Why choose a cruise to Split?
A jumble of terracotta-topped houses nestled around a beautiful bay, Split is a picturesque coastal city crammed full of attractions. The old town is set inside a huge Roman palace, a maze of narrow streets and cultural attractions. Outside the palace walls you’ll also discover some other stunning neighbourhoods with cobbled streets, charming stone houses and restaurants.
A Split cruise isn’t just about spending time in the city, though. There are some lively local beaches within city limits, and some picturesque bays slightly further afield. The bay in front of Split is sprinkled with unique islands, from glamorous Hvar to the beach-packed Brac.
A guide to Split’s hotspots
The atmospheric historic district is located within the Diocletian’s Palace, built nearly 2,000 years ago. There are some fascinating landmarks inside, including Peristyle, an open-air pavilion, and Jupiter Temple, where you’ll find two Egyptian sphinxes. But ancient rubs shoulders with modern here, and you’ll also find some chic restaurants and trendy bars which come alive in the evenings.
Northwest of the old town is Marjan Hill, a leisure park set on a small peninsula. It’s a natural paradise beloved of the locals, with numerous footpaths and jogging tracks. As you climb the hill, you’ll discover some secluded chapels, and at the top you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view of the ocean and the city.
Stroll down the newly renovated waterfront, Riva, a broad, palm-tree fringed promenade. It’s also lined with great bars and restaurants, and is the place to be when the sun sets. Nearby is the cove of Matejuška where the fishermen keep their boats. It’s a popular evening hangout spot for 20somethings, too.
Spend some time relaxing on the beaches. The most popular choice within city limits is Bacvice Beach, close to the old town. This sandy strip is fringed with stylish cafés, and there are plenty of watersports on offer. Kasjuni Beach, a couple of miles from the city centre, is a little more secluded.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Split
The best time to visit Split
Split has hot summers, with temperatures averaging 25°C in July and August. It’s perfect weather for lounging on the beaches or island hopping.
A visit in the month of May is a good way to beat the summer crowds. With temperatures averaging 18°C (and highs of 22°C), it’s pleasant weather for sightseeing. You can also catch the International Flower Fair, and St Duje Day, when Split’s patron saint is celebrated with feasts and processions.
Did you know?
- Picigin is a local ball game, played on the beach
- Split has the world’s narrowest road, called ‘Let me Pass’ Street
- Diocletian’s Palace is a filming location for Game of Thrones