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About Split

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 offshore and the place to uncover an authentic modern Dalmatian experience. Promenade along 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.

What not to Miss

  • 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. 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 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 Ba?vice.
  • 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 Kor?ula.

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.

Island Highlights

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

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.

The best places to stay in Split

For an excellent location

  • The 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 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.

Most Romantic

  • The Antique Split Luxury Rooms is an elegant hotel in the heart of town with eight traditionally styled rooms with gorgeous city views.

Best B&Bs

  • Minutes from both the beach and the main sights, the B&B SKYFALL is a three room B&B with large, minimalist rooms with views of either the sea or the city. There is a restaurant too.
  • For around £60 per night you can stay in the Azur Palace, a chic, five room guesthouse just ten minutes from the beach. The building is traditional and the decor is quite modern, close to Split without being in the thick of things.

For families

  • The Divota Apartment Hotel is great for families or groups. A stylish collection of rooms, apartments and a three bedroom house perfectly situated for exploring the city.

Great value

  • 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 around £20 per person if you're in one of the dorms.
  • The Grgur Ninski Rooms is a chic B&B with just four rooms WITHIN the Diocletian’s Palace. The decor contrasts old and new beautifully, and breakfast is served in a nearby cafe. Rooms start from around £55 per night.

For an Apartment or Villa

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com

Travel Information

  • Split Airport is well connected to the UK and the rest of Europe - especially during the busy season. The airport is about 25kilometres outside the centre of town, closer to Trogir, and you can take a bus transfer, a local bus or get a taxi or hotel transfer. The taxi rides are known for being pricey, and take about half an hour. You can also arrive in Split on the Ferry from Ancona in Italy, by bus from Munich or Trieste, among other origins, and on the train, usually changing in Zagreb - though the trains have a reputation for taking a long time.
  • If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend if you’re staying in Split and you want to see more of the Dalmatian Coast and you don’t have your own sail boat - we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars
  • Summer has the nicest weather, but this is peak time for visiting the Dalmatian Coast and between the cruise ships and those restricted by school holidays, it’s pretty busy. So the best times for most of us to visit are May-June or September-October when the days are long and sunny, the sea is still warm enough to swim in, the attractions and restaurants are all open - but you don’t have to queue for them.

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Best Hotels in Split

  • Design Hostel Goli + Bosi Split from £17

    Groups  -  Three and four person dorm-style rooms perfect for groups of friends.
    Contemporary  -  Superbly contemporary and minimal rooms all in white.
    Value chic
    Traditional  -  An old 19th century warehouse conversion.
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    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. See More

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  • Grgur Ninski Rooms Split (Dioklecijanova ul. 8) 4 rooms from £52

    Local exploring  -  Located within the Palace, it's in the heart of the Old Town with tourist attractions, restaurants and cafes around.
    Value chic  -  Great value for money considering its cool interiors and superb location inside a UNESCO world heritage monument.
    Writing a novel  -  Be inspired by all the history around you! Writing desks in rooms.
    Sights nearby  -  Gregory of Nin and the Cathedral of St. Domnius are both moments away from the hotel.
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    A chic bed and breakfast located inside Diocletian's Palace in Split. Rooms contrast old and new with exposed stone walls, minimalist white-on-white décor, and contemporary furnishings. Breakfast is served at a nearby cafe. The perfect place to soak up the city's history and architecture. See More

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  • Antique Split Luxury Rooms Split 8 rooms from £82

    Local exploring  -  Well located in the historic centre of Split and within walking distance of many sights.
    Sights nearby  -  Discover the legacy of the Roman Empire in Split’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, Diocletian’s Palace.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Air conditioningRestaurantParkingNo pets

    An elegant hotel in the heart of the historic centre of Split. Traditionally styled rooms feature exposed brick walls, parquet flooring made complete with gorgeous city views. Within walking distance of many of the sights. A charming base for city exploring. See More

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  • B&B Skyfall Split 3 rooms from £95

