Best Things To Do in Split, Croatia
January 2, 2024
Ideally situated along the sun-kissed Adriatic coast, Split is the second largest city in Croatia and well worth a visit. With ruins dating back to the Roman Empire, a bustling waterfront, and fresh seafood served daily at many of the restaurants in town, this coastal city offers a wealth of experiences for every type of traveller. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature enthusiast, or someone seeking vibrant cultural encounters, Split has something special in store. Keep reading to discover the best things to do in Split.
Embark on a journey through time as you explore the heart of Split – Diocletian’s Palace. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ancient palace complex sits in the centre of the Old Town and is a living testament to the city’s rich history. Wander through its labyrinthine alleys, marvel at the Peristyle, and discover the blend of Roman and mediaeval architecture that defines this iconic landmark that was built in 305 AD for the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Some of the important sites to see within Diocletian’s Palace include the Peristyle (the centre of the Palace), the Cardo (one of the main streets through the Palace), and the cellar. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, the cellar is where Daenerys kept her dragons when she was in Meereen.
Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Split by taking a stroll along the Riva Promenade. Lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops, this waterfront boulevard lined with palm trees is the perfect place to soak up the sun, people-watch, and enjoy panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea. Don’t forget to catch a mesmerising sunset over the sea.
Escape the urban bustle and ascend Marjan Hill for a dose of nature and breathtaking vistas. A green oasis overlooking Split, Marjan offers walking and cycling trails through pine forests, secluded beaches, and vantage points that showcase the city and surrounding islands. Just a short walk (but many stairs – 314 in total!) from the Old Town, wandering up this 178m hill is a perfect daytime activity for outdoor enthusiasts and families.
Climb to the Top of St. Domnius Bell Tower
For panoramic views of Split and its surroundings, climb to the top of the St. Domnius Bell Tower, part of the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and located within Diocletian’s Palace. The ascent may be a bit challenging, but the rewarding views make it well worth the effort. You’ll be treated to a bird’s-eye perspective of the city and the shimmering Adriatic. Entry to the Dominus Tower costs around 55 Kuna (approximately £6), and tickets can be bought from the entrance.
Explore Split’s Old Town
Beyond Diocletian’s Palace, the Old Town of Split is a labyrinth of cobblestoned lanes, charming streets and squares. Lose yourself in the maze of narrow alleys, discover hidden gems like the Fruit Square and Pjaca Square, and enjoy the local vibe in the bustling Green Market. Cafes and restaurants spill out into the square and one of the highlights of a visit here is gazing up at the old town clock, which has been ticking for centuries and is unique by being 24 (instead of 12) digits. The area transforms after sunset, becoming a great place for a night out. There are plenty of bars and clubs to explore, as well as galleries and open-air spaces for various performances such as concerts, festivals and art plays.
It’s worth mentioning that the old town is a car free zone, so plan ahead if you intend on spending a day exploring the area. It is often best to park just outside the town and then explore on foot (several companies offer guided tours). We can also help arrange transfers and tours from your holiday villa in Split and back again for the ultimate stress-free day out.
For a taste of the Adriatic’s crystal-clear waters, head to Bacvice Beach, the most popular beach in the city of Split. This pebble and sand haven is not just a place to relax under the sun; it’s also famous for the traditional Croatian game of picigin. The aim of the game? To keep the ball in the air and out of the water for as long as possible! Join in the fun, splash about in the shallow Adriatic waves or sip a wine at one of the beachside bars. The beach has been awarded Blue Flag status for its cleanliness and abundant facilities, plus the wide beach and shallow waters means it is considered one of the safer beaches, especially for children. This beach can get busy during the hot summer months, so we recommend arriving early in the morning to secure a well-placed spot.
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