Split holidays show off the best of Croatia – impressive architecture, turquoise water and a too-hip-to-skip bar scene.

Coastal crown jewel

The Dalmatian Coast's home to many a seaside beauty, but Split might just be Croatia's most popular. The city's a hub of boutique shops, lively bars and fine dining, all wrapped in old-world charm. If the terracotta roofs and historical sights don't steal your heart, the swish marina and palm-lined promenade will.

Fit for a throne

There are certainly a few sights worth seeing in Split's old town, but among them, Diocletian's Palace stands out as a must. Dating back to the early 4th century, it's one of the world's best-preserved and most spectacular Roman structures. If you've time, organise a guide to give you the full history.

Raise a glass

If you fancy escaping the city for a while, pay a visit to the Putalj Winery – not that anyone needs an excuse for this trip. It's a 25-minute taxi ride, but worth the journey for a tantalising tasting menu. Alternatively, sample the favours from a bar on the prom.

Dancing shoes

The nearby island of Hvar might have a reputation for all-hours partying, but Split certainly provides tough competition. With cosy bars, bass-thumping clubs and everything in between, the city offers an option to let loose and live it up no matter what your vibe is.

At a Glance

  • Take the ferry to Hvar Island for the day
  • Marvel at the ancient ruins of Diocletian's Palace
  • Treat your taste buds to locally made wines