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At first glance, Split looks like a beautiful little tourist town, built around the wonderful Diocletian palace. But it's nothing of the sort - this is Croatia's second largest city, a vibrant hub connecting the mainland Dalmatian coast to the hip islands, just off the shore, and the place to uncover an authentic modern Dalmatian experience. As well as promenade the gorgeous Adriatic seafront and see the historic sights. It features a wide range of accommodation and our pick of the best places to stay in Split vary from a budget hostel to stylish Old Town luxury.

Split's Old Town does look like a beautiful little tourist town, historic buildings, cafes, restaurants and boutiques all snuggled in within the city's Roman walls. And the recently renovated seafront makes the picture, surrounded by dramatic coastal mountains, that much more enchanting when you're arriving or leaving via ferry.

Within Split's ancient walls the old layout of squares in front of temples can still be seen today. You'll probably want to start by exploring the palace, which was built for a retired Roman emperor and is actually more of a small suburb than a palace, complete with its own shops and housing. It's about 200metres square in size and the complex has about 220 buildings within its walls. Make sure you explore the basement halls as well - some are empty, but some house fascinating exhibitions.

After that stroll through the cathedral of St. Domnius, visit the synagogue, the third oldest in Europe, and visit Varos, one of the oldest parts of town.

For more outdoor sightseeing visit the seafront, Marjan hill and the beach at Bačvice.

Many of Split's visitors are just passing through on their way to the islands. There are several ferries a day to and from Hvar, Brac, Solta, Vis and Korčula.

Even if you're not using Spilt as a gateway it's worth taking a ferry trip - both because the views of Split as you come and go are some of the best you can get of this photogenic city, and because the islands themselves are definitely worth a visit as well.

  • Hvar has the fertile vineyards, gorgeous beaches and medieval towns;
  • Brac is lush with pines and figs and is known for its clear waters;
  • Korčula, the largest, is loved by cyclists; Solta is well developed and very welcoming,
  • and Vis has more of those lovely, sandy bays and beaches.

As well as ferries to the islands, you can also come in and out of Split via ferry from Dubrovnik and Rijeka, and Pescara in Italy.

Split has a reputation for being sunny all year round, with relatively mild winters. So if you're looking for a sunny, but cultural winter break, Split is a good option. If you come during the cooler months you'll also find it much easier to book a room in one of the best places to stay in Split.

Best Places to Stay in Split

For families

  • The Divota Apartment Hotel is definitely one of the best places to stay in Split for families or groups. A stylish collection of rooms, apartments and a three bedroom house, it is perfectly situated for exploring the city.

For those on a budget

  • Who says cheap accommodation has to be grotty? At the Design Hostel Goli + Bosi you'll find a range of incredibly inexpensive yet stylish rooms. Plus a fantastic pizzeria! Prices start from just €20 per person if you're in one of the dorms.

For location

  • Hotel Marmont is close to both the seafront and the heart of the Old Town. It boasts contemporary chic rooms encased in a beautiful 15th century shell, plus outside terrace and busy cocktail bar.
  • Hotel Vestibul Palace is situated in the heart of the Diocletian Palace. One of the best places to stay in Split if you're looking for a spot of luxury combined with contemporary interiors located bang in the centre of the old town.
  • The Judita Palace Hotel is also ideally placed for those who want to be immersed in Split's historic zone. Expect exposed stone walls and creamy furnishings in the stylish rooms and suites.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Split for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Split, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice.

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  • Design Hostel Goli + Bosi


    Fantastically modern hostel from a newly renovated 19th century warehouse. A range of modern minimal rooms, dorm-style rooms, and suites provide excellent value accommodation for families and groups of friends. Simple but delicious pizzeria and access to all the sights.

    from $22
    Groups  -  Three and four person dorm-style rooms perfect for groups of friends.
    Contemporary  -  Superbly contemporary and minimal rooms all in white.
    Value chic
    Quirky  -  The quirky side of modern.
  • Hotel Marmont


    An old-town hotel perfect for the cultural explorer. 21 minimalist chic rooms with kingsize beds and big bathrooms. Many historic sights, day trips, and lots of beach life. A sumptuous seaside spot for couples.

    20 rooms from $149
    Historic  -  Mediterranean side streets and the Sveti Duje Cathedral
    Romantic Break  -  Situated in the UNESCO-listed old town of Split
    Designer  -  Minimalist furniture and bathrooms
    Sailing  -  Ultra Sailing
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
  • Divota Apartment Hotel


    A renovated stone town house with a collection of contemporary chic rooms, studio apartments and one house. Interiors are all white with wooden floors and all the mod cons. Kitchens, sitting rooms, and in the thick of all the attractions. Stylish and family friendly.

    24 rooms from $133
    Private Hot Tub  -  Book the three bed villa and get your own private terrace with hot tub
    Sights nearby  -  Unesco-listed Diocletian's Palace, Cathedral of St. Duje.
    Sailing  -  Catch a boat to Hvar, Vis, or Pag.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Martinis Marchi

    Maslinica, Dalmatian Coast

    A beautiful Croatian castle renovation of the island of Solta, a boat ride from Split. A historic house with beautiful interiors that echo tradition. Enormous suites sleep between 4 and 6, all with private balconies looking onto the pool. Romantic, remote, and family friendly.

    6 rooms from $202
    Families  -  All the suites sleep 4, some sleep 6.
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Short boat ride into Split
  • Judita Palace Hotel


    A romantic hotel just near Diocletian's Mausoleum. Beautiful rooms and suites have stone walls, creamy furnishings, wooden floors and all the mod cons. Charming terrace, sitting room, library and restaurant. A stylish spot for a stop-over in Split.

    8 rooms from $292
    Sights nearby  -  Diocletian’s Palace, Peristyle and Diocletian’s Mausoleum.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
  • Hotel Vestibul Palace


    A traditional Dalmatian house with chic minimal interiors in central Split. Rooms and suites have original stone walls, big sky lights, white walls, and sparse furnishings. Good Mediterranean restaurant and walking distance to all the attractions. A stylish spot for Split.

    11 rooms from $299
    Local exploring  -  From Split you are able to explore the Croatian islands, such as Korcula, Hvar, Vis.
    Sights nearby  -  St Domnius Cathedral, ruins at Saloma, the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Small Luxury Hotels
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