Split

  • Peristil, Split

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    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out
  • Split

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    © Matt Field/Time Out
  • Bačvice, Split

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    © Matt Field/Time Out
  • Split market

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    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out
  • The statue of Grgur Ninski, Split

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    © Matt Field/Time Out
  • Split Riva

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    © Vanda Vucicevic/Time Out
  • Split

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    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out
  • Diocletian Palace, Split

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    © Vanda Vucicevic/Time Out
  • Split

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    © Vanda Vucicevic/Time Out
  • Split harbour

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    © Matt Field/Time Out
  • Split

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    © Vanda Vucicevic/Time Out
  • Split Riva

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    © Matt Field/Time Out
  • Palace, split

    Palace, split
  • Jardin park, Split

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    © Matt Field/Time Out
  • Grgur Ninski statue, Split

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    © Matt Field/Time Out
  • Diocletian Palace, Split

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    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out
  • Split

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    © Matt Field/Time Out
  • Split fish market

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    © Vanda Vucicevic/Time Out
  • Split Riva

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    © Vanda Vucicevic/Time Out
  • Split

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    © Vanda Vucicevic/Time Out
  • Hajduk supporters, Split

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    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out
  • Split Riva

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    © Vanda Vucicevic/Time Out
  • Split Riva

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    © Matt Field/Time Out

The days when Split was nothing more than a departure point to nearby Brač, Vis and Hvar are gone. Boasting antiquities aplenty, cool café-bars, highly individual restaurants and a rash of new, quality hotels, Croatia’s main ferry port is also the country’s most promising all-round city-break destination.

Indeed Split’s growing accommodation stock continues to make the news, with four-star Hotel Luxe and cool super-hostel Goli & Bosi bringing a new designer edge to the city centre, while Le Méridien Lav and the Atrium hotels are both winning plenty of converts among new visitors to the city.

Despite this progress and property price hikes, Split has not sold its soul to tourism in the way that Dubrovnik has been perceived to have done. Café terraces on the main promenade, the Riva, fill on on sunny days with locals happy to chat all day. Coffee is Split’s source of energy and social glue. Contemporary decor and lighting still grate with some but at least Split’s café society is sacrosanct.

Equally, the city’s prime tourist sight, the former Roman palace behind the Riva, awaits tourists who need pay no admission charge: the grand shell of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a 30,000-sq-m maze, the atmospheric ruin where you will be spending most of your time.

Away from it, you’ll find historic relics from the same era at the Archaeological Museum and the Ivan Meštrović Gallery, in the villa designed by the sculptor himself.

Time Out Critics' choice...

Korta
Restaurants, Split

Boban
Restaurants, Split

Zinfandel’s
Bars, Split

© Hotel Atrium

Atrium
Restaurants, Split



Restaurants in Split

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Apetit
Restaurants

© Hotel Atrium

Atrium
Restaurants

Boban
Restaurants

© Carly Calhoun/Time Out

Bota Šare
Restaurants

Kadena
Restaurants

© Carly Calhoun/Time Out

Konoba Kod Joze
Restaurants

Noštromo
Restaurants

Šperun
Restaurants


Hotels and accommodation in Split

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Hotel Luxe
Boutique Hotels


Shopping in Split

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GetGetGet
Shops

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Ribarnica
Shops

Judita
Shops



Nightlife in Split

Minus 3
Live Music

Kocka
Live Music

Clo Bar
Bars