26 beautiful doorways in Split
Is there anything more aesthetically pleasing than a quirky doorway? Ornate doorways are the crowning feature of Split's impressive architectural gems. Inspired by these extraordinary features, a father and daughter team from Split have set about meticulously documenting the city’s doorways on Instagram with the hashtag #vrata_splita. Here are 26 incredibly beautiful doorways in Split. RECOMMENDED: One day in Split. 1) A post shared by vrata_splita (@vrata_splita) on Jan 1, 2018 at 5:55am PST 2) A post shared by vrata_splita (@vrata_splita) on Dec 26, 2017 at 3:51am PST 3) A post shared by vrata_splita (@vrata_splita) on Dec 19, 2017 at 11:36pm PST 4) A post shared by vrata_splita (@vrata_splita) on Dec 16, 2017 at 2:07am PST 5) A post shared by vrata_splita (@vrata_splita) on Dec 9, 2017 at 1:50am PST 6) A post shared by vrata_splita (@vrata_splita) on Dec 11, 2017 at 2:49am PST 7) A post shared by vrata_splita (@vrata_splita) on Dec 6, 2017 at 12:46am PST 8) A post shared by vrata_splita (@vrata_splita) on Dec 7, 2017 at 1:22am PST 9) A post shared by vrata_splita (@vrata_splita) on Dec
Great things to do in Split this winter
Split's relaxed urban vibe makes for an attractive winter-break destination, and there's plenty going on in the low season. With snow-tipped peaks jutting out into the horizon, and a cool salt-breeze floating in from the Adriatic, Split is gorgeous in winter, and its historic city centre isn't choked with holidaymakers. Advent adds a tastefully festive charm to the Old Town's fairytale setting, bolstered by an eclectic music and events programme, the city buzzes right through the festive season. When temperatures drop, hide away in a cosy bar with a hot cocktail or warm up in one of Split's great restaurants. Split lays on enough exhibitions, gigs and shows to keep you busy throughout the colder months: read on for our critic's pick of the best things to do in Split this winter. RECOMMENDED: where to eat, sleep and drink in Split.
Find epic things to do in Split and the islands with UberBOAT
Each summer, swarms of tourists descend upon Split, the main departure point to the islands of Brač, Hvar and Vis. No longer just a gateway to the illustrious islands, Split’s popularity has mushroomed into a tourist industry entirely of its own being. And it’s not hard to see why. Split’s dazzling array of antiquities set a wonderful contrast to its vibrant street-life and contemporary restaurant and bar scene. The beating heart of the city, Diocletian’s Palace, is a maze of ancient cobbled streets lined with thoroughly modern restaurants, bars and businesses. It's what makes Split so seductive: you’d be hard-pressed to find a more handsome example of urban living in Dalmatia. With the arrival of UberBOAT – an on-demand speedboat service that’s just as easy as hailing a cab home after a night out, you can take in all the city has to offer at your own pace – before jaunting off to the sparkling pearl necklace of Adriatic islands Šolta, Brač, Vis and Hvar. Once you request a boat for between eight and 12 passengers, the app guides you to a nearby pick-up point where your captain will be waiting. There are two services to choose from: you can glide off to the nearby islands, or book your boat for a half or full day's worth of adventuring. The fare for the transfer from Split to Hvar on an 8-passenger speedboat is HRK 2,600, while a larger speedboat that fits up to 12 passengers is priced at HRK 3,300. With the half-day or a full-day option, you can design your own it
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...
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.
Split restaurants and cafés
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.
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.
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.
Situated on the top level of the Bačvice beach pavilion, this Dalmatian-cuisine restaurant is one of the best places to try local fish, and especially shellfish – the Bota Šare business started out in the famous oyster-farming town of Ston, where the Šare family still has a restaurant. Ruffled sails are attached to the ceiling, a wooden boat acts as a bar and an open ice chest brims with fresh fish. Prices are more than fair – even the Bota seafood platter with lobster is affordable. The Dalmatian singers are laid on for locals, not tourists. There are sister restaurants in Zagreb and Dubrovnik.
Shopping in Split
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.