Split is the second largest city in Croatia, with just over 200,000 inhabitants, and is the largest city on the Adriatic coast. Coupled with its strong history – it emerged from a settlement around a palace built by Roman emperor Diocletian, and the city was also important within Yugoslavia – this lively city sure is worth a visit, however brief. Seeing as it’s something of a transport hub – with great air, bus and ferry links (and even some train services) – you’re bound to end up here at some point on your travels in Croatia.

Split Photos - View from the Belltower

View from the belltower over the Riva, and out towards Marjan Hill

To get a feel for the city, why not watch the clip below? It is from a BBC programme called Francesco’s Meditteranean Voyage (broadcast in 2008) in which Venetian Francesdo da Mosta spent two months sailing through this sea. Here, Francesco visits Split and goes to see a local man who has a part of an ancient temple within this flat, before going to play the famous local game of picigin in the sea.

Information on Split

Here are our pages on Croatia’s second largest city:

  • History
    The city’s had quite a history, with its main beginnings as a Roman Emperor’s palace
  • Getting to Split
    By air from the UK and Europe, and other travel possibilities by bus, train and ferry
  • Sightseeing
    The top sights, including Diocletian’s Palace
  • Guided Tours of Split
    Sightseeing, walking and activity tours – kayaking, white-water rafting, and sailing – in and near the city
  • Day Trips from Split
    Options for visiting areas and towns close by, such as Trogir, Solin, and the islands of Solta and Brac
  • Events
    Annual events and festivals
  • Useful Tips
    Sightseeing, money exchange, free wifi, left luggage and more…
  • The People of Split
    Read up about the city’s fun-loving inhabitants, as well as the city’s famous sons! There’s also details about the intriguing beach game, picigin

Accommodation in Split

All types of accommodation – hostels, hotels, apartments and private accommodation – are plentiful in the city, with something for all budgets and tastes. See our Accommodation guide.

General info on Split

The area code is 021.

The tourist office is at Obala hrvatskog narodnog preporoda 7, 21000 Split, Tel: 021 348 600, Fax: 021 348 604, Email: tz-split@st.htnet.hr.

British Consulate: Obala Hrvatskog Narodnog Preporoda 10/III 21000 Split Tel: 021 341 464; Fax: 021 362 905

Additional info on Split

More info can be found at the Split Tourist Office website and Split.info.

Travel Agencies in and around Split

Active Holidays Croatia offer luxury weeklong cruises and 7- & 10-day activity holidays

Split Tours Accommodation, catamaran & ferry lines and more!

Yacht Charter Croatia


For those looking for a slightly unusual type of holiday – and are considering a tattoo! – take a look at ST Tattoo Art Studio‘s website. They are offering free transport & accommodation for a 2-3 day in Split, plus discounts at some restaurant – if you have a €1,000 tattoo at their studio.