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
"Thank you for organising a brilliant holiday for us. We returned half an hour early on Easy Jet yesterday. The 5 hotels were excellent, car parking worked well and we were bowled over by Croatia in general. It's a shame so much of Zadar is pst ww2, but what an excellent hotel! Luxe in Split was a great choice, modern, chic and well positioned. We loved Trogir. Hvar was the highlight, once we mastered the kerb at the car park which was a story in itself! The drive across Hvar was great fun and the mountain road is brand new. The ferry q was 4 hours .... After Mali Ston, it will be a while before I can eat more mussels and oysters, but what a great evening we had. We drove thru Bosnia, as we had eaten our day in the ferry q, which was not an issue at all. Dubrovnik was sensational and the Bellevue great. Nice people, great food, lift to the beach, great swimming, friendly taxis. So superior to Portugal and Spain and the wines were delicious. Even the red."
K & M Falconer, UK, August 2013
"Thank you for your assistance with our recent trip to Croatia. It was a terrific experience and one of our best trips to date. We particularly enjoyed the week sailing in the islands near Split and the coast of the south. Mostar was a bit of a tough place but worth the day. The hotel was certainly not a highlight but passable for a single night. We loved Perast. Slovenia was less enjoyable unfortunately. I would suggest that you caution people regarding the mandatory sticker required for all vehicles. It cost us 150 Euros as a fine as well as the 15 Euro fee. There are no signs nor clue of this when entering the country. The tags are available at bus stations and post offices apparently. Zagreb is also a good experience and a fine historic city to visit. Driving in Croatia is good although the towns are challenging as is parking. All in all a wonderful experience. We would visit again and perhaps rent a sailboat ourselves. We would be interested in Portugal as a future destination. We travel frequently so welcome suggestions. We have booked October and December already (Mexico) Turkey, Italy and Greece are near term destinations for us as well."
C McNabb, Canada, September 2013
"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
"Hotel Luxe was very welcoming. We had a spacious suite with a bath which was good after Hotel Adriana. We didn't have a view but the hotel was great and the staff very friendly. The breakfast was continental so not quite as good as the other two hotels. There was no swimming pool but the location was great in the cente of Split and our room was very quiet."
J Scally, UK, May, 2015
"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