Split Holiday guide
Against the setting of a stunning coastline dramatically draped by mountain ranges, glamour is delivered in spades and a true Mediterranean atmosphere abounds in Split – a city effortlessly blending the traditional and modern. Ancient alleyways flanked by stone houses lead to nooks and crannies begging to be explored; UNESCO World Heritage Sites showcase a rich history and cultural legacy and - within the walls of the old city and along the renovated seafront - stylish bars and excellent restaurants provide the perfect way to punctuate the day’s proceedings or to nestle in for the evening. And, of course, our villas in Split offer home-from-home comforts with numerous delights on the doorstep.
The beaches of Split boast clean, calm waters, comfortable temperatures, welcoming cafes and a generally chilled ambience. Ranging from sandy to pebble, many are ideal for families but there is no shortage of choice. Bačvice is, for many, the jewel in the crown with shallow waters and a Blue Flag for cleanliness and amenities that make it a winner with locals and visitors. Most beaches are south of Split harbour and offer a blend of picturesque coves (try Brela or the islands of Brac and Solta), pine forest backdrops and good associated facilities.
Things to do
From set-piece historical buildings to olive oil and wine tastings and museums and galleries to corners away from the city buzz, a holiday in Split can be as active (or as chilled) as you please. The culture vulture will be rewarded with visits to Diocletian’s Palace (widely regarded as one of the most imposing Roman ruins anywhere) and the octagonal-shaped Cathedral of St Dominus; those in search of some gentle “me time” will love a walk along the promenade at Marjan, or how about a day sailing this stunningly beautiful coastline?
Eating and Drinking
From the signature dish of manistra na pome (pasta in tomato sauce) to excellent fish, hearty stews and an abundance of fresh ingredients, good eating is a definite highlight of a holiday in Croatia. The Italian influence is evident along the coastline but Eastern European culinary traditions hold strong. Villa Spiza, within the palace walls, is a firm favourite with locals drawn to its menu of lovingly prepared risottos, stuffed peppers and seafood but you’ll find plenty of choice, from small and rustic to stylish and funky. And, with a producing history dating back to Ancient Greek settlers, the wine around these parts is equally as impressive.
Often referred to as “the lungs of the city”, some time spent in Marjan really is a must. With nature trails scattered around dense fragrant pine forests, ancient places of worship and numerous points at which to simply stop and relax, this really is a delightful oasis with plenty of opportunities for hiking tours or shorter, more gentle exploration of gently winding stone paths while, all around, wonderful views of Split and the Adriatic coastline abound.