With 221.000 inhabitants Split is the secong largest city in Croatia. Its significance is largely due to the Roman emperor, Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus who had a magnificent palace built in this unimportant fishing village in 293 AC. But the history of Split began not with the emperor but the tiny village of Asphalatos which was founded by the Greek. At that time Asphalatos was dwarfed by the 5 km far Illiryan Salonae (present-day Solin). When Salonae was devastated by the Avars in the 7th century, its inhabitants found shelter within the walls of the Diocletian's palace.

Split is a real tourist paradise: besides its fantastic monuments it has a busy port and many diving clubs. The closest beach to the old town is Bačvice, located a 15 minute walk from the city centre. It is lined with restaurants and bars. On the nearby tennis courts of Firule district Croatian tennis stars hit the ball.   

Getting here & around


By car
Zagreb (A1) – Bosiljevo junction (A1) - exit Dugopolje - Split.
Motorway tolls: Zagreb – Dugopolje    174 Kn

Driving around the old town is very challenging because along the Diocletian's palace walls all streets are one-way. Park your car as soon as possible.
Parking: in 3 zones, prices vary
Riva 0-24                 10 Kn / first hour, then 15 Kn / hour
old town                  4-6 Kn / hour
further from the old town   4 Kn / hour

By train

The railway station and the main bus station are in the immediate vicinity of the port. The small railway station is a neglected building from outside but nicely renovated inside. Left luggage lockers: 15 Kn/24 hours. The old town lies a short stroll from here. There are two trains daily from Zagreb to Split. The journey takes 6-8 hours and the ticket costs 190 Kn. 

By bus

There are two important bus stations, one is at the port and the other one is by road Domovinskog rata. Bus No37 leaves from Domovinskog rata to Trogir (17 Kn) in every 20 minutes and stops at Split airport.

Split - Zágráb    192 Kn
Split - Dubrovnik 162 Kn

Split - Zadar      98 - 106 Kn

Important Split bus lines include No8 and 12 from Riva (Sv. Frane) to Marjan hill and No3,5,8,11 from the market to Firule.

By air

Split airport (www.split-airport.hr) lies 20 km away from the centre, in Kaštela village. The airport operates shuttle buses to Split (30 Kn). These buses arrives at the port of Split. Bus No37 is a local line between Trogir and Split. This runs in every 20 minutes and arrives at Domovinskog rata road.

By boat

Split is a significant port. Ferries operate to Ancona and Bari (both in Italy) from Split. You can also get to Hvar, Brač, Korčula, Rijeka and Dubrovnik from here by sea.

Ferry rates


Tourist information

The tourist office can be found within the walls of Diocletian's palace, in Peristil, in the building of the former church of Sv. Roka.

Tel: +385 21 345 606

internet: www.visitsplit.com

e-mail: touristinfo@visitsplit.com
Opening hours: in the summer every day 8.00 – 20.00

Seaside Promenade - Riva


This elegant promenade edged with palm trees runs along the southern wall of the Diocletian's palace. It gained its present appearance two centuries ago, during the governorship of Marshal Marmont. Riva is the ultimate centre of Split's life, all important event take place here.

Marmontova street, called after the Marshal of Napoleon, connects Riva with Trg Gaje Bulata square. This busy pedestrian street is full of posh boutiques and trendy bars, surprisingly the fish market is also here. The first cinema of Split, the Karaman, was opened here in 1907.


Diocletianus Palace

Diocletianus palace

One of the best preserved Roman building complexes in Croatia, it is the part of UNESCO World Heritage since 1979. The Dalmatian Diocletian who had this modest retirement palace (3000 square metres) built, became a Roman emperor from an everyday legionnaire.

The entrance to the palace from Riva is at Preporoda 22. This is the so-called Brass gate (Porta Aenea). According to the original plan it served as a safety gateway to the sea. Behind the Brass gate the excavated basement halls house an exhibition (12 Kn) of Roman stone fragments. Climb up the long staircase to get to the Peristyle, the colonnaded entrance hall. In Diocletian's time this was the scene of the cult of god Jupiter. The imperator also appeared here for his subordinates. The red granite pillars refer to the ceremonial function of Peristyle. Today it serves as the venue of concerts and opera performances.

