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The largest city in Croatia after its capital Zagreb, Split sprawls along a peninsula, jutting dramatically into the Adriatic. As with the country’s other waterfront towns, picturesque beaches abound, but Split stands apart for its fortress-like Diocletian’s Palace, a sprawling ancient complex built in the 4th century AD. Split is easily accessible from the Croatian Islands and a good jumping off point for exploring by boat.

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  • Sleep…in one of the suites at the Hotel Park
  • Eat…fresh seafood on the terrace at Kadena
  • Splurge…on a customized meal at the chef’s table at Hotel Park
  • Drink…a glass of Croatian wine at Paradox Wine & Cheese Bar
  • Visit…the legendary Diocletian’s Palace and explore its maze-like streets
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations, great guides and drivers and itineraries

Lay of the Land

Visitors will spend the majority of their time here exploring the southern end of Split, where the major sights are concentrated. In the center of town stands the historic Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was built by the eponymous Roman emperor in the 4th century AD, and whose sprawling ruins blanket much of Split’s city center. The historic streets today teem with bars, restaurants and shops.

A lively city, Split is often used as a base for exploring the nearby islands, so most travelers to Croatia will spend at least a day or two here. Within the city, one can easily get around by car, and ferries to most of the islands depart from the city’s harbor.

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