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Split may not be as well known as Dubrovnik, but Croatia’s second-largest city may be its most enchanting. The star attraction is its 4th-century Diocletian’s Palace, a maze-like complex and one of the finest preserved examples of Roman palatial architecture. But its allures go beyond that, with beautiful beaches, open-air markets and much more. To make the most of your time here, consider a stay at one of these Airbnbs, some of which are located right in the historical center.
This one-bedroom duplex accommodates up to five guests in four beds, set within a more than a century-old building, just a short walk from the waterfront in the Veli Varos neighborhood that sits at the foot of Marjan Hill, home to a beautiful park. The highlight is its gorgeous terrace that offers views over the city’s historic rooftops and its Mediterranean square, “Prokurative.” While the building dates back to 1904, you’ll enjoy the historic character as well as modern amenities, including a large kitchen, cable TV and Wi-Fi.
The Luxury Cave Apartment was once a 200-year-old wine cellar. Today it’s a stylish cave-style apartment that sits on the ground floor of a 19th-century stone house, staying pleasantly cool in the summer and warm in the winter – although guests won’t have to rely on that as both a/c and heat are included. Ideal for a romantic couples’ stay, it includes one bedroom, cable TV, Wi-Fi and a full kitchen. You’ll be within a 15-minute walk of the beaches and just steps from the centuries-old buildings in the palace that were transformed into boutiques, galleries, restaurants and cafes.
By booking this one-bedroom apartment you’ll be just steps from both the Riva Promenade along the waterfront and Diocletian’s Palace. Enjoy the old-world charm historic Split offers inside and out, with the space featuring refurbished wood beams, sandstone walls and marble accents, retaining many original features of the over 200-year-old building. It includes lots of windows to ensure plenty of natural light, a fully equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi, cable TV and a very warm and welcoming host.
Located in the Dobrić area of the historic center, this two-bedroom Old Town duplex apartment accommodates up to six, providing an ideal location that will put you just steps from the seaside promenade and the cobbled streets of Diocletian’s Palace with its many attractions, shopping, dining, wine bars and more. Set within an original stone house, you’ll enjoy lots of historic charm, including antique-style decor, along with modern comforts. It’s fully air-conditioned and spread over two floors, with a full kitchen, living room with a cable TV and Wi-Fi.
Ideal for a family or friends traveling together, this two-bedroom apartment is located in a quiet residential area on the south slopes of Marjan Hill, yet it’s just a five-minute walk from the seaside promenade and Diocletian’s Palace. You’ll have a large terrace that overlooks the glistening expanse of the turquoise Adriatic, nearby islands and the Old Town, perfect for sipping your morning coffee or Croatian wine at sunset while watching the boats come and go from the harbor. It offers all the comforts of home, including Wi-Fi, TVs in both bedrooms, a bathroom with floor heating, a laundry area, and a full kitchen. In the living room, there’s a TV with a DVD player.
Ideal for a couples’ getaway, this air-conditioned studio apartment includes a fully equipped kitchen with direct access to a balcony for enjoying a gorgeous view of the harbor, including the sparkling lights after dark. It has a dining table, a large bed, TV and Wi-Fi, along with complimentary toiletries. The rate includes garage parking, and as the apartment is on the fourth floor without an elevator, your host will help with your luggage during check-in and check-out if you need assistance.
This adorable studio for two sits within an old stone house in a quiet residential area just 10 minutes from the historic center, surrounded by typical Dalmatian stone homes in a historical district itself. Located on the second floor, it has its own entrance, air-conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette, satellite TV, and free Wi-Fi. The hosts have their own speed boat and offer excursions around the islands, along with two bicycles to rent, and cheap transfer to/from the airport.
The “Perfect Vacation Apartment,” offers an ideal location in the heart of it all. You’ll be five-minutes on foot from Diocletian’s Palace and within walking distance to just about everything else, including many restaurants and shops. It offers lots of historic character for up to four guests but the highlight is the expansive furnished terraced for relaxing under the Mediterranean sun. It comes with the usual comforts of home too, like a well-equipped kitchen, TV and Wi-Fi.
This beautiful penthouse features two bedrooms, accommodating up to four guests. It comes with a large terrace that has a lounger for relaxing and sunbathing, a porch swing and a dining table, along with a breathtaking view of the sea and Split’s Old Town. Less than 1,000 feet from Diocletian’s Palace, you’ll be perfectly situated for enjoying all that the historic center has to offer while being able to enjoy your morning coffee and alfresco meals with that stunning vista. It includes cable TV, Wi-Fi and a full kitchen.
This Airbnb offers one of the best views you’ll find in Split. A beautiful studio for two, it boasts a stunning view of the Cathedral of Saint Domnius bell tower and sits in the heart of the historical center. It comes with a large private terrace where you can not only gaze out at the bell tower but the Ethnographic Museum, seaside promenade, the harbor, Marjan hill and even the mountains. It’s located inside a building that’s attached to the southeast tower of Diocletian’s Palace, right inside the walls, and comes with air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, full kitchen and free Wi-Fi.
Studio Amore offers the chance to stay in a building where Roman emperor Diocletian lived himself – it doesn’t get more historic than that. Feel as if you’re in another time and place by booking this Airbnb with its gorgeous exposed beams, brick and stonework. While you enjoy relaxing among a slice of history, you can sip some complimentary local brandy or wine. Ideal for a couple or solo traveler, it sleeps up to two and also includes a full kitchen, Wi-Fi, TV, washing machine and air-conditioning. The extra-comfy king-size bed has a memory foam mattress.
This romantic loft apartment for two also sits within the walls of the historic palace, boasting beautiful views of the Old Town. Your hosts will provide you with lots of great insider tips, and despite being in the heart of it all, you’ll enjoy a peaceful night’s rest with little noise coming in from the street. It includes one-bedroom with a double bed, a living room, kitchenette with all you need to make your own meals, a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, cable television and Wi-Fi. Coffee, tea and fruit are all provided too.
Located near the Golden Gate in the heart of Diocletian’s Palace, the Aurelia Palace Apartment is a studio space on the second floor a 500-year-old stone house and offers beautiful views of the historic center. It comes with all you need for a comfortable stay, including a small kitchen for making your meals, although just downstairs you can order up outstanding food and drink, including top-notch craft cocktails. The popular Green Market is just steps away for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables along with many other local products. A TV with various language programming and Wi-Fi is included too.
This studio for two in the center of Old Town comes with its own tranquil courtyard for relaxing and offers the chance to step into the shoes of royalty who once walked the very same 4th-century steps made of imported stone from nearby Brac Island. It’s fully air-conditioned and includes a queen-size bed, cable television, Wi-Fi and a bistro table that’s flanked by latched windows and long, white flowing curtains, ideal for people watching while sipping some of the tasty local wine.
If you want to be just steps from the beach but also within reasonable walking distance of the Old Town, this apartment is a great pick. It sits within a historic building in a quiet neighborhood surrounded by lush Mediterranean greenery and accommodates up to five in a double room and a single room with two beds. It has a fully equipped kitchen, including a dishwasher and microwave, a dining room and living room, and free Wi-Fi. Split’s most popular beach, Bacvice, ideal for swimming in the warmer months, is just over 100 yards away.