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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, United Kingdom179,797 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Classic Old Town
    A very walkable and compact old town which traces its history back to Roman times. Some of the best times to see are Diocletian’s Palace, the Peristyle of the palace, Saint Domnius Cathedral, Jupiter's Temple, the Golden Gate and the port area. Just outside of the old city is Diocletian’s Dream, a much more modern VR experience of old split. A great place to visit if you like old towns. It has everything you’d expect such as narrow streets, ancient buildings, defensive towers & walls and lots of atmosphere.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 30, 2023
  • LeAnn D
    Issaquah, Washington6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Split and Sibenik
    Daniella was our guide twice, once through Old Split and another time to the waterfalls and Sibenik. She was so knowledgeable, thoughtful, kind and funny! She is an amazing guide and carefully ensures every detail is taken care of.... She is so clearly passionate about her work and her pride in her beautiful country makes her tour so personalized. I highly recommend.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 6, 2023
  • FrenchieMummy
    Ashford, United Kingdom409 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Historic Town
    I also shared a selection of Places To Visit Near Split in Croatia on my blog called 'the Frenchie Mummy' and you can find more family-friendly reviews on my Instagram @thefrenchiemummy. Feel free to Google it as I can't share links here 😉 Beautiful city with a lot of history and so much to see! I recommend getting a guide so that you can really learn about the town in detail. And it's more than a location of Game of Thrones!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Ginges_revenge
    Brisbane, Australia4,738 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great picturesque old town on the harbour.
    This was an excellent little old town mixed in with being so close to a beautiful harbor. It was great on a sunny day. You only need a day to see all of it but it was very nice to see. It has the classic small streets, historical monuments and buildings and lovely little squares. A lot to see around every corner.
    Visited March 2023
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Brooklet425
    Staunton, Virginia300 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing piece of history
    I'm glad that we visited Split in the winter. We had heard story after story about the crowds of tourists in the summer months, but I can honestly say that in winter it was fantastic. There were enough people around so that we didn't feel like we were in a ghost town, but yet we felt like we almost had the place to ourselves. Most stores, restaurants, and museums were open in the winter too. Old Split is mostly within the walls of Diocletian's Palace. We spent 2 full days just walking around this area, trying to see every part of it. It's not a very organized old town, in the sense that you can tell that it has had pieces built and rebuilt over the course of 2000 years. Today there are stores, restaurants, apartments, hotels, museums, churches, etc throughout the whole place. Some streets are wide and some are so small that 2 people can barely walk through at the same time. There were several ancient palaces, large squares, an old clock tower, military defense towers, and more. There were parts that were in ruins, and other parts that have been well maintained and/or reconstructed over time. I love history, and walking through these old streets really gives you a sense of what it may have been like living there in the past. I highly recommend visiting, and taking the time to walk down each street. Walk in and out of each gate to the complex too - they're all different. We were told that in the summer, its elbow to elbow with people there. So I'd recommend visiting in the off season if you really want the chance to be able to take it all in.
    Visited January 2023
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia1,712 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old split the area to stay
    Old split or old town is certainly the area to stay while in Split, amazing historical building and laneways packed with history. I would highly recommend taking a walking tour so they can point out and explain the building and history of old Split. Lots of restaurants and bars to also enjoy, however when I was there in February not all restaurants opens for trade yet.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Sandy D
    Mumbai, India733 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful! So different from the rest of Croatia
    What really stands out is the architecture of the old Split area. Appears very Roman with narrow, cobbled lanes. And majority of the buildings are painted in this greyish white hue. The market has numerous shops including the big brands. Incidentally, the cottage we are staying in is over 100 years old!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain11,562 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic wonderful Diocletian's Palace!
    Old Split is the old town of the city and it is located, where there is Diocletian's Palace, which is an old Roman Palace, and surroundings. It is a fantastic place full of very beautiful streets with bars, restaurants and shops. Also, most of the streets are from old Diocletian's Palace, where the perystile is nowadays an amazing square, you can see some ruins of the palace, the gates of the palace are gates to enter to the old town, the temples (like Jupiter one) are little chapels or churches, the Roman decumanus is one of the main streets, the catacombs of the palace are underground zone with an archeological museum and a market. Really amazing zone! Also, you can see some buildings built in Middle Ages, which are very well integrated with the Roman old part like the Cathedral, where you can go up to the bell tower and see wonderful views of the old town and surroundings, or some palaces. Very curious old town! Top in the country and in the world!
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 28, 2023
  • June C
    Tring, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved every minute in Split & National Parks
