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Croatian Maritime Museum

Located inside 17th century Gripe Fortress, the museum contains a range of different artefacts from various periods, including the oldest torpedoes in the world, a collection of anchors from ancient shipwrecks, nautical equipment and model ships from ancient galleys to modern cruise liners. It also tells the story of Adriatic fishing traditions.

Address: , Glagoljaša 18, Split, 21000
Telephone: +385 21 347 346.
Opening times:

Fri-Wed 0900-1500, Thu 0900-1900 (Oct-May); Mon-Sat 0900-2000 (Jun-Sep).

Website: http://www.hpms.hr/about-museum.html
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Bačvice

This modest sand beach and concrete bathing area overlooking the shallow waters of Bačvice Bay is busy almost all year round. A number of busy waterside cafés and bars offer outdoor seating with a sea view. Popular with bathers by day, the beach also comes into its own at night when the bars and clubs kick off.

Address: , Bregovita ulica 11, Split, 21000
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Dioklecijanova Palača (Diocletian's Palace)

Designed as a retirement home for Emperor Diocletian in AD295, this vast complex is based on a rectangular plan measuring 215m (705ft) by 180m (590ft) and has four outer walls. The main public space is still intact, though much of the palace is now a labyrinth of stone buildings and paved alleys added from the 14th century onwards.

Address: , Obala Hrvatskog narodnog preporoda, Split, 2100
Telephone: +385 21 348 600.
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.x

Website: http://www.diocletianspalace.org
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: Yes

Narodni trg (People's Square)

Linked to Diocletian's Palace by the Zeljezna Vrata (Iron Gate), this pedestrian-only space has been Split's main square since the 14th century. Locals refer to this elegant space, which is paved with white marble and fringed by open-air cafés, as Pjaca (from the Italian, piazza). The centrepiece is the 15th-century town hall with three Venetian-gothic arches.

Address: , Narodni trg, , 2100
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: Yes

Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments

Established in 1893, making it one of the oldest museums in the country, this museum contains 150,000 artefacts, stone imprints, glass and ceramics originating from various historical periods. There are also examples of jewellery, weaponry and objects of everyday use, as well as a large number of stone monuments from early Croatian churches.

Address: , Stjepana Gunjace bb, Split, 21000
Telephone: +385 21 343 983.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1300 and 1700-2000, Sat 0900–1400.

Website: http://www.mhas-split.hr
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Katedrala Sv Duje (Cathedral of St Dominius)

On Peristil, the core of the cathedral is a 3rd-century octagonal mausoleum, built for Diocletian. It became a church in the 7th century, when refugees from nearby Salona dedicated it to their former bishop. Climb the majestic 60m-high (197ft) bell tower for a bird's eye view of the palace.

Address: , Duje 5, , 2100
Telephone:
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 0800-2000, Sun 1230-1830.

Website:
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: Yes

Etnografski Muzej (Ethnographic Museum)

The Old Town branch of Split's Ethnographic Museum offers a chance to explore one of the historic houses at the heart of Diocletian's Palace. The medieval rooms have been painstakingly reconstructed and the galleries showcase a range of artefacts from bygone eras.

Address: , Severova ulica 1, Split, 21000
Telephone: +385 21 343 108.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1600, Sat 0900-1300 (Oct-May); Mon-Sat 0930-1900, Sun 1000-1300 (Jun-Sep).

Website: http://www.etnografski-muzej-split.hr
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Froggyland

Possibly Split's most bizarre attraction, but a hit with visiting tourists nonetheless, Froggyland is an eccentric collection of 507 stuffed frogs, all arranged in different day-to-day situations. Kids in particular will adore the frog-focused recreations of a blacksmiths, carpentry shop, school, circus and tailors.

Address: , Kralja Tomislava 5, Split, 21000
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 1000-2200.

Website: http://www.froggyland.net
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Marjan

This 3.5km-long (2 miles) peninsula, rising west of the Old Town, is planted with pines and Mediterranean shrubs, and criss-crossed by a network of footpaths. The best sea views can be enjoyed from the southern slopes, following the path from Vidilica Café (above Varoš) to Bene recreation ground (on the tip of the peninsula).

Address: , Marjan, Split,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Galerija Meštrović (Meštrović Gallery)

Designed in the 1930s by Ivan Meštrović, Croatia's greatest 20th-century sculptor, this villa and its garden display a vast collection of his works in wood, marble, stone and bronze. The entrance ticket is also valid for Kaštelet (at no 39), where some of his bas-relief woodcarvings are on show in the chapel.

Address: , Šetalište Ivana Meštrovića 46, Split, 21000
Telephone: +385 21 340 800.
Opening times:

Tue-Sun 0900-1900 (May-Sep); Tue-Sat 0900-1600, Sun 1000-1500 (Oct-Apr).

Website: http://www.mestrovic.hr
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Tourist Offices

Split Tourist Information Centre

Address: , Peristil bb, Split, 21000
Telephone: +385 21 348 600.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 0800-2100, Sun 0800-2000.

Website: http://www.visitsplit.com

Maps, itineraries and general information on accommodation, transport and tours in the city are all available from the Split Tourist Information Centre.

Tourist passes

The Splitcard (www.visitsplit.com) offers discounts in various museums, restaurants and hotels, and with some car hire companies and travel agents. It is available from tourist offices and hotels and is valid for three days.

Featured Hotels

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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 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.

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.

Hotel B&B Kastel

Hotel B&B Kastel is a real rarity - a great value option within the palace walls. Guests at this super convenient hotel can choose from singles doubles and triples as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments. Some rooms even have good views out over the Riva towards Split's busy port and the offshore islands.