The port city of Split: the gateway to the Croatian islands


The Palace of Diocletian in the city centre, the crooked little lanes with their numerous cafés give Spilt its unique atmosphere. Yachts and luxury cruise ships anchor in the popular port city with its appealing Mediterranean flair On the Riva, the busy, bustling waterside promenade, locals and tourists stroll, enjoying the balmy evenings in one of the numerous cafés and restaurants and savouring the freshest seafood. Legend has it that you will have good fortune if you rub the toe of Grgur Ninski (Gregory of Nin). Wonderful bathing beaches round off a great holiday in Split.

The heart of the city: the Palace of Diocletian

Split - Old town

The Mediterranean flair of the city with its many sunny days, numerous cafés, relaxed locals and the network of narrow lanes has a soothing effect on its visitors. While wandering around the labyrinth of the old city, you can expect to turn a corner and discover a beautiful square, lined with pretty little cafés and shops frequented by tourists and locals alike.

Diocletian’s Palace, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, is the heart and the historic nucleus of the city: from here, the city grew outwards and spread outside the palace walls. Don’t miss a tour of the palace cellars, which are amongst the best-preserved antique complexes. Countless buildings dating back to the third century AD reveal the city’s long and varied past. Once the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia, with roughly 220,000 inhabitants, Split is now the second-largest city in Croatia after the capital, Zagreb, and it is the unofficial capital of Dalmatia.

At the centre of the old city lies the Peristyl, a central square and meeting place in the old palace complex. Diocletian’s mausoleum has also been preserved; transformed into a Christian cathedral in the 7th century it is now the Cathedral of St. Domnius, which is the city’s landmark. Split has a host of other historically interesting churches and chapels throughout the old centre. 

Spend an evening relaxing on the promenade

Split - Harbour

Shipping and boats play an enormous part in the port city of Split. Down in the harbour yachts bob alongside luxurious cruise liners – with all manner of boats in between. At the Peskarija, the fish market, you can mingle with the locals and marvel at the incredible choice of freshly caught fish. Quite apart from shopping, the fish market is also a popular place to stroll around and enjoy a coffee.

The beautiful waterside promenade Riva starts at the marina. It is two kilometres long and is a popular meeting place for both locals and visitors. Its many restaurants and bars make the promenade the ideal place to unwind after a busy day exploring the city. Treat yourself to local specialities made with freshly-caught fish. In the evening the bars on the Riva attract crowds, and in the old city the many bars and clubs provide the setting for a great night out.

Crystal-clear water, blue skies and magical beaches

Split is also the perfect place for a beach holiday: there are magnificent beaches not far from the historical city centre, and the crystal-clear water and almost always-blue skies make this the perfect spot to catch the sun and relax. The most popular beach is the city beach Bacvice, which attracts both locals and tourists. Ovcice beach is also popular. If you want to grab a spot it pays to get here early in the morning. Trstenik beach with its shallow water is ideal for families with small children. The beaches on the Marjan peninsula are quieter. Slatine beach on the island of Ciovo is an undiscovered jewel: boats leave from the port of Split every day and, as well as the tranquil beach, you get to enjoy the boat trip out there. Lots of ferries leave from Split to the many islands in the Adriatic. Superb places for an excursion include Brač, Hvar and Korčula.  

Grab yourself some luck at the statue of Grgur Ninski

Legend has it that rubbing the toe of the imposing statue of Grgur Ninski – Gregory of Nin – brings good luck.  The statue, which is by one of the most famous Croatian sculptors, Ivan Mestrovic, stands in front of the Porta Aurea, the Golden Gate at the Palace of Diocletian. At the Ivan Mestrovic Gallery on the outskirts of the old city you can view more of the sculptor’s works. 


Split-Kastela Airport is roughly 20 kilometres from Split. The Airport Shuttle bus service connects the airport and the city centre, with the departure times coinciding with the flight schedule. A service from the airport into Split is also operated with buses 37 and 38. From 22 May, airberlin will be flying direct every to Split every Sunday, leaving Tegel at 6:05. The new flights can be booked on www.airberlin.com or by phone on 0049 (0) 180 6 334 334. In the season, Germanwings, Croatia Airlines and Easyjet will be flying as follows: Germanwings flies on Tuesdays at 11:55, Thursdays at 6:05 and Saturday at 18:15, always from Tegel direct to Split. Croatia Airlines flies on Saturdays at 16:00 from Tegel. EasyJet flies Wednesdays at 11:15 and Saturdays at 6:20 from Berlin-Schönefeld. 

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