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Things to do in Split

Dive the best spots on the Dalmatian coast

The Dalmatian coast makes for some very special diving. The best spots are outside of Split, and operators like Venus (tel +385 21 895 167; hwww.venus-diving.com) can show you where. Vis is the highlight, with its famed Blue Grotto providing a thrilling experience. The island is also surrounded by a necklace of shipwrecks, making for challenging scuba diving.

Enjoy a day's stroll atop the Mosor mountain

Sometimes a summer stroll around Split can feel like hard work, but for outdoor types who want to hike the scenic surrounds a little sweat is worth the views. Mosor Mountain is a great day ramble, and is less than a 40-minute drive away. Split Adventure (tel +385 91 501 2913; www.splitadventure.com) offer this and other great walks.

Paddle to the Krka Waterfalls

The sea kayaking in and around the nearby islands is first rate. Visitors can paddle the warm waters to explore coves, bays and to pull up on deserted beaches. If you want to explore the inland waterways, Split Sea Kayaking (tel +385 98 858 141; http://splitseakayaking.com) run tours to Krka Waterfalls in the namesake national park.

Sail around 1,000 islands

Croatia is emerging as one of Europe's yachting hotspots and boasts over 1,000 islands for boats to explore. Split is a major sailing base and yachts can be hired out 'bareback' for those with full skipper qualifications. No less of a pleasure is a chartered boat. Sail Croatia (www.sail-croatia.com/yacht-charters) offers both.

Spend a day at the beach

Adriatic waters are renowned for their cleanliness, making swimming in Croatia a real pleasure. Split boasts a number of decent beaches, the most popular of which is Bačvice, just a 10-minute stroll from Diocletian's Palace. Zlatni Rat on the island of Brač is also a choice spot and one of Split's most famous beaches.

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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.