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How to spend: 48 hours in… Split

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Nestled on Croatia’s Dalmatian coastline, Split is a compact city built in and around the walls of a Roman palace, overlooking the sparkling blue waters of the Adriatic.

There are a range of hotels and apartments in the Old Town and city centre, keeping you well situated for exploring the main highlights.

Located in the heart of the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace, the Heritage Hotel Antique Split combines modern conveniences with traditional decor, including original stone walls.


No trip to the coast would be complete without tasting the delicious local seafood.

The harbour front has a busy marina and wide promenade looking out to the islands, and as it’s a popular stop for cruise ships, there are plenty of places to eat and drink.

However, venture to the romantic courtyard of Dalmatian House in the Old Town, and you’ll find Ciri Biri Bela, a great little restaurant with modern and traditional Croatian food, as well as vegetarian options.


Cafe culture is big in Split. Coffee houses, bars and trendy meeting spots are often filled with locals, who drink hot cups of Joe while chatting away the afternoon.

Teak Caffe (Majstora Jurja) is a traditional, cosy affair that’s lined on one side by the northern wall of The Palace.

For speciality roasts, 4coffee Soul Food (Hrvojeva 9), a hole-in-the-wall place with gourmet quality coffee, is not to be missed.


The city’s historic centre is filled with stunning architecture, and many of the restaurants and shops have been built into original Diocletian Palace walls.

Wandering through the crowded streets, there are plenty of Roman relics to catch your eye. Climb the bell tower at the Cathedral of St Domnius to get a bird’s-eye view.

Take a drink from one of the many public water fountains, which are filled with drinking water carried down from the mountains by a 1,500-year-old Roman aquaduct.

Head down to the waterfront where you can catch a boat tour of the stunning coastline.

If you’re a little more adventurous, take a trip to the famous Blue Cave on Biševo, where luminous blue light bounces off every surface.