If you are visiting Croatia, Split should definitely be part of your itinerary. Whether for its rich history, central position on the eastern Adriatic coast and proximity to the islands and major national parks, or as the host of your favorite music festival, visiting Split is a must. Also, if you are planning your trip and are wondering how many days are enough in Split – we hope to answer your question by giving you all the options depending on your travel style. In short – this post reveals what to do in Split!
Number 1 on the ‘what to do in Split’ list! Whatever your reason for visiting Split, walking through the narrow streets of the Old Town will raise some questions. You’ll immediately notice the many layers of the story, and we know you’ll want to know more. The best way to learn everything you need to know is to join a walking tour with a local guide.
If you’re on a tight schedule, the Diocletian’s Palace tour will take you straight to the center of Split and showcase its most famous attraction, Diocletian’s Palace. If you want a more complete overview, the walking tour of Split is your best choice, as it will not only take you to the palace, but also see the rest of the old town. And for those of you who want to see the city from another point of view, try the scenic tour of Split or the Game of Thrones tour. If you prefer a more intimate environment, the best decision is a private tour.
What Central Park is to New York, Marjan Hill is to Split. It is the lung of the city. It is a protected forest park intertwined with paths where locals go to find their weekly dose of peace and tranquility. It can also be a great recreational area for runners and cyclists. There are three lookouts on the east side of the hill from which you can take in the city view and take some memorable photos. You can swim, walk, relax, have a cool drink or just take a walk.
You know you haven’t been somewhere if you haven’t sampled local food. Also, if you’ve been to, say, Zagreb or Istria, don’t assume that Dalmatian cuisine will be the same. Probably the best thing you can try is a simple grilled fish with a little dalmatian chard, all seasoned with olive oil. Black risotto should be at the top of your wish list, but check your teeth later because the cuttlefish ink will work its magic. Specialties like Pašticada or Peka are unmissable and each family prides itself on having its own recipes for generations. And don’t forget to order Dalmatian wines!
Are you looking for a nice beach to cool off on a hot summer day or just want to take a walk by the sea? There are many options in Split. If you like the smell of pine trees, the beaches around Mount Marjan offer just that. Take a bus or rent a bike and you’ll be able to find your little slice of heaven in no time. But if you prefer sand, go the other way. The first beach you’ll find a short walk from the historic center is Bačvice beach. Split’s most famous beach is also home to a unique sport invented in Split – Picigin.
You can taste a bit of Dalmatia in the Diocletian’s Palace restaurant, book a wine tasting and then start a long walk from the palace to Marjan. You will pass through Sustipan before discovering all of Split’s beaches.
In all Mediterranean cities, a seaside promenade is definitely your living room. This is where it all happens: New Year’s Eve parties, open-air concerts, homecomings, summer events… But Riva is also our favorite place to have a coffee with friends or, in winter, enjoy a sausage with beer or mulled wine, even if we don’t exactly have a white Christmas.
I hope you enjoyed the tips and enjoy them during your visit to wonderful Croatia. If you’ve already been there, be sure to share your tips and suggestions with the agent in the comments.
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