Is Split an Island in Croatia?

I will be honest when I was planning my trip to Croatia, I was new in Europe and was still thinking about what cities to visit in Croatia like any travel planner I just went on google and looked for cities to visit in Croatia.

The only place I was aware of in Croatia was Dubrovnik and that too only because it was the King’s Landing in Game of Thrones.

So when I found that I could visit Split, the first question was “Is Split an Island in Croatia ?”

How do we reach here?

How can I plan my itinerary for Croatia and what should be in my Itinerary? But eventually, I was able to plan.

So without further adieu let me talk more around is Split and Island.

Is Split An Island in Croatia?

A map of croatia with major cities and towns.
A map of Croatia with major cities and towns. – Split Neighborhood Islands

No, Split is not an Island in Croatia however the confusion only arises because there are so many islands around Split which makes this the perfect destination to start the island hopping tour in Croatia.

To help you get a better understanding, I have shared the map of Croatia and you can familiarize yourself with where Split is.

Let us talk about Split Island’s Geographical boundaries

Split Island, also known as Brač Island and the only reason I am talking about this is because this one is the biggest island around Slpit, is located in the Adriatic Sea, off the coast of Croatia. It is the largest island in the central Dalmatian group of islands.

The island is approximately 40 kilometers long and 13 kilometers wide, with a total area of around 396 square kilometers.

Geographically, Split Island is characterized by a diverse landscape. The northern part of the island is mostly flat and fertile, with vineyards and olive groves. In contrast, the southern part is more rugged and mountainous, with the highest peak, Vidova Gora, reaching 778 meters above sea level.

The island is surrounded by crystal-clear waters and boasts numerous beautiful beaches, coves, and bays. Some of the popular beaches on Split Island include Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) Beach in Bol and Lovrečina Beach near Postira.

To the north of Split Island lies the mainland city of Split, from which the island gets its name. The city of Split is connected to the island by regular ferry and catamaran services.

Best Islands to Visit Near Split

When you take an island hopping tour from Split you will get to visit some of the below Islands, I have listed down all the best islands to visit near Split.

I booked my Island Hopping ticket before visiting Split just to be organized but one thing that I noticed was that there were so many options where you can book that when you are walking around Riva. ( I still like booking things before hand instead of leaving things for last minute)

  • Bisevo Island: Known for the enchanting Blue Cave, Bisevo Island is a popular day trip destination. Despite its popularity, it has a very small permanent population, preserving its quaint and serene atmosphere.
  • Drvenik Veli: This island offers a more tranquil escape from the crowds, with beautiful beaches and coves to explore.
  • Hvar Island: One of the most famous Croatian islands, Hvar is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, historic architecture, and lush lavender fields.
  • Brac Island: Home to the iconic Zlatni Rat beach, often featured on postcards for its unique shape and beauty, Brac is also known for its olive oil and stone masonry.
  • Paklinski Islands: A group of small isles off the coast of Hvar, the Paklinski Islands offer secluded beaches and clear waters, ideal for swimming and relaxation.
  • Ciovo Island: Connected to the mainland by a bridge in Trogir, Ciovo features pebble beaches and historical sites within easy reach of Split.
  • Korcula Island: Often called a mini-Dubrovnik, Korcula boasts medieval walls and ancient streets. It’s also claimed to be the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo.
  • Solta Island: Just a short ferry ride from Split, Solta is known for its laid-back vibe, olive groves, and family-run vineyards.

Split Weather Throughout the Year

Summer (June to August):

Summers in Split are typically hot and dry, making it a popular time for tourists. Average daytime temperatures hover around 30°C (86°F), but can occasionally rise higher. The Adriatic Sea offers a refreshing escape with sea temperatures averaging around 25°C (77°F). The summer months also boast long daylight hours and minimal rainfall.

Autumn (September to November):

As autumn sets in, temperatures begin to cool down, with September still being warm and pleasant. By November, daytime temperatures average around 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F). This season sees an increase in rainfall, which can be sporadic but sometimes heavy.

Winter (December to February):

Winters are mild in Split compared to other parts of Europe. Average temperatures during the day are about 10°C to 12°C (50°F to 54°F), while nights can be cooler. Snowfall is rare in Split, but rain is more common during this season. Despite the cooler weather and increased precipitation, winter can be an excellent time to visit without the crowds.

Spring (March to May):

Spring sees the return of warmer weather and the revival of natural beauty as flowers bloom. Average temperatures gradually rise from about 12°C to 20°C (54°F to 68°F). Rainfall decreases, making way for more sunny days, particularly in May, which is considered one of the best months to visit before the high season starts.

Top 5 Things to do in Split Croatia

I am not going to talk in detail about all things to do in Split Croatia because I have talked in detail in my separate post but here are some things which should make it to your itinerary or else you will be missing it.

1. Visit Diocletian’s Palace

Explore the ancient Roman palace complex, built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century. Marvel at the well-preserved architecture, wander through the narrow streets, and visit the underground cellars.

2. Explore Marjan Hill

Take a hike or bike ride up Marjan Hill to enjoy stunning views of Split and the Adriatic Sea. This nature park offers beautiful walking trails, lookout points, and secluded beaches where you can relax and unwind.

3. Visit the Cathedral of Saint Domnius

Admire the impressive architecture of this medieval cathedral, which was originally built as a mausoleum for Diocletian. Climb to the top of the bell tower for panoramic views of Split.

4. Wander through the Old Town

Get lost in the charming streets of Split’s Old Town, known as Varoš. Discover hidden alleys, picturesque squares, and local shops selling traditional crafts and souvenirs. Don’t forget to try some local cuisine at one of the many restaurants and konobas (traditional Croatian taverns).

5. Relax at Bačvice Beach

Spend a day soaking up the sun at Bačvice Beach, located just a short walk from the city center. This sandy beach is popular among locals and tourists alike, offering crystal-clear waters and various facilities for water sports and beachside entertainment.

As I mentioned these are just a few of the many things to do in Split so if you want to go for a packed itinerary then you can check the other post.

Since I already mentioned taking the Island hopping tour from Split before that is why I am not including it in my Top 5 List however this has to be on yours.

Wrap-Up: So is Split in Island in Croatia?

No, Split is not an island however there are many islands around Split that you can visit from this beautiful city in Croatia.

If you are visiting Split you might want to check my other post about Split


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