34. Split  CROATIA  | Total Sights: 15+  | Nickname: The most beautiful city in the world





A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Split

Croatia  Split, Croatia's second-largest city, has a unique historical heritage, the Diocletian’s Palace, located just behind the always-busy palm lined waterfront.

The heart of the historic centre of Split is integrated in the remains of this imposing Roman palace with labyrinthine pedestrianized streets packed with people, bars, shops, and restaurants.

West of the city centre Marjan Hill commands fantastic views over the city and its several lovely beaches.

 Split enjoys a fantastic location under a dramatic mountain backdrop on a beautiful stretch of the Adriatic coastline and scores solid to high in almost all of the other categories.

On top of that the climate is more than appealing.

 Split has no real flaw, but shopping is just average and with less than 180,000 inhabitants it is one of the smallest cities in our list. 




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3.5/10 [0.178 Mio.]


B. Best Things to Do in Split (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 5.85/10.

Built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian between 295 and 305 CE this ancient palace — in fact more resembling a giant fortress — today forms the main part of the lively old town of Split as a ”living monument”. 

Within the palace boundaries, an irregular rectangle (approximately 160 meters x 190 meters) there are about 220 buildings. It is a delightful place to lose yourself, explore and enjoy sights as well as countless shops and restaurants in a relaxed atmosphere. 

Ancient Palace  (World Heritage Site since 1979)

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PERISTYLE of Diocletian's Palace  6
The peristyle is the picturesque colonnaded courtyard in Diocletian's Palace. 

Don’t miss the 3500 old black-granite sphinx, which is located between the columns near the cathedral.

Historic Building (World Heritage Site since 1979)

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Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius  5
Climb the steps of the white Romanesque Bell Tower of St. Domnius (60m/200ft), which was constructed in 1100,  for unforgettable panoramic views over the old town and the Adriatic Sea. 

The cathedral was once the mausoleum of Diocletian and converted into a church in the seventh century.


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Marjan  5
Situated adjacent to Split's Old Town Marjan Hill (178 m/584 ft) is home to a vast protected nature preserve offering stunning views from its several viewpoints.


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Riva  5
Take a stroll along this magnificent 250 meters long and 55 meters wide pedestrian seafront promenade in front of the impressive south façade of the Diocletian’s Palace.

The lively waterfront, which was successfully modernized in 2005 features shady palm trees, bustling bars, fine seafood restaurants and trendy cafés.

Harbour and beachfront

Meštrović Gallery  5
In this beautifully situated gallery in the foothills of Marjan Forest Park you can admire around 200 sculptural works in wood, marble, stone, and bronze by Croatia’s most famous sculptor Ivan Mestrovic.


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Roman ruins of Salona  5
Located just 5 km northeast of Split the extensive Roman ruins of Salona — at its pinnacle a town with over 60 000 inhabitants — feature the remains of a large amphitheatre, monumental ramparts with towers and gates, and a forum with temples.

There is an interesting small museum near the entrance to the reserve. From Split bus lines No 1, 37 and 10 serve the ruins of Salona.

Archaeological park 

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Archaeological Museum  5
This remarkable small museum holds valuable collections of sacred and secular artefacts from Roman and early-Christian periods discovered in and around the nearby Roman city of Salona.

Highlights include the 4th Century sarcophagus of the Good Shepherd and the sarcophagus of the Red Sea Crossing.


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City Beaches  4
Split offers numerous fine beaches featuring great quality of water (water temperature Jun-Oct, 22-25°C, 71.6-77°F), which all can be easily reached by walking along the seaside from the city centre.

Right next to the old town lies the always popular Bačvice (sand) beach, to the south the well-kept Trstenik (pebble) beach is equipped with sunbeds and parasols (2.6 km from Split) and at the slopes of Marjan Hill you can take a swim at Kaštelet (pebble) beach (2 km from Split, in the vicinity of the Ivan Mestrovic Gallery) or the idyllic Kasjuni (pebble) beach (3 km from Split). 

City Beach  

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People's Square (Narodni Trg, Pjaca) 4
Known by the locals as Pjaca this representative historic square with its white marble paving is overlooked by the remarkable 15th-century Gothic Town Hall, today an exhibition centre.


Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Split

-Square of the Republic  4

-Grgur Ninski Statue  4

-Rooms and corridors underneath Diocletian’s Palace  4

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Split

TROGIR (city, World Heritage Site since 1997, 29 km from Split)   6

Hvar (island, 54 km from Split)  6

CATHEDRAL OF ST JAMES in Šibenik (World Heritage Site since 2000, 88 km from Split)  5

 Klis Fortress (13 km from Split) 5

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Split (including close-by excursions)

 PERISTYLE (building)  6
  TROGIR (city, 29 km from Split) 6
  Hvar (island, 54 km from Split)  6
 Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius (view, height: 60 m)  6
 Marjan Hill (views, height: 178 m) 5
 Riva  (Harbour and beachfront)  5
  Klis Fortress (13 km from Split)  5
 Meštrović Gallery (museum)  5
 Roman ruins of Salona (5 km from Split)  5