Autumn in Split
Autumn in Split is considerably quieter than summer - which makes it all the more appealing. September's end sees the tourists filter away, so a visit now means you can enjoy its historic old town and majestic seascape without selfie-sticks obstructing your view, and eat your way through the sizzling culinary scene without battling the hungry crowds. The best part is that, until mid-November, temperatures stay pleasant. With the heat abating, you can explore some of the surrounding nature spots without getting frazzled by the sun. When late Autumn brings its chill, you can give Split the attention it deserves. As Croatia's second largest city, and the capital of Dalmatia, Split is bustling with life all year round, the grandeur of the Roman remains mixing with the thrum of the working harbour. Regardless of the season, this mix of ancient history and daily modern life makes Split a special place - and some of it is best enjoyed in autumn. Here are some great things to do. RECOMMENDED: more great things to do in Split.
Enjoy a cocktail in the clouds at this summer rooftop bar in Split
A new rooftop bar has opened in Split in time for late summer, with atmospheric views of the city and the grizzled mountains that surround it. It's a dazzling place to watch the sunset. Diocletian's Palace is visible from the rooftop, as is much of Split's old town, plus the greenery of Marjan hill to the west of the city centre. Sip your sundowner here, overlooking the ancient walled town. At night, you can even unwind in a piping hot Jacuzzi. This is Split's first dedicated rooftop bar in the city. Sadly, it's only a temporary seasonal installation, located atop the Cornaro Hotel on Sinjska ulica 6, just north of Diocletian's Palace.To mark the opening of the bar, Corona Beer will inhabit the space from Friday 3 August to Saturday 11 August, hosting Corona Sunset Parties from 5pm until 11pm. Following these opening parties, the rooftop will stay open from 5pm-midnight until the end of the season
New fast boat connection launched between Split and the islands of Brač and Hvar
Had too much to drink the night before? Can't remember the exact comments you made to your friends or locals, but think maybe it's a good idea to let the dust settle before you again show your face? That just got a lot easier. A new boat service has launched which cuts the journey time from Split to island Hvar to just one hour, meaning you can get out of Dodge fast. This new fast ferry halves the journey time of the regular ferry boat, thus making day trips to the island or city much more feasible. You could go and buy some minor gifts for those you fear you may have insulted and return, all sins forgiven, by dinner time. The Naranča fast ferry, from Krilo shipping company, leaves Split at 9:00am and 4:30pm and from Hvar at 10:40am and 5:50pm daily. After just 30 minutes, the boat stops off at Milna on Brač before continuing its journey. There is also a separate service operating once a day (except Sunday) between Milna and Split, returning to the island in the evening. Boat capacity is just 250, significantly smaller than the regular ferry. While this does mean there's less chance of bumping into anyone you fear you may have insulted the night before, it also means that buying tickets in advance is essential. Tickets are available here, the Tourist Palace near Terminal F restaurant at the start of Split's Riva or from Jadrolinja counters. Happy fast travelling!
How to get from Dubrovnik to Split
Buses run every 1-2 hours between Split and Dubrovnik, journey time 4.5 hours, average one-way fare 120kn. There is no direct service from Split Airport to Dubrovnik, you have to go into Split first then change. For all details of bus fares and timetables, plus online booking, see Bus Croatia. Split bus station is diagonally opposite the main ferry port close to the historic centre. Behind is the rail terminus – with no service to Dubrovnik as it has no train station. Dubrovnik bus station is by the ferry port, 2.5km from the Old Town. City bus Nos.1, 7 and 8 run to Pile Gate by the Old Town, pay the driver 15kn – or it’s a 20min walk. Between Split and Dubrovnik, road traffic must cross a short stretch of coast around Neum belonging to Bosnia. Officially this is outside Croatian territory and all passengers must carry a valid passport. Those not from the EU, US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand should also show the Schengen visa they will have needed when they entered Croatia. This also applies to cars making the 230km journey, 105km of which is motorway. Estimated driving time is 3hr 45min, petrol and toll fees making a combined one-way cost of €30. Krilo runs a fast-boat service from Split to Dubrovnik and back, journey time 4hr 20min, calling at Milna on Brač, Hvar Town, Korčula and Pomena on Mljet. It runs once a day each way June-Sept inclusive, four days a week during May, three during October. It leaves Split at 7.40am, coming back from Dubrovnik at either 4
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
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.