On the right the Cathedral of St. Duje, on the left a 5th-century baptistry can be found. The latter was the temple of Jupiter in the ancient times. The baptismal font displays Zvonimir, the Croatian king.

St. Duje Cathedral


Kralj Sveti Duje 5.

This impressive cathedral was named after the patron saint of Split, St. Duje who was beheaded by emperor Diocletian in 304. The main part of the church complex is Diocletian's mausoleum built from limestone and Brač marble just like the whole palace. Diocletian, who was known for his brutal persecution of Christians was laid to rest here. When the mausoleum was converted into a church in the 7th century, the emperor's body was removed. Ironically, the cathedral is now the home of the relics of those Christian martyrs who were slaughtered by Diocletian himself.

The construction of the bell tower was sponsored by the wives of the king of Naples and Sicily and of the Hungarian king, Charles Robert of Anjou. As it took centuries and was finished in the 17th century, it is a mixture of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles. For the view over the Diocletian Palace complex, it is highly recommended climbing the bell tower (10 Kn).

The treasury (10 Kn) has a vast sacral collection including the 11th-century Supetar cartulary and the Evangelium Spalantese (Book of gospels) from the 7-8th century.


The sculpture of Grgur Ninski

Grgur Ninski

Ivan Meštrović's famous 7m high statue of bishop Grgur Ninski rises in front of the Golden Gate (Zlatna vrata) of Diocletian's Palace. The bishop played an important role in Croatian history, he was fighting for the use of the old Slavic language in mass liturgy. Touching the statue's big toe brings you luck so do not miss it! 

Trg Republike „Prokurative”

Prokurative square

One of the most beautiful squares in Split. From three sides it is surrounded by a neo-renaissance arcade building. A large theatre used to stand here but it was destroyed in a fire. Today the square is the venue of open air performances, fashion shows and concerts. 

Marjan hill

Mount Marjan

Occupying a small peninsula, this green oasis offers a suberb view over Split and the nearby islands. From Trg Franje Tuđmana square walk along Šperun street to find the steps (Senjska ulica) which lead up to the top. At first you reach the old Jewish cemetery and its bar :). Have a cup of coffee and enjoy the breathtaking panorama.

The first pine trees of Marjan park were planted in the middle of the 18th century. The botanical garden and the modest Split Zoo is located on the hilltop.

Meštrović Gallery

Šetalište Ivana Meštrovića 46.

Working hours: 1 May – 30 Sep: Tue – Sun 9.00-19.00

                       1 Oct – 30 Apr: Tue – Sat 9.00-16.00, Sun: 10.00-15.00 
Admission charge: 30 Kn (children 15 Kn)

Mestrovic Gallery

This beautiful white villa was built between 1931 and 1939 by Ivan Meštrović. The villa and the gallery's collection was donated to Yugoslavia by the sculptor himself. Opened in 1952, this splendid house and its sculpture garden are really worth a visit.

A short stroll from the villa, Meštrović's other property, Kaštelet awaits visitors. The most interesting part of this Renaissance and baroque complex is the chapel made for the artist's cycle of 28 wooden reliefs displaying the life of Christ. His famous crucifix is also exhibited here.

Ivan Meštrović (1883–1962) was a world famous Croatian sculptor with a life full of vicisitudes. He was born in Slavonia but spent his childhood in a small Dalmatian village called Otavice. After finishing his studies in Vienna, he hired an atelier in Paris where he met his first success. On the 1911 International Exhibition in Rome he received the grand prix for the Serbian Pavilion. After the Sarajevo assasination (1914) he had to escape because of his political views against the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but after World War I he returned to the newly formed Yugoslavia and settled down in Zagreb. Meštrović spent the summers in his villa in Split. During World War II he was briefly imprisoned by the fascist ustasha and only with the help of the Vatican was released and could get to Switzerland. Her first wife, who was Jewish, did not survive the war. After WW II he refused to live in the communist Yugoslavia and moved to the USA where he worked as a professor at several universities. He sent many of his works back to Yugoslavia and donated his estates to the Croatian people. In accordance with his wishes, he was buried in his childhood village, Otavice.

Meštrović often chose the thema of his works of art from the south slavic history and the Bible. With his early works he took a stand on the unity of south slavs. His impressive masterpieces can be seen all around the former Yugoslavia (Belgrade, Novi Sad, Zagreb, Split) and in the USA.


