Car hire in Split
Car hire in Split
Split is the second largest city in Croatia and one of the most beautiful coastal locations in the Balkans. It contains a Unesco World Heritage Site and offers a wonderful mix of historic streets and modern, trendy bars. It is a superb base from which to explore the wider Dalmatian region.
What I need to know
There are several Split car hire firms to choose from, mostly in the city centre or near the harbour. We can compare these to find the best deals on car hire services in Split, with 24-hour customer service and free cancellation to ensure you get the greatest value from your trip.
Where to pick up my car
Split's car hire firms are mostly based around the harbour or city centre, although a couple are located just east of these areas. Those picking up a car via an airport car hire firm can do so at the Split Airport (SPU) terminal.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Split's greatest attraction is Diocletian’s Palace, a Unesco World Heritage Site and a must-see for those interested in Roman architecture and history. The cathedral of St Domnius dates back to the early 5th century and was built on the site where the sarcophagus of Diocletian had previously stood.
The ruins of the ancient city of Salona, which was occupied by the Romans, lie just outside the city, while it takes slightly over an hour to drive round to Ciovo Island, a scenic route that takes in two bridges either side of the tiny Trogir Island that sits between Ciovo and the mainland.
The beautiful Dalmatian coast is a great place to drive and other attractive cities include the picture-postcard Dubrovnik, which is three hours away. To the north, Pula is just under five hours away. Inland, the capital city Zagreb is four hours away.
Eating and drinking
Given its coastal location, it is no surprise that Split is a great place for some Mediterranean food, even though the sea surrounding the area is the Adriatic. Dalmatian cuisine is very similar to Italian, with lots of pasta, tomatoes and mushrooms. Try strukli, a traditional dish of doughballs filled with mince or other fillings.
Things to do
The beach is undoubtedly a place to spend some downtime in Split, or else catch a ferry to one of the many local islands. For those feeling a bit more energetic, enjoy a woodland walk in the Park Suma Marjan, which lies at the western tip of the peninsula and is known as the city's lung.
Split is perfect for checking out historic Roman ruins. Apart from Diocletian’s Palace, there is the well-preserved Temple of Jupiter (now, ironically, part of the cathedral). The 15th century Split City Museum is a fascinating building in itself, as well as containing fascinating artefacts from the city's rich past.