From buzzing beaches, Roman ruins to coastal mountains, the city offers an impressive charm guaranteed to fit within any traveler's itinerary. To save you time on finding the most scenic spots, we've created a simple guide that will help you explore the great passions of this medieval city.
1. Explore the Historical Ruins of Split's Old Town
Split was continuously inhabited for thousands of years starting with the Romans followed by the Croats, Byzantines, Venetians and finally Austrians who left in 1918. Highlights of the beautifully preserved town include the Peristyle, Diocletian's Palace, Cathedral of St Domnius, Gregory of Nin Statue and the Egyptian Sphinxes. Most tourist come to Split with a plane, landing at the Split airport and taking the Split airport taxi to get to the city center and start exploring the historical tuins of the old town.
Commissioned by the Emperor, Diocletian's Palace is a well-preserved structure built in Roman military camp style. Protected by towers at each side, the palace features four entrances, three of note, Iron gate, Silver Gate an Golden Gate. Right outside the Golden Gate is the Gregory of Nin Statue, the work of a renowned Croatian sculptor Ivan, Mestrovic. There's an ancient belief that if you rub Gregory’s tow, you'll be faced with plenitude of good luck.
Leading in from the gates are notable attractions such as Milesi palace, Temple of Jupiter,Brace Radica Square and Peristyle- an open-air pavilion that comes alive at night. The Peristyle is one spot that will bring you back to the Roman times. At the ancient area of Diocletian's Palace is Cathedral of St. Domnius which features splendid Corinthian-designs and amazing interior features. Two of the notable features are the 13th-century hexagonal Romanesque stone pulpit and the Altar of St. Domnius. One more thing; you don't have to go all the way in Egypt to see the original Egyptian Sphinxes. Find two of them right in the middle of Split town.
2. Sail Through the Dalmatian Coast
Setting sail from the ancient port of Spit, discover sun-kissed beaches, pebbled bays and the medieval Dubrovnik. The best part about sailing is exploring the Adriatic coast littered with islands like Brac, Hvar and Vis. The islands are best known for their colorful reefs and a kaleidoscope of tropical fish. For the best sailing experience, make sure you rent a boat or yacht from a local Croatia charter.
3. Visit Marjan Hill
Located in the city's peninsula, Marjan Hill is a favorite recreational spot for most locals. It features lots of footpaths and jogging trails. Right at the top of the hill is a cafe bar that goes by the name Vidilica. Apart from mouth watering cuisine, the bar offers beautiful views of the town and sea.
4. Stroll Along the City's Seafront Promenade, Riva
Coupled with bars, eateries, cafes and souvenir shops, Riva is considered to be the heart of Split. On the east side of Riva is green market, the most busiest commercial center. At the west is the church of St. Francis and a nice flowing fountain.
5. Visit Split's Museum
Located in a 15th century Gothic Palace are two small museums that provide a good overview of the town's historic developments. Archaeological museum is the oldest and displays artifacts from Greek, Roman, early-Christian, medieval to prehistoric times. On the other hand, Ethnographic museum displays pottery, furniture, traditional clothing, jewelry and other artifacts from the life of Split inhabitants throughout the history.