Split

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Bars and pubs

Split bar guide

Local Splićani spend much of their lives in bars. By day, they frequent terrace cafés on the Riva seafront promenade and after dark, the alleyways of the Diocletian’s Palace behind it. Many a Split bar will have its entrance on a parallel street, another will have a doorway in a street with no name at all. On any given night, you’ll find at least one you love, but know you’ll never find again. All the more reason to keep hold of our list of the city's best drinking spots...

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Things to do

20 great things to do in Split

There are plenty of things to do in Split now that – thankfully – its days as a departure point to the nearby islands are gone. Brimming with recently opened high-quality bistros, antiquities aplenty and the best bar scene on the Adriatic coast, Croatia’s main ferry port is also the country’s most promising all-round city-break destination. Our local experts pick the best things to do in Split.

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Restaurants

The best Split restaurants

The Split restaurant scene's culinary revolution is a recent phenomenon and one that's still booming. Decent and diverse eateries seem to be opening on an almost monthly basis, making Croatia's second city a gastronomic destination equal to almost any in the country. Split is not only a tourist playground – it's a living, breathing, dining-out city for locals too.

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Art

The best Split museums and galleries

A bustling hub in Roman times, Split – which is built around an old Roman palace – is full of unique historic and artistic treasures. Split attractions include a number of museums and galleries that make the city a fascinating destination for art aficionados, historians and sightseers alike. Here's where to head.

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Shopping

Split shopping guide

Though no mecca for contemporary fashion, Croatia's second city is gradually embracing the design revolution that has already swept the capital. Split shopping encompasses anything from funky local design to revered Croatian and international designer brands. Around town, you'll also find independent outlets for locally produced preserves, and for fresh local produce, Split market opens from early doors alongside Diocletian's Palace. Our team of local experts show you where to go shopping in Split.

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Split restaurants and cafés

Restaurants

The best Split restaurants

The Split restaurant scene's culinary revolution is a recent phenomenon and one that's still booming. Decent and diverse eateries seem to be opening on an almost monthly basis, making Croatia's second city a gastronomic destination equal to almost any in the country. Split is not only a tourist playground – it's a living, breathing, dining-out city for locals too.

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Restaurants

Luxor

The black sphinx sitting on the opposite wall of the Peristyl provides the inspiration behind this Egyptian-themed café, although the inner decoration, with its florid ceiling paintings and rich fabrics, leaves no style unturned. Observe the regular passage of people from the comfort of a relaxing sink-in chair. In summer, cushions are set out on the steps outside – providing what is arguably the most evocative coffee-sipping location in the entire Palace. The team behind the Marmont Hotel runs the upstairs restaurant.

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Restaurants

Antika

The heart of a growing funky scene in Stari Grad, Antika is part traditional, part laid-back modern. A hodgepodge of dining-room furniture crowds pine floors upstairs and stone tiles below; candlesticks overflow with years of coloured wax under wooden beam ceilings; and plaster walls with framed photos and faded paintings fill a house built in 1566. Outdoor tables line the alley and piazza round the corner. The food veers from grilled fish fare without subjecting you to pizza. Starters include tuna carpaccio and chicken breast salad; mains (45kn-85kn) shark in a sour cream and chives sauce, and made-to-order steak in a garlic, green pepper or stroganoff sauce. Opposite, Antika’s café-bar serves cocktails (25kn-35kn); White Russians are the speciality. Pull up a converted tractor seat downstairs or have the friendly staff pulley up your drink to the breezy terrace as you lounge on the faded orange cushion of a brown wicker couch.

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Split nightlife

Bars and pubs

Bifora • Split

One of the many Old Town bars you really want to find again, this DJ den is set on an unmapped square just behind Iza Lože and the youngsters sinking cheap cocktails at Gaga. Bifora brings a giggly clientele to a dim space whose mural depicts red-spotted mushrooms and grinning pixies. Alternatively, get yourself a table on the quiet, deserted square.

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Bars and pubs

Hula Hula Beach Bar • Hvar

This is the place for in-the-know locals up for daytime partying and après-beach relaxing. The spot is a short walk round the coast from the Hotel Amfora on a reasonably isolated jut of coastland called Majerovića. The decor is Bali-meets-Adriatic with comfy wooden recliners, fringed umbrellas and a wooden bar. The owner, Wolf, has lived all over the world and has brought his own concepts to Hvar. While lounging with a Piña Colada or Margarita, listening to the soulful tunes and watching the sunset in one of the few spots in town where it actually disappears into the sea, you can order a meal from the bar’s adjoining sister bistro, Bubba Gump – salads, Thai curry or big snacks.

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Bars and pubs

Cocktail Bar Bolero • Brac

At a scenic high point on the promenade, plush cushioned wicker chairs and sofas and meditative world music tempt you to this pine-shaded terrace cocktail bar and admire the view of windsurfers and Hvar beyond. It gets a good crowd by late afternoon and stays lively.

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Bars and pubs

Caffè Bar Bejbi • Vis

A comfortable dive in the working section of the harbour by the docks, Bejbi (‘bay-bee’) bustles day and night with people who like to drink and gab. The thatched terrace has its own bar and harbour view, and a new, retro-modern mural. Find pool tables, moody jazz and bossa nova in the large indoor bar. Usually one of the last places to close, this is where all the other parties continue. A worthy stop on any serious bar crawl, it can offer quality cocktails and occasional live acts playing funky rock.

