Despite being the northern gateway to Croatia’s beautiful islands, Split is much more than a stopover city. With exquisite beaches, vibrant restaurants serving the freshest seafood and ancient Diocletian’s Palace, a Unesco World Heritage Site, there’s plenty here to see. If you really want to get a local feel for Croatia’s second-largest city, opt to stay in one of its stone-walled apartments. We round up the best below.
Down narrow, cobbled alleys in the charming neighbourhood of Veli Varoš, Divota Apartment Hotel splits itself among several restored stone houses. Don’t be fooled by the historic facade: the studio rooms and apartments here are ultra-modern, with hardwood floors, neutral palettes and fully equipped kitchens. The downstairs spa is a must. If you have time, try out one of the yoga sessions at the meditation centre.
Nestled on a quiet street in downtown Split, just a short stroll from Diocletian’s Palace, Hotel Garden Apartments has an array of suites and cottages. Set in old stone buildings, with modern interiors, each apartment has access to a private courtyard or balcony overlooking the coastal city – ideal for soaking up the balmy Croatian sunshine.
In the very heart of Split, Tchiba is a contemporary apartment located within the old stone walls of Cyprian’s Palace. The apartment is spacious, with a full kitchen, tiled bathroom and a corner sofa facing the widescreen TV. When you want to explore the area, Bacvice Beach is just a short walk away.
Housed in a Unesco-protected building, just behind Split’s harbour, Villa Matejuska is made up of five separate studio apartments. Each apartment is configured differently (whether you’re after double or twin beds), but all include a kitchen and most have terraces overlooking the quiet street below. Riva, the main beachfront boardwalk, is just around the corner.
One for the romantics, Emperor’s Suites is split into two separate locations: the main apartments sit neatly at one end of the Riva boardwalk while the one-bedroom apartment can be found within Diocletian’s Palace. If you can, opt for the latter. As well as its decadent interiors, it also has a private sauna – perfect for soothing your sore legs after days of walking around the city.
Just moments from Split Harbour, the apartments of Villa Simoni boast glorious views over the city and twinkling Adriatic. Rooms are light and airy, each with a kitchenette, a marble or tiled bathroom and double glazed windows to block out any noise from the city. The location, however, is the star with popular dining options like steak and pizza bar, Bakra, and micro brewery, Mandrill Nano Brewing, just down the road.
Plonked directly on the Riva boardwalk, with the Cathedral of Saint Domnius just two minutes away, Riva Luxury Suites takes the crown for the best location in Split. Large windows make the most of its superb harbourfront location. Each of the three luxury apartments have been individually decorated; our pick is the luxury suite, complete with a standalone tub and rooftop terrace for sunbathing.
Behind its old stone facade, placed equidistant between Diocletian’s Palace and Bacvice Beach, Serenity Split Apartments is a sleek option for any traveller. White and cream hues are complemented by blonde timber flooring in the rooms and the marble-clad bathrooms. There’s a small, stylish kitchenette for all your cooking needs. If you don’t fancy cooking, plenty of eateries are just outside your front door, too.
Steps from the sea on Split’s beautiful, pebbly Žnjan beach, Deja Views Apartments are far enough away from the tourist bustle for a relaxing break but still close enough to explore the city by foot. Here, each apartment offers two large bedrooms, light-filled living rooms, fully-equipped kitchens and balconies with views across to the Dalmatian islands.
In a quaint area of the city, filled with traditional seafood restaurants and winding alleys, Korta Apartments offer a quiet oasis. Choose from a one-, two- or three-person apartment. Opt for the latter if you can for a sun-soaked balcony, walk-in shower, large kitchen and a plush bed. When parched, check out Leopolds Craft Beer Bar just down the road for a tipple or two.
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