Split Croatia guide
Split, second largest city in Croatia is economic, administrative, educational, sport and tourist center of Split Dalmatian county (Middle Dalmatia), traffic connection to Croatia islands, pearls of Adriatic like Hvar, Vis, Brac and Solta. Split Dalmatian County can be seen defined in tourist offers as highlands, Dalmatian coast and Dalmatian islands and as Riviera Trogir, Riviera Kastela, Riviera Split and Riviera Makarska.
Split is fantastically well served by air from the UK and Europe. See our low cost airline section for more details. Do not miss to see our airport info about airports in Croatia, as well as transfer guide from airport.
There are several trains per day from Zagreb - following track improvements in the past few years to allow for fast tilting trains, this journey time has been reduced to about 5 hours and 30 minutes. There are also many, many buses per day from Zagreb and elsewhere in Croatia to Split. See our travelling by bus / train section for more information.
Numerous ferries connect Split with the nearby Adriatic islands (Hvar, Brac, Vis, Lastovo, Korcula etc) and there is a coastal ferry service between the city and Rijeka to the north and Dubrovnik to the south. There are also daily ferries in the summer months (and slightly less frequent during the winter) between Split and Ancona in Italy. See our Travelling by boat / ferry section for more details.
Things to see
Obviously, the most important sight is Diocletian's palace. Get a locally published guide in English which describes this monument in great detail. Do not miss the Peristyle which is the main open space in the palace and is surrounded by a colonnade of six columns to the eastern and western sides and an arch, decorated with garlands, in the centre. On the eastern side of the Peristyle is a cathedral. On the western side is the Narodni trg ("People's Square") with the old town hall which was built in the 15th century. There is an Ethnographic museum on the square (worth visiting) and nearby is a City museum. Don't miss a remarkable statue of Grgur Ninski (Gregory of Nin), a Croatian religious leader from the 10th century, by the most famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic.