Split and the Islands

Overview

There are two obvious qualities to the city of Split, although neither tells its full story. Firstly, the wow-factor setting; it’s a more-than-pretty coastal town stacked around a rather charming palm-lined harbour, with background coastal mountains giving it a landscape painting feel. Secondly, its history: Split is as old as the Ancient Greeks yet it’s best known for the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace, one of the most impressive and best-preserved Roman ruins left in the modern world.

But there are more intangible qualities to Split. Step inside the ancient walls of Diocletian’s Palace, and immerse yourself in the hip, atmospheric old town quarter with boutiques, little bistros and designer bars hidden in every nook and cranny. Meanwhile, down on the golden sands of Bacvice, a chilled beach vibe prevails much like a Croatian Barcelona. Simply put, Split isn’t just gorgeous and old; it’s fun and likeable too.

Split’s location makes it the perfect stepping stone for island hopping in the Adriatic, particularly to the lovely jewel of an island, Hvar just a short catamaran trip away, or Rab’s shipwreck diving spots. Hvar with its lavender-speckled hills, 13th century villages and boutique hotels is one of our favourite luxury retreats in the Mediterranean.

Croatia is an up-and-coming luxury travel destination, with visitors seeing it as an edgier, less-touristy alternative to neighboring Italy. We’ve sent happy clients on yachting trips to Croatia’s islands and tailor-made tours to Split, Dubrovnik & Hvar. By booking a luxury holiday with Lightfoot Travel you’ll benefit from years of experience, and expert on-the-ground knowledge.

Split and the Islands Itineraries