Coastal city with ancient roots

Serving as the second largest city in Croatia, Split is perfect for those seeking a trip somewhere with historical charm and natural beauty. This seaside town is set along a beautiful sea of blue. Either spend the day on water or traversing the historical Roman palace.

Split is a well-known city in Europe but it remains one of the Adriatic’s most vibrant port cities. It’s perfectly sandwiched between mountains and sea and has been named a World Heritage Site. You’ll find that it’s impossible to get bored (or to leave) with day trips to islands and nearby parks, amazing nightlife and restaurants.

In this guide you’ll find a list of spots not to miss, budgeting tips, and highlights of the city from personal experience.

Top sights to see in Split

Diocletian's Palace
Island hopping boat trip
Bavice Beach
Stroll along Split seafront promenade (Riva)
Nearby krka waterfalls
Climb the bell tower of St.Dominus Cathedral
Explore the Old Town
Check out the thriving night scene

Typical Costs When Travelling

Accommodation – 40€ per person per night for a double room in an apartment/Airbnb booked in advance. Try to look for accommodation in the historical city center.

Food – SEAFOOD! You only need to budget around 20-50€ per day (or even less). Croatia has lots of cheap eating options, but do be sure to try the local staple of seafood and wine. Perfect combo for any beach getaway. <3

Transportation – Split is a small, easily navigable city. Therefore, no need to worry about transportation costs. If you are staying in the city you can easily reach anywhere by foot. Once you’re done visiting popular monuments in the historical city center we recommend taking a boat trip to some of the beautiful nearby islands, beaches, caves, blue lagoon and the waterfalls. If you haven’t noticed by now there is natural beauty all around!

Suggested daily budget – 50-100€ (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in an apartment and eating out moderately. This is inclusive of accommodation, food, transportation and entertainment costs).


Get the menu of the day You may recognize this building from HBO series Game of Thrones. Prominent emperors used to rule this truly charming Roman palace and it serves as the shining star of the city. Even the palace corridors of the past now function as outdoor alley ways.
Island hopping boat trip Have the best day ever island hopping some of Croatias breathtakingly blue beaches. There are many stands along the Riva promenade offering boat trips lasting from a few hours to a few days. Make sure to hit the Blue Lagoon, Brač, Hvar, Korčula, Mljet, Dubrovnik.
Stroll along the Riva promenade Day or night the promenade is the most exciting and happening part of the city. Markets take place along the promenade, there are many fine-dining restaurants and lively bars are here situated along the water.
Explore the Old Town Take a journey back in time while explore Split's old town. The town is covered in white marble and much of the city is well preserved even a thousand years later. You definitely won't want to miss the main monuments in the square near Diocletian's palace.

We hope some of these tips could help ease the planing process! If you’re looking for more suggestions on what to do in Split check out our guide on the best things to do in Split (with stunning photos)!


An American living and working in Dusseldorf, Germany. If you couldn't tell already, I spend most of my free time cooking, travelling or writing about either of the two. Thanks for stopping by!

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