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Split is one of Croatia’s most popular destinations with visitors. With its historic centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Split owes much of its incredible history to the Roman Emperor Diocletian.

His vast Imperial Palace still stands today and makes up half of the old town featuring shops, restaurants and quaint medieval houses which are popular with holidaymakers from across the world. With beautiful architecture, a stunning waterside location and plenty of historical sites to enjoy, Split is a firm favourite with visitors.

Culture and history

Split is the second-largest city in Croatia and the largest within the region of Dalmatia. It has a vast and varied history, with the early days revolving largely around a Greek settlement in the area. The most famous part of its legacy comes around 295AD when the Roman emperor Diocletian ordered a residence to be built there.

Following the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 20th century, Split became a part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. When Zadar, Dalmatia’s official capital, became an Italian enclave in 1920, Split saw much development, taking the spot as the main city in the area.

The centre of Split was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, and fortunately it did not suffer much damage during the war that broke out in 1991. Split is often thought to be one of the centres of Croatian culture, with many ties to art and popular music coming from the city.

Things to do

The historic city of Split has plenty to offer visitors, whether you’re travelling with friends, family or going it alone. The Diocletian Palace is one of the city’s most famous sights, located right on the harbourside. The complex is one of the most famous ancient Roman structures in the world today and offers visitors plenty of opportunity to wander around and soak up the history. You can even sit in Diocletian's Palace in the evening to listen to the live music – why not join in with the sing-long during your visit?

The Cathedral of St Domnius is another famous sight. This octagonal cathedral is an incredibly well-preserved ancient Roman building, built as a mausoleum for Diocletian. There are also plenty of museums to showcase more of the local area’s rich history, from the Archaeological Museum and Croatian Maritime Museum to plenty of wonderful galleries.

Alternatively, make the most of the waterside location and take a ferry to Hvar or rent a boat and enjoy some relaxing time on the waves.

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.