Split is Croatian’s second-largest city. Split (Spalato in Italian) is a great place to see Dalmatian life as it’s really lived.
Always buzzing, this exuberant city has just the right balance of tradition and modernity. Step inside Diocletian’s Palace (a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments) and you’ll see dozens of bars, restaurants and shops thriving amid the atmospheric old walls where Split life has been humming along for thousands of years.
There is much to see and do including Restaurants, Museums, Galleries, Shopping Malls, Beaches, Bars, Night clubs, Exhibitions, Festivals, Markets, Dance Centre, Poljud Stadium, Bike Hire, Scooter Hire and much more.
Listed below is our recommendations.
Olive Tree vintage caffe fine dining lounge
The vibe might be more like an upmarket wine bar. The menu includes delicious risotto, homemade pasta, veal cheek pašticada (traditional Dalmatian stew), burgers, steaks and fish.
This cosy, rustic tavern in an alleyway minutes from the seafront specialises in well-prepared seafood.
Offering great-quality Dalmatian fare, this friendly little Veli Varoš tavern features daily specials such as cuttlefish brujet (fish stew), goulash and prawn pasta. The wine list is excellent.
Konoba-Pizzeria Zora Bila
Located in the Žnjan neighbourhood, about 4km east of the centre, this contemporary indoor-only tavern on the ground floor of a residential block has gained a following among local foodies.
Brasserie on 7
The best of the Riva eateries, this waterfront brasserie’s outdoor tables are the perfect vantage point for the passing parade.
Bringing culinary innovation to Split, this restaurant sports modern interiors with colourful paintings and a rooftop terrace with sea glimpses in an old building resembling a ship’s bow.
Konoba Stare Grede
Located 1km up the busy main street out of town, this is a blue-collar hang-out for marenda, a Dalmatian midday meal, with a rustic vibe – old beams, wooden benches and stone walls.
A cool little restaurant and bar, with a funky interior and tables on the stairs outside, Figa serves nice breakfasts, seafood dishes and a wide range of salads. There’s live music some nights.
A locals’ favourite, just outside the palace walls, this low-key joint offers great-quality Dalmatian mainstays that change daily.
A sweet little restaurant decked out with rustic details and exposed stone walls, Šperun is a favourite among foreigners
Uje Oil Bar
This restaurant and deli offers breakfasts, a small but ever-changing selection of mains, several tapas-style dishes and tastings from its range of 50 olive oils. The rustic light-wood interiors are charming.
This tiny joint within the palace walls is like a granny’s living room, with old-school sewing machines used as tables. There’s no sign above the door, and the daily menu is written out in marker pen.
The go-to place for pizza, Galija is the sort of joint where locals take you for a good, simple meal, where everyone relaxes on the wooden benches with the leftovers of a uattro stagioni in front of them.
As local as you’ll find in Split, this konoba (tavern) on the ground floor of a family house serves unfussy but tasty food on a small terrace and in the no-frills dining room.
This sleek restaurant and café on grand Trg Republike offers excellent international fare including refined seafood dishes.
A restaurant, wine bar and lounge with a large airy terrace overlooking the sea in Zenta.
Founded in 1820, the oldest museum in Croatia.
Croatian Maritime Museum
A collection of model ships through the ages and nautical equipment.
Traditional Dalmatian embroidery and clothing. Exhibits detailing various trades like knitting, woodcarving and pottery.
Ivan Meštrović Gallery
Housed in an imposing marble villa planned by the artist himself, the gallery does a fine job of telling the story of the sculptor.
Museum of Croatian Archaeological monuments
Founded in 1893 to collect and exhibit medieval Croatian archaeological pieces of interest.
Museum of fine arts
Split’s main art gallery boasts one of the Adriatic’s most absorbing collections.
Split city museum
Collection of sculptures and monuments taken from nearby Salona.
Emanuel Vidović Gallery
(Galerija Emanuel Vidović) devotes its three storeys to the career of local painter Emanuel Vidović (1872-1953).
The Split Cathedral Treasury
The treasury holds a collection of golden artifacts and church garments from the Romanesque, gothic and baroque period.
City Centre one
Mall of Spliy
Bene, Kasjuni, Bacvice and Kastelet
Dalmatian Zagora – much of inland Dalmatia is covered by the label Dalmatian Zagora, a mountainous place.
The Varnjača cave is located at the foot of Mount Mosor and is one of the most important geomorphologic monuments of the region.
A small Central Dalmatian town and harbour located between Split and Makarska, situated in the mouth of the Cetina river, surrounded with massive gorges. An ideal place if you like adventure, it offers white water rafting, cannoning, canoe safari, trekking, paragliding, zip lines, free climbing, diving, fishing and hiking.
If you crave something on wheels, then there is ATV or Quad safari, Deep Water Soloing on the islands of Ciovo near Split.
Drnis sits at the crossroads to the most beautiful and most attractive parts of Krka National Park and the Šibenik-Knin County. A pleasant market town famous for its crag-hugging medieval fortress.
An old Venetian town on the Hercegovinian border that is renowned for the two natual wonders on the edge of town, the Blue Lake (Modro jezero) and the Red Lake (Crveno jezero). The area of Imotski is well-known for its tradition and culture.
A strategic railway-junction town lying in a bowl between mountains, Knin is famous for the huge fortress.
Krka National Park
With wooden walkways leading past lakes and waterfalls, and boat trips to monastic islands and haunting canyons, it is truly breathtaking.
A handsome old town lying half an hour’s drive inland from Split.
Located on the shores of Prokljansko Lake. A typical Mediterranean town made up of stone-paved streets and arched alleyways.
Birthplace of the famously bohemian Croatian poet Tin Ujevic. Another small town that sits beneath a medieval fort.
66 km inland from Split, a typical Zagora market town. Famous for Vrličko Kolo an energetic circle dance.
Home to one of the oddest but longest-running of Croatia’s cultural festivals.
Is the largest island of the Trogir archipelago and is connected to the town of Trogir by a bridge!
Is an agglomeration of seven small towns in Croatia, each centred on its own fortress located between Split and Trogir.
Is located 8 km outside Split, the largest Roman settlement on the eastern coast of Adriatic sea at its time.
Is one of the largest, most spectacular fortresses in the country located on the cliffs just inland from Split.
Is a small tourist town located 8km from Split with beautiful beaches.
Stone inspired city. Trogir, also known as the “museum city” will surprise you on every step you take. It`s rich history and art have left a permanent mark in every part of it. Explore the city walls and fortresses, numerous churches and monasteries, the world-famous cathedral and beautiful city palace.
Is an island in Croatia. The traditional Croatian way of life has been largely maintained to the present day .e.g fishing, donkeys used for form of transport
Is best known for the white-pebble beach Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape), a favored windsurfing site outside the resort town of Bol. Supetar, the island's main town, offers a horseshoe-shaped beach and ferries to and from Split. Seaside Pučišća features traditional architecture and an active quarry for the island's famous white limestone.
The island of natural beauty, however, due to this very busy in peak season.
Is the most mysterious – even to locals
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