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Popular amenities for Split vacation rentals

Stay near Split's top sights

Split Center52 locals recommend
Diocletian Palace walking tour2,289 locals recommend
Bacvice Beach1,093 locals recommend
City Center one Split981 locals recommend
Riva791 locals recommend
Mall of Split1,102 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Split

  • Total rentals

    9.8K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    404K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    3.7K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    1.5K properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    570 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    2.7K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Split

Welcome to Split

At first glance, this Croatian port town on the Aegean Sea seduces the eye with white stone buildings and red-tiled roofs, which glow against the bright blue of the sky and the Mediterranean Sea. As you wander down Split’s narrow streets, you realize that the buildings around you span two millennia, and you find yourself staring upwards, picking out architectural details from the Roman era, the Middle Ages, and the Belle Epoque.

Whether you’re visiting Split at the peak of its bronzed-beachcomber summers or during its moody gray winters, Croatia’s second-biggest city exudes a relaxed vibrancy. The shops and galleries along Marmont Street (Marmontova Ulica), as well as its seafood market, are bustling no matter what time of year. In the warmer months, locals and visitors alike while away the afternoon at the bars and cafes flanking the beach at Bačvice, or settle into open-air restaurant tables along the Riva, the city’s seaside promenade, for a leisurely dinner and plenty of crowd-watching.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Split

The mild Mediterranean climate of the Dalmatian Coast brings plenty of visitors to Split. Like most of the region, winter is gentle here, though no one’s shimmying into bathing suits for a long day on the waterfront — the regular rains and winds green up the hillsides and keep locals indoors. April ushers in a flower-filled spring, and the whole town turns out for Krnjeval (Mardi Gras), celebrating with masked balls and parades. From late May through early September, the dry heat begins. With little rain and temperatures in the 80s and 90s Fahrenheit, Split’s beaches and tourist attractions fill up, and the pleasure boats on the sea proliferate. Croatians and foreigners alike descend on Split in July and August for the Summer Festival, when some of the city’s most scenic sites host open-air concerts and ballets. If you’d prefer to see a more serene side of Split, book one of the area’s vacation rentals for mid-September through October, when the water is still warm, the days are still sun-drenched, but the crowds have gone.

Top things to do in Split

Tour Diocletian’s Palace

Few Roman sites from 1,700 years ago have the immediacy of the spectacularly preserved Diocletian’s Palace. Built for the emperor back when Split was a village on the outskirts of the more populous Salona (itself now in ruins), Diocletian’s fortress and imperial residence has been absorbed into the surrounding houses and shops. You will shuttle back and forth through the centuries as you wander through the ancient Cathedral of St. Domnius, arched passageways and gates, and the peristyle (central courtyard). Afterward, head to the Archeological Museum to peruse hundreds of Roman artifacts.

Take Some Island Time

You could spend a full year exploring the 1,200 islands off the Croatian coast. If you don’t have a year, take a ferry to Hvar or Brač, two of the biggest, not to mention the easiest, to get to from Split. Hvar draws the internationally rich to its azure bays and graceful villas, and you can wander around the medieval city of Hvar or escape in a car to more remote towns and beaches. On Brač, vineyards and olive groves stripe the mountainside on Vidova Gora, which you can summit by foot in just a few hours, cooling off afterward on Golden Horn Beach.

Climb Marjan Hill

Split is situated on a peninsula that juts into the Aegean, and an expansive natural preserve covers its western tip. A large hill divides the park from the residential neighborhoods on its east flank, and as you climb you’ll pass open-air cafes, a Jewish cemetery, and centuries-old chapels. Many locals treat Marjan as an open-air gym, and you’ll likely spot runners sweating up the steps and climbers feeling their way along the rocky bluffs. If you crest Marjan Hill and head back down on its north side, you’ll reach pine-shaded beaches suited for contemplating the sea rather than stretching out a towel.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Split?

    Split has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers averaging around 85°F (29°C), and mild, wet winters, with temperatures often hovering around 46°F (8°C). The sea remains warm for swimming from May to October.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Split?

    In Split, you may explore the ancient Diocletian's Palace, stroll through the vibrant Riva promenade, and hike up Marjan Hill for panoramic views of the city. Visiting the local markets or sunbathing at Bačvice Beach are also popular activities.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Split?

    The peak season in Split is during the summer months of June to August. During this period, numerous events take place such as the Split Summer Festival featuring theatre, opera, and music performances, and the Marjan Hill race, a popular running event.

  • What are the best places to stay in Split?

    The Old Town is a preferred area for its proximity to historical sights like Diocletian's Palace. Bačvice is well-liked for its beach and nightlife, while Meje is loved for its tranquillity and proximity to Marjan Hill.

  • What are the best places to visit in Split?

    Visitors to Split frequently explore Diocletian's Palace, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and the Split Archaeological Museum. Other popular spots include the Marjan Forest Park, the Ivan Meštrović Gallery, and the bustling Pazar Market.

  • What are some hiking trails in Split?

    Marjan Hill provides several hiking trails that offer stunning views of Split and the Adriatic Sea. Also, Biokovo Nature Park, about 60 km (37 miles) from Split, has a variety of trails amidst its rugged mountain landscape.

  • What are some family activities to do in Split?

    Families can explore the historic Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or stroll along the Riva Promenade. Alternatively, you can venture to Marjan Forest Park for a nature walk, or spend a day at Bačvice Beach. For those interested in science and nature, the Split Science Museum and Zoo can be a fun family outing.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Split?

    From Split, you can take a day trip to the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park, the historic city of Trogir, or the beautiful islands of Hvar and Brač. Krka National Park, known for its stunning waterfalls, is another popular choice.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Split?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Split. From over 7,560 apartment rentals to over 730 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Split?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 2,670 vacation rentals in Split featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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