Holidays to cultural Split

Split is one of Croatia’s most popular destinations. With its historic centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Split owes much of its incredible history to the Roman Emperor Diocletian. His vast Imperial Palace still stands today and makes up half of the old town. More of a fortress than a palace, it now houses over 200 shops, restaurants and quaint medieval houses, which are unsurprisingly popular with holidaymakers from across the world. With incredible architecture, a stunning waterside location and plenty of historical sites to enjoy, Split is a firm favourite with visitors to Croatia.

The historic city of Split has plenty to offer visitors, whether you’re travelling with friends, family or going it alone. The enchanting streets of this attractive Croatian city blend echoes of the ancient past with cool contemporary vibes. Holidays to Split allow visitors to combine fascinating insights into the local history with long, lazy days spent on the beautiful beach – it truly is the best of both worlds.

The Diocletian Palace is one of the city’s most famous sights, located right on the harbourside. The complex is one of the most famous ancient Roman structures in the world today and offers visitors plenty of opportunity to wander around and soak up the history. You can even sit in Diocletian's Palace in the evening to listen to the live music – why not join in with the sing-long during your visit?

It’s fair to say that you won’t be able to avoid this spectacular complex in the heart of the old town, but whilst you can experience most of it for free, it’s worth paying a little extra to explore fully. From climbing the 200-ish stairs to the top of the Cathedral of Saint Domnius’ bell tower for incredible views over Split to venturing down into the basements to see where the dragons of television's Game of Thrones made their home, you’ll be able to experience Split from top to bottom!

Known as the Riva or Riva Promenade, the waterfront at Split is an attractive, wide pedestrianised path that runs between the calmly sparkling waves of the Adriatic and the orange roofs of the city. Lined with palm trees on one side and cafes, bars and restaurants the other, it’s friendly and bustling whether you’re taking a morning stroll, enjoying an afternoon coffee or stepping out of an evening for dinner and drinks. Here you may stumble upon a number of cultural events, religious processions, festivals and celebrations.

Beaches in Split are usually pebbly, so there is little wonder that the golden sands of Bačvice Beach are a favourite of locals and visitors alike. Found near the port, moments away from the old town, it’s the perfect spot to relax on a sunlounger or take a dip in the shallow waters.

Split is the largest city of central Dalmatia, a southern region of Croatia. It’s located on a peninsula on the shore of the Adriatic Sea.

As of 1 January 2023, the Croatian currency is the Euro. Major credit and debit cards are accepted in most banks and hotels, and you’ll find ATMs for withdrawing cash in larger towns and cities.

Just as in the rest of Croatia, tipping is not widely expected, although it is always appreciated if you feel you’ve received particularly good service.

Croatia is one hour ahead of GMT.

All you need is a valid British passport for entry to Croatia. But requirements can occasionally change, so we always recommend you check before you leave by visiting CIBT visas or GOV UK.

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