Top 10 things to do in Split
Even today, about 1.000 people live inside the Diocletian’s palace. Inside there are small boutique hotels, hostels, apartments, cafes and restaurants, and idyllic is just here to book your accommodation. The morning sun lights up the old sights such as the Temple of Jupiter, Peristyle, Cathedral of St. Duje, and in the evening you will enjoy the romantic view of the beautiful summer sky. Many of these boutique hotels have their own unique story of the past so keep your ears open!
The present form of the Split waterfront (Riva) comes from the early 19th century, when the city was ruled by the French. Later they planted palm trees and traffic was forbidden. The current design of the city’s promenade is a consequence of the reconstruction in 2007. Riva often turns into a venue for large events, like celebrating Olympic medals and welcoming sports champions. In the summer months benches under palm trees are an ideal place to enjoy the shade!
Our recommendation is to explore unique experience at the stunning Vestibul Palace, a member of The Small Luxury Hotels of The World. Enjoy breakfast at leisure served in hotel restaurant Diocles and you may even hear Dalmatian Singers in the background.
If you’re a football fan, be sure to visit Split’s beauty, Poljud stadium, which was built in 1979. At this stadium (locals call it Poljud’s Beauty) Hajduk Football Club plays its games. The club was founded in 1911 in Prague by a group of students from Split. Hajduk, together with Dinamo, is the most popular club in Croatia and a football match between these two rivals is called “Eternal derby”.
Take the time and spend a day in a green oasis on the Marjan peninsula! It is covered in dense Mediterranean pine forest and completely surrounded by the city and the sea. This is also a popular city promenade, with the famous Meštrović Gallery with works of Ivan Meštrović, a famous Croatian sculptor.
Visit the Bačvice beach! It’s the most popular beach in the city and it is the only sandy ones you can find in the city. Of course, it is full, but you can watch locals playing Picing (the ball game in the water). The water is shallow and clean. Great for families with children!
The outdoor market – Pazar, you must feel it! It is located next to the east wall of the Diocletian’s Palace, next to the entrance to the main harbour. The colours and flavours, fresh fruit and vegetables produced at the local farms from the surroundings of Split, and you can also hear sounds of locals bargain or even yelling.
The Peristyle of Diocletian’s Palace is the great square for not only learning about history and architecture but also to sit down on the ancient steps with cushions and observe people walking around and maybe to have a drink or two. Very impressive and it is absolutely a must see destination!
Discover the hidden Split and the City clock, from the 15th century. Our recommendation is to visit it with the guide so the image will be complete. If you like taking pictures, it is definitively the place to be, especially when the sun hits the clock.
Split Harbour is a major stop for the ferries and catamarans in Croatia which are constantly arriving and departing including various fishing boats and cruise ships. But it is still quite enjoyable to sit nearby (there are a lot of restaurants), watch ferries and the enjoy amazing view. Full of life and atmosphere!
Top 5 experiences in Split
Local cuisine is rich with a wide range of specialties, and precisely in Split, you will feel its grandeur and the various factors that influenced it. Venice and Italy left a significant mark in the creations of local dishes so you will still see a lot of great pizzerias and pasta places. You will also feel the taste of the Dalmatian hinterland in the cheese, which are magnificently paired with excellent wines from the Croatian Dalmatian islands – Hvar, Brač and Korčula, and the Pelješac peninsula. Of course there is also fresh fish and seafood so make sure to taste some local specialties such as octopus salad, grilled fish, oysters, shrimp … In the end treat yourself to dessert and you will certainly not be left disappointed. Try fritters – fried dough balls topped with sugar. In Split, you will find superb cuisine in many restaurants, and our recommendation is to try the a la carte menu at the restaurant Paradigma with a fantastic view of the sea and the port of Split. Food aficionados – Croatia is waiting on you!
Because of its excellent location Split is a transportation hub and excellent starting point for exploring the islands in the vicinity. Or if you’re a little more adventurous, you can be encouraged to create your own private island hopping adventure. The Islands of Hvar and Korčula are ideal for this trip, as the catamaran docks in the city centre, and there is the island of Brač to which port called Supetar ferries operate frequently. This is a grea opportunity to see what life on the Croatian islands, which is abundant in rich history and cultural heritage looks like. The town of Hvar saw the early beginnings of Croatian tourism in 1868 where the local tourism society was founded with the goal to promote and develop tourist services in the city. The first hotel Palace was opened in 1900. Today the town of Hvar offers picturesque surroundings of old buildings and palaces intertwined with modern tourism offers and attractions. The island boasts rich lavender fields and a very famous group of islets, Paklini otoci, situated in front of Hvar. The town of Korčula is known as the hometown of Marco Polo, the Venetian merchant who was known for his travels to China. It is believed that he was born on the island of Korčula according to a document from the 15th century. This city of timeless beauty and its walls will remind you to Dubrovnik. The island of Brac is unique for its green wooded slopes including one of the most famous beaches on the Adriatic, a specific form – Zlatni rat (Golden Horn). And it’s all within reach from Split!
ŠIBENIK AND NATIONAL PARK KRKA
An ideal day trip from Split takes us in the direction of Šibenik and the Krka waterfalls. This natural phenomenon and national park is a great place to relax and see great monuments, heritage, culture and enjoy nature and surrounded by sounds of water. National park “Krka” is located in the area of Šibenik – Knin County and encompasses an area of 109 square kilometres of the most beautiful of the Krka River and the lower reaches of the river Čikola. Krka is a natural phenomenon, and travertine Krka is the main phenomenon of this river. The most popular parts of the park are the Skradin and Roški waterfalls. Skradinski buk is the popular image from Croatia, often seen on postcards and brochures, and one of the most popular Croatian natural beauties. It consists of travertine cascades, islands and lakes. There is an ethno village close by with its adorning mills and exhibition spaces with ethnographic collections. If you are really interested in cultural and heritage value, you can visit the island of Visovac, which can be reached by ship from several locations. On the island there is a Franciscan monastery. The nature here is untouched and unspoilt. In addition, be sure to visit the town of Šibenik with the famous Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO world heritage site. What a perfect day!
PRIVATE GUIDED CITY TOUR
Book a memorable private day tour! Our guide will meet you and take you on a private guided tour of Split and Diocletian’s Palace, you will enjoy seeing some of the ancient beautiful buildings with history and culture that dates back many hundreds of years. Private city tours are chances to learn so much about the history of Split and hear the inside stories about the culture and people of Split. After the tour you have the options of continuing with a walk along the city or the Marjan peninsula.
THE ISLAND OF HVAR
Take a day trip to the Island of Hvar! Did you know that Hvar had 2,718 sunshine hours in 2013? This island many call the Croatian St. Tropez, and with its rich history, mild climate, beautiful beaches, historical sights and fragrant fields of lavender it really lives up to the name. The island has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and its name derives from the word PHAROS – Greek name for island Hvar and town, that once stood in the area of today’s Stari Grad. The impressive views of Pakleni islets and town of Hvar can be enjoyed from the fortress standing tall above the city. Did you know that the island of Hvar has the oldest European theatre built in 1612 and that the first meteorological station in Croatia was built in 1858? Today this is a favourite destination for elite guests, so many celebrities have visited Hvar and enjoy it. Today the island is home to about 11,500 people and is ideal for a day trip in combination with a guided tour and wine tasting. Or maybe join a cooking class? It is certainly an excellent chance to spend a day with the chef, going to the market, preparing lunch, talking about Dalmatian cuisine and enjoying local wines…