Sprawling along the south coast of Croatia, Split-Dalmatia County encompasses a rugged karst hinterland, coastal resorts and idyllic offshore islands. It centres around the ancient city of Split and includes parts of the Dinaric Alps, which define the border with neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Things to do in Splitsko-Dalmatinska
Bustling ancient cities, alluring islands and wild natural spaces - Split-Dalmatia County is just waiting to be explored.
Discover Diocletian’s Palace. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic heart of Split is built around the remains of this Roman-built palace. Marvel at the four monumental gates and wander along the beautifully preserved streets, then soak up the panoramic views from the bell tower of St. Duje’s Cathedral.
Visit the resort island of Hvar. Hvar is the most luxurious island on the Dalmatian Coast and lies just a short ferry ride from Split. Explore the hilltop fortress and walled streets of Hvar Town, hike through the island’s sun-drenched vineyards and ancient hamlets, then discover the idyllic coves and secluded beaches of the Pakleni Islands.
Get a history lesson on Vis. Home to an atmospheric walled town, Vis has only recently opened its island doors to tourism. You can get up close to ancient bronzes at the Archaeological Museum and visit the Church and Monastery of St. Jerome, which was built atop the remains of a Roman theatre in the 16th century.
Hike through Biokovo Nature Park. With one of the highest mountain ranges in Croatia at its heart, Biokovo Nature Park is a rugged reserve established in 1981 overlooking the Makarska Riviera. Follow one of the scenic trails that lead through its pine forests and soak up the Adriatic views from the top of Vošac while keeping your eyes peeled for the endemic Biokovo bellflower.
Getting around Splitsko-Dalmatinska
Split Airport is the main aviation gateway to Split-Dalmatia County and has seasonal flights to destinations across Europe. Trains connect from cities throughout Croatia to the Split railway station and there are daily buses to Dubrovnik and Zagreb. Ferries connect from Split to the neighbouring islands while the city centre can be explored on foot.