Split Gay Travel
Where is the Split gay beach? Are there gay bars in Split? These answers, plus the best hotels & areas to stay, in wolfyy’s Split gay travel guide.
The Gay Travel Experience: Split, Croatia
Of all the destinations in Croatia, Split is where you will find the most gay tourists! Split is one of the most gay-friendly Croatian cities along with Dubrovnik and Zagreb.
While Croatia as a whole is not so comfortable with homosexuality compared to the rest of Europe, that doesn’t stop droves of gay tourists from visiting every year.
A high density of international tourists dissipates any anti-LGBT sentiment that you may find. I definitely enjoyed myself in this wonderful city. Many bars and sightseeing locations are predominantly tourists, so you certainly won’t feel out of place.
Gay travel in Croatia usually starts or ends in Split, as it’s an anchor point for many travelers make their way along the country’s spectacular islands. Croatian cities are increasingly branding themselves as top gay holiday destinations, and Split has without a doubt become a staple world gay travel hotspot!
While you can still find gay nightlife in Split, expect it to be a but more relaxed. On the other hand, Dubrovnik has rowdier nightlife, with spectacular clubbing.
Here in Split, there is a popular gay beach that’s sure to entertain, but Dubrovnik beaches don’t really have a specifically gay area.
Gay Split: Hotels & Where to Stay
Staying directly in the Old City is a great opportunity if you have the budget to do so. The alleyways and historic streets are enchanting. There are so many adorable VRBO rentals within the Old City walls.
As you may imagine, staying somewhere nestled in these cute passageways will probably be more expensive. In my opinion though, they will be worth it.
Cornaro Hotel is one of the most highly rated LGBT friendly Split hotels in the Old City. They have beautiful, modern rooms with windows that open up, allowing you to peer down to the streets below.
They’re also quite popular for their rooftop bar that offers some pretty stunning views both day and night. And don’t miss their indoor jacuzzi lounge, surrounded by fun purple lights.
Riva Luxury Rooms is another stunningly elegant gay friendly hotel option. They’re also rather affordable for accommodations within the Old City. I love how their rooms embrace the character of the Old City with exposed stone walls that beautifully contrast with rich teal walls.
Technically a guest house, Riva offers exceptionally large rooms compared to many other Split accommodations. Even their studio rooms are spacious. Highly rated and often complimented for cleanliness, you can’t let this place get away!
Staying Outside the Old City
For cheaper accommodations in Split, there are tons of VRBO options just outside Old City. The area is perfectly walkable and safe. For a part of my trip, I stayed about a 10-minute walk north of the waterfront in pretty cheap rental.
Laura Lux Suites is perfect for couples. They are a modern LGBT-friendly guest house. Their deluxe double room includes a romantic jacuzzi tub on-suite, plus a private terrace. I love how much light these rooms get, too.
The Laura Lux guest house is just to the west of the Old City. This area is still fantastic, even while walking around at night. Plenty of nearby restaurants and shops will keep you happily entertained.
Lastly, keep in mind that you will be able to tell which exact areas are the true “Old City” by checking Google Maps for the regions that are shaded beige. In fact, Google Maps doesn’t even show most of the restaurants, bars and hotels connected to a street in this area! It just goes to show how maze-like the Split Old City feels.
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Split Experiences for the Gay Traveler
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Take a stroll through the wondrous narrow alleys in the Split Old City. Make your way around the labyrinth of streets, exploring every little nook. Paths that you may think are dead-ends often lead to beautiful little plazas with cute bars and restaurants.
Some of the Game of Thrones scenes were filmed here in Split. Fans of the series love the local Game of Thrones filming location tours!
Break away from the tourist crowds and head to the hidden desolate corners of the Old City. In some of these alleyways and hidden plaza, you’ll get some great opportunities to capture amazing photos.
Split Gay Beach: The Best Gay Beach in Croatia
The gay beach in Split is near Kasjuni Beach, west of the Split Old City. It’s one of the best gay beaches in Croatia. It’s clean, tranquil and private.
To get there, head to Kasjuni Beach and then start walking west. You will find increasing numbers of gay men as you progress, and then a completely nude beach even further west.
Local gay Croatians are usually hanging out at Kasjuni Beach during the warmer months. They prefer this area because they can stay out of the public eye. You may notice local gay guys can be shy or even stand-offish. This is only because they may be nervous to interact with other gay men.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a gay cruising spot in Split, all you have to do is wander the rocky coves past the beach area. I definitely witnessed a few encounters from afar.
Remember, local gay Croatians are not always open or comfortable with their homosexuality because of the societal pressure. Say hello!