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Shopping in Split

Shopping

Split shopping guide

Though no mecca for contemporary fashion, Croatia's second city is gradually embracing the design revolution that has already swept the capital. Split shopping encompasses anything from funky local design to revered Croatian and international designer brands. Around town, you'll also find independent outlets for locally produced preserves, and for fresh local produce, Split market opens from early doors alongside Diocletian's Palace. Our team of local experts show you where to go shopping in Split.

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Shopping

GetGetGet

Set in new premises downtown, this shop sells accessories and objets d’art made by independent local designers. There’s a lot of highly individual, quirky and attractively priced stuff here, from Dijana Rimac’s soft-and- wooly necklaces, Jelena Štulić’s scrabble-brooches, Luka Vučić’s ornaments made from old vinyl records and Ivan Krželj’s geometric-design postcards.

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Shopping

Bobis Riva

'With you since 1949' says the website of this venerable and much-loved cake shop on the Riva embankment. Pastries, cream cakes, ice-creams, all can be taken away as you stroll down the Riva or eaten sur place, and there are coffees and soft drinks to accompany. Branches throughout Dalmatia.

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Shopping

bio&bio

An excellent range of organic foods, natural supplements and organic cosmetics is now available in Split, following huge success in other parts of Croatia. The place to go for vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic and other ethical products, this is a convenient downtown location if you're looking for a healthy treat.

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Where to stay in Split

Hotel Park Split

Built in 1921 and completely restructured in 2015, the Hotel Park Split is a traditional first-class hotel in the centre of Split, right next to the famous Bačvice beach. It offers an outdoor pool and an upscale restaurant. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property.Each of the air-conditioned rooms is a combination of contemporary comfort with traditional elegance and is equipped with a flat-screen TV and a safe. Spacious bathrooms include bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries.The welness centre of the hotel comprises a private hot tub, a couple of saunas and whirlpool baths and a gym. Besides the restaurant, the hotel also has a couple of cafes and bars, as well as a large terrace that offers a typical and authentic Mediterranean atmosphere.Hotel Park Split is a 10-minute walk from the UNESCO-listed Palace of Diocletian and a 5-minute walk from the Ferry terminal and the bus and train stations. Free private parking is provided on site and includes charging stations for electric vehicles.Split Airport is 23 km away.

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Hotel Split

Located directly on the beach, this 4-star hotel offers its own travel agency, boat rentals and a rooftop outdoor pool overlooking the fishing village of Stobreč. There is also a fitness centre and a massage service.Free Wi-Fi, cable TV and air conditioning are standard in all rooms. All windows are soundproofed.Guided visits to Split, Trogir and Omis can be arranged by the on-site travel desk. It also offers rafting trips in Cetina River and island tours on speed boats. Bicycles, cars and scooters are also available for rent.Drinks are available at the trendy lobby bar, and room service is available from 06:00 to 22:00. Reception desk operates 24 hours a day.

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Hotel President Split

Located in Split’s centre, at the foothills of Marjan Hill, this luxurious hotel features rooms with free Wi-Fi. Bacvice Beach is 5 minutes away by car.The rooms at the Hotel President Split are decorated with rich fabrics and wooden furniture. They have a spacious seating area with a sofa and flat-screen TV. The private bathrooms have marble walls and include slippers, a bathrobe and fragrant soaps and lotions.Guests of the President Split can enjoy Mediterranean and international cuisine at the restaurant, which offers a buffet menu and an extensive wine list. The bar serves refreshing drinks, as well as gourmet coffee.The hotel airport shuttle and a tour desk, where guests can arrange to visit local attractions.

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Beach Hotel Split

Situated directly at the beach, Beach Hotel Split offers luxurious, air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, balconies and bathrooms with a spa bath. Free private parking is offered on site.Guests can benefit from the free use of the indoor swimming pool, the sauna and the gym of the Split Beach Hotel.The historic city of Split is 8 km away. Close to the hotel there are tennis courts, golf courses and a disco club, as well as several cafés and cocktail bars.

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Hotel Slavija

Located within the historic walls of the UNESCO-protected Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Hotel Slavija offers free internet, a 24-hour reception, and air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV.Most of the bright and comfortable rooms offer private balconies with panoramic views of Split. The rooms overlook church towers, narrow Dalmatian streets and Marjan Hill.Guests can start their day with the continental breakfast served each morning in the restaurant or in the room, and the service is free of charge. Guests of the Slavija enjoy reductions at some of the nearby restaurants.The port of Split and the main train and bus station are 300 metres away. The airport bus stops 200 metres away. The Slavija Hotel is right next to the Jupiter Sanctuary, and only 40 metres from Split Cathedral.

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Hotel Krilo

Enjoying a perfect location on the beach in the centre of the small Dalmatian village Krilo Jesenice 14 km from Split, Hotel Krilo offers pleasant accommodation with beautiful sea views.The spacious rooms offer sea views and loggias, decorated with top-quality furniture and with a newly designed air-conditioning and heating system. The rooms are completely isolated from traffic noise.Choose from a large selection of drinks and cocktails and enjoy them in easy Mediterranean atmosphere, or sample great meals at the romantic à la carte restaurant.Hotel Krilo can arrange boat trips to Brač Island, rafting on River Cetina, as well as excursions to Međugorje, Mostar, Dubrovnik and Krka Waterfalls. Traditional Dalmatian dinner at an authentic tavern in the old village can also be organised upon request.The lovely atmosphere of this small Dalmatian place and a spacious parking area around the hotel are there to complete the offer of Hotel Krilo.

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