    Had 5 nights with daughter staying in wonderful apartment Vuko which was perfect in every way from location to taxi service by owner to and from airport. 5 great meals (Portofino outstanding) soaked twice on days we had excursions to Plitvice and Krka but didsn't spoil the experience. Trogir by local bus well worth doing, excursion to Krka (Bookers with fantastic guide schoolteacher Sanja (? on 23.9.23)
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Eva T
    United Kingdom1,401 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place, great history, nice people
    Before we travel anywhere we are researching what we would like to see and the list is usually long and we never accomplish our goal to visit all places. So we usually take the list with us and just walking the street and see a few places. This is what we did also during our holiday in Croatia - Split and other towns. We found Split full of beautiful buildings and architecture, with amazing history, when you look carefully there are so many beautiful details around the old town. Don't concentrate only on Diocletian's Palace which was overcrowded during our visit. We wanted to visit the cathedral which is the second oldest Catholic cathedral in the world but didn't manage it. The town has plenty good restaurants - Konoba and we visited a few but we tend to go away from the centre as usually these are overpriced and we are looking for local cuisine. If you want relax and a bit of quiet don't choose accommodation in the centre (which is vibrant and loud) but a bit further. We did walk from our accommodation about 20 minutes to the centre and we felt very safe. Unfortunately I got cold from air condition which we used as the heat was unbelievable, especially in the night we were not able to proper sleep. So we will definitely come again sometime in the future.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
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elenatzu
Berlin, Germany9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Split is overcrowded. Even in Corona Times, therevis no atmosphere at all here, just hords of tourists and incredible expensive shops with bad quality suberniers and expensuve bad Italian or tasteless seafood. All peolle look stressed. Visiting nationalpark means beeing taken like sheep hords through a one kilometer walk. Pressed against eaxh other almost fallung from the wooden path,and that for a lotbof money. I lost here 1000 Euro for 11 days for one person and I go home stressed missing my home for the first time in my life in hilidays. I teally can not advice anyone to go here. Of ylu eant tobwatch a hord of unhappy tourists then thisvis what you get here. Bleeding out my hard worked money for just stress and annoyance, bad food for inctedible money... I never found a place to annoying.
Written July 30, 2020
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Trogirani
Split, Croatia194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
These Covid times thought us many things and one of those is again "never take things for granted". Tourists in Split are few, but we are enjoying it to the maximum, because we can see al the beautiful small streets, palaces, courtyards and squares with no crowd. Enjoy the views of ancient architecture bare naked, without typical noise of Split streets.
It was great to get one of local travel guides to tell us details of this Mediterranean gem, to get to know it inside out.
Nevertheless you can see that Split citizens are eager to welcome new tourists and make it again "most beautiful city in the World".
Written June 26, 2020
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Eva T
United Kingdom1,401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Before we travel anywhere we are researching what we would like to see and the list is usually long and we never accomplish our goal to visit all places. So we usually take the list with us and just walking the street and see a few places. This is what we did also during our holiday in Croatia - Split and other towns. We found Split full of beautiful buildings and architecture, with amazing history, when you look carefully there are so many beautiful details around the old town. Don't concentrate only on Diocletian's Palace which was overcrowded during our visit. We wanted to visit the cathedral which is the second oldest Catholic cathedral in the world but didn't manage it. The town has plenty good restaurants - Konoba and we visited a few but we tend to go away from the centre as usually these are overpriced and we are looking for local cuisine. If you want relax and a bit of quiet don't choose accommodation in the centre (which is vibrant and loud) but a bit further. We did walk from our accommodation about 20 minutes to the centre and we felt very safe. Unfortunately I got cold from air condition which we used as the heat was unbelievable, especially in the night we were not able to proper sleep. So we will definitely come again sometime in the future.
Written October 2, 2023
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Bucsal
Marlow, UK143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We loved this city with its narrow streets and plethora of hidden bars and restaurants. So much to see and do ... especially in the evening. However, many of the smaller bars, and those opposite the ferry port & marina, only take cash. So make sure you have plenty of currency and avoid the ATMs that charge a heavy commission - which is the majority. There is an ATM on just about every street corner but the best rates are those associated with a bank. Quite hard to find but we discovered these always have "banka" in the title (e.g. otpbanka) and then decline the local conversion as many UK cards offer better rates.
Written June 24, 2022
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Brooklet425
Staunton, VA300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I'm glad that we visited Split in the winter. We had heard story after story about the crowds of tourists in the summer months, but I can honestly say that in winter it was fantastic. There were enough people around so that we didn't feel like we were in a ghost town, but yet we felt like we almost had the place to ourselves. Most stores, restaurants, and museums were open in the winter too.

