Split isn’t as famous as its southern neighbor Dubrovnik, but it’s arguably just as charming and interesting, not to mention a far better travel value. The Old Town areas of the two cities are very similar, though Split feels like a living city while Dubrovnik exists only for tourists.
Many of the most interesting sights around town, including the stunning Diocletian Palace, are free or mostly free. Split is also the place to catch a ferry to one of the many nearby islands for an even more unique experience.
|Airports||Split Airport (SPU)|
Food and drinks in Split are similar to Dubrovnik, except they tend to be much cheaper and far less tourist-dominated. You’ll dine and drink among actual locals in Split, so it doesn’t take much effort to find places with local prices.
|Budget breakfast||Cafes can be found all around town, and most hotels don't include breakfast.||$3.23 - $5.38|
|Budget lunch||Sandwiches and pizza are popular and cheap lunch options, or Cevapi for more local flair.||$4.30 - $8.06|
|Budget dinner||Seafood, steaks, salads and more are common dinner options along with several vegetarian and vegan dishes.||$7.53 - $12.90|
|Beer (.5L)||The local lager is quite cheap at most bars and restaurants, unlike in Dubrovnik.||$3.23 - $5.38|
|Beer .5L (retail)||The local beer in supermarkets is cheaper than in bars, but not by that much.||$1.40 - $1.94|
|Wine (bottle)||Wine in supermarkets is plentiful, though not as cheap as across the sea in Italy.||$5.38 - $12.90|
|Month||High F||Low F||PRECIP (inches)|
Located in the eastern Adriatic, Split is situated in the warmest part of the region yet still maintains a relatively mild climate throughout the year. Winter temperatures remain above freezing while summer never seems to get too hot. Visitors will also find that Split sees many sunny days within the year, including during wintertime.
Warmer months however are the best time to visit if you’re looking to spend most of your time at the beaches.
This city is also a bit older, and far easier to reach (unless you are on a cruise ship), so it would be unwise to skip it and focus only on Dubrovnik. Hotels in Split are actually dominated by apartment rentals and room (sobe) rentals, which tend to be very good value.
Hotel seasons tend to follow the weather seasons with winter having the lowest prices of the year. If visiting during the other seasons, you’ll find that some hotel prices, as well as airfare, have gone up.
|19.35 - 29.03|
|26.88 - 59.14|
|30.11 - 156.99|
|39.78 - 198.92|
|176.34 - 354.84|
|Hostel Bed||15.05 - 23.66|