Located on the coastline of Croatia, Split may look like a sunbaked medieval town, but hidden around every corner is a new bar, restaurant, club, and of course, beaches. It also tends to be cheaper and a little less touristy than it's more famous counterpart Dubrovnik.
How to get there:
Buses are the easiest mode of transport to Split. The main bus station is just a short walk to the Old Town, with connections to the rest of the Balkin region. There are plenty of daily transfers to Dubrovnik and Zagreb, Mostar, Ljubljana and Sarajevo. Bus Croatia has schedules and you can also buy your ticket in advance.
A word of warning about buses in The Balkins: Certain bus lines and companies require printed tickets. Non negotiatble. I witnessed two girls be removed from a bus because their ticket was on their phone. Hostels and Hotels should be able to help you out with printing.
How to get around:
Within Split, you don’t really need transport and most of the Old Town is pedestrian only, made up of tight alleyways not roads.
Where to eat:
Buffet Fife dishes hearty, homecooked meals – must try their famous beef stew (pašticada)! Most meals cost around 40KN.
D16 is a rare, legit coffee shop making amazing espresso on real milk.
Konoba Varos serves up authentic Dalmatian cuisine – give the gnocchi a try.
Charlie’s Bar is a favourite with backpackers. Cheap drinks and fellow travellers… what else is there? Spirits cost less than 20KN and a 1.5L Jug of beer is only 55KN.
Where to stay:
Thanks to Ultra Music Festival and Split being the docking point for many Sail Croatia type boats, hostels are abundant in town.
CroParadise Green Hostel has amazing rooms and facilities: from 75KN
Gravitas Hostel is super clean and in a perfect location: from 75KN
Old Town Hostel is one of the cheapest, has great staff and is right in the centre of town: from 67KN
Example budget for a day in Split
450KN (€60) per day
- Hostel: 75KN per night
- Homemade Breakfast at Hostel: 10KN
- Day Trip to Krka, return bus fare: 140KN
- Entry to Krka: 120KN
- Pre-prepared sandwich for lunch: 10KN
- Dinner at Buffet Fife: 40KN
- Drinks at Charlie’s Bar: 55KN
How long to spend in Split:
4 days is plenty if you’re doing a few day trips to surrounding sights.
What to see and do:
Hike up Marjan Hill
A perfect little oasis above the bustle of Split Town, this hill only takes around 15 minutes to climb from Marmount Street to the top. The stunning view down over the harbour and red roofs is well worth the effort, and there’s plenty of other trails to explore if you have the time. At the base of the hill, you’ll also find a few nice beaches and coves to take a dip.
This stretch of pebbled beach is maintained by the Radisson Blue Resort, and – aside from the VIP platform - is open to the public. You can rent an umbrella and chair or just lay your towel wherever you like and enjoy the crystal clear water.
Day trip to Krka National Park
This stunning national park is situated along the Krka River, and has a series of 7 waterfalls on show.
Buses run throughout the day from Split, the earliest departing at 7am. The park is a lot more enjoyable with less people, so try to get there early!
Exploring Krka National Park
Similar to the Kravice waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Krka National Park features an array of waterfalls gushing like cascades to one central pool – you can even swim here too.
Day trip to Plitvice Lakes
This national park, with its aquamarine lakes and many waterfalls, has over one million visitors yearly marking it the most visited attraction in Croatia.
There are multiple buses daily to and from Plitvice from Split, more during the summer months. If you’re planning on travelling on to Zagreb, I would recommend a day trip then as the journey takes 4 hours one way. If Split is your only stop in Croatia and you really want to go, you can check out times on Bus Croatia and book your tickets in advance. One way tickets cost around 140KN.
Find out more information including how to get there, entry cost and opening hours below.
Day trip to Hvar Island
Located just an hour from Split lies luxurious Hvar, with over 30,000 tourists visiting this island each day in summer. Explore the main square, the medieval and narrow backstreets, the many beaches, and climb the hill above Hvar Town to the Venetian fortress for an incredible view.
You can catch a catamaran over to Hvar, with 5 transfers daily in Summer, costing 22KN. Buy tickets in advance here.