    Local exploring  -  The best of both worlds with chic rooms offering sea or city views and easy access
    Sights nearby  -  Republic Square, Dicoletian's Palace and Cathedral of St Domnius all very close
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Air conditioningRestaurantViewsParkingNo pets

    Modern interiors offer a chic stay in the beautiful Split. Big bedrooms have minimalist bathrooms, and either city or sea views. Restaurant offers a la carte menu, with plenty of other options close by. Minutes from the city's sights or a day at the beach. See More

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  • Hotel Marmont Split 20 rooms from £116

    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
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

    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. See More

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  • Divota Apartment Hotel Split 24 rooms from £103

    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.
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

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

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  • Azur Palace Split 5 rooms from £122

    Local exploring  -  Its urban location means exploring Croatia's second biggest city couldn't be easier!
    Beach Life  -  The Split coast and beaches are nearby, making this a perfect spot.
    City Style  -  Situated in the heart of Split.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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    This chic guesthouse located only ten minutes from the beach provides modern and spacious rooms in a traditional style building. Close to the city sights, it's ideal for those wanting to take in all that Split has to offer. It also has its own garden for relaxing in the sun. See More

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  • Heritage Hotel 19 Split 7 rooms from £142

    Local exploring  -  Ideally placed on a quiet cobblestreet just a short walk from the town's main attractions.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the cypress and Mediterranean pine tree forest just outside Split.
    Sights nearby  -  Wander through the Diocletian's Palace and view the St Domnius Cathedral.
    Full of character
    Air conditioningGardenParkingNo pets

    A charming boutique property in the centre of historic Split. Beautifully renovated rooms keep their original charm yet have a fresh contemporary feel. Indulgent breakfasts are served in the lobby overlooking the courtyard which later turns into an honesty bar. A delightful base to explore the town. See More

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  • Briig Boutique Hotel Split 62 rooms from £133

    Quirky  -  An unusal exterior makes the hotel stand out from the get go, artsy interiors with modern sweeping staircases vibrant decor
    City Style  -  Spacious modern bedrooms, with trendy furnishings — expect neutral colours, contemporary lighting and lots of wood
    Local exploring  -  Only 500m walking distance from Split's city centre, the hotel offers tours and classes of local culture
    Short break  -  With its central location and proximity to the beach it's perfect for a short break to Split
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    A modern design hotel whose spacious and elegant rooms are done in a fresh airy style with plenty of wood and mid-century style furniture; the best offer a private terrace with hot tub. A rooftop pool, gourmet restaurant and small spa complete the picture. A chic base for beach-life and sightseeing. See More

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  • Heritage Hotel Santa Lucia Split 35 rooms from £174

    Sights nearby  -  Diocletian's Palace and St Domnius Cathedral
    Sailing  -  Take a trip along the Dalmatian coast
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
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    Beautifully refurbished luxury heritage boutique hotel with one of the best addresses in Split slap bang on the buzzy People’s Square two minutes from Diocletian’s Palace See More

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  • Hotel Park , Split Split 72 rooms from £188

    Honeymoons  -  Splash out on the executive suite for a honeymoon with a difference, and lounge in your own private hot tub
    Spa breaks  -  With personalized hot tub, gym and Finnish sauna facilities at Di Spa, this makes a great spa break
    Beach Life  -  Sitting right next to the famous Bačvice beach, this is the perfect base for a beach holiday
    Great walks  -  Take a walking tour and discover Split's 1,700 years of history, accompanied by a local guide
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    This exclusive five-star hotel overlooks coveted Bačvice beach. The best of the plush suites offer spacious terraces with a private hot tub. Unwind by the pool or lounge in the verdant garden amongst the palm trees. For a special treat, arrange a private dinner at the chef's table. A VIP experience. See More

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  • Judita Palace Hotel Split 8 rooms from £227

    Sights nearby  -  Diocletian’s Palace, Peristyle and Diocletian’s Mausoleum.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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    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. See More

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  • Hotel Vestibul Palace Split 11 rooms from £233

    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.
    Restaurant  -  Mediterranean cuisine with strong Dalmatian influences.
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Small Luxury Hotels

    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. See More

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