Split Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Split

Split has a lot to offer travelers. For instance, Croatia's second largest city is home to Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is also the thrumming heart of the city with its bars, restaurants and shops. Klis Fortress will appeal to history buffs and "Game of Thrones" fans (it's featured in the fourth season). Plus, with its coastal location, Split is also a jumping off point for some of Croatia's most beautiful islands, including Hvar.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated March 29, 2019

  • #1
    Old Town
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    #1 in Split
    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Split's Old Town containsDiocletian's Palace, plus the streets that run west to Marmontova. Inside this pedestrian-friendly area, travelers will walk medieval cobblestone streets lined with modern restaurants, bars, shops and hotels. You can stop intoNadalinafor gourmet chocolates,Croatafor silk cravats and Ribarnica, the fish market, especially if you've booked accommodations with

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  • #2
    Diocletian's Palace
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    #2 in Split
    Castles/Palaces, Entertainment and Nightlife, Museums, Shopping, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Castles/Palaces, Entertainment and Nightlife, Museums, Shopping, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    When you hear Diocletian's Palace, you might picture a castle with halls to tour and works of art to enjoy, but you'd be mistaken. Back in the fourth century, this palace was created as a fortress, royal home and secured city. These days the fortified gates are open to the

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  • #3
    Cathedral of St. Domnius
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    #3 in Split
    Churches/Religious Sites, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Churches/Religious Sites, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    This octagonal building was created as a mausoleum for Diocletian, the infamous persecutor of Christians, back in the year 311; by the seventh century, it was converted into a cathedral. In the years after, various artists and craftsmen left their mark on the Cathedral of St. Domnius, including Split's own

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  • #4
    Marjan Forest Park
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    #4 in Split
    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Imagine pine forests interspersed with small stone churches, awe-inspiring lookouts and a handful of old cave dwellings, and you'll start to picture Split's Marjan Forest Park. To reach the park's highest point, travelers will need to ascend 300-some stairs, but the view from the hilltop is worth all the burn.

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  • #5
    Boat Tours
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    #5 in Split
    Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Split, though a travel destination in and of itself, is also a jumping off point for seeing the nearby Croatian islands of Hvar, Brac, Solta and Vis, among numerous others. And travelers can see and experience these dreamy islands on a boat tour with traveler-approved operators, such asSunburst SailingandSummer Blues,

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  • #6
    Klis Fortress
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    #6 in Split
    Castles/Palaces, Museums, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Castles/Palaces, Museums, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    For fans of "Game of Thrones," Klis Fortress, which towers over Split on a limestone cliff, is a must-see. In season four of the hit show, the fortress served as Meereen – the site where the character Daenerys Targaryen crucified evil slave masters. But this medieval castle has its own

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