The second-largest of Croatia’s cities, Split is also one of the oldest cities in the region, emerging around the foundation of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace. Visitors to Split will discover a city rich in history and culture as well as a warm and welcoming destination that is ideal for sightseeing and soaking up sun on the beach.
As well as its abundance of historic treasures, splendid beaches and the outstanding natural beauty of the surrounding countryside, Split has also become popular for its nightlife. Much of this is based on the Bacvice entertainment complex on the waterfront. The city is also an excellent spot to reach nearby islands Hvar and Brac, noted for their lively club and bar scenes, which peak during the warmer months.
Split generally experiences hot, sunny and dry month from May to September, with an average of 86 F. December, January and February are generally mild, being the coolest at around 50 F. The months of November to January are usually subject to the most rainfall.
Best Time to Fly to Split
The months of July and August are Split’s busiest in terms of tourism as this is when weather is warmest and driest. This is reflected in travel and accommodation prices, and availability.
The cooler months (December, January and February) are Split’s quietest in terms of tourism, as this is when the weather is coolest, although often still very pleasant. The pre-peak months from April to June, as well as post-peak September and October are both good times to visit, as the weather may be almost as warm as it is in the peak season.
Getting around Split
Most of Split’s attractions are close enough to each other that you can easily walk. Local buses can take you to the outskirts and the airport.
Split Travel Information
- Diocletian's Palace, built toward the end of the third century and beginning of the fourth century AD by Roman emperor Diocletian, is one of the region's most significant historic sites. It is the world's most complete set of Roman palace ruins, and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Monument in 1979. It is such an iconic status that its image is featured on Croatian banknotes.
- The Ivan Mestrovic Gallery is an art museum dedicated to the work of Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic and contains 192 of his sculptures, 583 drawings, four paintings, 291 architectural plans and two furniture sets. The museum also contains exhibits detailing the artist’s life and work, including items such as personal correspondences to friends and family, which allow visitors an intimate glimpse into the mind of the fascinating artist.
- Stari Pazar (or Green Market) is a large, bustling open-air street market located between the Silver Gate of Diocletian’s Palace and the main city bus stop. All kinds of items are available here, from local produce and household items to clothes and souvenirs.
- Split Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of St Domnius, lies within the grounds of Diocletian’s Palace and was originally the Roman emperor’s mausoleum. Over the centuries, it was further adapted toward its new role, with the Romanesque bell tower added later on. This tower offers great views of the city and is a prominent symbol of Split.
- Marjan, a hill on the coast in the south of Split, is a wonderful oasis of greenery located only a short walk from the historic city. Popular among joggers, bikers and hikers, this Mediterranean pine forest has been a place of relaxation and recreation since Roman times.