Split Travel Guide: Top 10 things to do in Split
On our Split travel guide we will show you what things you can do and which places are worth visiting, if you end up in Split or you’re planning to visit Dalmatia and its capital.
No matter at what time of year you decide to explore Split, you can always have a great vacation. That being said, if you prefer festivals, sunny days, beaches and swimming in crystal clear Adriatic sea, then spring and summer are the best time of year for your vacation in Croatia.
SPLIT TRAVEL GUIDE – EXPLORE THE TOWN & ITS BEACHES
Explore Diocletian’s Palace and the old town. Diocletian’s Palace is number one, when it comes to top attractions in Split. It was built during the reign of Roman Emperor Diocletian which he intended to use as his retirement residence. Although it is called a palace, due to its size, it encompasses more than half of the city’s center. Rest of the area is filled with old town of Split which is spread around the Palace and towards the park forest Marjan.
Visit one of Split museums. If you’re a fan of history, medieval architecture and old monuments, Diocletian’s Palace by itself is a great sightseeing spot. However, you have plenty of museums in and outside the palace. When it comes to Split travel guide, look at these museums as a guide through the rich and turbulent history of the town and our country.
Take a bike tour or go for a hike through the Park Forest Marjan. Lush green lungs of Split, located on the hill next to the old town and surrounded by Adriatic Sea are one of the places you simply have to visit. At the top of the hill you can enjoy in the view of surrounding area and the bay. Besides rich vegetation, Marjan also has numerous hike and jogging trails, old churches, two tennis courts, small football field, a playground for kids, pony rides, a restaurant, plenty of beaches as well as maritime research institute. Marjan is only 20 minutes away from the city’s center, by foot, and it is perfect for a fun tour around the peninsula on a sunny summer’s day.
Cool down on one of Split beaches. Besides the beaches around park forest Marjan such as Obojena, Kašjuni, Prve Vode or Bene, there are great beaches on the rest of Split coastline. For example, there are shallow sandy beaches such as Bačvice and Firule, just 15 minutes of walking distance away from the center. Also, you have very popular Žnjan plateau with long stretch of pebble beaches as well as beautiful beaches in surrounding suburbs of Split such as Stobreč, Kaštela and Trogir.
SPLIT TRAVEL GUIDE – VISIT NEARBY TOWNS & GO SHOPPING
Take a day trip and visit surrounding towns. Although Split is metropolis of Dalmatia and the main place to visit, there are several towns around Split which have their own secrets. You have Solin which is charming small town and a location of ancient Roman city of Salona, once a capital of Dalmatia. Next to Solin is Kaštela with its 7 medieval castles. On the western side of Split riviera is stunning city of Trogir with beautiful baroque architecture. On the eastern side, you have Stobreč and Omiš. Stobreč has wide beach and plenty of cafe bars next to the sea, while Omiš has the best beaches in the area and was home of the pirates, a long time ago.
Enjoy in vibrant nightlife and summer parties. Although you have plenty of clubs in Split and surrounding towns, when the summer comes, nightlife becomes even crazier. Not only that tourists from all over the world spice up the atmosphere but you also have numerous summer festivals, beach parties and live concerts. The most popular clubs in town are Vanilla, Central, Fabrique, Jazzbina and Tropic. When it comes to beach parties in Split, they are usually organized on wide and shallow Bačvice beach. Also, during the Ultra Music festival main stage is at the city stadium, called Poljud.
Go to a shopping in one of Split malls. Our Split travel guide wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention the best shopping malls which includes Joker, City Center One, Salona Mall and Mall of Split. Although shopping Center Joker is located somewhat close to the center, the best ones are Mall of Split and City Center One. These two not only have plenty of stores, restaurants and movie theaters but they are also located few kilometers apart from one another which makes your shopping tour much simpler and less time consuming.
SPLIT TRAVEL GUIDE – DAY TRIP TO ISLANDS & NATIONAL PARKS
Visit mid-Adriatic islands or National Parks. Besides exploring Split and charming towns of Split riviera, you can also visit national parks and mid-Adriatic islands. Since they are bit further and taking a taxi or a bus isn’t convenient, you will need to have your own car or rent one, book an excursion, take a ferry or rent a boat. At the end of the day, you have plenty of options, if you decide to visit National Park Krka, N.P. Plitvice or mid-Adriatic islands such as Brač, Hvar, Vis or Šolta.
Book a Private Tour which suits you. If you have a trip planned in your mind for you and your family, you can book a private tour. Not only that you can choose which places you want to visit, when you want to go and when you plan to be back but you can decide how long you want to stay in each place. It all depends what you want.
Go snorkeling and scuba diving in crystal clear Adriatic sea. If you don’t want to visit national parks, some of the islands or medieval towns such as Dubrovnik, explore rich underwater world of Dalmatia. Not only that Croatia has more than thousand islands and crystal clear sea but there are many great diving spots, thanks to long maritime tradition and turbulent history on this side of the Adriatic.
SPLIT TRAVEL GUIDE – WHEN TO VISIT
There are some activities on the list which are best suited for spring, summer and early fall.
During winter months, you can’t enjoy on beautiful beaches of Split riviera, there are no crazy summer parties and it is not that warm during your visit to Krka, mid Adriatic islands and especially N.P. Plitvice. That being said, there are not that many tourists during that part of the year and most places you have just for yourselves.
We hope some of these tips and activities mentioned in Split travel guide, help you with planning an awesome Croatian vacation in Split.