Split is most famous as the location of the retirement home for the Roman Emperor Diocletian. In today's Split there are two main squares, the Pjaca and the Peristyle which give the city of Split a stylish and laid-back sophistication. Sitting at one of the cafes lining the palm-shaded waterfront is an indulgent pleasure. The overall urban structure is in the style of mediaeval cities and along the with stunning Roman palace is protected by UNESCO.
The city of Split is situated in the warmest region of the northern Mediterranean coast. For more than 1,700 years, the city has been receiving its fresh water from the nearby Jadro and Žrnovnica Rivers. A mild climate, with 2700 sunny hours per year, makes the city a wind-sheltered oasis so you can enjoy the sun even in winter. Split is also the industrial, academic, cultural and business centre of the region; it is full of sports clubs, beaches (the city’s sandy Bacvice beach is the most famous), restaurants, nightclubs, museums, palaces and cultural events.
Split has a rich variety of cultural, archaeological and historical monuments. The crown jewel is, of course, the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. Just outside the northern gate of the Palace is sculptor Ivan Mestrovic’s famous monumental statue of Grgur Ninski where you can join the millions of travellers who come here to have their photo taken and rub his toe for "good luck".
NB. Split and Trogir are close to each other so we would suggest choosing one or the other as a base to explore on any itinerary. It is possible to use the frequent passenger ferry between the two locations to avoid driving.
The Emperor's Palace now forms the extraordinary old town of Split, covering almost 7 acres with gates through the walls leading in and out of the main streets. Diocletian's quarters were in the southern, seaward end of the complex, which is remarkably well preserved, whilst the staff and Legionaries lived in the northern section, which has limited remains of the actual buildings but superb walls and arches nonetheless. Other sights in the old city include the Papalic Palace, now the city museum, the Cathedral of St Dominus (once the mausoleum of the emperor) and the gates themselves and nearby mediaeval streets are certainly worthy of some time exploring on foot.
Wandering through the open air market or sitting on a sun-warmed stone, it is easy to forget that behind the two-metre-thick walls, there is a modern, busy port. And it is that juxtaposition which lies at the very heart of Split’s charm.
Activities available include cycling, paddle boarding, sea kayaking and snorkelling; nearby we can also offer river rafting and zip-wire adventures.
Where to stay
In a few words: "Central, boutique hotel" The Marmont Hotel is situated right in the heart of the old vibrant city, inside the walls of the Diocletian Palace. There are just 21 rooms, offering contemporary ...
In a few words: "Good value, great location" The Hotel Peristil is located just off Saint Domnius' square on which today's Cathedral is to be found. The "Peristyle" is a monument to Roman architecture, ...
In a few words: "Modern, boutique hotel" The Hotel Luxe is situated very close to the old city of Split, offering high quality accommodation and lots of facilities.
Things to do
"Rafting at Omis was really excellent. The young guide was very professional and we felt confident in his skill and care."
