegetarian and vegan cuisine only. Mains 55kn, sandwiches and salads 25-45kn. A 10 minute walk from the old town.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Dalmatia is well known for its world class wines, but when in Split it is a must to try soda drinks called Pipi and Orela, produced by local beverage manufacturer Dalmacijavino [85].

Lots of outdoor cafés are to be found along the Riva seafront.

  • St Riva, (Riva seafront). Has an upper story that overlooks the promenade. 20 kn a pint.  edit
  • Leopald's Delicatessen Bar (""address=Poljana), (Just). From. Large selection of craft local beers and a decent selection of cured meats and goats cheese. They even sell Donkey Salami. Most beers around 20kn.  edit
  • Shook, Mihovilova sirina 4 (In the heart of Old Town). Chill out cafe/bar with electronic beat in a busy passageway. 25 kn a pint.  edit
  • Gaga Bar, (tucked away in a corner, just off Narodni Trg). Cosy atmosphere, long list of cocktails, latin and contemporary music [10]. Ask for a bill, because one round is 100 kn, and then second one (the same one) may be 150 kn. Atmosphere is nice, but the waiters are not. More tourists than locals. Pint 20 kn, cocktails 20-35 kn.  edit
  • Tonik Juice Bar, Ban Mladenova 5 (one block west of Riva's end). Fresh made juices, smoothies and coffee. Smoothie 30 kn.  edit
  • Buffet Picaferaj, Popovica 2. A small restaurant on a side street that serves fresh seafood dishes. Run by a young married couple. Pasta with fresh prawns and mussels is 70 kn (about €11).  edit
  • Na kantunu, Dominisova 9 (within the Diocletian palace). After 3 rounds waiter will bring traditional rakija with honey (medica)-nice and strong. Supporters of Hajduk Split are there, so when there is a match in Split it may become too crowded. It is probable the smallest bar in Split with just 8 tables inside in a 15 m² space. Great atmosphere and a cappuccino is 8 kn. In front of the cafe bar there are few tables where you can sit if the weather is nice. Karlovačko beer only 12 kn (about €1.7) a pint, Velebitsko beer is 15 kn a pint.  edit

  • Pizzeria- Zalogajnica DOMINA, Nigerova strreet, 095 9074561. Breakfast 30 kn, Pizza from 40 kn, Risotto from 50 kn, Spaghetti from 50 kn, Fish from 60 Kn. Pint 15 kn, domestic vine from 60 kn. Great small pizzeria with reasonable prices and cozy atmosphere.  edit
  • Getto club, Dosud. art club, gay friendly.  edit


There are many clubs on Bačvice beach.

  • Imperium | restaurant & lounge bar, Gat Sv Duje bb (Ferry terminal), +385 21 338 555, [11]. Nice high-end interior with acceptable prices and spectacular view on old town of Split. House music, world known DJs and parties .  edit
  • O´Hara, Uvala Zenta 3, [12]. Rock and pop music on two floors.  edit
  • Vanilla Club, Poljudsko šetalište b.b., [13]. Fancy place by the swimming pool with popular domestic [14] and foreign music.  edit
  • Hemingway Bar, VIII Mediteranskih igara 5, [15]. Extremely fancy club.  edit
  • Quasimodo, Gundulićeva 26. Rock and Underground music. Mostly full with local alternatives.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]



