Destination guide

Gotta Split – coastline and culture in cosmopolitan Croatia

Located on a peninsula on Croatia's Dalmatian coast, Split is the country's second-largest city and a major commercial and cultural hub in the region. With a rich history dating back more than 2,000 years, the city boasts a wealth of Roman architecture and countless art and history museums, and you'll also find plenty of buzzy restaurants, bars and cafes throughout the city. Thanks to its bounty of sandy beaches on the Adriatic Sea, Split's a serious destination for summer visitors, and you can find plenty of charming Split vacation rentals offering beach access or sea views.

Things to do

A city for all ages – history, culture and more in Split

You'll find a bounty of museums, galleries and other cultural institutions in Split. High rollers can test their luck at the Platinum Casino Split, and history buffs can explore the 4th-century ruins of the massive Diocletian's Palace, or head to the Etnografski muzej Split for a taste of local culture. The city's got more art museums than you can shake a stick at, but you can't go wrong with the Galerija Mestrovic – here, you can scope out numerous works by the sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, all housed in the artist's former studio space.

Activities

Doing Dalmatia – the sights and sounds of Split

With such a wealth of ancient history – going back to the Roman period and beyond – it's no wonder that sightseeing is a major pastime in Split. Throughout the city, you'll find stunning 4th-century cathedrals and palaces, as well as plenty of shops, bars and dining. If it's water you're after, then you're in luck – Split's got loads of sandy coastline along the Adriatic Sea, and you can find plenty of space for swimming and sunbathing. Or you could try your hand at 'picigin', a local volleyball-like sport that's played in the shallow water at Bacvice beach.

Weather

Split personality – seasonal changes on the Dalmatian coast

Somewhere between a Mediterranean and humid subtropical climate, Split has hot, relatively dry summers and cooler, wetter winters. Average summer highs peak around 30 degrees in July and August, while winter temperatures range from 6 to 11 degrees between December and February. Rainfall is most common from September through May, but the area generally sees plenty of sunshine all throughout the year. Thanks to the pleasant temperatures and limited rainfall, summers are the area's busiest season, and you can usually find the best rates on Split vacation rentals during the slower, cooler months between autumn and spring.

Natural highlights

Seaside Split – Croatia's capital coastline

Split lies on a peninsula in the Croatian region of Dalmatia, between the Gulf of Kastela and the Split Channel of the Adriatic Sea. The city itself is densely urban, with centuries-old buildings in the city centre rubbing elbows with the more contemporary structures that dot the skyline. The peninsula features plenty of sandy beaches and rocky shoreline, and a number of low-lying mountains rise to the north and east. A short drive west from most Split vacation rentals, the wooded slopes of Marjan hill feature walking paths, tennis courts and the wildlife species of the city zoo.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Split

Fly into Split (SPU), the closest airport, located 7.3 mi (11.8 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Brac Island (BWK), which is 19.3 mi (31.1 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, you can make your way to Split Station.

Where to stay near Split?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 10,330 holiday rentals near Split. From 707 Villas to 1,307 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Split for a long holiday or a weekend break is on Stayz.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Split?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Split:

  • Split Old Town: 872 holiday homes
  • Bacvice: 819 holiday homes
  • Znjan: 439 holiday homes
  • Mejaši: 271 holiday homes
  • Dračevac: 44 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Split?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Split. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Poljud Stadium: 12,443 holiday rentals
  • Benedictine Monastery: 12,532 holiday rentals
  • Papalic Palace: 12,509 holiday rentals
  • Nakic Palace: 12,596 holiday rentals
  • Peristyle: 12,464 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Split listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Split?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 707 Villas in Split. Our other popular types of Split holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 1,307 holiday houses
  • Condos/Apartments: 8,064 holiday houses
  • Bungalows: 14 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Split?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 2,403 holiday homes with pool available in Split. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.