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Split: where locals sip coffee in cafés that spill on to pavements; where tourists photograph the fabulous architecture of the past; and where visitors base themselves in Split hotels to head off for walks in the forested mountains or to jump aboard yachts to reach the glamorous islands that dot the Adriatic Sea.
With azure seas to the front and emerald mountains bringing up the rear, Split is a Mediterranean beauty that continues to grow in popularity as a tourist destination. Hotels in Split can be found throughout this enchanting city, and many are well located for the main attraction of the city: Diocletian's Palace. The sprawling complex was built for Roman emperor Diocletian and, when the Romans deserted the city, homes and businesses moved in. These days, you'll still find residences alongside bars, restaurants and shops.
The palm-tree lined waterfront, the Riva, is a good spot to enjoy a glass of something chilled or to tuck into freshly caught morsels from the sea, while indulging in a spot of people watching.
Active types will be rewarded with a walk up the city's hill, Marjan, which offers magnificent city and sea vistas. You could pack a picnic at the city's fabulous markets, where you can immerse yourself in the buzz of local life. Or simply drop your towel on the city beaches in summer and claim a small and sunny slice of Split.
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The central areas of Split contain a very good range of accommodation, from budget to luxury hotels, where you can hop from the spa to your to-die-for room views within minutes. The harbour and the areas around the palace are popular places to stay, where you can find some of the best five-star hotels.
Big international brands in the area are few and far between but look out for the Radisson Blu or the Le Meridien if that's what you're after. Nearly all of the other hotels are locally managed and run, including the many apartments on offer.
It’s wise to book Split accommodation as far in advance of travel as possible to secure the best rates, especially if you plan to be in the city during the busy summer season.
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From a Unesco-listed palace to sandcastles on the beach, there’s something for everyone in sensational Split...
Top five attractions
Designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco, this enormous complex was built at the turn of the fourth century. Today it's a major hub for business, tourism and local life. You can't miss it, but you wouldn't want to.
The Marjan is the hill that sits prettily on the peninsula and provides a striking green backdrop to the creams and reds of Split's architecture. Walking trails, recreational activities and even a zoo can be found here, though the views from the top are the most glorious assets of Marjan.
A trip to the islands
Split is a wonderful base from which to explore the islands of the Adriatic. Book trips to island wonders such as Hvar and Brac.
The city beaches are great, but nearby Brela feels like another world. Crystal-clear waters lap on to the white sands of secluded coves, and pine trees provide shade and sweet scent. It's a day trip worth indulging in.
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Also known as the Saint Dujam, or Saint Duje; whatever you call it, just call in and relish the crisp white marble of the bell tower set against a bright blue sky.
As the weather heats up, so does the social calendar. Find out what’s on when in summer (and spring) with our pick of the top events…
Split Carnival; February: Wrap up warm for a winter visit to Split and watch the fun unfold during processions and other activities. The whole family can participate in elements of the carnival, or you can simply savour the sights.
Split Summer Festival; July/August: A month-long party of theatre, music, dance and other special performances means Split is electric in summer.
Bacvice Beach Festival; August: Split's most famous city beach plays host to DJs and party-goers in summer, both under the glare of the sun and after the sun has disappeared over the horizon.