The beautiful coastal city of Split was birthed when Roman emperor Diocletian decided to build his retirement residence here. While it’s a must-visit for anyone planning to explore Croatia, you’ll want to base yourself according to your preferences, with options for everyone from history buffs to beach and nightlife enthusiasts.
If you want to be steps from some of the world’s most well-preserved Roman architecture, including centuries-old landmarks, along with the many shops, galleries, wine bars, and restaurants, the Old Town, built around Diocletian’s Palace is where you’ll want to be. It’s the heart and soul of Split. Just east is Radunica, a charming medieval district and one of Split’s oldest neighborhoods. It’s ideal if you want the history but at a more affordable price.
Bacvice is for beach lovers and those seeking lively nightlife. It lies southeast of the city center and is home to Bacvice Beach. Znjan is family-friendly, located near Bacvice Beach but in a quieter area for those who prefer tranquility. The traditional neighborhood of Veli Varos is west of the Old Town, featuring cobbled streets lined with fantastic eateries, cozy cafes, and some fabulous small boutique hotels. You’ll be close to the palace but away from the crowds