Nestled below dramatic mountains along the Dalmatian Coast, Split is a town filled with unique sights. Ancient ruins overlook picturesque beaches and lavish waterfalls cascade from lake to lake. A luxury holiday in Split offers you the chance to explore the gorgeous landside terrain or to charter a yacht, and island-hop your way through breathtaking isles of the Dalmatian Coast.
Split is the ideal destination for long, lazy strolls. Wandering around, you'll find lots of Roman ruins, like the Diocletian Palace, and the imposing architecture of the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, the world's oldest Catholic cathedral still in use. You can give these spectacular buildings context by learning about their rich past in the city's excellent museums.
You'll also find lots of shops too, from modern malls to local boutiques and open-air markets, as well as lovely local art galleries. Nearby, are the cascading waters of the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park and the tremendous waterfalls of Krka National Park, two stunning nature reserves. The beaches of Split are also a highlight - at Bačvice Beach, you'll find shallow, translucent waters, and at Firule Beach, you'll get to tread sand as soft as powder.
If you like water activities, try jet skiing, parasailing and banana boats. Or why not rent your own boat complete with a captain and head out into the Adriatic Sea? With lots of islets and islands to explore and many must-see sights accessible only by boat, this is one of the best ways to see the charms of the Adriatic. Visit the shimmering caves of the Blue Grotto, the sands and sites of Hvar Island, or enjoy a peaceful desert-island getaway at Susak.
With so much on offer, Split is a year-round luxury holiday destination. If you like relaxing on the beach, the warmest months to go are June, July and August, where temperatures can reach 30 degrees celsius.
In May and October, the weather is a touch cooler making it ideal for long walks, though this period is still good for beach holidays. November through to March is a quieter time in Split. However, with temperatures around 10 degrees celsius, these months are well suited to hiking and biking trips.
Expect to start your day with a selection of fresh pastries, break for lunch with grilled seafood, and in the evening, dine on barbecued skewers and roasted lamb, whilst enjoying panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea.
You'll also get to try Mediterranean dishes and, with Split sitting by the coast, the freshest seafood. Be sure to taste traditional dishes like Pašticada, a slow-cooked beef stew, and to sample the fine Croatian wines - a full-bodied Istrian red makes a good pairing to Pašticada.