Split is the second largest city in Croatia after Zagreb, and the largest on the Adriatic coast. Founded originally as a Greek settlement, the height of Split’s importance came when the Roman Emperor Diocletian ordered his retirement residence to be built here in 293A.D. This magnificent palace took a decade to build and the emperor lived there until he died, with successive emperors continuing to use the palace as a retreat.

Split is no stranger to war or foreign rule. In 1420 the town was conquered by the Venetians, later the Austrians and briefly the French, before becoming part of Yugoslavia in 1918. However the battle for the city was not over, and in 1941 it was occupied by the Italians. Finally in October of 1944 the first people’s government of Croatia was formed and the city was left in peace.

Situated in the warmest region of the Northern Mediterranean coast, Split is an oasis of year-round sunshine and beauty. The beautiful forested surroundings of the city, the abundance of history and culture, the coastal location and the beautiful beaches make Split an idyllic holiday destination.


On arriving in Split, one struggles to know where to begin! Between the fascinating palace, the fantastic beaches and the abundance of shopping opportunities, the tourist may well feel overwhelmed.

Obviously the most prominent and impressive attraction is the palace of Diocletian in the heart of the old town of Split. Pick up a locally published English guide from the tourist office to fully appreciate the history and culture of this amazing palace. Don’t miss the beautiful Peristyle with its red granite columns and beautiful classical architecture, or the stunning Temple of Jupiter, which was considered to be the most beautiful monument in Europe by architect Robert Adam.

If your interests lie in the museum, you won’t be disappointed in Split. There is the Maritime Museum; the [http://www.mhas-split.hr Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments]; the [http://www.mgst.net Museum of Croatia and the City Museum]. If you wish to visit any or all of these museums, and indeed any other of the historical sites in Split, then the Split Card is a must. Costing just five euros, this card offers considerable discounts on many of the entrance fees for the key attractions in the city. Your card can be bought at the tourist information office and is valid for 72 hours, even better, if you’re staying for more than three days the card is free of charge.

If you wish to travel further afield there are plenty of options for the visitor. The ruins of the ancient Salona, once the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia and the largest archaeological site on the Adriatic coast, are located just outside the city of Split and are well worth a visit.

Another nearby attraction is the town of Trogir, entered in the UNESCO register of World Cultural Heritage and a site of great historical importance. It’s two-millennia history make it a town-museum and a must-see for those with a historical and cultural interest in the area.For the more adventurous, just North of Split rises the fortress of Klis, built to defend against the Turkish invasion. Beyond this landmark is the beautiful countryside of the area, offering exciting opportunities for outdoor pursuits including walking, riding, rafting and even canoeing down the white waters of the Cetina river.

If you prefer calmer waters, why not enjoy a boat-trip to one of the idyllic neighbouring islands off the coast of Split. Trips to Hvar, Brac and Vis are extremely popular and couple rich history and tradition with stunning beaches, countryside and natural phenomena.


While shopping in Split the visitor is spoiled for choice. There is an abundance of shops and department stores in the centre of the city, and huge shopping centres on the outskirts for those who wish to do some serious shopping. However, the city also offers many local stalls and shops which offer everything from souvenirs to antiques. Within the walls of the Palace there are wonderful shop-stalls selling unusual and unique jewellery and gifts.

The Riva is the main street which runs along the sea front past the entrance to the palace of Diocletian. This street provides the most straightforward and enjoyable entrance to the town, and will lead you directly into the heart of the town and its shops.

Nightlife and Eating Out

In the centre of Split you will find plenty of options for eating out, ranging from street-side Pizzeria stalls to authentic Croatian cuisine. Being a coastal city sea-food is a top priority in many restaurants, and if you want to sample the local specialities why not try Sperun, a small, cosy restaurant with an emphasis on local seafood. It’s easy to find, the name of the restaurant shares that of the street on which you’ll find it – just follow the Riva all the way into town.

For those who love Italian food there is the popular Pizzeria Galija, where visitors can enjoy delicious fresh pizzas cooked in a traditional brick-oven. Located close to the fish market, this pizzeria is a bustling, friendly option.

If you wish to enjoy to the nightlife of Split, head for the beach. There are numerous cafes and bars on the coast just outside the town, and even a few clubs for those who are looking for a night out. [http://www.tribu-club.com Tribu Club] is the main club of the area and has two swimming pools, a huge outdoor terrace and a stylish atmosphere – a must for those who want to enjoy the summer evenings in style.

Tourist Information

  • Obala hrvatskog narodnog preporoda, 7, 21000 Split
  • Tel: +385 (0)21 348 600
  • Fax: +385 (0)21 348 604
  • Email: tz-split@st.htnet.hr
  • Website: [http://www.visitsplit.com www.visitsplit.com]


  • Airpot Split-Kastela, Cesta Dr. Franjo Tudjman 96 P.P.2, Kastela, Croatia
  • Tel: +385 (0)21 203 555
  • Fax: +385 (0)21 203 422
  • Website: [http://www.split-airport.hr www.split-airport.hr]