  • Hostel Kamena Lodge, About 20min outside of the city. They can drive you down to the city in the morning and pick you up in the evening for free or there is regular local buses, +385 98 930 9171 (), [16]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 10:00. Kamena Lodge is in a really relaxed area whit one small supermarket, a bakery and a great restaurant nearby. Ann and Glynn are really friendly and will do a lot to make you feel welcomed. The hostel has a pool and some hammocks to relax in. They have only 10 beds so its relaxed. Good kitchen. They to breakfast for 35Kuna and BBQ for 100Kuna. 175 Kuna for 4beds dorm.  edit
  • Hostel UDH, Split, Popoviceva 14 (In the center of the city of Split.), +385 91 5663021 (). checkin: 11:00; checkout: 09:30. Situated in Veli Varos, just a few meters away from the Diocletian palace.  edit
  • Adria Hostel, Bajnice (near the main coastal road between Split and Omis, about 12 km south of Split. Take bus #60 or contact the hostel to arrange pickup), +49 177 7368595, +385 21 873028 (), [17]. checkin: 11:00; checkout: 09:30. Right next to the Adriatic Sea. Dorm bed: around €15-25; bed in private room: €18-28.  edit
  • Al's Place, Petra Kružića 10 (inside the city walls), +385 98 918 2923 (), [18]. A great hostel (and the first in Split) run by a British expat named Al, a guy who is passionate about travel and wants his guests to get the most from their stay in Split. He even goes out for a beer with guests sometimes. The hostel is in an 800-year old stone house inside the city walls, small and cozy with only 12 beds in 2 ensuite rooms. There is also kitchen (for guests), and common area, A/C, and laundry. Dorm bed: 110-130 kn.  edit
  • CroParadise Split Hostel, Culica Dvori 31, [19]. LCD televisions and computers with free internet access in every room. Dorm bed: From 70 kn.  edit
  • Guesthouse Split, Lovretska 1 (next to the archeological museum). Free WiFi, private rooms available dorm bed €13-18..  edit
  • Hostel Split Mediterranean House, Vukasoviceva 21, +385 98 987 1312, [20]. The hostel has been built into an old stone house just outside of the historical centre. Free wifi. Dorm bed: 80 kn (low season).  edit
  • Old Town Hostel, Dominisova 3, +385 91 920 1539 (), [21]. checkin: 1PM; checkout: 12PM. Free wifi, 1 shared computer, flat screen TV with a collection of movies.  edit
  • Pletkovic Hostel, Poljana Kneza Trpmira 1, [22].  edit
  • Silver Central Hostel, 1 Kralja Tomislava, [23]. Dorm bed: 110-180 kn.  edit
  • SilverGate Hostel, Hrvojeva 6 (A 5 min walk from the train/bus/ferry terminals), +385 21 322 857 (), [24].  edit
  • Situs Hostel, Starčevićeva 3, [25]. Dorm bed: 110-150 kn.  edit
  • Tchaikovsky Hostel, P.I.Čajkovskog 4 (Close to the National Theater, directions, +385(0)21 317 124 (, fax: +385(0)21 317 124), [26]. checkin: 1 pm; checkout: 11 am. Mixed 4 bed and 6 bed Dorms; Night light, shelf, electric socket and curtain on each bed; Free Towels, Linens and Blankets; Air-conditioning and Heating in every Room/Dorm; Free individual Lockers and Locks; Free Computer and Wireless access; Free Satellite TV in Common Room; Luggage Storage; Hot and Cold Drinks purchasable; 24/7 hot Showers; Hair dryers; Travel Info Desk; Trips and Airport pickup arranged upon request; Laundry Service near by; No Curfew; No Lockout; Cash Only Dorm bed: 90-180 kn.  edit
  • Hostel Backpackers Split, 17 Kralja Zvonimira Str (close to the main market, 5 min walk from bus/train station) (, 00385915499134 (, fax: 0038521782483), [27]. checkin: 01:00AM; checkout: 11:00AM. This place responded quickly to my email and best of all lower prices. Friendly atmosphere, free Wi-Fi and common room for hang out. Dorm bed: From 90 kn for night.  edit


  • Camping Stobreč Split, Sv. Lovre 6, 21311 Stobreč, (), [28]. 10km from downtown and accessible by public transit.  edit

Private Accommodations[edit]

Split and surrounding parts of Dalmatia have an extensive system of private accommodations where visitors can rent a room ("Sobe") or an entire apartment ("Apartman") from a local host. Some of these accommodations can be arranged ahead of time via booking sites on the internet, but most are arranged in person upon arrival.

Look for Croatians holding signs or greeting tourists at the bus station or ferry port and ask about their accommodations. They will want to know how many people are in your party and how many nights you would like to stay. You will want to ask how many beds are in the room, where exactly the rental is located (travel with a map and ask them to point out the exact location), and the approximate price. Some haggling over the price is common, and you should ask to see the room before finalizing a price or handing over payment. Rentals typically include sheets and towels and do not include breakfast. It is normal to be asked to hand over your passport upon arrival. Hosts are required to use your passport register your presence with the local police, and they should return your documents within a few minutes.

Mid range[edit]

