The largest city on the Dalmatian Coast, Split is a living museum with so much to offer. Boasting a combination of ancient history, terracotta rooftops and curling coves — this picture-perfect destination is rapidly becoming one of Croatia's most popular holiday spots.
Whether you enjoy diving into culture and history, kicking-back on the beach or partying in Ibiza-style discotheques, Split offers an exhilarating mix of both old and new.
With the Diocletian Palace making up the heart of the old town, you can be getting lost in its maze of alleys, cobbled streets and passages without even realising you've entered the UNESCO World Heritage site. Built in the fourth century, this area has gradually become the Old Town of Split. As you explore its narrow lanes you'll find upmarket shops rubbing shoulders with spectacular stone buildings, keep your eye out in particular for the impressive Saint Domnius Cathedral. Game of Thrones fans look out for the stone basements that featured in a number of scenes from the award-winning TV series.
Follow the delicious smell of Croatia's finest pizza and you will eventually stumble upon the city's main square — Peristil Square. Towering above the square is the 57-meter-tall Belfry landmark. Here you can climb up and take in amazing views over the town. Offering the perfect photo opportunity by day, at night this picturesque square transforms into an outdoor street party. Outside of the walls is the famous seafront promenade — Riva. Here you'll find a number of restaurants showcasing their traditional dishes — a must try are the freshly grilled tuna steaks.
With so much history and culture it makes it difficult to imagine that the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea are only a few steps away. Its headline beach, Bacvice can be found on the doorstep of the old town. With sand so spotlessly clean and waters crystal-clear, it comes as no surprise that this beach has been awarded a Blue Flag. Spend your beach days sunbathing in its sheltered bay or plunging into the sea from the surrounding rocks. You could even join the locals for a game of 'picigin' in the sea shallows — the Croatian version of volleyball.