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.
Things to do
Beaches in split
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. Meanwhile, at the foot of Marjan hill there are various pebble beaches with smaller crowds. 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. All of our Split villas have stunning sea views, some with direct access to the sea for swimming, others with private sunbathing platforms over the water.
Activities in Split
From set-piece historical buildings to olive oil and wine tastings and museums and galleries to corners away from the city buzz, a villa holiday in Split can be as active (or as relaxing) 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” away from your villa will love exploring Split Old Town. Another great way to explore is out on the water; take a sea kayaking tour along the coastline or a day sailing to visit neighbouring islands of Brac or Vis.
Nature in Split
Often referred to as “the lungs of the city”, some time spent in Marjan Forest Park is recommended. 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.
Eating and Drinking in Split
From the signature dish of manistra na pome (pasta in tomato sauce) to excellent fish, hearty stews including Pasticada (Dalmatian beef stew with prunes and figs) and an abundance of fresh ingredients, good eating is a definite highlight of a villa 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 with local freshly caught seafood and stuffed peppers 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. To try your hand at Croatian cooking from your villa’s kitchen, visits Split’s daily green market (Pazar) - a 1 minute walk from the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, for fresh seasonal produce including fruit and vegetables, to homemade cheese and cured meats; the fish market (Ribarnica) is on the western side of the city walls five minutes away.
when to go to split
Temperatures start to rise in Split from April, which is when our villas open up for the season and between April and June is warming enough for sea swimming before the peak summer months. July and August are hot and when Split sees the most visitors, but September and October are also ideal times for a villa holiday as the crowds are smaller, the weather is still warm and the Adriatic Sea is still warm enough for a dip.