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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.

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#1
Old Town Free

#1 in Split

Free
Split's Old Town contains Diocletian'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 into Nadalina for gourmet chocolates, Croata for silk cravats and Ribarnica, the fish market, especially if you've booked accommodations with a kitchenette where you can cook. You'll find signs throughout Old Town directing you to businesses and points of interest, but since it is a maze of alleyways, you'll also want to pick up a map from your hotel concierge. 
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Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Old Town
Split's Old Town contains Diocletian'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 into Nadalina for gourmet chocolates, Croata for silk cravats and Ribarnica, the fish market, especially if you've booked accommodations with a kitchenette where you can cook. You'll find signs throughout Old Town directing you to businesses and points of interest, but since it is a maze of alleyways, you'll also want to pick up a map from your hotel concierge. 
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#2

#2 in Split

Free
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 public, and restaurants, shops, bars and private residences are tucked off its streets to further woo visitors inside. Plus, its public square – called the Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace – is one of the most vibrant of the whole region, and people gather there at most hours of the day to enjoy a drink, live music and the overall ambiance. 
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Castles/Palaces Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Diocletian's Palace
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 public, and restaurants, shops, bars and private residences are tucked off its streets to further woo visitors inside. Plus, its public square – called the Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace – is one of the most vibrant of the whole region, and people gather there at most hours of the day to enjoy a drink, live music and the overall ambiance. 
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#3

#3 in Split

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 Gothic painter Dujam Vuškovi, who created the frescoes of the four evangelists. Today, most travelers visit the building to see one of the world's best-preserved examples of Roman architecture, as well as to catch a glimpse of the magnificent view from atop the campanile and the baptistery, which is also called the Temple of Jupiter. 
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Churches/Religious Sites Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Cathedral of St. Domnius
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 Gothic painter Dujam Vuškovi, who created the frescoes of the four evangelists. Today, most travelers visit the building to see one of the world's best-preserved examples of Roman architecture, as well as to catch a glimpse of the magnificent view from atop the campanile and the baptistery, which is also called the Temple of Jupiter. 
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#4

#4 in Split

Free
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. From the summit, you'll find several trails weaving throughout the forest. 
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Hiking Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Marjan Forest Park
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. From the summit, you'll find several trails weaving throughout the forest. 
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#5

#5 in Split

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 as Sunburst Sailing and Summer Blues, which take travelers on luxurious sailing trips, complete with cocktails and lunch. Some tours will dock at the islands, while others will simply sail around them and let passengers admire their beauty from the boat deck. 
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Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Boat Tours
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 as Sunburst Sailing and Summer Blues, which take travelers on luxurious sailing trips, complete with cocktails and lunch. Some tours will dock at the islands, while others will simply sail around them and let passengers admire their beauty from the boat deck. 
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#6

#6 in Split

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 interesting, at times bloody, history. Believed to be established in the second century, this Croatian stronghold experienced consistent attacks from various peoples, including the Romans, the Turks and the Venetians. 
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Castles/Palaces Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Klis Fortress
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 interesting, at times bloody, history. Believed to be established in the second century, this Croatian stronghold experienced consistent attacks from various peoples, including the Romans, the Turks and the Venetians. 
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