The City of Split is located on Croatia’s Adriatic coast. It is the second largest city in the country after Zagreb. It is also the largest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast, with an ideal location in Central Dalmatia between Zadar and Dubrovnik. Visitors will be “split” between lazing on the sun-soaked beaches and checking out fabulous historic landmarks, such as Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO listed world heritage site which dates back to 305 AD. Get a car for hire in Split so that you can move around easily to take a city tour and go beach hopping.
For the last 1,700 years, life in Split has revolved around the stunning Palace of Diocletian. The city’s modern origins can be traced directly back to the construction of the palace in 305 AD. The remains of the palace with its wide open Peristyle Square, are now a UNESCO world heritage site. The historic city center is built around the palace. Get a car for rent in Split and continue to the Cathedral of St. Domnius, also dating back to 305 AD. It is currently the oldest surviving cathedral in the world, and houses the mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian. Do not miss St. John’s Church, which was at one time, a Roman Temple to Jupiter. Another must-visit stop on this tour is the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments, which has Roman era objects and artifacts from nearby dig sites.
The best beaches are around the park and Mt Marjan on the Split Peninsula. The most popular Marjan beaches are Kasuni and Kastelet. However, the most popular beach in Split nearest the city center is the sandy Bacvice Beach, located near the ferry terminal. If you continue further ahead after Bacvice, you will find more beaches such as Ovcice and Znjan.
Most travelers, regardless of their budget, will want accommodations on or close to the waterfront. In terms of hotels, your top choices right on the waterfront with beautiful sea views, should include the Jadran Hotel Split, Hotel Park, and the Radisson Blu Resort. Hotels which offer a good city center location close to the waterfront include Hotel Vestibul Palace, Hotel Kastel, and Hotel Peristil.
As mentioned above, Split literally splits the difference between Zadar and Dubrovnik. There is nothing much to see in Croatia beyond Dubrovnik, but the country really opens up after Zadar. You can go inland to Zagreb, or continue along the coast to the Istria peninsula. Book your car rental in Split and plan a coastal drive from Split to Zadar, and then past Rijeka into the Istria peninsula. Do not miss stops at Pula, Rovinj, Poreč, and Umag when you are driving along the peninsula’s coast.
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