R Hazeldine, UK, July, 2019
"We spent a lot of time planning our honeymoon trip with Rediscover to make our perfect trip. There was a lot of email correspondence, a lot of questions from us and a lot of patience from Andy and Dawn. We valued their advice on accommodation etc and in the end it all worked out perfectly. The documentation we received covered everything and was very detailed so we knew exactly where we had to be and when. This is what we wanted as we didn't want to think about much on our honeymoon. All of the transfers were perfect. Timing was exceptional and all very helpful friendly drivers. The boat transfers worked perfectly too. Dubrovnik - the hotel Rixos Libertas was just outstanding for everything, customer service, cleanliness, breakfast, room service, location, room and views. We felt we were on a luxury honeymoon here. The walk into the old town was just lovely and we loved everything about our stay here. We took boat trips to Lokrum and Cavtat and did a day trip excursion on a galleon ship to 3 of the Elphite islands, we also treated oursleves to the taster menu in the Dubrovnik360 restaurant just amaxing! Hvar - this is just a beautiful island, we arrived off the catamaran early evening to a wonderful atmosphere, we got a little bit lost finding the hotel but only because it was dark, the instructions were spot on, the hotel Villa Nora is in a perfect location on a back street, we were a little bit disappointed with our room but this was entirely our fault, we'd requested the junior suite which we didn't realise was so big and definitely too big for us for 2 nights, on our last day we used the bathroom in another room after we had checked out and this room would have been perfect for us, we had just gone for what we thought was the best, we did have a request for a balcony room noted on our itinerary but we did not get this, it didn't matter roo much for such a short stay, breakfast outside in the courtyard was lovely, Hvar Town is amazing so many places to eat and lovely walks, we visited the fortress for the most amazing views, we caught the bus to Stari Grad another amazing place for exploring Split - we were met off the catamaran for a super short journey of 2mins to the city walls, here we were collected by a golf buggy from the hotel which was just brilliant, our escort was fantastic, the hotel was in the perfect location within the palace walls and we are so glad we chose this hotel and location,the room was very comfortable and lovely, breakfast was freshly cooked to order for us very nice, the palace grounds and old parts of Split are fantastic for exploring,beyind this there is nothing much to see, we caught a water taxi to Trogir which was really good. All of the hotels gave us a honeymoon gift which was so lovely. Overall we had such an amazing trip and most of this is down to the help of Andy and Dawn and the organisation of Rediscover. It was just perfect!!!"
J Chambers, Gibraltar, October 2017
"Just wanted to say thank you very much for arranging a fantastic holiday for us to Croatia. We had an amazing time - everything went to plan - all transfers etc went very smoothly.We really appreciate all the hard work you put into the arrangements and have already recommended you to many of of our friends. We met some lovely people, saw some beautiful places and did some fantastic activities.We are saving up for next year now!"
M Miles, UK, August 2016
"Very well organised. Amathus Travel were superb. Always there and on time."
C Bertinshaw, UK, August 2016
"Loved it, we had a fabulous time. Highlights were: Discovering that Split is like a cross between Venice/Rome/Barcelona, Hiring a boat from Hvar to visit the Pakleni Islands, Walking around the deserted small lake on Mljet, Trying to get our heads around how amazing Dubrovnik was - could have spent a week there happily, but now we have an excuse to go back!"
J Tofts, UK, August 2016
"Loved Split, and the hotel there; will definitely go back. Kastela much quieter resort - if it can be called that - but perfectly located for exploring the area."
S Taylor, UK, July 2016
"We loved the Hotel Peristil - both the location and service. However it was very hard dropping the car off there...driving the car down a tiny street filled with kiosks. Perhaps you could arrange with the hotel to have clients drop off their car either at the rental agency and then get a ride to the hotel or at the designated parking spot for the Hotel"
B Scoll, USA, Oct 2015
"Andy really guided us into good hotels. We were very pleased. The Hotel Peristil in Split and Hotel Zagreb in Dubrovnik were tremendous. We likely would have not found equivalent accommodations without your his assistance. The rental car was a bit high mileage and well worn. Planning on future trips to Germany (fall of 2016) and Scotland (spring of 2017) would certainly considering working with you again."
J Moravec, USA, July, 2015
"The trip was extremely well-planned and the hotels well-chosen. For our tastes, I believe we had the best accommodation we could have wanted everywhere we stayed. Some hotels were better appointed than others. The Slavia in Split was fantastic whilst the hotel in Vis was very basic; however the ambience in the latter made up for its shortcomings. We had our favourite locations: Vis & Mljet are both candidates for a return visit. We would definitely avoid Hvar town in the future, as it was completely overrun with rich, partying teenagers, but we thoroughly enjoyed our day trip to Stari Grad. All ferries ran to time, all hotels appeared to be expecting us. There were no hidden extras; in fact we received a complimentary upgrade to full board in Bol."
P Smith, UK, July, 2015
"We thought Croatia was beautiful and had a great time. The Croatian people are very friendly and the country is so clean. The transfers were all punctual and organised perfectly - thank you. All 3 of the hotels were central which was important with young children. We would like to return to Croatia - Vis, Korcula and Brac next time. We ideally would like rooms with a sea/harbour view. Thank you for all your excellent planning. We will use you again!"
J Scally, UK, May, 2015