Destination guide

Split – Croatia's captivating coastal city

Sprawling along the sun-kissed Dalmatian coast, Split is Croatia's 2nd-largest city, and arguably its most photogenic. Its old town is an atmospheric maze of winding alleyways, cobbled plazas and terracotta-roofed houses, which conceals chic cafes, bustling bars and ancient Roman ruins. Shopaholics will be sated by treasure-filled artisan craft shops and bustling traditional markets, while gourmands can look forward to feasting on delectable local specialties like squid ink risotto and slow-cooked venison goulash. Its picture-postcard harbour, meanwhile, is a constant hub of activity, with speedy catamarans ferrying visitors over to the idyllic nearby islands of Hvar and Brac. With an eclectic range of Split holiday rentals to pick from, you're sure to find your ideal home-away-from-home.

Things to do

Split's astonishing ancient wonders

You'll find all manner of enchanting attractions within easy reach of your Split holiday rental. Top of the agenda for many is Diocletian's Palace, a mesmerising UNESCO World Heritage Monument. Constructed in the 4th century AD, this sprawling fortress-like structure sits at the epicentre of the old town, with a large number of locals living and working within its imposing walls. The striking contrast between ancient grandeur and modern city life makes this a unique sight to behold. The Cathedral of Saint Domnius is another must-see. Constructed in the 4th century and consecrated at the turn of the 7th century, it's widely believed to be the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world with an intact original structure. The ancient main building is adorned with a Romanesque bell tower – climb to the top for unbeatable panoramic views.

Activities

Verdant vineyards and late-night fun in Split

Split has proven to be even more irresistible to international visitors since it has been used as a filming location for one of the world's biggest TV shows, Game of Thrones. Friendly local guides will be all too happy to show you the spots where your favourite scenes were shot. For a little self-indulgence, head to one of the region's world-renowned wineries and sample crisp whites and full-bodied reds whilst overlooking a verdant vineyard. Despite its quaint old-world vibe, Split is surprisingly lively after dark, with al fresco bars where you can toast the sunset with an ice-cold beer, and pulsing clubs where you can dance until the early hours.

Weather

Sensational summers in Split

Split holiday rentals are in particularly high demand throughout the peak summer season of June to August, when days are typically dry, hot and sunny, with reliably clear blue skies. If you can be flexible with your dates, you may prefer to visit in late spring or early autumn. Temperatures are still gloriously warm, and you may find it easier to land a great deal on accommodation. Split's climate is one of the finest in Europe, with very mild winters. However, if you're visiting at this time of year, you'd be wise to pack warm clothes and something waterproof.

Natural features

Blissful beaches and wonderful waterfalls

Split's best-known attractions may be man-made, but Mother Nature has also worked her magic in and around the city. On the outskirts of town you'll find picturesque pebble beaches, offering direct access to gentle, crystal-clear waters, ideal for splashing around in. If you feel like really getting away from it all, Split is less than 20 minutes by car from the lush, unspoilt Krka National Park. Its star attraction is a series of thundering waterfalls and shimmering swimming lakes.

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 around Split?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 10,389 holiday lettings near Split. From 740 Villas to 1,360 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation 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 HomeAway.

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 accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Split:

  • Split Old Town: 830 holiday homes
  • Bacvice: 764 holiday homes
  • Znjan: 403 holiday homes
  • Dračevac: 39 holiday homes
  • Mejaši: 240 holiday homes

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

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

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

  • Croatian National Theater: 12,445 holiday lettings
  • Split Marina: 12,431 holiday lettings
  • Bacvice Beach: 12,558 holiday lettings
  • Croatian Maritime Museum: 12,528 holiday lettings
  • Split Riva: 12,459 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Split listed on HomeAway 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. HomeAway offers 740 Villas in Split. Our other popular types of Split holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 1,360 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 8,116 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 9 self catering accommodations

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 2,391 holiday homes with pool available in Split. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.