The ruins of Salonae

Working hours: May-Oct: Mon-Fri 7.00-19.00,

                          Sat 9.00-19.00, Sun 9.00-13.00

                       Nov-Apr: Mon-Fri 9.00-15.30, Sat 9.00-14.00

Tickets: 10 Kn (children 5 Kn)

The remnants of the ancient town of Salonae lies 3 km northeast of Split. The present settlement is called Solin. From Split drive along Domovinskog rata – Solinska - Splitska route to get here. The excavated area is surrounded by Salonitanska, S. Radića and Don F. Bulića roads.

At first Salonae was the fortified port of the Illyrian Dalmati tribe after which Dalmatia is named. The Roman emperor, Julius Caesar, granted Roman colony status to the town. Salonae's golden age started during the rule of emperor Diocletian, who was born here. The ruins of the 2nd-century Roman town walls, the amphitheatre, the Roman theatre, the bath and the necropolis (cemetery) have preserved until today. After the fall of the Roman empire Salonae had a strong early Christian community. With the arrival of the Slavic tribes in the 6-7th century the good times were over and the inhabitants were forced to find shelter within the walls of the Diocletian's Palace in Spalato (today Split).

A Croatian priest, Frane Bulić was the one who discovered the treasures of Salonae at the turn of the 19th century. His sarchophagus is exhibited beside the early Christian cemetery.

Fortress Klis

Once the seat of the Croatian kings, this fortress is located at the altitude of 360 m, only 9 km from Split. Its unique architectural structure (surrounded by three defence walls) made it especially resistant the Turkish hordes. Due to Klis and its captain, Petar Kružic the Turkish invasion was stopped here for more than two and half decades and although the fortress eventually fell in 1537, Split avoided Turkish occupation.

Split Card

Split CardSplit Card costs only 5 euro and is valid for three days. However if you stay more than 3 days in Split, it is free of charge. It offers free or discounted (50%) visits to the local museums and reduced prices at some local restaurants, hotels as well as car rental companies. To find out all details please visit www.visitsplit.com.

Museums of Split

Split City Museum (Papalićeva 1.) is housed in the Gothic Papalić Palace, within the Diocletian's palace. The palace itself is a masterpiece with its richly decorated portal and the courtyard's staircase and loggia. Founded in 1946, the museum exhibits weapons (15-18th century), coins, seals and sculptures.
Working hours: May-Sep: Tue-Fri 9.00-21.00, Sat-Mon 9.00-16.00

                      Oct-Apr: Tue-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat-Mon 10.00-13.00

Tickets: 10 Kn (children 5 Kn)


The Old Town Hall (Narodni trg 1.) is the only remaining building of a complex knocked down in 1825. The bridge-like Chapel of St. Lovro connecting the building with the neighbouring Kasepić Palace has survived the renovation of 1890. Bearing Split's coat of arms on its facade, the Old Town Hall housed the Ethnographic Museum until 2004. Today is serves as an exhibition venue.

Giving an insight into the past of Dalmatia, the Ethnographic Museum is located now at Severova 1. (follow the signs from Peristil, through Vestibule). Tools of various traditional trades (fishing, pottery, basketry etc.) and traditional costumes of the region are on show here.
Opening hours: Oct-May: Mon-Fri 9.00-16.00, Sat 9.00-13.00

                       June-Sep: Mon-Fri 9.00-19.00, Sat 9.00-13.00

Tickets: 10 Kn (children 5 Kn)


In the Archeological Museum (Zrinsko-Frankopanska 25.) the treasures of antiquity including mosaics, urns, sculptures, early Christian sarcophagus and old Croatian weapons are on show. Most of the finds were discovered at the excavations of Salonae. A part of the amphorae collection was found in ship wrecks by Krapanj sponge gatherers.
Opening hours: Jun-Sep: Mon-Sat 9.00-14.00 and 16.00-20.00  

                       Oct-May: Mon-Fri 9.00-14.00 and 16.00-20.00, Sat 9.00-14.00       
Tickets: 20 Kn (children 10 Kn)


The Museum of Croatian Archeological Monuments (Stjepana Gunjace bb) has a remarkable collection of jewelry, Carolingian weapons, antique and medieval coins.

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00-16.00, Sat 9.00-14.00 

Tickets: 10 Kn (children 5 Kn)




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