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Shopping in Split

The prevalence of imported goods means that Split is not renowned as a shopping destination - that said, the centre is home to a lively market, souvenir stalls and little chic shops.

Key areas

Diocletian’s Palace and the area around it are Split’s shopping heart. Podrum (the underground chambers between the Riva and Peristil), which is lined with stalls selling paintings and craftwork, is a good bet for souvenirs. Enoteka Terra, Prilaz brace Kaliterna 6, is ideal for quality Croatian wines and spirits. Aromatica, Dobrić 12, stocks herb-scented soaps, body creams and massage oils. Several small, exclusive boutiques and shoe shops are located within the palaces walls, while the big European high street fashion names are represented along Marmontova.

Markets

To bag a bargain or simply appreciate the colour of local life in Split, head to Pazar, the charming open-air market, or Peskarija, the covered fish market, both just on the fringes of Diocletian’s Palace. Both markets open Monday to Saturday 0800-1400 and Sunday 0800-1100.

Shopping centres

There are two shopping centres: City Center One, Vukovarska 207 and Joker, Put Brodarice 6, split over four levels and located about 15-20 minutes' walking distance from the city centre.

Opening hours

Shops in Split are generally open Monday to Friday 0900-1300 and 1700-2000, Saturday 0900-1300, and sometimes on Sundays.

Souvenirs

Croatian wines, spirits, food, arts and crafts are among the most popular souvenirs.

Tax information

To enjoy tax-free shopping in Split, look out for shops displaying the ‘Tax Free’ shopping label. Make sure to fill in the paperwork in the shop and then make your claim on departure from Croatia. The minimum value of a valid purchase is 501HRK. See www.globalrefund.com for more details.

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Hotel Slavija

The owners claim that the Slavija is the oldest hotel in Split and it may well be. A recent makeover has really improved things and the location is second to none right in the heart of the palace surrounded by bars and restaurants. There are 25 rooms with singles, doubles and triples available.

Hotel Adriana

Hotel Adriana is ideal for those looking to really be in the heart of the action. With a perfect location on the Riva waterfront, guests can wake to the smell of the sea. Extras include the decent on-site restaurant and the café-bar out on the Riva, one of the most popular on this pedestrianised boulevard.

Hotel Peristil

Within the palace walls, behind the cathedral, this characterful boutique hotel has 12 quite basic but comfortable rooms. Pick room 204 or 304 if you want to caress exposed stones of the 1,700-year-old Roman palace at no extra cost. Another one of the hotel's finest features is Tifani Restaurant on the ground floor.

Le Méridien Lav

This 365-room ultra-luxurious resort boasts top-notch bars, restaurants and leisure facilities that more than offset the 15-minute taxi ride south of Split. It also boasts 17 sea view suites and a beautiful on-site marina which looks great, even if you don't own a boat.

Palace Judita Heritage Hotel

Housed in a stunning ancient building, which draws influences from the Romanesque, gothic and renaissance periods, this is an upmarket central option with spectacular views over the city from its balconies. Renowned service, beautiful rooms and meticulous attention to detail keep Palace Judita popular.

Villa Varoš

One of the few accommodation options in the warren of old streets that make up the historic Varoš district on the edge of Split's city centre, Villa Varoš is also one of the cheapest hotels in the city. It boasts singles, doubles and a couple of apartments that come with their own kitchens.