  • Apartment Petricevic, Senjska 58 (in the old part of Split called Veli Varos, very quiet neighborhood with city's top restaurants, romantic streets and traditional dalmatian houses, 5 min walk from Diocletian's Palace, city's main bus station, train station and ferry port), +385 95 5338780 (). Free Wi-Fi. From €20.  edit
  • Split City Breaks, Iza Loze 11 (Located in various locations across Split’s historical centre, Split City Breaks offers modern apartments with air conditioning and stylish interiors. Facilities include an internet corner with computers and free Wi-Fi), +385 91 250 2511 (), [29]. Free Wi-Fi. From €25.  edit
  • Apartments & Rooms Peruzovic, Plinarska 11 (in the old part of Split called Veli Varos, 3 min walk from Diocletian's Palace, city's main bus station (for airport bus also), train station and ferry port), +385 98 971 3686 (). Free Wi-Fi. From €20.  edit
  • Apartments & Rooms Djanovic, Dominisova 9 (within the Diocletian palace, near the Cathedral of St. Duje, and 3 min walk from beach Bačvice, city's main bus station (for airport bus also), train station and ferry port), +385 91 763 6916 and +385 21347785 (). Nice friendly place. From €20.  edit
  • Apartments Galija, Podstrana, Poljičkih knezova 24, +385 98 423 013 (), [30]. Private accommodation in new apartments, for up to 7 persons. CableTV, WiFi. From €50.  edit
  • Apartment Sanda, Trg Franje Tudmana 3 (located on the Riva, the main waterfront promenade), [31]. one bedroom apartment, 35m2 size, for two persons. 38-55€ a night.  edit
  • Apartment Split, Dvornikova 7 (centre of city, close to Roman Diocletian palace and 300 m from the famous sandy beach), +385 98 858141 (), [32]. Includes 2 rooms, kitchen and bathroom with WC+ balcony. CableTV. €40 in low season, €60 in high season.  edit
  • Diocletian's Rooms, Poljana kraljice Jelena 2, +385 91 333 2206, [33]. Rooms with view on Peristil. All rooms with A/C, free internet access.  edit
  • Spalatum Luxe Apartment, Omiška 8 (located in city centre, 500 m from Diocletian Palace and Old centre, and less than 500 m to the blue flag beach Bacvice), (), [34]. Capacity 4+2 adults, free WiFi, sunny garden with BBQ, Ideal for families or groups. €99-€180/night.  edit
  • Split Apartments, Obala Lazareta 1 (Centre of the city, next to Diocletian palace), +385 98 9740607 (), [35]. Many apartments inside the palace walls, can provide taxi transfer, speed boat transfers. €40-120.  edit
  • Split Apartments Croatia, Majstora Jurja 4 (Within the walls of the Diocletian Palace), +385 91 390 9416 (), [36]. Centrally located Split apartments, from cheap studios to luxury penthouses and stylish lofts. Short let rental at the best price/quality ratio. From €30 a night.  edit
  • Studio Loza, Palmina 21, + 44 20 8505 4292 (), [37]. Studio apartment in old part of town, 2 min from Riva. Sleeps 2+2, Large private terrace, courtyard garden and wifi. €55 in low season, €85 in high season.  edit
  • Divota apartment hotel, Plinarska 75 (Veli Varoš - city center), 00385 21 782 700 (, fax: 00385 21 782 701), [38]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00.  edit


  • Guesthouse Vrlic, Držićeva 7, +385 99 2152 352. US$76-125.  edit
  • Priuli Luxury Rooms, Sinjska 1, +385 91 390 9416, [40]. US$50-150.  edit
  • Villa Marta, Majstora Jurja 3, +385 91 390 9411, [41]. US$100-300.  edit
  • Hotel Atrium, Domovinskog rata 49a, +385 21 20 0000, [42].  edit
  • Hotel Dalmina, Kopilica 5, +385 21 35 00 00, [43].  edit
  • Hotel Globo, Lovretska 18, +385 21 481 111, [44]. US$140-228.  edit
  • Hotel Luxe (Hotel Luxe Split), Kralja Zvonimira 6, +385 21 314 444, [45]. US$110-221.  edit
  • Hotel Park, Hatzeov perivoj 3, +385 21 406 400, [46].  edit
  • Hotel Peristil, Poljana kraljice Jelene 1, +385 21 329 070, [47].  edit
  • Hotel San Antonio, Grljevacka 30, Podstrana (7 km towards Dubrovnik, on the right hand side, right on the beach), +385 21 336 111 (), [48]. 54 rooms and 3 suites. €48-95.  edit
  • Hotel Vestibul Palace, Iza vestibula 4, +385 21 329 329, [49]. US$175-263.  edit
  • Le Méridien Lav, Grljevacka, 2A, Podstrana, +385 21 500 500, [50].  edit
  • Marmont, Zadarska 13, +385 21 308 060, [51]. US$359.  edit
  • Radisson Blu, Put Trstenika 19, +385 21 303 030, [52]. €68-171.  edit
  • Royal Accomodation, Kralja Zvonimira, +385 91 5116 975, [53]. €60-145.  edit
  • Villa Varos Hotel Split, Miljenka Smoje 1, +385 21 483 469, [54]. US$75-114.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Do not go to striptease bars because they are a tourist trap.

Beware of the area around the main bus terminal. There are many people there, tourists and locals alike. Pickpocketing do happen there and the local police do not seem to be doing much about it; no patrolling etc.


Internet access[edit]

There are internet cafés in the old centre of the city

  • Internet club Net Com P. Grgura Ninskog 9, [86]. Internet and international calls.
  • Smokvina Travel Majstora Jurja 3.

There are several more Internet cafés by the harbour just north of the train station. One provides Ubuntu Linux.

