With a naval trade that once rivalled Venice, Split is rich in medieval history. You can base yourself in central Split which is very close to most of the attractions. The biggest draw is Diocletian's palace near the Split ferry port. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the best preserved Roman palaces. The city itself grew around this historic site and is full of cobbled streets, majestic gates, imposing walls and architecture. St.Duje's Cathedral, built as a tomb for the Roman emperor Diocletian, the Peristil square, St.John's Church and the Egyptian Sphinxes are some of the top draws within the palace. Another interesting spot is the Archaeological Museum north of the town, that houses many of the Roman treasures excavated in Split. If you prefer the outdoors, head to Marjan's peak, a hill west of Split with exciting climbs rewarded with spectacular views of the coastline.
Besides exploring its historical treasures, there are a lot of outdoor activities in Split. Being a coastal town with some of Europe's highest sunshine, holiday makers are attracted to its beautiful beaches. While you can virtually get into the sparkling waters anywhere in Split, some of the more popular ones are Trstenik, Bacvice, Kastelet and Bene – all being a short drive from the town centre. Split also has a fair share of nudist beaches, the most popular being Seget and Ruskamen. Kayaking, snorkelling, sea diving and sailing are other exciting ways of enjoying the sparkling waters here. While in Split, you can try your hand at rock climbing, particularly in the dramatic limestone cliffs of Marjan Hill. This hill is also popular for the St Jeronimus caves and church.
Split is well connected by flights to major cities in Europe. You can take a flight to Split and go for a car hire in the Split airport. Split is also connected by cruises. It is a very safe place to travel on your own, drive around and stay out for long hours. Split has a lot of options for everyone. If you are opting for rock climbing activities in particular, ensure that you go with a registered agency rather than travel alone. While in Split, feasting on the local cuisine is a must. The best restaurants in Split lie between the Split old town and the bus station. You should try, in particular, the local crepe like delicacy called Soparnik and the Dalmatian gnocchi. The wineries of Dalmatia have also won a lot of acclaim recently – do try the wines from the local Plavac Mali grape variety.
Driving is a great way to explore the scenic coastal routes around Split. Cars drive on the right side of the road, with overtaking on the left. You have to carry your driving licence, car insurance certificate and age proof. Third party insurance is mandated here, and you will need to carry its relevant documents such as the Green card. Minimum driving age is 18 years, though you may need to pay a young driver's excess if less than 21. Children under 150 cm need to be seated in the back row, while seat belts are a must for all passengers. Traffic monitoring is quite strict, particularly around the city centre. Drinking and driving is strictly forbidden for people of 23 year old or less – for those above 24, alcohol limit is 0.05%. Do ensure that you stick to the speed limits as traffic police officers are known to impose on-the-spot fines around the city.