Cafe society and heritage


Split deserves to be noticed. It’s a thriving, vibrant, Mediterranean city, located on the coast of central Dalmatia. This is Croatia’s second biggest city with a population of around 225,000, a university and a bustling ferry port with connections all along the coast and to the Dalmatian islands. And then there was Roman Emperor Diocletian.

Today, Diocletian’s Palace is a UNESCO listed cultural monument and home to people, shops, and churches. The four external walls encompass many facets of modern day life with an extraordinary array of styles: a Christian cathedral here, a sculpture by Ivan Mestrovic there and they all fit perfectly together. The Peristyle, once the central courtyard of the palace complex now has cafés just metres away from two black marble Egyptian sphinxes and the courtyard and terraces are often used for performances during the Split Summer Festival (July and August).

What will you find today? The Riva is the wide seafront boulevard on the south side of the palace, right by the sea. There are numerous cafés and this is where locals and visitors come to watch the world pass by – on foot and on the Adriatic as ferries move in and out of the harbour.

This is a world-class city that is the perfect spot for a short break or a longer stay. There are a couple of good beaches especially Bacvice sandy beach close to the Hotel Park and a day out to the islands or to the Roman ruins of Salona is worth doing. Some excellent boutique shopping is to be found in the small streets. 

Split is great as a base or when combined with one of the islands or one of the resorts on the Makarska Riviera – there are many options, all of them wonderful!

Please note the Peristil and Jupiter hotels are within the Diocletian’s Palace walls so it is normal to hear life going on around. 

During summer enjoy 

A game of picigin with locals on the beach – in shallow water, this originates in Split and is a kind of Adriatic handball, outdoor opera and musical concerts during the Split summer festival.

In Short

♦ Wide car-free waterfront.

♦ Croatia's second largest city.

♦ One of the most memorable waterfronts in Europe. 

♦ Cafe society.

♦ Diocletian's Palace at the heart of it all.

♦ Museums, concerts, shops & beaches.

♦ Older than Dubrovnik.

♦ Great to twin with Brac or Hvar.

♦ For couples rather than families.