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Luxury Split Holidays

Roman ruins and a pretty coastline

Split

Croatia's second largest city is one of sharp contrasts. It lies halfway between the country's two leading holiday destinations, Dubrovnik and Istria, echoing appealing mountain backdrops and glittering Adriatic waterfronts. Split houses some of Europe's finest Roman remains, as well as modern trimmings that are about as metropolitan as Croatia gets. The city was founded by the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who built its atmospheric walled palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the empire's finest gifts, along with a collection of Roman baths, a cathedral and an amphitheatre.

On the flip side of the coin is a buzzing drinking and dining scene, with cafés, bars and restaurants reaching the length of the Riva, Split's palm-lined seafront promenade that acts as the city's stage. It fills with festivals and events come summer, in particular the vibrant summer festival held through July and August.

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If you spot the statue of Gregory of Nin (a Croatian bishop) in Diocletian's Palace, don't forget to rub his big toe - supposedly it'll bring you good luck!

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Leanne Hall

Split is a really pretty town that offers the best of both worlds - you get to enjoy the narrow lanes and pretty squares of the old town, while being minutes from the beach. The most famous beach in town is Bacvice, but try to walk further along and you will find quieter beaches with clear waters.

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Our pick of the top hotels in Split
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Cornaro Hotel

Split, Croatia

Hotel Park Split

Croatia, Split
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Dubrovnik & Split


At a glance
  • UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace
  • Delve into Dubrovnik Old Town
  • Dubrovnik to Split road trip
  • Optional island boat trips
9 days from £1499 per person

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Flight Information

Flights from the UK to the Split Riviera take around 2 hours 20 minutes.

Transfer Time

Transfer time from Split airport to Split is approximately 40 minutes.

When to go

July and August are the hottest months (temperatures can reach into the mid-30s) and attract the most visitors. June, September and October are great months to visit, as crowds are smaller but the weather still tends to be warm and dry (spot on for sightseeing).

Tipping

Tipping is becoming more commonplace in Croatia, especially in more upmarket establishments where around 10% has become the norm. In bars and more casual restaurants, just leave the coins in your change. At your hotel, tip porters and maids 15 kuna or so. Taxi drivers don’t expect a tip, but it’s a nice gesture to round up the fare.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Croatia is Croatian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

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