Bargain of the week: Split decision

The summer rush is over, the Adriatic is still warm and air fares are tumbling - all of which makes this the ideal time to visit the city at the heart of the Dalmatian coast. Split is the hub for ferries to the Croatian islands, but it has much to offer besides.

The centre of town occupies Diocletian's Palace, with cafes, shops and churches infusing the original Roman creation. Add a good city beach, good restaurants and a fascinating hinterland, and Split is an excellent place to recharge your batteries on a short break before the summer season ends, at least for easyJet flights, in October.

Outbound fares at the end of September are very tempting, at £30 or less for most days from Sunday 25 September. Inbound prices are less generous, but on 28 and 29 September there is availability at £120, giving you a round-trip for a reasonable £150. Or combine Split with Croatia's capital, Zagreb, from which inbound flights are available for around £50. The two cities are connected by train.

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