  • DenCall internet-Split, +385 21 345 014 (), [55]. 8AM-11PM. 17 computers, connection speed: 1,5 Mbit, printing b/w, camera to CD/usb transfer, call centre, international calling cards, rent-a-bike, luggage storage.  edit
  • Split City Internet Corner, +385 91 3909416 (), [56]. 9AM-8PM. Internet Café you can surf the Internet with no restrictions or limitations (there are also no age limitations) on an extremely fast connection no long waiting for pages to download. Downloaded items can be saved to your own CD (please ask for more details). Even though this is an "Internet Cafe" you can also type up your CV or use word processing and many other functions of the MS Office package. It is also possible to take away print outs of any website or document upon request. Also provide VOIP -Skype  edit

There is free internet via WiFi in the People's Square next to the Lacoste store. Search for "Split Hotspot"

Get out[edit]

  • Klis - Klis Fortress (Croatian: Tvrđava Klis) is a medieval fortress situated above a village bearing the same name, about 10km the city of Split, in central Dalmatia, Croatia. From its origin as a small stronghold built by the ancient Illyrian tribe Dalmatae, becoming a royal castle that was the seat of many Croatian kings, to its final development as a large fortress during the Ottoman wars in Europe, Klis Fortress has guarded the frontier, being lost and re-conquered several times throughout its more than two thousand year-long history. Due to its location on a pass that separates the mountains Mosor and Kozjak, the fortress served as a major source of defense in Dalmatia, especially against the Ottoman advance, and has been a key crossroad between the Mediterranean belt and the Balkan rear. Klis has enjoyed relative obscurity, managing to avoid being on the tourist radar (it is not even mentioned in the latest "Lonely Planet - Croatia" publication) until 2014 when it became a filming location for hit TV show "Game of Thrones", standing in for the fictional city of Meereen since season 4. Despite this, you will generally have the fort to yourself to explore. Entrance fee is 20Kn. The easiest bus to get from Split leaves from the plaza near the National Theater (just north of Diocletian's Palace) and will take you directly to Klis village bus stop at the base of the Fort - journey time is about 25mins. Alternatively, from Split's main bus station at the port, take a bus towards Sinj and ask the driver for Klis. As they are larger buses they can only drop you beneath the village on the main road, so you'll need to walk up to the fortress (allow about half an hour for this).
  • Kaštela - 7 old villages, today connected and form one big city. Perfect for beautiful walks near the sea and taking a swim away from the big city. There are a wide variety of resaturants to choose from for an authentic Dalamatian cuisine. Each village has it's on castle (henche the name Kaštel), and some of them are open to public. Ask the locals for best sights, both near the sea and up in the hills. There are a lot of old churches and castles, and some breathtaking views.
  • Trogir - a historic town and harbour on the Adriatic coast in Croatia, with a population of approximately 13,000. Today it is part of the greater Split metropolitan area or conurbation which numbers over 400,000 inhabitants. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as it is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. It is a fascinating place to just wander and also contains a range of accommodation. At present the town is undergoing considerably redevelopment, but it far from fully developed and you will still find run down or even abandoned houses. It is definitely worth the day trip from Split.
  • Salona - ancient Roman colony, one of the biggest towns of Roman Empire. It had a population of nearly 60,000 people. It was a capital of Roman province Dalmatia. Well preserved amphitheater, theater, basilica, cemetery and many other Roman buildings. Situated near town of Solin, 10-20 min bus ride from Split.
  • Hvar - A day trip by boat to this island is well worth the effort. Boats leave five times a day in peak season (July–August), three times a day outside this period (a single trip cost about 42 kn to Stari Grad on Hvar). Hvar town is small but extremely attractive, with numerous large yachts moored in the harbour. If using the left luggage service ensure you thoroughly check the prices and conditions of use.
  • Brač - An alternative could be the boat to the island of Brač which is just the other side of the water. Boats leave up to 10 times daily and it takes you 1 hr to Supetar. The last ferry back to Split leaves at 10:45PM. Ferries schedule varies by day of the week and by season so be sure to check the schedule in advance.

Try renting a bike or scooter for exploring the island. When renting, take into account that the rental service normally closes rather early but when you ask for it, they are quite flexible as most people are in Split. A return ferry ticket should cost about 70 kn and has no time restrictions within the same day.

  • Omiš - this little town is situated on the mouth of Cetina river and its magnificent canyon. It is ideal place for rafting and canyoning.
  • Horse Club [88] - in village called Donje Ogorje you can ride a horse in the nature. It will cost you 100 kn (13 €) for one hour. There is also an option for riding and sleeping in the nature for several days.
  • Makarska - a popular resort town with beautiful beaches, 60 km southeast of Split. Frequent buses (price 40-50 kn one way).
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