Day Trips from Split
If you’ll be visiting Split but aren’t planning on doing any sailing, then you should definitely consider exploring some nearby Croatian Islands with a couple day trips.
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Pizzeria Bokamorra is a stunning and tasty high-end restaurant. Their cocktail menu is spectacular. You can also head here just for drinks. Pizzeria Bokamorra was actually one of few places in Split where I found custom cocktails.
After eating seafood for a few days, Terminal F might just satisfy a craving for delicious American food. The burgers at Terminal F were definitely the highlight. Whatever they are putting in there is magically satiating.
Bobis take-away cafés are all over Split. They are most convenient for food on the go and not too expensive. If you order pizza, make sure to get it properly warmed. They usually hand you lukewarm or cold slices. I am honestly still not sure why.
Again, Bobis is really just for on-the-go snacks. I wouldn’t have a formal meal here.
What is Croatian Food Like?
Local food in Croatia is primarily fish and other seafood. The Croatian culture also borrows significantly from the Italians. Pizzerias are the second most common type of restaurant you will find in Croatia.
Most high-end restaurants will have a “catch of the day.” The menu should include a price per kilogram of a specific type of fish, or scallops for example.
Split Gay Bars
Academia Club Ghetto is the unofficial Split gay bar. Club Getto attracts a mixed crowd, but it is widely known to be the top gay hangout in the city. They often host intimate musical performances or have a live DJ.
Remember that Split has no official gay bars, however you can still easily find other gay travelers since Split is such an international gay travel destination.
Gay travelers looking for a venue to spend an evening usually go to Club Ghetto. The vibe is dim, casual and upbeat in this unofficial Split gay bar.
As mentioned earlier in this guide, homosexual public displays of affection are not always tolerated well, unless of course it is clear that an establishment is a LGBT safe space.
Many locals do support homosexuality, but then again many do not. Use your judgment, especially while drinking out at traditional bars.
In my opinion, Split is not a much of a late-night party destination. There are many tucked-away bars in the Old Town, but they won’t provide anything too rowdy.
Lastly, Fluid Cocktails.was one of my favorite places for cocktails in Split. It’s a cozy bar with seating outside in a narrow alleyway. The vibe is precious and the staff is quite friendly.
My friends and I were briefly chatting with a man sitting next to us, who we minutes later found out was the server! The bar is informal, yet has a great ambiance. You can find Fluid Cocktails right in the Old City.
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Is Split Safe for Gay Travelers?
Gay travelers in Split should exercise some caution for a few reasons. Although Croatia is part of the European Union and is a popular gay travel destination, there is still a formidable anti-LGBT sentiment among some locals.
One of the two homophobic scenarios I witnessed in Croatia was in Split. A gay couple that was part of my group of sailing friends was showing a small amount of affection in a restaurant called Roof 68.
A waitress came over to them and explained they are not permitted to kiss each other in the establishment. This surprised everyone, who left shortly after. It was disheartening to experience.
Split Gay Travel Tips
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Looking for cheap snacks? Head to Stari Pazar just outside the Old City. Stari Pazar is an outdoor market that sells mostly fruit and dried goods. I grabbed some apples and berries for fuel to explore the city!
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I needed to wash some clothes in Split, and I found the perfect spot. A small little place called Self-service Laundry Primus Verum is open every day. It’s quite convenient if you need to do laundry at early or late hours, or on a Sunday! However, keep in mind there are only three washers and three dryers.
Split Bus Station Tips
The Split bus station is usually very busy and can be a bit confusing at first. The easiest thing to do upon arrival is to show your ticket to the information window attendant. They will know exactly what platform the bus is going to arrive on.
Trust them because they do this every day so they know your route.
It’s probably best to listen to the announcements in case of a bus platform change. It happens from time to time, so it’s better to be cautious.
Traveling between cities in Croatia is quite convenient by bus. I traveled all around the Mediterranean and other parts of Europe using Flixbus buses, which are almost always exactly on time, comfortable, civilized and safe. They’re also pretty cheap.
Is Split Expensive?
Croatia in general is no longer cheap! Split, Dubrovnik and the Croatian islands are all so popular with international tourists, that prices are have inflated tremendously.
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Bus from Split to Dubrovnik: Do You Need Your Passport?
Buses that travel between Split and Dubrovnik must cross through Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia and Herzegovina occupies a small stretch of coastline, and so there will be two border checkpoints during the journey. Hopefully they’re quick. My journey wasn’t too bad.
At the border, you likely will not need to exit the bus. An officer will board the bus and visually check your passport. They probably will not stamp it since they know the bus is bound for another Croatian city. My passport wasn’t stamped.
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