Old Split is mostly within the walls of Diocletian's Palace. We spent 2 full days just walking around this area, trying to see every part of it. It's not a very organized old town, in the sense that you can tell that it has had pieces built and rebuilt over the course of 2000 years. Today there are stores, restaurants, apartments, hotels, museums, churches, etc throughout the whole place. Some streets are wide and some are so small that 2 people can barely walk through at the same time. There were several ancient palaces, large squares, an old clock tower, military defense towers, and more. There were parts that were in ruins, and other parts that have been well maintained and/or reconstructed over time. I love history, and walking through these old streets really gives you a sense of what it may have been like living there in the past.

I highly recommend visiting, and taking the time to walk down each street. Walk in and out of each gate to the complex too - they're all different.

We were told that in the summer, its elbow to elbow with people there. So I'd recommend visiting in the off season if you really want the chance to be able to take it all in.
Written August 17, 2023
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia1,712 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Old split or old town is certainly the area to stay while in Split, amazing historical building and laneways packed with history.

I would highly recommend taking a walking tour so they can point out and explain the building and history of old Split.

Lots of restaurants and bars to also enjoy, however when I was there in February not all restaurants opens for trade yet.
Written August 27, 2023
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Jajadingdong
Split, Croatia49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
As far as old towns I’ve visited this has to be one of the cleanest and best preserved. The white stone tiles than make up the roads date from the Roman times. They are worn so soft and are shiny like marble.
Written July 26, 2020
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK1,076 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We toured the Old Town area of Split whilst on a one day stop in the city on a Tuesday in June. Arriving on a cruise ship, we had opted to explore the port on our own as we had previously visited here about three years ago.
The Old Town area is full of narrow winding streets and some of these open up into small courtyards and squares. The houses that you pass all look interesting and some are colourful, and it is possible to get some good photos here. Along the way, the visitor will find restaurants, shops and bars where one can pass the time of day. We ambled through the area without really using a map but it is easy to navigate from one side to the other. Some of the passageways can get busy so allow time of you are passing through them.
Written July 19, 2022
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK2,296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
And I mean that in the nicest possible way. A maze of back alleys and small squares the old historic section of Split is a great area just to explore aimlessly and see what you find next, with the safety net that you will eventually come out somewhere where it is easy to get back on the main drag.
Full of restaurants, cafes and bars there are plenty of spots to stop and refuel and watch people walk by. Unfortunately the downside is that there are plenty of them as well, especially when there are cruise ships in Split, which sadly is a regular occurrence nowadays. Croatia’s rush to expand its tourism industry is in danger of ruining the prized assets that attract people here in the first place.
But you cannot penalise those assets just because of that and Split Old town is definitely a five star attraction. I just hope for your sakes that there are no cruise ships in when you visit so that you can enjoy it.
Written October 5, 2022
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,604 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
We finally got the chance to visit Split, and really enjoyed walking through this city's vibrant history. We still love Dubrovnik better, but had a great time there last week. The Roman influence is still very much present there, especially with the architectural design of the city.
Written May 12, 2021
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