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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 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.
- 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.
- The Antique Split Luxury Rooms is an elegant hotel in the heart of town with eight traditionally styled rooms with gorgeous city views.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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 CA$29Groups - Three and four person dorm-style rooms perfect for groups of friends.Contemporary - Superbly contemporary and minimal rooms all in white.Value chicTraditional - An old 19th century warehouse conversion.
Vida Boutique Hotel Split 8 rooms from CA$88Families - This hotel offers family suites equipped with dining area, cooking facilities, terraces and TVsLively area - Split boasts a plethora of restaurants, shops and nightclubs, as well as a bustling rivieraLocal exploring - Located in the heart of Split 'the jewel of the Dalmatian coast'Sailing - Visit famous Blue Cave or Blue Lagoon, or catch a quick ferry to nearby islands to experience the turquoise waters
Grgur Ninski Rooms Split (Dioklecijanova ul. 8) 4 rooms from CA$88Local 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.
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
Antique Split Luxury Rooms Split 8 rooms from CA$139Local 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.Romantic - Good for couples.Full of character
B&B Skyfall Split 3 rooms from CA$161Local exploring - The best of both worlds with chic rooms offering sea or city views and easy accessSights nearby - Republic Square, Dicoletian's Palace and Cathedral of St Domnius all very closeViews - Great views from hotel
Hotel Marmont Split 20 rooms from CA$196Historic - Mediterranean side streets and the Sveti Duje CathedralRomantic Break - Situated in the UNESCO-listed old town of SplitDesigner - Minimalist furniture and bathroomsSailing - Ultra SailingRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
Divota Apartment Hotel Split 24 rooms from CA$174Private Hot Tub - Book the three bed villa and get your own private terrace with hot tubSights 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
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
Azur Palace Split 5 rooms from CA$206Local 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.
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
Heritage Hotel 19 Split 7 rooms from CA$239Local 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.Romantic - Good for couples.
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
Hotel Park Split 72 rooms from CA$317Honeymoons - Splash out on the executive suite for a honeymoon with a difference, and lounge in your own private jacuzziSpa breaks - With personalized jacuzzi, gym and Finnish sauna facilities at Di Spa, this makes a great spa breakBeach Life - Sitting right next to the famous Bačvice beach, this is the perfect base for a beach holidayGreat walks - Take a walking tour and discover Split's 1,700 years of history, accompanied by a local guide
This exclusive five-star hotel overlooks coveted Bačvice beach. The best of the plush suites offer spacious terraces with a private jacuzzi. 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
Judita Palace Hotel Split 8 rooms from CA$383Sights nearby - Diocletian’s Palace, Peristyle and Diocletian’s Mausoleum.Romantic - Good for couples.Views - Great views from hotelSailing - Can be booked nearby.
Hotel Vestibul Palace Split 11 rooms from CA$393Local 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
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